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mardi 25 mai 1976

Gentle Giant

Palais Rameau, Lille, France


Merci à Gilles Saborit pour le ticket (2010-11)



Highslide JS

Photos de Gilles Saborit (2010-11)

Discographie / Discography

Gentle Giant

Free Hand

Free Hand



The Missing Piece

The Missing Piece


Mes Matérialisés

1972Gentle GiantThree FriendsVertigo6360 070LP

Line Up

Gary Green : Guitares
Derek Shulman : Chant Et Saxophones
Ray Shulman : Basse Et Violon
Kerry Minnear : Pianos Et Claviers
John Weathers : Batterie


2Just the Same
6On Reflection
7The Runaway
9So Sincere
10the boys in the band
12the advent of panurge
13Give It Back
15Free Hand
16I Lost My Head
??? Setlist probable pour l'époque

Allées X Venues

Gentle Giant




111972-09-15Hollywood BowlLos AngelesCA, US01


4ticketT1973-01-03Pallazo Dello SportRomaItaly
121973-05-03LanternFort WayneIN, US01
5ticketT1973-10-13Pallazo Dello SportRomaItaly


81975-02-13Capitol StudiosHollywoodCA, US01
3ticketT1975-11-29L OlympiaParisFrance


200XticketT1976-05-25Palais RameauLilleFrance
91976-06-05L Altro MondoRiminiItaly01
6ticketT1976-06-07Pallazo Dello SportRomaItaly
2201976-06-25Le ColiseeQuebecCanada
230+[Sugarmegs]1976-07-03HempsteadNY, US01
2401976-07-04Calderone TheatreLong IslandNY, US
260+[Sugarmegs]1976-07-07Riviera TheatreChicagoIL, US01
280+[Sugarmegs]1976-07-16Arlington TheatreSanta BarbaraCA, US
3001976-07-17Arlington TheatreSanta BarbaraCA, US
3201976-07-18Balboa ParkSan DiegoCA, US
3601976-09-19Olympen SparthLundSweden
71976-10-05Pavillon De ParisParisFrance


101980-05-22Paradise TheatreBostonMa, US01


(1/1) Gentle Giant, 1971-04-00, Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Gentle Giant


Dusseldorf, Germany

April 1971 (Exact date of performance unknown)


Giant (6:36)
Alucard (7:53)
Funny Ways (9:31)
Plain Truth (10:36)
Nothing At All (12:09)
Why Not? (8:17)
The Queen (1:44)

Derek Shulman - Saxophone, Vocals
Kerry Minnear - Keyboards, Vibraphone, Cello
Gary Green - Lead Guitar
Ray Shulman - Bass Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Phil Shulman - Saxophone, Trumpet, Vocals
Martin Smith - Drums

The earliest live recording of Gentle Giant known to exist. Also the only live recording known to feature original drummer Martin Smith. Sound isn't great, quite muffled and distant but still listenable. Also, whoever recorded this stopped the tape recorder between tracks.

(2/1) Gentle Giant, 1972-02-05, Palasport, Novara, Italy

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Gentle Giant,
5 February 1972

Jack Skelly informed me that this version of the show circulates among traders, but this is a definitive upgrade of previously circulating versions: this comes directly from the original master cassette tape. For a 40 years old cassette taped with a cheap portable recorder I think it sounds very nice. The band is on fire, and the setlist is great (even though I would have loved them to play more stuff from "Acquiring the Taste").

01 Intro
02 Giant
03 Alucard
04 Funny Ways
05 Nothing at All
06 Plain Truth
07 The Queen

Derek Shulman: lead vocals, alto sax, bass (on Plain Truth, probably), percussion
Kerry Minnear: keyboards, cello, vibes, bass (on Nothing at All), percussion (on Nothing at All), background vocals
Gary Green: electric and acoustic guitar, percussion (on Nothing at All)
Phil Shulman: trumpet, saxophone, background vocals, background vocals
Ray Shulman: bass guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, background vocals, percussion (on Nothing at All), background vocals
Malcolm Mortimore: drums, percussion

Taped and transferred by: Antonio

Lineage: unknown equipment -> master Philips cassette tape -> wav -> flac (normalized, tracked)

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Do not sell this. If I see this or any other torrent by me sold somewhere, I'll stop sharing anything.

(11/1) Gentle Giant, 1972-09-15, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, US

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Another in my series of re-seeds
Gentle Giant Hollywood Bowl 1972-09-15

The Hollywood Bowl show has always been a favorite among Gentle Giant collectors. Here it is presented in a direct transfer from an uncirculated reel tape audience master.

In one of the more bizarre pairings of bands live on stage, Gentle Giant were the tour openers for Black Sabbath. Unfortunately then, and much funnier now, the crowd treated the band rather poorly. During the introduction for "Funny Ways", someone tossed a cherry bomb on stage. The rant that follows is truly classic.

That didn't stop the band from putting on a great set, however. Like true professionals, they kept on undisturbed.

