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 Rock, Hard 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 studio 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.

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 CD re-release from One Way) 4:38


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)


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