Giant for a Day

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Giant for a Day!
Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released September 11, 1978
Recorded April – May 1978, Ramport Studios, Battersea, England
Genre Pop rock
Length 35:33
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Producer Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant chronology
The Missing Piece
(1977)
Giant for a Day!
(1978)
Civilian
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (unfavourable) [2]
Sea of Tranquility 2/5 stars[3]

Giant for a Day! is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1978. The band's facility for counterpoint and medieval-themed arrangements had largely been abandoned by this stage in their career. Commercial success eluded them, while their original fan base began to grow restless. This album is generally acknowledged as the lowest point in the band's career.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Words From The Wise"   4:14
2. "Thank You"   4:50
3. "Giant For A Day"   3:49
4. "Spooky Boogie" (R. Shulman, K. Minnear) (instrumental) 2:55
5. "Take Me" (D. Shulman, J. Weathers) 3:39
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Little Brown Bag"   3:26
2. "Friends" (J. Weathers) 2:00
3. "No Stranger"   2:29
4. "It's Only Goodbye"   4:19
5. "Rock Climber"   3:52

Personnel[edit]

Release details[edit]

  • 1978, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1186, Release Date 29 September 1978, LP
  • 1978, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1186, Release Date ? ? 1978, Cassette
  • 1978, USA, Capitol Records SW-11813, Release Date 11 September 1978, LP
  • 1978, USA, Capitol Records SW-11813, Release Date ? ? 1978, Cassette
  • 1978, Brazil, Chrysalis Records 6307 636, Release Date ? ? 1978, LP
  • ?, USA, Capitol Records SN-16045, Release Date ? ? ?, LP (re-release)
  • ?, USA, Capitol Records 17892, Release Date ? ? ?, CD
  • 1993, UK, Road Goes On Forever RGFCD 1007, Release Date ? ? 1993, CD (with lyric sleeve)
  • 1994, UK, Terrapin Trucking TRUCKCD007, Release Date 18 July 1994, CD (Re-Master)
  • 1996, USA, One Way CD 18470, Release Date 16 March 1996, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD431, Release Date 16 April 1999 , CD (2 x CD with The Missing Piece)
  • 2005, UK, DRT Entertainment RTE355, Release Date 5 September 2005, CD (35th Anniversary Enhanced Re-Master)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little, Patrick (2011). "Giant for a Day! - Gentle Giant | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Michael (2011). "Gentle Giant: Giant For A Day : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Pardo, Pete (2011). "Review: 'Gentle Giant: Giant For a Day-35th Anniversary Edition (remaster)' - Sea of Tranquility - The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". seaoftranquility.org. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Gentle Giant's website (www.blazemonger.com/GG/)