If you are at all curious about Gentle Giant, this show is a good place to start for their earlier music. It's a mixture of the medieval period and odd harmonies, put on with an amazing proficiency and technical skill.

Some people say that early Tull is medieval, which Ian Anderson has repeatedly denied over the years. Think that style multiplied about tenfold, and you have Gentle Giant. Perhaps it isn't a good analogy, I don't know.


Cherry Bomb
Funny Ways
Nothing At All
Plain Truth

Lineage: Reel directly into Sound Forge -> tracks converted to FLAC by Nero -> You!


A DoinkerTape

(12/1) Gentle Giant, 1973-05-03, Lantern, Fort Wayne, IN, US

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Lantern, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1973 may 3rd



Audience Cassette > Magnetic Tape 7 inches > SoundblasterLive > Wav > flac8 stereo

First transfer on 2009
A little bit remastered 2014 (stereo and frequency) Audition


02-Funny ways
04-The Advent of Panurge
05-Nothing at All
06-Drum solo
07-Nothing at All reprise
08-Plain truth & violin solo

Maybe not entire because some technical sound problems during the show

- Gary Green / guitars, percussion
- Kerry Minnear / all keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing vocals
- Derek Shulman / lead vocals, alto saxophone
- Raymond Shulman / bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals
- John Weathers / drums, percussion, xylophone


(8/1) Gentle Giant, 1975-02-13, Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, US

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Capitol Studios
1750 North Vine Street
Hollywood, California
February 13, 1975

the Dime friendly version
An upgrade to my original 2011 torrent with some EQ to move the cymbals up front
This Dime version has the GG station advert removed

Derek Shulman - vocals, mulberry, saxophone, recorder, bass, percussion
Ray Shulman - bass, acoustic guitar, violin, recorder, percussion, backing vocals
Kerry Minnear - keyboards, cello, recorder, vibes, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Gary Green - guitar, recorder, percussion, backing vocals
John ‘pugwash’ Weathers - drums, percussion, vibes

01. KMET Saturday Night at the Concert Hour Promo
02. Black Cat *
03. Knots *
04. In A Glass House *
05. Cogs In Cogs
06. Proclamation
07. Funny Ways
08. Experience
09. So Sincere
10. Gentle Giant KMET Station Promo (omitted for dime sharing)
11. The Advent Of Panurge
12. Mr. Class And Quality
13. KMET Promo

Broadcast February 15, 1975
KMET-FM Saturday Night At The Concert Hour
This is a very nice stereo FM broadcast and is from a master "off air" reel to reel
The original torrent was lacking in presence although it has nice deep bass
Revision A increases the high end and brightens this recording up

* Officially released studio tracks that are cross-faded into a continuous stream. (Omitted)

Recorded by Allen Tarzwell
KMET-FM > Unknown FM receiver and tape deck using Ampex low noise reel to reel tape @ 3 3/4 ips

Transfer: (1990's)
Revox B-77 > Phase Linear 1000 auto-correlator > Sony DTC-690 (me)

Mastering: (2012):
Sony DTC-690 > Audigy 4 Pro (via toslink) > Audacity (prep)

Revision A: (2015)
iZotope RX4 Advanced and Adobe Audition 3.0 (EQ & clean up) > iZotope (resample to 16-44) > CD Wav > flac (level 8)
Song information embedded with stamp ID3 tag editor

Gentle Giant’s capitol studios live session was long enough for an LP (40 minutes).
The KMET weekly radio show was an hour long.
So the radio station padded the broadcast with 3 studio LP tracks at the beginning to complete the hour.
This presentation omits these official tracks.

The "auto-correlator" is a multi-band, single-ended noise filter and dynamic range recovery system.
It incorporates noise reduction in four frequency bands, one in the bass intended to suppress turntable rumble and three in the treble intended to suppress tape hiss and the like.
The noise filters are controlled by signals derived from bandpass filters.
Like a constantly changing equalizer to reduce tape noise and expand the dynamic range.
I used this equipment sometimes when copying tapes to my DAT.
Phase Linear electronics were top quality for the day.
Always used a light setting and never attempted to eliminate hiss just knock it down a little bit.

This is from my friend Allen's recording, I also have a version that I taped but it doesn't have the fat bass sound.

For historical reference only and not intended for resale or any commercial use.

