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Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010] PS3 ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

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Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010] PS3 ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:07 minutes | Scans included | 1008 MB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 900 MB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 785 MB

Octopus is the fourth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. It was the band's last album with founding member Phil Shulman and the first with new drummer John Weathers, who would remain with the band until their dissolution in 1980. Octopus remains a highly regarded example of the progressive rock genre and is generally considered to represent the start of the band's peak period.

Returning to Gentle Giant's fourth album after any kind of lengthy absence, it's astonishing just how little Octopus has dated. Often written off at the time as a pale reflection of the truly gargantuan steps being taken by the likes of Jethro Tull and Barclay James Harvest, the band's closest relatives in the tangled skein of period prog, Gentle Giant often seemed more notable for its album art than its music. Octopus, however, marries the two seamlessly, with the cover speaking for itself, of course. And the mood continues within, the deliciously convoluted opening "The Advent of Panurge" itself riding waves of sonic tentacles as Gary Green's guitar shrieks short but so effective bursts around the thundering bass and, occasionally, churchy organ. Against the pulsating volume of the album's heavier tracks – "Panurge" is joined by "A Cry for Everyone" – the band's excursions into less excitable territory are never less than captivating. Twiddly though they are, the sometimes a cappella "Knots," the lilting "Dog's Life," and the Yes-with-fiddles-ish "Raconteur Troubadour" all have moments of sublime sweetness, while the instrumental "The Boys in the Band" is a succession of quirky showcases for, indeed, all the boys. Occasionally arrangements do get overly cluttered – with each of the six bandmembers doubling up on at least three different instruments, there's a distinct sense of overdubs for overdubbing's sake. Follow the key instruments alone, however, and the soundscapes not only make perfect sense, but so do the flourishes and intrusions that rattle around. And the end result is an album that has withstood the test of time a lot better than anyone might have expected.


01 - The Advent Of Panurge
02 - Raconteur, Troubadour
03 - A Cry For Everyone
04 - Knots
05 - The Boys In The Band
06 - Dog's Life
07 - Think Of Me With Kindness
08 - River

DSD transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Studio Mastering).
Universal Japan # UIGY-9057

foobar2000 1.6.6 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

Analyzed: Gentle Giant / Octopus

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 -3.64 dB -19.57 dB 4:41 01-The Advent Of Panurge
DR12 -4.52 dB -19.85 dB 4:03 02-Raconteur, Troubadour
DR12 -3.77 dB -18.13 dB 4:06 03-A Cry For Everyone
DR13 -2.08 dB -21.12 dB 4:09 04-Knots
DR12 -2.00 dB -18.76 dB 4:32 05-The Boys In The Band
DR13 -5.71 dB -23.05 dB 3:11 06-Dog's Life
DR13 -5.54 dB -23.16 dB 3:34 07-Think Of Me With Kindness
DR14 -3.54 dB -20.37 dB 5:51 08-River

Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64

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Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,38 GB