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First released illegally (bootleg) in the late '90s, Artistically Cryme was given a legit release by the label Glasshouse in early 2003. This concert by Gentle Giant was obviously recorded by an audience member on a cheap cassette recorder. The stereo image is narrow, low frequencies have been lost, and the whole thing sounds muddy. It is a good concert (from Lund, Sweden, September 19, 1976, in case you wondered), typical of the Interview tour. Other shows from that tour have been made available, starting with the official 1977 live album Playing the Fool, but also on Interview in Concert, another title from Glasshouse's series that is far superior in sound to Artistically Cryme but misses the encore medley of "Peel the Paint"/"I Lost My Head," included here. The softer numbers like "Funny Ways," "On Reflection," and "Knots" (part of the Octopus medley) have been better captured than loud prog rockers such as "Experience" and "So Sincere," both suffering from signal overload — the guitar solo in the latter comes through as finely detailed as your morning oatmeal. Add to that frequent drops that will make you wonder if your CD player is skipping (nope, those tiny blanks must have been on the master tape) and you get an "official bootleg" of interest only for the die-hard fan and completist. On the other hand, those looking for the whole experience will find that the concert seems to be complete, from the opening walk-on pre-recorded music down to the cheering before and after the encore. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Formed: 1969

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed at the dawn of the progressive rock era in 1969, Gentle Giant seemed poised for a time in the mid-'70s to break out of its cult-band status, but somehow never made the jump. Somewhat closer in spirit to Yes and King Crimson than to Emerson, Lake & Palmer or the Nice, their unique sound melded hard rock and classical music, with an almost medieval approach to singing. Gentle Giant was born out of the ruins of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound, an R&B-based outfit led by brothers Derek, Ray, and...
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