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I was managing the band at the time and music business became a major business. By this time, Gentle Giant had become a well-established live act in America and Europe, touring persistently and sharing stages with anyone from Sha Na Na to progressive rock contemporaries such as Jethro Tull and Yes. The band's notoriously virtuosic live act featuring rapid-fire instrument swapping and equally demanding rearrangements of the already complex studio pieces made a powerful impression on audiences, meaning that Gentle Giant could equal almost any act on the bill.
In , this side of the band was captured on the live album Playing the Fool ,  recorded during the European tour for Interview. While Gentle Giant's skill as performers remained undiminished, their creative peak was now behind them. Affected by changes in popular style including the growth of punk rock , the band made a mutual decision to refine their writing and performance style in pursuit of a broader market, particularly in America.
Over the next two years, the band gradually jettisoned many of their complicated stylings in order to attempt to write simpler pop music and attempt to create hit singles. The Missing Piece recorded in the Netherlands and released in was a transitional album reflecting this new approach.
While the second side featured longer and more eclectic songs reminiscent of the band's earlier work, the first side featured outright examples of pop-rock, blue-eyed soul and even an attempt at punk.
Three singles "Two Weeks in Spain", "Mountain Time" and "I'm Turning Around" were released from the album, but failed to become hits: the album itself performed disappointingly in the marketplace, failing to win new fans or find favour with the band's existing fanbase.
Despite this setback, the band pursued their course to its conclusion on 's Giant for a Day! Giant for a Day! Derek Shulman eventually remembered it as being "real contrived"  while Kerry Minnear would confess to having felt unsure as to whether he had anything to contribute to the album although he did make an attempt to write a commercial single, "It's Only Goodbye". In , Gentle Giant relocated their centre of operations to Los Angeles in order to record their eleventh album, Civilian.
This was a record of short rock songs with a strong New Wave influence. While keeping the reduced instrumental approach of Giant for a Day! While Kerry Minnear would pronounce himself far more satisfied with this album and its songs, Ray Shulman would eventually state, "I hated making [that] last record, I hated being involved with it.
As it turns out we as a band were just not good at being rock or pop stars. We would have loved to be as popular as a Genesis or Rush or Yes. In hindsight, I sometimes think that Gentle Giant was wrongfully put into the progressive rock category.
Much of what we did was very clever, but we certainly didn't do these long complex tunes like Yes or Genesis did. Gary Green reflects on the final Gentle Giant split . In the summer of , the group disbanded. I was living in Los Angeles at the time when we broke up. We weren't really sure what direction to take. I don't regret the decision we made to disband, and I'd do it again if we were to do the whole thing all over again. Once we knew that, we enjoyed ourselves. We decided to quit then rather than let it go on too long.
Gary Green's opinion of the split differs. In he commented: "My own personal opinion is that the band broke up because Derek really wanted a hit album, and I think Ray did too, and they were fed up. They had been musicians longer than I had, and they had tasted it pretty good when they were with Simon Dupree, at least in Britain.
And they were looking for some of that in Giant too. My feeling is that we could have continued on as PFM did, or Yes , and still continue. If we had adhered to the statement we started out with, we could still be playing that, and still be earning a reasonable living. That's all water under the bridge and that's fine now. It seemed a bit silly to cut off your creativity for that kind of thing. John Weathers went on to drum for Man an association that lasted until and later played in Glenn Cornick's Wild Turkey.
Kerry Minnear returned to the UK and settled in Cornwall , spending many years working in gospel music. Following his time in Gentle Giant, Phil Shulman retired entirely from the music business.
Several of these under the collective title of Then were spoken-word pieces in which he reminisced about his upbringing in the Glasgow slums. One of these pieces - "Rats" - appeared on Damon Shulman's solo album In Pieces and can be heard as an audio stream on Damon Shulman's homepage and MySpace page made available in April Echoes is probably the best Pink Floyd song overall, but it is in eternal combat with Dogs for me.
However, Echoes is only half of Meddle. A Pillow Of Winds is gorgeous too. I could go on and on about Pink Floyd. Lots of people have. But from there on there is no particular order.
They are all tied, in my opinion. Top 5 matches my personal list almost perfectly. I pretty much agree with this selection, although I really miss Ummagumma.
Fine personal opinion and I see many agree. But I wonder if this list would be the same if we counted how many spins we have given to each record. And if this is a sign of quality. While Liverpudlian pop sensations The Beatles started out as loveable mop-tops, they soon became influenced by the Sixties counterculture of pot smoking and protest, and their music started going in radical new directions.
The cover features two versions of the Beatles. But the real stars here are the life-sized cardboard cut-outs of famous people, from Karl Marx to Marilyn Monroe.
Designed by the pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth and based on an ink drawing by Paul McCartney, this turned out to be one of the most expensive album covers in history, partly because they had to pay so many people to use their likenesses.
It was also the first to feature printed lyrics. Early versions allowed you to peel back the banana skin to recover a flesh-coloured banana underneath use your imagination. They came up with the concept, which was inspired by an image of a prism found in a photography book, after an all-night brainstorming session. While the psychedelic era saw album covers commonly feature intricate, surreal and lavish illustrations, punk stripped everything to its bare essentials.
The use of obscenity, cast in the kind of cut-out lettering commonly associated with criminal ransom notes, was shocking to audiences of the time.
The use of 'bollocks' a term in British English that means both 'nonsense' and 'testicles' led to a police raid on a Virgin record store that stocked the record. In the resulting court case, Virgin was successfully defended from obscenity charges by John Mortimer, now best known as the author of Rumpole of the Bailey.
As he left the courtroom, the group's singer, Johnny Rotten, joyfully exclaimed to a reporter: "Great! Bollocks is legal. It's a visualisation of the radio waves emitted by a pulsar; a neutron star that is created after a dying sun collapses in on itself. Sumnar found the image in the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Science; Saville then reversed it from black-on-white to white-on-black and printed it on textured card.
After all the bleak, moody aggression of seventies punk, many in the eighties were ready for the return of fun and glamour Duran Duran, a band from Birmingham, England, were among the leading lights of the New Romantic movement, which cleverly combined an art-school sensibility with the kind of pop-funk stylings a mainstream audience could actually dance to. It was, at best, a tentative step toward artistic freedom. Much the same could be said about Dog's Life. Yet for a guy who has been in the shadows for three decades, the album is indeed a bold step.