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    Gentle Giant covers

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    Russian band - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gourishankar

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    Well done, but a bit too heavy (ELP-like) for me.

    More information on the Unicorn Records site, which reminded me that I must have heard it before

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    Interesting because it's a true cover rather than a copy. These guys don't sound like Giant, and they aren't trying to. They're playing this their own way, and really giving a different flavor to it. In the process, they're illuminating the material's excellence: Usually, it's almost impossible to separate GG's songwriting from their eccentric sound, to imagine those songs without Derek's strained yelp, Kerry's clattering staccato on every keyboard, Gary's blues tone and phrasing, and John's Bonham-like bashing. But here, Gourishankar play a Giant song as more conventional prog-metal, and I can actually hear it as a composition, as something apart from GG's particular performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    The Gourishankar. For Nobody



    Russian band - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gourishankar

    With no hesitation I'll give it a wow! or two !

    The Gourishshankar are a great band and I highly suggest their original tunes be checked out. I have 2 of their cds and not a bad tune in the bunch. These guys are top drawer, nice to see someone recognize them. First listened to them because of this cover.

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    This one has been featured here before - surprised it didn;t make this thread until now:

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    Some great covers here but you can't beat the original - Just to be fair though, I don't think that has ever happened in history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockonbra View Post
    Some great covers here but you can't beat the original - Just to be fair though, I don't think that has ever happened in history.
    A cover 'better' than the original? I think there's a thread here somewhere dedicated to just that subject.
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    Another GG cover band from Brazil. They play regularly over here.

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    Enjoying a lot of these, hearing most for the first time, so thanks for posting. Here are a couple more, the first of which, at least, has been posted here on PE before...

    Another version of Proclamation, this by Rachel Flowers:
    https://soundcloud.com/rachelflowers...le-giant-cover

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    What became of Oaksenham? Wiki says they had worked on a new recording called "Upon All the Living and the Dead" for two years that was planned for release in 2013. A track was apparently posted 9 months ago -
    https://soundcloud.com/vhsound2/oaks...-death-fantasy Says it's still coming. I do hear some GG influences.

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    Wonderful acoustic rendition of “Raconteur Troubadour”.

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    Excellent job - a nearly note for note of the live version that Gary and Ray did as heard on Playing the Fool. Great reproduction of River as well. But I simply don't get the point of parroting the original. Is it simply to prove you can do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    Excellent job - a nearly note for note of the live version that Gary and Ray did as heard on Playing the Fool. Great reproduction of River as well. But I simply don't get the point of parroting the original. Is it simply to prove you can do it?
    I can see two reasons:

    1. Because you absolutely love the original, and can't see any way to improve upon it. Yes, a changed version will be different, and be something of your own. But will it be better, or even as good? GG were like Zappa in that they really didn't sound like anybody else, to the point where any prog band using counterpoint gets accused of being a Giant imitator.

    2. The "Dweezil" reason: because you consider it something akin to classical music, consider GG's idiosyncratic timbres, phrasing, articulation, and accompaniment parts as much a part of the music as the vocal and lead lines, and you want to play it correctly.

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    ^^^
    Fair enough. Like I said well done, but for my tastes if I tackled a GG number I'd try to put a new slant on it like Oaksenham has done effectively IMO.

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