Saturday, 22 January 2011

Gentle Giant - Three Friends

A short review of an early prog concept album used as a possible entry to Amplifier's blog on

Gentle Giant's third album, and the first to be released in the USA, was, unsurprisingly given the title, a concept album about three friends who meet at school and grow apart in adulthood - we've all been there. One becomes a road digger with a chip on his shoulder about the "...boss (who) gets all the money", another becomes a troubled artist and the third goes into white collar suburbia resenting the other two their apparent freedoms. Musically complex but playful with some great keyboards and guitar, even after 39 years this doesn't sound dated.

The video is from the band Three Friends, which contains some original members and was formed to play Gentle Giant music. This is School Days from the album.

4 out of 5

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