Gentle Giant (album)

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Gentle Giant
Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released November 27, 1970
Recorded August 1970, Trident Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, symphonic rock
Length 37:00
Label Vertigo, Malibu Records
Producer Tony Visconti
Gentle Giant chronology
Gentle Giant
Acquiring the Taste
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Gentle Giant was the first album of British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1970.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Giant"   6:24
2. "Funny Ways"   4:23
3. "Alucard"   6:01
4. "Isn't it Quiet and Cold?"   3:53
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Nothing at All"   9:08
2. "Why Not?"   5:31
3. "The Queen" (P. Shulman, R. Shulman, Minnear)  (instrumental) 1:40


Additional Musicians:

  • Paul Cosh – tenor horn on "Giant"
  • Claire Deniz – cello on "Isn't It Quiet And Cold?"


"Alucard" is Dracula, spelled backwards.



Since the LP was not originally released in North America, the cover illustration was available, and it first appeared in the United States and Canada as the cover of Three Friends.


American hip hop duo Madvillain, a group consisting of MF DOOM (MC) and Madlib (producer), sampled "Funny Ways" on "Strange Ways" from their album Madvillainy and was subsequently featured in an episode of the animated television show The Boondocks.


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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