is the eleventh studio Civilian album by British band Gentle Giant, released in 1980. It was recorded at Sound City Studios in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Consisting mostly of short rock songs, it is closer to an AOR sound than the progressive style for which the band is best known. Civilian was to be the final album of Gentle Giant's career; soon after its release the band played a last tour and then split up.
The album also marked a return to
Columbia Records in the U.S. and Canada after an eight-year hiatus. Gentle Giant's last Columbia album had been Octopus (1972).
A previously unreleased track, "Heroes No More", has been included on some CD reissues of Civillian. Another track from the period, "You Haven't a Chance", appeared on
Under Construction 17 years later.
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by :
Side one: Kerry Minnear and Derek Shulman, except where noted.
Side two: Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman.
"Convenience (Clean and Easy)"
(G. Green, D. Shulman) 3:13
"All Through the Night"
"Shadows on the Street"
"I Am a Camera"
"It's Not Imagination"
"Heroes No More"
(available on later CD re-release from One Way) 4:38
Personnel [ edit ]
Gary Green - Electric guitars on all tracks except track 3
Kerry Minnear - synthesizers (tracks 1-7, 9), electric piano (tracks 1, 3-9), Hammond organ (tracks 2, 3, 9), Clavinet (track 7), piano (track 3), lead vocals on track 3
Derek Shulman - lead vocals on all tracks except track 3
Ray Shulman - bass, acoustic guitar (tracks 5, 6), backing vocals
John Weathers - drums, tambourine (tracks 4-6, 8, 9), varispeed cymbals (track 1), percussion (track 7), backing vocals 
Release Details [ edit ]
1980, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR 1285, Release Date ? February 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
References [ edit ]