Gentle Giant - Octopus CD + 5.1 / hi-res Blu-ray (expanded / remixed / remastered)

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"Following last year‘s highly successful release of the Steven Wilson remix of ‘The Power And The Glory’, Steven has now remixed one of the fans’ all-time favourite Gentle Giant albums: ‘Octopus’."

The band's fourth album, and for me this was their first really incredible work. This was the last by the six piece band and their first with drummer John Weathers, who became a very important part of their sound. It also seems to me that this was the album where they took their 'rock' background, their mastery of the studio and their mastery of their instruments and voices and mixed them together in a very natural way (Acquiring The Taste trod similar ground in a lot of ways, but it didn't seem like it was able to roll off their backs in such a natural way as it did here). Eight tracks, and every one of them pretty much perfect. This was the first album I heard by them and it pretty much knocked my lights out then and still does, actually. And now we all get to hear it in a new way! Highly recommended.

"Originally released in 1972, Octopus is Gentle Giant’s fourth album, and featured band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals) and John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.

For this new edition, Steven Wilson tastefully remixed the album as well as a bonus mix of 15-minute concert performances of "Excerpts from Octopus" from the band's 1976 tour.

New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) will be included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).

This Blu-ray + CD Digipak contains the new Steven Wilson mix and the 15-minute live performance of "Excerpts from Octopus" both in 96/24 PCM and in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from the album in 96/24 PCM, as well as a flat transfer of the original mix of the album, taken directly from the original 1⁄4 inch tape."
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