Saturday 2 May 2015

Funny Ways (Gentle Giant, 1970)

The very roots of progressive rock are in a bunch of songs released between 1969 and 1970. This one definitely belongs to such a noble club. "Funny Ways" comes from the Giant's first album and explores both the folk and jazzy moods, two essential elements in prog. It also features an electric guitar solo, so that we can't forget progressive rock is rock, after all.

A very early press photograph of the band.
The vocal harmonies, the creative drumming and the beautiful melody are other good reasons to listen and re-listen this track. The abundance of acoustic and electric instruments and their perfect mix are Gentle Giant's trademark: violin, trumpet, cello, sax, a collection of drums, guitars and keyboards... all is there for the listener's pleasure. So, why are you wasting your time reading my silly introduction? Go and enjoy "Funny Ways"!

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