Civilian (Gentle Giant album)

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Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released February, 1980
Recorded August – November 1979, Sound City in Van Nuys, California
Genre Pop rock, progressive rock
Length 32:41
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Columbia (U.S.)
Producer Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant chronology
Giant for a Day!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Civilian is the eleventh and final album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1980. At this point a near total change of style was in evidence with only a trace of the original verve present. The band lasted only a short time after this outing. This album also marks the return to Columbia Records (the first album on this famous label since the 1972 release Octopus) in the U.S. and Canada. It was cut in the L.A. suburb of Van Nuys in 1979 with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. At 32 minutes and 41 seconds, it is the shortest album the band has ever released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by :
Side one: Kerry Minnear and Derek Shulman, except where noted.
Side two: Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Convenience (Clean and Easy)" (G. Green, D. Shulman) 3:13
2. "All Through the Night"   4:20
3. "Shadows on the Street"   3:18
4. "Number One"   4:38
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Underground"   3:47
2. "I Am a Camera"   3:32
3. "Inside Out"   5:51
4. "It's Not Imagination"   4:03
Bonus track
No. Title Length
9. "Heroes No More" (available on later re-release from One Way) 4:38


Release Details[edit]

  • 1980, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR 1285, Release Date ? April 1980, LP
  • 1980, USA, Columbia Records JC 36341, Release Date ? February or March 1980, LP
  • 1980, Canada, Columbia Records JC 36341, Release Date ? ? 1980, LP
  • 1994, UK, Terrapin Trucking TRUCKCD008, Release Date ? July 1994, CD (Re-Master)
  • 1997, USA, One Way CD 28591, Release Date 28 October 1997, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD435, Release Date 10 March 1999, CD (2 x CD with Playing the Fool - The Official Live)


  1. ^ Little, Patrick (2011). "Civilian - Gentle Giant | AllMusic". Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Gentle Giant's website (