Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Blu-Ray Audio 2015] Hi-Res FLAC 24/96

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Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Blu-Ray Audio 2015] Hi-Res FLAC 24/96

Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972) [Blu-Ray Audio 2015]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time - 105:32 minutes | 2,28 GB
Source: Blu-Ray Audio -> FLAC 24/96 includes all extras | Artwork

Gentle Giant's iconic album 'Octopus', remixed by Steven Wilson, it also features an added bonus live 15-minute concert mix of 'Excerpts from Octopus' from the band's 1976 tour. Also includes the new instrumental mixes and flat transfer of the original album.

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.

Tracklist

New Stereo Mix:

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
09 - Excerpts From Octopus (Live 1976) [Bonus Track]

Analyzed: Gentle Giant / Octopus
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -1.05 dB -16.68 dB 4:43 01-The Advent Of Panurge
DR12 -2.66 dB -17.41 dB 4:03 02-Raconteur Troubadour
DR13 -0.10 dB -14.63 dB 4:07 03-A Cry For Everyone
DR13 -0.10 dB -17.45 dB 4:12 04-Knots
DR11 -0.10 dB -14.63 dB 4:35 05-The Boys In The Band
DR13 -1.78 dB -20.42 dB 3:14 06-Dog's Life
DR12 -0.57 dB -18.15 dB 3:35 07-Think Of Me With Kindness
DR14 -0.10 dB -16.19 dB 5:55 08-River
DR14 -0.10 dB -18.79 dB 15:42 09-Excerpts From Octopus (Live 1976) (Bonus Track)
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 3012 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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New Instrumental Mixes:

01 - A Cry For Everyone
02 - Knots
03 - Dog's Life
04 - Think Of Me With Kindness
05 - River

Analyzed: Gentle Giant / Octopus Instrumentals
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.10 dB -15.19 dB 4:08 01-A Cry For Everyone
DR15 -0.10 dB -18.80 dB 4:12 02-Knots
DR14 -2.91 dB -21.99 dB 3:14 03-Dog's Life
DR13 -0.64 dB -19.16 dB 3:34 04-Think Of Me With Kindness
DR14 -0.10 dB -16.61 dB 5:55 05-River
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Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2695 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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OGR Flat Transfer:

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

Analyzed: Gentle Giant / Octopus
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -3.95 dB -19.58 dB 4:43 01-The Advent Of Panurge
DR12 -3.71 dB -18.73 dB 4:05 02-Raconteur Troubadour
DR11 -4.03 dB -17.45 dB 4:04 03-A Cry For Everyone
DR12 -4.29 dB -20.38 dB 4:12 04-Knots
DR11 -2.53 dB -17.53 dB 4:36 05-The Boys In The Band
DR12 -6.03 dB -22.88 dB 3:14 06-Dog's Life
DR12 -5.07 dB -22.85 dB 3:35 07-Think Of Me With Kindness
DR13 -3.34 dB -18.82 dB 5:55 08-River
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2812 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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