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    Gentle Giants Free Hand Remixed By Steven Wilson Now Available for Pre-order

    Prog Legends Gentle Giants Free Hand Remixed By Steven Wilson Now Available for Pre-order

    Free Hand was Gentle Giants seventh album originally released in July 1975. This album was the most commercially successful of the bands career reaching the top 40 albums in Billboard Magazine. It stands as the culmination of the bands maturity, following the successes of In A Glass House & The Power & The Glory.

    Having toured Europe & North America non-stop in the years prior to this release with artists like Jethro Tull, Yes, Frank Zappa etc, the band had gone from strength to strength. By the time Free Hand was released Gentle Giant had become a major headliner in its own right. All the members were multi-instrumentalists. The band was never afraid of surprising an audience with a 4 part recorder ensemble followed by a vibraphone solo, all the while rocking the audience and thoroughly enjoying themselves onstage at the same time.

    Gentle Giants albums featured many songs with both literary subjects as well as social and personal commentary on life as rock musicians. Free Hand has more than most. The title of the album and first track were so named as the band had just changed record labels and management and felt unshackled by prior contractual obligations. Putting these issues behind them upon its first release, Gentle Giant embarked on an extensive tour of North America and Europe, plus a short tour of the UK, to promote the album.

    The incredible range of Gentle Giant's music is evident throughout this album. From the intricate vocal fretwork of On Reflection and the delicate medieval flavor of Talybont the Celtic-tinged rock of Time To Kill and the jagged rhythms of Just The Same all those diverse elements which made the band so strikingly original are skillfully blended and perfectly executed.

    Award winning producer and musician Steven Wilson has added his delicate touch in remixing Free Hand in Dolby Atmos & 5.1 surround sound. His tonal range and painstaking attention to sound quality make Free Hand sound as fresh today as it did on first release. A fitting tribute to the compositional skills and expertise of five dedicated musicians.

    Steven Wilsons remixed version of Free Hand will be released in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound and accompanied by custom animated visuals for each track on Blu-ray. In addition, the original flat mix, original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix will all be included in a digipak CD.

    A double vinyl album will also be released with both the original flat mix and the Steven Wilson remixed version. The initial first pressing will include a limited edition transparent red version.

    Releasing June 25, 2021

    Get a first look at the Pre-Order announcement video:

    The video for Just The Same taken from the Free Hand Blu-ray will premiere on YouTube on Sunday, May 2nd at 5pm BST/12pm EST/9am PST. Click the link below to tune in:

    To pre-order Gentle Giants Free Hand:

    For more information:
    Twitter: @GGIANTMUSIC
    Instagram: @gentlegiantband

    Press inquiries (North America): Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158,

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    If nothing else, I'm curious to hear what SW's mix sounds like.

    But, having bought the box last year (or whenever it was), I got a feeling I'll pass on this.

    Knowing how way leads to way, though, and given the strong appeal of curiosity, I might not.
    I want to dynamite your mind with love tonight.

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    So this is a relatively bare-bones release, in that there's no box, no annotated book, etc. Just the two discs, a CD and a Blu-ray, with stereo and 5.1 by SW, plus the older quad mix, older stereo mix, and an instrumental mix (from when, by who?). All in a Digi-pax for under $20.

    So it's all pistachio meat, no shell. I like it.

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    Jazzbo manqu Mister Triscuits's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdclark View Post
    So it's all pistachio meat, no shell. I like it.
    Are you saying Gentle Giant's music is nuts?
    Get ratty!! New album RATS' ALLEY steadfastly available! NOW ALSO ON VINYL!

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    Derek will be dropping by my show tonight to chat about Free Hand some more. His son Noah is going to pop in and give a play-by-play of the making of the "Just The Same" vid too. I'll share it here asap.


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