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Editors’ Notes

Gentle Giant's second album, Acquiring the Taste, is where they really start showing off their eclectic gifts; the band up their game several levels here. Most members of Gentle Giant already played a multitude of instruments, but there are even more additions to the arsenal this time around, from celeste, harpsichord, viola, and clarinet to a donkey's jawbone—the better to realize their expanded ambitions. The compositions are exponentially more intricate, the parts more challenging, and the eclecticism amped up to an equal degree. The art-song feel of "Edge of Twilight" gives way to a mini percussion concerto featuring tympani and xylophone. The blistering rock riffs of "The House, the Street, the Room" are interrupted by a sort of modernist fugue. The title track is a baroque synthesizer interlude leading to the heavy-rock sea chantey "The Wreck," which includes an acoustic Renaissance interlude.

Customer Reviews


A nearly impeccable second album by a spectacular ensemble. A finer product than their debut, this album could be my personal favorite. I highly recommend it especially for only $7!


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...
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