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Gentle Giant – Three Hands

Prog legends Gentle Giant`s Free Hand remixed by Steven Wilson album will be released on 25th June! Gentle Giant is definitely one of my favorite band.  

Today an absolute musical wonderful gift Gentle Giant with the song Just The Same Music Video with 2021 remix by Steven Wilson. The track is taken from the splendid album Free Hand!


See me, what I am, what I was, what I’ll be,

Hear me, understand that I’m not what you see

Take this, take the man, middle term, common me

Don’t you see that I’m just doing what I want to do

Nothing more and nothing less than you

Read no thoughts I didn’t think myself

Just the same as anybody else

Make me someone else, put me up on a stand.

Something that I don’t really want on my hands

Use me, idolise all you can understand

Don’t you see that I’m just doing what I want to do

Nothing more and nothing less than you

Read no thoughts I didn’t think myself

Just the same as anybody else

Change it, what you think, what you thought, what you say

Look for something more than you sought yesterday.

I don’t want to be part of your life to-day.

Don’t you see that I’m just doing what I want to do

Nothing more and nothing less than you

Read no thoughts I didn’t think myself

Just the same as anybody else

Free Hand was Gentle Giant’s seventh album originally released in July 1975. This album was the most commercially successful of the band’s career reaching the top 40 albums in Billboard Magazine. It stands as the culmination of the band’s maturity, following the successes of In A Glass House & The Power & The Glory.

Having toured Europe & North America non-stop in the years prior to this release with artists like Jethro Tull, Yes, Frank Zappa etc, the band had gone from strength to strength. By the time Free Han” was released Gentle Giant had become a major headliner in its own right. All the members were multi-instrumentalists. The band was never afraid of surprising an audience with a 4 part recorder ensemble followed by a vibraphone solo, all the while rocking the audience and thoroughly enjoying themselves onstage at the same time.

Gentle Giant’s albums featured many songs with both literary subjects as well as social and personal commentary on life as rock musicians. Free Hand has more than most. The album’s title & first track was named Freehand because the band had just changed record labels and management and felt unshackled by prior contractual obligations. Putting these issues behind them upon its first release, Gentle Giant embarked on an extensive tour of North America and Europe, plus a short tour of the UK, to promote the album.

The incredible range of Gentle Giant’s music is evident throughout this album. From the intricate vocal fretwork of On Reflection and the delicate medieval flavor of Talybont the Celtic-tinged rock of Time To Kill and the jagged rhythms of Just The Same all those diverse elements which made the band so strikingly original are skillfully blended and perfectly executed.

Gentle Giant with the track Proclamation have released an official fan video with premiering 15 July 2020. So far the video has been seen 137975 times. Gentle Giant is alive and kicking.

Award winning producer and musician Steven Wilson has added his delicate touch in remixing Free Hand”in Dolby Atmos & 5.1 surround sound. His tonal range and painstaking attention to sound quality make Free Hand sound as fresh today as it did on first release. A fitting tribute to the compositional skills and expertise of five dedicated musicians.

Steven Wilson’s remixed version of Free Hand will be released in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound and accompanied by custom animated visuals for each track on Blu-ray. In addition, the original flat mix, original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix will all be included in a digipak CD.

A double vinyl album will also be released with both the original flat mix and the Steven Wilson remixed version. The initial first pressing will include a limited edition transparent red version.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7144 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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