BGO's 2013 double-disc set pairs two 1972 albums from Gentle Giant: their third album Three Friends and its successor, Octopus. Gentle Giant took the reigns of their own production on Three Friends, resulting in a slightly harder sound; "Peel the Paint" wails like hard rock while "Working All Day" works a nice slow grind. Octopus is much more characteristic of Gentle Giant: its heavier tracks feel as dense as jazz and its open-ended tunes feel teasingly complex. By definition, Gentle Giant did not make music intended to be sampled, but this two-fer isn't a bad way to hear the group at both its most direct and most elliptical.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2