The Power And The Glory
We’re beginning to wonder if Steven Wilson ever gets home at night, juggling his own projects with a heavy schedule of remixing classic albums from the likes of King Crimson, XTC and Yes. Now his attentions are on Gentle Giant, one of the most underrated bands ever. Incredible musicianship was at their core, but by avoiding any commercialism they stayed firmly underground. Perhaps it was reaction to their chart-topper Kites, when they were known as Simon Dupree And The Big Sound; whatever the reason, as Gentle Giant their albums are individual and timeless, so giving them this remastering treatment makes perfect sense. The Power And The Glory is perhaps a strange choice as a first re-release, as it’s a particularly complex album. It was their seventh, and followed hot on the heels of In A Glass House where the band was in transition due to the departure of vocalist Phil Shulman. The most accessible track is Playing The Game, a favourite on their live performances with great guitar work from Gary Green. Also included is the single (also called The Power And The Glory) which the record company demanded to the band’s dismay, and was subsequently withdrawn. Expect the usual multi-format releases, extras and stunning production for this truly remarkable album. If this one grabs your attention, prepare to be hooked.