Three Piece Suite, a unique compilation from 70s progressive rock pioneers Gentle Giant, is coming on September 29. The set comprises a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo.
There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from each album are known to exist as multi-tracks, with the rest presumably lost.
Three Piece Suite is available in the following formats:
*A two-disc digipak containing 96/24 animated Blu-ray plus CD.
*A single disc digipak CD.
*A two-disc gatefold LP in180g high-end vinyl.
*A digital download of the two disc Blu-Ray plus CD version.
“Giant,” “Nothing At All,” and “Why Not” are from the band's self-titled debut. “Pantagruel’s Nativity,” “The House, The Street, The Room” comes from Acquiring The Taste, while “Schooldays,” “Peel the Paint,” “Mr. Class And Quality,” and “Three Friends” from Three Friends complete the selections of original recorded material.
Also included is a previously unreleased song called “Freedom’s Child” from the band's first recording sessions with legendary producer Tony Visconti.
“I was a very optimistic young man in 1970," Visconti recalls. "I thought music like theirs would save the world from mediocrity. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth in it. I championed their cause by becoming sympathetic to the point where I temporarily joined the band for both albums. I modified their arrangements and pulled off some stunning audio effects that gave their sound more depth and immediacy. The band knew I was on their side. I remember there being a great feeling of camaraderie during the sessions.”
Wilson explains the process of restoring the recordings. "“To create the new mixes, I used Logic as the software and Universal Audio plug-ins, which provide emulations of classic analog outboard effects, channel strips and old mixing desks…I used these tools to clean things up and bring out some more clarity, detail and definition in some of the instrumental interplay. There was never a question of trying to outdo the original mixes, but offer different perspectives on them.”
For fans of Gentle Giant, great musicianship and progressive rock, Three Piece Suite is a must have and an incredible insight into the earliest days of one of prog's most inventive and influential bands.
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