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Seventies Saturday - Gentle Giant

The focus of this blog is humour. But from time to time we hearken back several decades to revisit fashion and fads (funny in itself) through music, while celebrating birthdays and other events in rock and roll. As well, Fridays on this blog are usually given over to musical groups from the 60s. But today we implement a new feature: Seventies Saturdays.

In the early 70s I discovered a progressive rock group from Britain called Gentle Giant. What attracted me to them wasn't the musical instrumentation so much but rather the vocals. It was a complex madrigal type of singing and the 1972 album "Octopus" caught my ear immediately.

Here's a live medley from that album which I consider to be one of their best...

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