Gentle Giant ‎– Acquiring The Taste

Vertigo ‎– 6360 041
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold


A1 Pantagruel's Nativity
A2 Edge Of Twilight
A3 The House, The Street, The Room
A4 Acquiring The Taste
B1 Wreck
B2 The Moon Is Down
B3 Black Cat
B4 Plain Truth



Released on a 'swirl' Vertigo label.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RJ-7236 Gentle Giant Acquiring The Taste(LP, Album) Vertigo RJ-7236 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
842 917-2 Gentle Giant Acquiring The Taste(CD, Album, RE) Vertigo 842 917-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
842 917-2 Gentle Giant Acquiring The Taste(CD, Album, RE) Vertigo 842 917-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
6360 041 D Gentle Giant Acquiring The Taste(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6360 041 D Germany 1971 Sell This Version
6360 041 Gentle Giant Acquiring The Taste(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo 6360 041 UK Unknown Sell This Version


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July 19, 2014
I own two LPs of this, the American spaceship Vertigo pressing, and the UK swirl original. There's an audio glitch at the beginning of the title track that sounds like it was playing too fast, then it slows down to normal speed. This glitch is on the American pressing, but when I got the UK original I noticed this glitch is absent, so if you want to hear this piece without the error, get the UK original. I understand the compilation Edge of Twilight also features the error-free version of this cut as found on the UK original.


February 1, 2008
edited over 6 years ago
An almost incredible leap upwards and forwards compared to the debut, this album still stands as one of the highlights of early British prog-rock. The liner notes say it all: ''we have recorded each composition with the one thought - that it should be unique, adventurous and fascinating.'' It is a rare event, that this is not only expressed in words on the cover, but actually hearable almost everywhere in the music. The stunning vocal parts reach a complexity previously unheard of in rock. The interplay is inventive and innovative: combinations of sounds that we have not heard before, still completely clear and misleadingly facile. You never hear the efforts that must have gone into this recording, everything sounds as if it's totally natural. In an interview of March 1998 in 20th century music magazine Ray Shulman states: ''I think Acquiring The Taste, our second record, was probably the purest in terms of making music. We just made music and it was never for any other reason. There were no business concerns because we weren't even known. I think that is when you make the purest music because you don't even have an audience.'' Although the last part of this statement maybe doubtful, it perfectly sums up from which angle the music was made. Some 35 years later this still pays off! There is some room to quibble anyway, of course. Some moog-explorations sound dated and the plain rock songs aren't that exciting. On the other hand, the first two tracks are nothing less than masterpieces of inventive rock and there is so much to explore inside the arrangements, that the album will easily outlast the even most diligent listener. Top-notch.