Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Gentle Giant (1975 3 Pack)
November 29, 1975
1) Proclamation/Funny Ways
3) The Runaway/Experience
4) On Reflection
AM > reel-to-reel (1st gen mono) > wav > flac
This is the first time that these recordings have been released. The original reels came from "A French Gentleman" who stumbled upon the various Magma blogs and who, as it turned out, had seen Magma several times in the 1970's. The gentleman not only had some assorted photographs, but had recorded various concerts. These tapes made their way to a well known DIME contributor who wishes to remain anonymous at this time. This person spent quite a bit of time digitizing the music and trying to clean up the sound. Some of these efforts were successful, some were not so ... as will be apparent in some later releases. I have dubbed these recordings "The French Gentlemen Tapes", and after about two years, I have been given permission to share these through time. Much thanks go to the Gentleman, as well as Trahnsferheur.
Playing the Foole: A Stake In The Heart
Recorded at the Utland Communicable Concourse
Source: unknown recording>LP>FLAC Audio
Audio ripped from LP using Nero Soundtrax/ADSTech Analog-to-Digital software.
02- Funny Ways
04- So Sincere
05- The Advent of Panurge
06- Mister Class and Quality
07- The Power and the Glory
Note- The track "The Power and the Glory" was recorded in the studio,
and is not a part of the performance. This track was recorded 26 August 1974.
3-Gentle Giant mega-rare restored vinyl "Playing The Foole" Capitol Studios West Hollywood, Ca 1975-02-13 Killer sound and performance! mp3 sample
This fabulous set was recorded live in the studio with no audience. It was for broadcast in March on Los Angeles radio station KMET. Why this show has never been released is totally beyond me. The performance beats the commercially-available "Playing The Fool" by a mile. Although I haven't indicated it that way, I believe this to be a pre-fm recording. When you listen to the sample, you will understand why - the recording is amazing! This has to be the best recording and performance of "Funny Ways" that you will ever hear.
The following quotation is from Jack Skelly's great GG website, located at http://members.aol.com/JAskelly/GGpartfour.htm:
Feb. 13 In West Hollywood, California's Capitol Studios, Gentle Giant made a live studio recording, with no audience, meant for broadcast in March over KMET Radio in Los Angeles. It included much of the material they were performing on stage during their early 1975 tour. The group even recorded a brief musical jingle based on the radio station’s call letters, which, during the March broadcast, served as KMET’s station identification. Interestingly, this jingle has been officially released on SCRAPING THE BARREL under the title With Gentle Giant on KMET. The date of this live session is often listed as Jan. 1, but this date of Feb. 13 seems definitive. At the time, they were in the area for the nearby Santa Monica gig listed below, held that same evening. In fact, the Capitol Studios recording is often mistakenly listed as having been recorded in Santa Monica, as well.
The Advent Of Panurge
Mister Class and Quality?
The end of this release included the single version of "The Power And The Glory". It had to be removed.
Lineage: TAKRL version ->Pop and click removal via Sound Forge ->FLAC encoding via Flac Frontend V1.1.3 (new version!) sectors aligned and verified. No noise reduction.
I have heard the Wizardo version of this LP. This sounds MUCH better.
Does anyone have any more of this event from a certified pre-fm tape? Please post it!