Gentle Giant – Acquiring the Taste (1971)

Artist Credit
Paul Cosh Organ, Trumpet
Gentle Giant Primary Artist
Gary Green Guitar, Vocals
Paul Kosh Trumpet
Kerry Minnear Arranger, Celeste, Cello, Clavichord, Composer, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Maracas, Mellotron, Moog Bass, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Percussion, Percussion Arrangement, Piano, Piano (Electric), Tambourine, Timpani, Vibraphone, Vocals, Xylophone
Derek Shulman Bass, Clavichord, Cowbell, Guitar, Sax (Alto), Vocals
Phil Shulman Bass, Clarinet, Claves, Composer, Maracas, Piano, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin (Electric), Vocals
Ray Shulman Bass, Bass Pedals, Composer, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Organ, Percussion, Sax (Alto), Spanish Guitar, Tambourine, Viola, Violin, Vocals
Martin Smith Drums
Martin Cruz Smith Drums, Gong, Tambourine
Chris Thomas Synthesizer
Tony Visconti Drums (Bass), Producer, Recorder, Triangle

The band’s second album is a major advance on its first, featuring superior singing, playing, and songwriting, as well as a more unified sound, without sacrificing the element of surprise in the first record. Many of the melodies and even the riffs here (check out Gary Green’s first guitar flourish on “Pantagruel’s Nativity”) have a pretty high haunt count, and all of the musicianship displays an elegance seldom heard even in progressive circles — but the record also, amazingly enough, rocks really hard as well. Elements of hard rock and Gregorian chants mix freely and, amazingly enough, well throughout this album.

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