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Playing the Fool/Civilian
Genres: Pop, Rock
Two of the English prog rock legend's entire LPs for Chrysalis paired together, 1976's double live 'Live (Playing The Fool)' album & 1980's 'Civilian'. A combined total of 17 tracks, all remastered from the original master... more »
Two of the English prog rock legend's entire LPs for Chrysalis paired together, 1976's double live 'Live (Playing The Fool)' album & 1980's 'Civilian'. A combined total of 17 tracks, all remastered from the original master tapes. Also features the original cover art of each record & additional sleeve notes. 1999 release.
Before and After
sylvanmigdal | Brooklyn, NY | 07/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This set is a good example of what happens when a great band attempts to go commercial. Disc one is Playing the Fool, showcasing the live band at the top of their form. This is an amazing recording. All the players here are amazing multi-intrementalists, and they effortlessly mix straight rock with recorder breaks, glockenspiel trios and electric violin, all played in freakishly complex rhythms and with amazing vocal interplay. Listening to the second disc, then, you wonder where all that went. It's straight guitar-keyboard rock here. There's still a Gentle Giant flavor here, and this is definitely not a bad album, but the unadventurousness is disappointing. It's easy to see why they broke up after this album was released. Overall, the set is highly recommended. The amazing Playing The Fool far outweighs the relatively weak Civilian."
Civilian wasn't that bad
pete Yarbrough | Mountain View Ca | 04/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm pretty hardcore Giant, I learnt to play bass from Glass House, FreeHand (+Crimso). I think that, despite being a beat-oriented, semi-new wave offering, Civilian had a good sound and some good moments, particularly Underground. I really liked it better than Giant for a Day and Missing Piece, 2 of their other more 'commercial' offerings. I saw this tour as well, at Bill Graham's Old Waldorf. They stuck to the new stuff, but I thought it worked, although I felt sad that they did sort of have to try to 'sell out', but those were tough days for progrock. Remember Asia and Kayak?"
pete Yarbrough | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Playing The Fool is Gentle Giant's finest recorded live performance. Recorded in 1977 it presents material from the band's finest era. Each cut is terrific as are the performances. Civilian, recorded in 1980, is the weakest in G.G's catalogue. Very little of value here other than perhaps Shadows In The Street. The quality of the this two-fer is, unlike the ONE WAY RECORDS version, terrific. Playing The Fool is highly recommended, Civilian is not...Simon"