Hope you can enjoy this as much as I have.
-M- (April 2011) (Rev A July 2015)


(9/1) Gentle Giant, 1976-06-05, L Altro Mondo, Rimini, Italy

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Gentle Giant,
L'Altro Mondo,
5 June 1976

I'm very happy to be able to present this extremely rare show, which has never been heard publicly until now. Not only is this show uncirculated, but it's also the first concert to surface from their 1976 Spring (April-May) European tour. The tape was recorded by a young fan who couldn't believe he had a chance to see his favorite band live and wanted to document the evening. Normally, he's not a trader or a taper, he only wanted something to remind him of that magical night: this is why this show has eluded circulation for so long! However, when I asked him whether I could have a copy, he immediately sent it to me. Thanks a lot, Enzo! Sound quality is quite good for its age: pretty clear and you can hear every note that was played. The audience reaction is very warm, Gentle Giant were always very much welcomed in Italy, but there is not distracting chatter, apart from the usual cheering and a couple of enthusiastic sections (where else are you going to hear the audience singing along with the breaking glass intro on "The Runaway"?). It's not a raw transfer: Enzo mentioned working on it with EditPro when he transferred the original tapes back in 1998; however, he also told me he is not going to rip the master cassettes again, so this will have to do. Don't worry, it sounds pretty good and not overbaked. Tape flips occour during "The Runaway", the "Advent of Panurge" section of "Excerpts from Octopus" and "Free Hand".

The setlist is the same as it would be on their next and more documented American tour, with the seldomly played "Give it Back" replacing the stage classic "Funny Ways". It has been speculated that during the first European tour, complete versions of "I Lost My Head" were performed in concert; however, by the time this tape was recorded, they were playing the shorter version as part of the mini-medley with "Peel The Paint", just like on the rest of the available dates of the year. Since this is the second to last concert of the tour, it's possible that the full song was performed in the first few dates and then reduced as the tour progressed. Until another tape surfaces, we can't know for sure. This is a great show, 1976 was a good year for their concerts. Derek Shulman introduces John Weathers as "Giovanni Catastrofe", John Catastrophe. Between "Timing" and "Free Hand", John keeps yelling "FAGIOLI!" ("beans") to the audience. Who knows if he liked the way they were cooked in Italy or if he just enjoyed the sound of the word. During the extended violin solo, Ray starts a funny shouting match with the audience.

Nothing from this show has been included on "Playing the Fool": that live album was culled from concerts from their Fall 1976 European tour (September-October). As far as it's known, no dates from their earlier European tour were officially recorded.

01 Intro
02 Just The Same
03 Proclamation/Valedictory
04 On Reflection
05 Interview
06 The Runaway/Experience
07 So Sincere/5-Men Drum Bash
08 Excerpts from "Octopus"
09 band introductions
10 Give it Back
11 Timing/Extended Violin Solo
12 Free Hand
13 encore break
14 Peel the Paint/I Lost My Head

Derek Shulman: lead vocals, alto sax, bass, percussion
Kerry Minnear: keyboards, vibes, percussion, background vocals
Gary Green: electric and acoustic guitar, percussion, background vocals
Ray Shulman: bass, acoustic guitar, violin, trombone, percussion, background vocals
John Weathers: drums, percussion, background vocals

Taped, transferred and first worked by: Enzo
Edited and reworked by: JacoZappa

Lineage: Grudnig Tape Recorder with Stereo Microphone -> Master Cassette Tapes (unknown brand, 60 minutes) -> Edit-Pro (equalized, reworked) -> CDR -> CDR -> WAV (EAC) -> SF10 (editing, flaws adjusted where possible) -> WAV -> FLAC

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(230/1) Gentle Giant, 1976-07-03, Hempstead, NY, US

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Gentle Giant


01 (intro)
02 just the same
03 proclamation
04 on reflection
05 interview
06 the runaway
07 experience
08 so sincere
09 the boys in the band
10 knots
11 the advent of panurge
12 give it back
13 timing & violin solo medley
14 freehand

(260/1) Gentle Giant, 1976-07-07, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, US

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Gentle Giant

Live in Chicago

01 on reflection
02 interview
03 the runaway
04 experience
05 so sincere
06 the boys in the band
07 knots
08 the advent of panurge

(10/1) Gentle Giant, 1980-05-22, Paradise Theatre, Boston, Ma, US

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Gentle Giant
Derek Shulman: vocals
Gary Green: guitar
Kerry Minear: keyboards
Ray Shulman: bass
John T. Weathers: drums

Paradise Theater
Boston, Mass. U.S.A.
May 22, 1980
early show
runtime: 77:32 (minutes/seconds)

1: tuning 1:14
2: convenience > 3:29
3: all through the night > 4:10
4: free hand 8:22
5: memories 8:06
6: knots > playing the game 8:58
7: giant for a day > inside out 11:01
8: it's not imagination 4:52
9: underground > drums 10:32
10: band intros, for nobody 4:50
11: applause 2:27
12: advent of panurge 6:21
13: closing announcements 3:08

Realistic twinhead stereo microphone>
Sony 158 cassette deck (dolby B on) >
TDK-SA 90 min. master cassette >
played on tascam 112 (with dolby B on) into soundforge (wav) >
flac (sb's aligned) > torrentially yours.
this is another in glasnostrd19's Masters of Progressive Rock series.
Masters of prog from master audience tapes.
Do not sell this recording.
Share the giant freely, losslessly and gaplessly.


merci a hardprog pour le partage de son titanesque travail : Rock on TV *

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