The Missing Piece (Gentle Giant album)

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The Missing Piece
GentleGiant MissingPiece.jpg
Studio album by Gentle Giant
Released September 16, 1977
Recorded May 1977, Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 36:28
Label Chrysalis (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Producer Gentle Giant
Gentle Giant chronology
Playing the Fool - The Official Live
The Missing Piece
Giant for a Day!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Missing Piece is the ninth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. After the Interview tour this return to the studio marked a change of direction for the band with the first side of the album exploring different musical directions than the band was previously known for, including pop music and punk rock, while the second side was more in the vein of Gentle Giant's signature progressive rock style. This was the last Gentle Giant album to chart in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Two Weeks in Spain" 3:07
2. "I'm Turning Around" 3:59
3. "Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It" 2:25
4. "Who Do You Think You Are?" 3:35
5. "Mountain Time" 3:20
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "As Old as You're Young" 4:21
2. "Memories of Old Days" 7:18
3. "Winning" 4:18
4. "For Nobody" 4:05
Bonus track
No. Title Length
10. "For Nobody" (Live, exclusively on the 35th anniversary release)  


There are no official instrument credits listed on the album.


Year Chart Position
1977 US Billboard 200 81


Release Details[edit]

  • 1977, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1152, Release Date September 16, 1977, LP
  • 1977, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1152, Release Date ? ? 1977, Cassette
  • 1977, USA, Capitol Records ST-11696, Release Date September 20, 1977, LP
  • 1977, USA, Capitol Records ST-11696, Release Date ? ? 1977, Cassette
  • 1977, Brazil, Chrysalis Records 6307 604, Release Date ? ? 1977, LP
  • 1981?, USA, Capitol Records SN-16046, Release Date ? ? ?, LP (re-release)
  •  ?, USA, Capitol Records 18742, Release Date ? ? ?, CD
  • 1994, UK, Terrapin Trucking TRUCKCD006, Release Date 15 July 1994, CD (Re-Master)
  • 1996, USA, One Way CD 18469, Release Date 16 March 1996, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD435, Release Date 16 April 1999, CD (2 x CD with Giant for a Day!)
  • 2005, UK, DRT Entertainment/Pinnacle RTE356, Release Date 5 September 2005, CD (35th Anniversary Enhanced Re-Master)