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In'terview In Concert

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Album Review

Interview in Concert is part of a series of Gentle Giant official bootleg releases undertaken by the label Glass House. This third installment presents a concert from the American leg of the 1976 Interview tour. Therefore, the set list is very similar to the one found on the official live album Playing the Fool, recorded a few months later in Europe. The major difference is the presence of three songs from the 1976 Interview LP: "Give It Back," "Timing," and the title track. The first minute or so of "Proclamation" is missing but, this detail aside, Interview in Concert is a very good bootleg recording. The wide stereo separation and the type of hiss would indicate that this was taken from an FM broadcast. The sound quality is consistent throughout and, if one doesn't mind the hiss level, the CD will be much appreciated by the serious fan. Casual listeners should start with Playing the Fool, of course, but others will find impressive versions of "On Reflection" and "Interview," plus some slightly different renditions of other classic tracks, including the Octopus medley. Interview in Concert is redundant considering what was already available (even "Interview" and "Timing" had live versions included on the limited edition box set Under Construction), but the musicians were in very good shape. And for the die-hard fan, hearing the way the band went from the violin solo in "Timing" to "Free Hand" is alone worth finding this CD. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

In'terview in Concert

Do not buy this album! I love Gentle Giant and have been ripped off in purchasing this. The sound quality is wretched throughout. Even whole sections of the recording are missing, crudely cut out from the original. It's outrageous!

Not essential, but worth it if you're a big fan of this era of Gentle Giant

Of all the bootleg Gentle Giant live albums, this one probably sounds the best. It is still bootleg quality, of course, but high quality by bootleg standards—I've bought worse-sounding King Crimson Collectors' Club releases (and worse-sounding Gentle Giant bootlegs, for that matter) and felt I got my money's worth. Definitely listen to a few samples before you purchase, though. The quality of the performance itself is excellent, with Get It Back (the only live version I've heard), Interview, and a version of Timing which transitions into Free Hand through a violin solo being the most interesting bits. The first half of Proclamation is missing, but all the other tracks are complete.

Biography

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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