Joe M. (Jmart) from JOHNSON CITY, TN Reviewed on 3/24/2007...
1998 release. Exact same booklet back insert and tracks.
GIANT AT THEIR BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
R. Recchia | blodgett mills, ny | 10/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one hell of a live album! Gentle Giant were at their peak around the time of this album. The performances are nearly
flawless. Man, these guys could play!! Every song has at least one or two or three things to
recommend about it, but the highlight of this cd is KNOTS AND
THE ADVENT OF PANURGE. Gary Green and Ray Shulman's acoustic
guitar duet is amazing!!
There are also some very impressive vocal rounds on this, along
with a section where 3 or 4 of them play recorders. There is a
very medieval feel to this song! The version of RUNAWAY is much better than the studio version.This song is heavy in a very YES-like way.Also quite en-
joyable is the five man percussion jam on SO SINCERE. Unlike
some of the other prog rock bands, GENTLE GIANT were actually at
their best when they were showing off.I strongly recommend this album; as a
matter of fact, I think it's better than any of their studio
albums!!! A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Stark live performance
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 12/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a release of a radio concert done during the Power and the Glory tour. This is a good live performance, but not Gentle Giant's best. On the studio albums, thier sound is usually lush and complex with many over lapping sounds. They used to play that way in concert.On this album, they have a stripped down sound. It is more straight ahead rock than previous performances. There are some small sections with violin and sax, but this is mostly guitar oriented. The music is played in a sharp staccato manor. I wouldn't really call it manic like others have. It doesn't have that raw energy. The vocals are also coarse and abrupt. The album is only 47 minutes long and just a partial concert. Because of the short length and the stripped down sound, it just feels as if something is missing.This is not a bad performance, I just prefer some of the earlier ones. The best live album by Gentle Giant is the first CD from the two CD set called Out of the Woods. Unfortunately, it is only 35 minutes, and the second CD is really bad."
The Band of the Bands - LIVE!!!!!
Marcello Beckert Zapelini | 09/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gentle Giant was a hell of a band. They could play more than 30 instruments. There were five vocalists. Their songs were complex, beautiful, sometimes rough, sometimes gentle (this is true!). This one ranks among their best works. Listen to "So sincere" (the best recording of this tune), to "Funny Ways" (this one would make a giant cry), and to "The Runaway", and you will agree with me!"
That's the recording regarding a famous radio concert witnes
Lethe | Milan, Italy | 01/04/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"That's the recording regarding a famous radio concert witnessing the "Power and the Glory" Tour..of course it was one of their best performances live, even though not all the fans agree about the quality of such gig and the performance itself of G.G., which someone doesn't regard as their best example on stage...their approach was easier here, in comparison to the old complex arrangements (according to their previous baroque music and classical structure of the songs). But even though They played in the vein of the traditional rockers here,the present live was not inferior for instance than "Live Playing the Fool" (dated 1976), despite of this latter being a little bit "scholastic" in the execution, also regarding the controversial recording which wasn't so clear...of course a few unforgettable tracks like "Knots" or "The advent of Panurge" (tracks#6 and 7) make us soon forget the defects within this radio performance, which was played with a lot of energy anyway. Unfortunately this time the exaggeration concerning the vocalism (which sometimes seems out of tune) is really able to disturb me just a bit. Nevertheless- however- the instrumental parts were so powerful,even when They played simple energic rock...Nowadays the music witness has been picked up by Echolyn (despite of their new "avant-gard" pop arrangements of these latter, today less baroque) and I should say by the Hungarian After Crying too, especially when They forget an emulating approach in the vein of King Crimson and F. Zappa: well actually all these bands have been often able to maintain the polyphonic complex arrangement,as it's regarded typical for the "G.G trademark", but the British masters of this music genre in the early seventies were the first ones and you cannot underrate this fact...so the producers are always forgiven for the choice of editing a radio concert by means of the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" label,especially considering a lot of "sound" purists all around the Recording Studios often ready to criticize and...nevermind cause at the end you could also add another half star at least!"