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Another prog group that came before Rush. i don't understand why I am the first to post on it
Posted by roméo on Saturday, 06.2.07 @ 15:04pm
Because you, my friend, are in the top 10 percentile of informed progers.
Posted by SG on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 01:01am
they should get in but they wont not even King Crimson can get in (because the nominating committee hasn't heard of them yet and probably never will)
Posted by jeff on Wednesday, 12.5.07 @ 17:37pm
Gentle Giant sets the standard for quality musicianship. What they lacked in vocal quality (at times...see live dvd's folks!) they more than made up for with true musicianship. I had the honor of seeing them several times and I can honestly say that each musician played at least 3-5 instruments (and played them well mind you) and it was always a grand time and great concert. They should get in but sadly, the Monkees or Genesis will probably be in before Crimson, Mahavishnu, Giant or Yes will be in.
Posted by Curt on Friday, 05.16.08 @ 22:21pm
One of the most talented bands in the history of music! if someone disagrees, give them a listen!
Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 19:29pm
This band deserves induction for their writing and their ability to pull off the ingenious orchestration of their studio albums in a live setting.
Posted by chillman on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 21:45pm
Wow, I am amazed that no one has commented on this blog about Gentle Giant in almost five years. Gentle Giant appears to be a much more obscure band, than most of the other "progressive rock" bands. Yes, I am familiar with them. They were probably the last of the major "progressive rock" bands that I had heard. Their musicianship was astounding; yet they were not not as successful as they should have been.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 12.28.13 @ 11:44am
Gentle Giant has little to no chance of being inducted any time soon. For better or worse, the powers-that-be are mostly American in origin and perspective. GG had no charted songs in the U.S. (and my cursory research shows none in the U.K. either), no "uncharted classic" songs that classic rock stations play (like "Stairway To Heaven" is for Led Zeppelin, or "Under My Thumb" for the Rolling Stones, etc.), only one album reaching the upper quarter of the album charts. I don't know if they were bigger in the U.K. than the U.S., but the NomCom, as reluctant as they are to acknowledge prog at all, are not going to select this band with little to no impact over here, and I would argue that they are not the juggernauts of prog you hail them as. As a personal thought, I also happen to think they're probably the most ridiculously named prog band, too. "Gentle Giant", imo, sounds like a name for a '60's flower-power folk-psychedlic band... they have a large-looming presence, but benevolent and friendly. Tell me that doesn't scream '60s hippies love-in.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.28.13 @ 18:49pm
My mistake, I had meant to say that, as far as i am concerned, that the definitive lineup of Gentle Giant had consisted of: Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear and John Weathers. Phil Shulman and Malcolm Mortimore had also made significant contributions to the band.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 12.29.13 @ 11:13am
What makes an artist great? Is it a random combination of the ability to convey an idea, or an emotion? Is it the ability to improvise at a moment's notice? Is it the ability to create great music, without caring about whether it is unconventional, or unpopular? Is it the ability to have a single minded vision and pursue that muse wherever it takes you? Is it the ability to influence other great musicians, as well?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 12.29.13 @ 23:09pm
"What makes an artist great? Is it a random combination of the ability to convey an idea, or an emotion? Is it the ability to improvise at a moment's notice? Is it the ability to create great music, without caring about whether it is unconventional, or unpopular? Is it the ability to have a single minded vision and pursue that muse wherever it takes you? Is it the ability to influence other great musicians, as well?"
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.29.13 @ 23:21pm
Posted by Chris F. on Monday, 12.30.13 @ 00:07am
Over a year ago, I had written this:
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.17.16 @ 16:16pm
I am terribly sorry, I had meant to say that they were great multi-instrumentalists.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.17.16 @ 16:21pm
i saw gentle giant perform twice in phoenix .. i was blown away ... and i got back stage both times and met the band .. very good people and kerry was the most gracious ... derek was also down to earth and friendly ... i just wished i could of seen them play with phil ... some people put down dereks vocals but you must understand he was singing in strange keys and movements --- he wanted to take a chance and did ... just listen to the song " knotts " and that song should put them in the hall of fame itself .. the giant and crimson definatly should be hall of famers
Posted by tim hoyt on Saturday, 10.1.16 @ 23:09pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 10.4.16 @ 03:02am
As much as I enjoy the music of Gentle Giant, I have had to adjust their position on my list of favorite progressive rock artists from sixth to ninth. This does not mean that I am not supportive of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, either. It simply means that I feel that the following artists: Rush, Yes, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and Duran Duran are slightly more favorable overall.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 12.10.16 @ 14:03pm
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