We now come to the latest Gentle Giant album remixed by Steven Wilson and no in-depth discussion needs be made about the band or music as, come on, we all know about them, their place in rock history and just how different the rock world would look if they had never existed. Just look at the track list below and tell me that doesn’t excite you!
The real question is can you improve on perfection, as this is the band that wrote and perfected the progressive rock rule book in my view, and should be used as the measure by which any other bands are judged. I was as sceptical as the next man, as I know and love the band, but Mr Wilson has gone and done it again and brought his deft touch and genius for highlighting the previously unseen and unheard giving the album an absolutely new lease of life. There is an added depth and clarity to his remixed version that is breath-taking and again shows that this man knows his progressive rock.
Free Hand saw the band playing with a new found freedom and at the height of a creative peak, and Wilson has tapped into this and polished what was already a dazzling diamond into something so serene and beautiful that it could reduce a grown man to tears. If you are reading this then it is safe to assume you already know the band and album and are just looking for corroboration that this is a product worthy of adding to your collection. To be fair, I think we all really know the answer but, yes, it is something that you simply have to have. We only have the digital download to listen to which is a pristine and wondrous remixing of a work of genius, but it is the Blu-ray disc itself that surely will make this a must-have item. What you get is Free Hand in Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound with custom animated visuals for each track on the Blu-ray disc plus the original flat mix, original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix too. I haven’t seen or heard these yet but I am already salivating at the prospect. There will also be a double vinyl edition for those who crave the warm and vibrant sound of the old 12″ disk.
What are you waiting for? Place your order now and sit back and enjoy progressive rock at its finest and most esoteric.
Free Hand track list
- Just The Same (5:35)
- On Reflection (5:48)
- Free Hand (6:15)
- Time To Kill (5:13)
- His Last Voyage (6:28)
- Talybont (2:46)
- Mobile (5:04)