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Free Hand
Gentle Giant
Free Hand
Genres: Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Gentle Giant
Title: Free Hand
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alucard Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1975
Re-Release Date: 5/10/2005
Album Type: Extra tracks
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 828730035020

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Genuine Progressive Rock
WillieB | 05/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's difficult to pick one desert island Gentle Giant album, they all are unique, and all studio releases except "Giant for a Day" are must haves. With numerous time changes and intricate musical passages Giant is not for everybody and may challenge most listeners. But this challenge can have great rewards because the talent this band has is amazing... all musicians are proficient at multiple instruments, the songwriting skill is superb, and the tunes are timeless. For the novice to Gentle Giant, this CD would be a good starting point.

We begin with "Just the Same" a great upbeat-syncopated rocker... one of those tunes where the chorus sticks in your head and you sing it all day. "On Reflection" showcases great vocal work with a powerful instrumental jam at the end. "Free Hand" is stunning! Great piano intro that turns into a full-out rocking tune slowed down briefly by a wonderful intricate middle section only to blast back into the awesome verse. "Time to Kill" shows once again the power this band has... what a grooving tune, great bass line, great vocals, great interaction between musicians, great everything. "His Last Voyage" is the mellow track on the disc, similar to what can be heard on "Acquiring the Taste", complete with a very juicy guitar solo. "Talybont" is a short instrumental with sort of an Irish jig feel. "Mobile" begins beautifully with a violin and guitar intro only to transform into another great rocking tune. Finally, the bonus track is an unreleased version of "Just the Same". Good version, bad mix (kind of sounds squished/over-compressed).

The Free Hand remix sounds wonderful! After living with the atrociously muddy One Way Records mix for decades I can only say WOW... GREAT JOB! Unfortunately the CD does not give credit to the person who remixed this or from what source it was.

It's a shame that Giant hasn't released a full-length studio project since the 80's, cause if they did, they would probably blow most bands out of the water.
Like you've never heard it before....
Paul Minot | Waterville, ME United States | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This has never been one of my favorite GG albums--that would be "In a Glass House" or "Octopus", depending on my mood--but after hearing this remaster I may have to reconsider. The new remastering is so good I feel like I've never heard it before, with a wonderfully warm low end, plenty of high end sparkle, and all the details in between.

If you're a GG fan and you're wondering if you need to buy it, because you already have it on CD or vinyl, well, YOU DO, believe me. Me? I'm buying ALL the reissues in this series myself!

Gentle Giant Lives!!!"
Incredible Remastering
rucktoon | Lincoln, RI USA | 05/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"So you think you've heard Free Hand before? No, you haven't! An unbelievable mastering job, and there are 6 releases scheduled for this year (hope they can eventually re-master & re-release them ALL). There goes my allowance! Worth it for one of the most amazing bands ever, who TRULY deserve 21st century remastering to bring out the sounds and musical imagery they created.
p.s. Check out Porcupine Tree's In Absentia."