Free Hand

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Free Hand
Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released July 21 or 28, 1975
Recorded April 1975, Advision Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, Progressive folk
Length 36:50
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Producer Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant chronology
The Power and the Glory
(1974)
Free Hand
(1975)
Interview
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 stars[2]

Free Hand is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant that was released in 1975. It also marked their first album under their new label, Chrysalis Records in the U.K. This album is noted for its high production values, and a less dissonant, more accessible feel than their previous album The Power and the Glory. It was their highest-charting album in the U.S. and the only one to crack the Top 50 on the Billboard album charts.

The 1990 CD version released by the re-issue label One Way Records of Albany, New York mistakenly used an alternate rough mix version of the album. This version revealed some different musical details. Alucard/EMI re-released the CD in 2009, "from the original 1/4-inch tapes through 24bit 96k Hi-Resolution transfer."

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman and Ray Shulman, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Just the Same"   5:33
2. "On Reflection"   5:43
3. "Free Hand"   6:14
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Time to Kill"   5:08
2. "His Last Voyage" (R. Shulman, Minnear) 6:26
3. "Talybont" (instrumental) 2:43
4. "Mobile"   5:03
Bonus Track
No. Title Length
8. "Just The Same" (Live) (on the 35th anniversary CD edition) 4:50
6 extra tracks added on 'I Lost My Head - The Chrysalis Years 1975-1980' LP
No. Title Length
8. "1976 Intro Tape" (previously unreleased) 1:39
9. "Just The Same" (BBC session John Peel) 6:05
10. "Free Hand" (BBC session John Peel) 6:08
11. "On Reflection" (BBC session John Peel) 5:42
12. "Give It Back" (International 7" mix) 3:48
13. "I Lost My Head" (7" mix) 3:29

Personnel[edit]

There are no instrument credits listed on the album.

Credits[edit]

  • Engineer – Gary Martin
  • Assistant engineer – Paul Northfield
  • Graphics artwork by – Richard Evans

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 US Billboard 200 48

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States July 21 or 28, 1975 Capitol Records
United Kingdom August 22, 1975 Chrysalis Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Robert (2011). "Free Hand - Gentle Giant | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Pardo, Pete (2011). "Review: 'Gentle Giant: Free Hand-35th Anniversary Edition (remaster)' - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". seaoftranquility.org. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Gentle Giant's website (www.blazemonger.com/GG/)

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