Giant for a Day!

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Giant for a Day!
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Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released September 11, 1978
Recorded April – May 1978
Studio Ramport Studios, Battersea; Maison Rouge, Fulham; Scorpio Sound, Euston
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
SourceRating
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stoneunfavourable[2]
Sea of Tranquility3/5 stars[3]

Giant for a Day! is the tenth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1978. The band's previous use of counterpoint and medieval-themed arrangements was not present on this recording. This album features a pop rock sensibility, instead of their usual progressive rock sound. Unlike the previous albums, the band did not make any tour or concerts to support this album.[4] From the album only the title track was ever played live by the band during its final tour supporting the Civilian album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Words from the Wise" Derek Shulman and ensemble4:14
2."Thank You"  4:50
3."Giant for a Day!"  3:49
4."Spooky Boogie" instrumental2:55
5."Take Me"Derek Shulman, John Weathers 3:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Little Brown Bag"  3:26
2."Friends"WeathersJohn Weathers2:00
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, US, Capitol Records SW-11813, release date 11 September 1978, LP
  • 1978, US, Capitol Records SW-11813, release date ? ? 1978, Cassette
  • 1978, Brazil, Chrysalis Records 6307 636, release date ? ? 1978, LP
  • ?, US, Capitol Records SN-16045, release date ? ? ?, LP (re-release)
  • ?, US, 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, US, One Way CD 18470, release date 16 March 1996, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD431, release date 16 April 1999, CD (2× 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. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  6. ^ Gentle Giant's website (www.blazemonger.com/GG/)