Gentle Giant - Three Friends
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style: Prog Rock
Voice [Boy's Voice] – Calvin Shulman
A3 Working All Day
B1 Peel The Paint
B2 Mister Class And Quality?
B3 Three Friends
Bass [Basses], Violin, Twelve-string Guitar– Ray Shulman
Design [Sleeve]– Rick Breach
Drums– Malcolm Mortimore
Engineer– Martin Rushkent
Guitar [Guitars]– Gary Green
Keyboards, Vibraphone, Synthesizer [Moog]– Kerry Minnear
Percussion– Gary Green, Kerry Minnear
Producer– Gentle Giant
Saxophone [Saxes]– Philip Shulman
Vocals– Derek Shulman, Kerry Minnear, Philip Shulman, Ray Shulman
Written-By– D. Shulman, K. Minnear, P. Shulman, R. Shulman
Written-by [All Titles]– Gentle Giant
Release has lyrics printed on the inside of the gatefold jacket.
℗ 1972 Malibu Record Productions, Inc./Manufactured By Columbia Records/CBS, Inc. Litho in Canada.
℗ 1972 Malibu Record Productions, Inc. Manufactured by Columbia Records of Canada, Ltd.
Writer credits are to '-R. Shulman- D. Shulman-P. Shulman-K. Minnear' on the label and 'Shulman, Shulman, Shulman, Minnear' on the inside jacket cover.
All selections © 1972 Excellency Music (ASCAP).
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 label): AL 31649
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 label): BL 31649
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 runouts): P AL 31649-1A
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 runouts): P BL 31649-1B
I see "Three Friends" as one of these recordings. Coming away from "Aquiring the Taste" and heading toward "Octopus," (both of which are masterful recordings) we find GG really stretching and exploring new territory. The concept is very solid and the music that they devise (the three school friends)to realize that concept is stunning. Particularly stunning, perhaps, because of its virtually universal appeal.
"Three Friends" is a very important recording and an absolute must-have for any progressive rock listener.
It's one of my favorites- ominous, pretty, medieval, complex and it rocks too, when it needs to. Stands out apart from all the rest.
"Prologue" (sorry, I should have mentioned this song first since it's track one, but I didn't so just roll with me!) features a really evil sounding guitar riff. That riff alone dominates a good portion of the 5 minute song. I don't know what else to say other than... move over Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult! I bet this is how the devil likes his evil. It's a dark world baby, so you better get used to it.
"Peel the Paint" is a sophisticated art museum display of illustrious amazement... and a high IQ level of exquisite tastes to boot!
The classical-influenced orchestration in the beginning leads way to a funky and much heavier section later on, but it's the classical bit that floors me the hardest. It's so melodic and beautiful and just perfect in so many delightfully confusing ways... and it's so WEIRD
Gentle Giant - Three Friends
Gentle Giant - Peel The Paint
GENTLE GIANT - THREE FRIENDS - Prologue