Prog Legends Gentle Giant’s Final Album “Civilian” Remastered CD & LP Available for pre-order!

To the great pleasure of gentle giant fans around the world, the remastered CD of the group’s latest album “Civilian” will be released on May 20, 2022! The vinyl release of the album will follow later in the year. Gentle Giant’s “Civilian” was released in the spring of 1980, just over a decade after the band’s formation. The album was to be the band’s swan song after ten studio albums and a double live album in ten years of existence.

Gentle Giant had by then built up a formidable catalog of highly inventive and distinctive music and amassed an ardent fanbase in North America and Europe. The band’s music has continually defied categorization. Granted, there had been a steady shift towards a more accessible style, especially after the release of “Interview” in 1976, but the diverse influences that had been so deftly combined on their previous recordings had continued to distinguish their music throughout. their career.

“Civilian” was the latest step in Giant’s move toward a more concise and direct approach while maintaining its musical integrity. It was unique among their albums in that the material was written and recorded in North America. In an effort to achieve a more streamlined feel while retaining musical virtuosity, Gentle Giant temporarily relocated to Los Angeles, where material for “Civilian” took shape over a five-month period spanning into the early 1900s. 1980s.

The group recruited Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick to manage the Sound City console and Bijou Studios in Hollywood to record “Civilian”. What emerged from these sessions was a relatively straightforward high-energy rock album, with hook-laden songs and clever choruses. Certainly a musical vindication of Giant’s decision to go further into “mainstream progressive rock”, and the logical conclusion of the work begun on “Interview” in 1976. Although it combined earlier characteristic elements, Gentle Giant retained its brilliant musicality par excellence to move forward into the new decade.

Beginning with “Convenience (Clean and Easy),” a searing introduction that focuses on the American way of life, “Civilian” once again showcases Giant’s ability to write and perform in a number of styles. Although the medieval influence has waned, the brooding magnificence of “Inside Out” and delicate keyboard work on “Shadows on the Street”, the latter reminiscent of mid-’70s pieces such as “Freehand” and “No God’s a Man”, maintain the tradition of the Gentle Giant. Elsewhere, the upbeat rock numbers are littered with the prominent patterns and intricate instrumental interplay that have always characterized the band’s output.

As a bonus, the newly mastered reissue of “Civilian”, and thus its first official CD release, a rare unreleased track is included. “Heroes No More” was recorded during the “Civilian” sessions but was unable to appear solely due to the need to cut runtimes on the old vinyl format. Remastered, it’s a fantastic addition to the album.

Despite the obvious strength and immediacy of “Civilian”, opinions differed widely at the time of the original release in February 1980. At the time, “Civilian” was unable to satisfy hardcore thrill-seeking fans. from ambitious earlier Gentle Giant albums. , but it is nonetheless a cohesive and compelling rock record of the highest musical standard. Unfortunately, “Civilian” was to be Gentle Giant’s last album. After a short hiatus, the band met in New York for promotional work ahead of their planned spring tour of the United States. This is where the decision was made that the band would perform their live obligations knowing it would be their last.

“Civilian” was the latest in a series of remarkably original albums, each with its own character, but each recorded with the same care and attention to detail. Gentle Giant was a unique proposition, five talented musicians capable of blending very different musical traditions into a cohesive whole.

Decades after the initial release of “Civilian”, the band’s fans old and new realized what an incredibly strong and superbly written and produced album it was. It is with this knowledge that we are proud to announce the reissue of the latest album from a truly innovative and original band.

Remastered by Pete Reynolds

To pre-order:

“Civilian” will be available on streaming channels as well as for the first time available digitally in North America.

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Jack L. Goldstein