Gentle Giant

In a Palesport House

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In a Palesport House is the second release from Glass House, a label issuing official versions of the best Gentle Giant bootleg recordings. Most material on this one comes from a show in Torino, Italy, early in the In a Glass House tour of January 1973. The set includes material from all albums up to the band's 1973 opus. The beginning of "The Runaway" (the glass section and the first notes) is missing from the master tapes. "Way of Life" gets a nice treatment but the vocals are often offkey. "Funny Ways" is yet another version of that song, the most frequently performed by the band. "Knots" is as evil as can be. "The Advent of Panurge" starts off nicely, but the middle section is missing; an abrupt edit concludes a minute or so of serious imperfections in the master and skips to the middle of the recorder quartet. The most valuable part of the CD is "Nothing at All," downright sleazy when Derek Shulman hits the heavy part. It includes a drum solo. "Plain Truth" features a violin solo but a long section in the middle has been edited out; it fades out during the last verse and there are serious problems with the PA system when the violin enters. The version found on Live Rome 1974 is better. The last two tracks are taken from a television broadcast. Except where edits and defects in the master tape occur, the sound quality is pretty good with a decent mix (some of the instruments used by Gentle Giant were quite nightmarish to mike). This CD is interesting for the dedicated fan, since "Way of Life," "Nothing at All," and "Plain Truth" don't appear on Playing the Fool, the band's only "real" live album.

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