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Gentle Giant – Free Hand (1975)

Gentle Giant – Free Hand (1975)

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  • Just the Same
  • On Reflection
  • Free Hand
  • Time to Kill
  • His Last Voyage
  • Talybont
  • Mobile

Free Hand is the seventh album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. It was released in 1975.

It was the Gentle Giant’s first album with their new label Chrysalis Records in the UK. It is noted for its high production values, and for a less dissonant, more accessible feel than their previous album The Power and the Glory. It was their highest-charting album in the US and the only one to reach the Top 50 on the Billboard Album Chart.

In addition to the usual stereo version the album was also mixed in 4-channel quadraphonic sound in 1976. The 4-channel mix was not used until 2012 when it finally appeared on DVD with encoding in multichannel LPCM, DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound formats. A 1990 CD re-issue by the One Way label used an alternate stereo mix. This version revealed some different details in the musical and vocal parts. However, it later became apparent that it was actually a reduction or variation of the 4-channel mix.

Alucard/EMI re-released the CD in 2009, “from the original 1/4-inch tapes through 24bit 96k Hi-Resolution transfer.”

Gentle Giant were an English progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band were known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. All of the band members, except Malcolm more...

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