Gentle Giant ‎– Free Hand

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Chrysalis ‎– CHR 1093
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Tracklist

A1 Just The Same 5:34
A2 On Reflection 5:41
A3 Free Hand 6:14
B1 Time To Kill 5:08
B2 His Last Voyage 6:27
B3 Talybont 2:43
B4 Mobile 5:05

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Notes

Includes lyrics sheet.
No instruments credits given on release.

Recorded at Advision Studios London, April '75

℗ 1975 Chrysalis Records Ltd.

On lyrics sheet:
CHR 1093

(There is also a near identical version with black rim text on labels )

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): CHR.1093-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): CHR.1093-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): CHR 1093 A-1U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): CHR 1093 B-1U

Other Versions (5 of 48) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6307 656 Gentle Giant Free Hand(LP, Album) Chrysalis 6307 656 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
CHR 1093 Gentle Giant Free Hand(LP, Album) Chrysalis CHR 1093 UK 1975 Sell This Version
620315 Gentle Giant Free Hand(LP, Album) Chrysalis 620315 Portugal 1975 Sell This Version
89.565-I Gentle Giant Free Hand(LP, Album) Chrysalis 89.565-I Spain 1975 Sell This Version
ALU-GG-012 Gentle Giant Free Hand(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alucard ALU-GG-012 UK 2009 Sell This Version

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calipheron

calipheron

May 29, 2009
Having trouble getting into Gentle Giant? Try Free Hand. No, I'm not suggesting it is their best, but the first side of this album contains what must be three of their best songs - and I do mean SONGS.

Here they go for a prog-pop approach, and yes that can and does work. Lots of very memorable vocal melodies all over the place, good riffage - then they often dip into some soloing.

GG had the good sense not to go overboard too much on the first side, but there lies my only beef with this album: from His Last Voyage onwards they get a lot more esoteric and "generic Gentle Giant prog" in style. I don't mind it, but I much prefer them singing over big riffs in odd (or hell, why not even, for a change?) time sigs.