|All Artists: Gentle Giant|
Title: Giant for a Day
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: One Way Records Inc
Release Date: 8/8/1995
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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Jim Richmond | 01/28/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is unfortunately the worst Gentle Giant (which is weird to say since all the rest are good!) The band hit a very low point with this, their second to last album. The only songs that are worth mentioning are the title track, Words to the Wise, and Friends, which is the only song featuring drummer John Weathers on lead vocals. Most of the rest are very bland. One of the really bad songs is Spooky Boogie; extremely un-Gentle Giant.I'd only recommend getting this if you have every other album and only want to complete the collection.JR"
A rather silly, but enjoyable album!
R. Recchia | blodgett mills, ny | 11/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album has been bashed by alot of die-hard GG fans and I can
understand why. It's not as intelligent, sophisticated and as
complex as their earlier albums and some of the songs, especially
on the second half of the album, like "No Stranger", "Friends"
and "It's Only Goodbye" are rather weak. Also, the cover is a
bit gimmicky. I happen to really like this album, however. I think some of the songs, like "Words From The Wise", "Take Me" and "Little Brown Bag", are some of the catchiest songs GG ever
did. Gary Green gets a chance to really rock out and even some
of the weaker tracks have a charm of their own. My favorite
song is definitely the mock scary instrumental "Spooky Boogie".
This song is very catchy and very listenable and showcases the
band's wonderful sense of humour. I do a radio show on Sunday
afternoons in Ithaca and I've played this track on my last two
Halloween shows! I really love this album!!"
Actually, their second-to-last...
R. Recchia | 06/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...the last being "Civilian", which I notice isn't available here. That album held the group's only top-40 single "Underground". It was clear that the group had had it with the mass-market's hostility towards prog rock (nobody knew back then that a bunch of little American kids would grow up to be Dream Theater and Spock's Beard). This album has its moments, though. "Words From the Wise" showed they hadn't lost their touch as the only prog band to approach Yes in vocal harmonies--hell, the song even sounds like the b-side of "Yours Is No Disgrace". "Spookie Boogie" is still the funkiest song I've ever heard a prog band do. And "Take Me" is practically gospel. The problem was, they didn't sound like Gentle Giant over these two albums, and in my opinion, that did 'em in."