Buy this DVD!!!!
If you are a fan of the classic, ‘70’s era of progressive
music, you are no doubt familiar with “the Giant.” They
were, without a doubt, one of the best groups of musicians ever
to be assembled in a rock band. This is evidenced by the first of
the four videos found on this DVD. It was filmed and recorded in
Brussels in 1974 for German television station ZDF at the invitation
of Christopher Nupen, a noted classical music director. The music
is intricate, a mixture of modal, medieval sounds, contrapuntal
rhythms, jazz and three and four part harmonies. Instrumentation
runs the gamut from the basic rock band backbone of guitar, keyboards,
bass and drums to violins, cellos, recorders, xylophones, saxophones
and almost anything else you can imagine. In total, the five-member
band utilizes a total of 35 instruments on their albums and in their
live performances, all played with outstanding ability.
I never got to see them, but like many others have acquired every
live recording I could get my hands on. That other fans have done
the same and that they continue to cry out for more explains why
the band has begun buying up, cleaning up and marketing all of the
bootlegs they can find. To now actually have video to go along with
it is pure heaven.
The disc contains four video sections, the aforementioned 1974
German TV special that is a full fifty minutes in length, American
concert footage from 1975 clocking in at thirty minutes, scenes
from a topical news show in Germany again in 1974 for station BRW
at eight minutes, and a twenty two minute, Italian television show
featuring concert footage and interviews as well as a photo gallery.
The sound and picture quality is the best I have seen for that period.
Not perfect by any means, but more than good enough.
The music that plays while you are viewing the menu is composed
and played by Kerry Minnear, the keyboard player, making seem as
if it might all be possible one more time. Although the rumors continue
to fly that this may happen, I have consistently heard it denied.
It is good to have something to dream about, in the meantime, this
will do just fine.
By the way, if you are one of the first to purchase this disc,
you also get yet a CD of more live material from the same era.
If you are a fan, you owe it to yourself. If you are one of the
growing number of people with a developing interest in this type
of music, you could do no better than to start here.
Copyright©WWUH: September/OctoberProgram Guide, 2004