Gentle Giant ‎– Octopus

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Vertigo ‎– 6360 080
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First UK edition. Released in a gatefold cover with company inner sleeves and Vertigo “swirl” labels.

This LP was released in 1973 in USA with an alternate (octopus in a jar) cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Side A): 6360080 1Y // 1 ▽ 420
  • Barcode (Side B): 6360080 2Y // 1 ▽ 420

Other Versions (5 of 73) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RJ-7265 Gentle Giant Octopus(LP, Album, RE) Vertigo RJ-7265 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
ALUGG050 Gentle Giant Octopus(CD, Album, RE, RM + Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, RE,) Alucard ALUGG050 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
CK 32022 Gentle Giant Octopus(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CK 32022 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
6360 080 Gentle Giant Octopus(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo 6360 080 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
6360 080 Gentle Giant Octopus(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6360 080 Germany 1972 Sell This Version

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thomaskick

thomaskick

August 18, 2018
Is this the best progressive rock album ever?
Simply amazing and eclectic in every single musical aspects.
One of the most musically clever band ever existed.
The weather reports of prog Rock.
shanesmeets

shanesmeets

January 27, 2018
Some how in my teens I didn’t come across GG . I ve been listening to prog since I was 13 , Yes ,ELP , Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep etc all 60s 70s rock went to record fairs even as CDs were arriving. I even loved Roger Dean art but never saw a GG record. Finally a couple of years ago I connected the dots between Roger Deans Octopus picture and a band called Gentle Giant . I now have all albums from their first to interview. Power and the Glory is my favourite ,a solid album . The music isn’t for every one but what music is? For me they hit the spot and to find a band that’s new to your own ears that are unique ,talented ,surprising and definately challenging at this stage in the world of music is a rare thing.
marcelrecords

marcelrecords

June 22, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
This fourth album by the Giant is the first without any real flaws. It brims with creativity, unexpected textures and diversity. The playing is as dexterous as you can get it, but never to any detriment to the music's expression. The many styles they have incorporated with varying results on previous albums suddenly all seem to grow logically from each other. There is renaissance, bone-dry hard-rock, a lot of polyphony and those nearly incredible 4-part vocal parts that challenge the ear. They play an avalanche of non-rock instruments as well: all strings and woodwinds are played by the band as well as marimba, various recorders and vibraphone.
This may not be an easy music to get into, but is one of Britain's best prog albums of the early seventies (an era with ample competition!)