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Acquiring the Taste

Acquiring the Taste was the second album of English progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1971. This was a departure from the blues and soul styles found on their self titled debut. It was more experimental, more discordant, and with more various instrumentation.

The recording was made at the following studios

  • Advision Studios - (Engineers Martin Rushent, Big A & Garybaldi)
  • A.I.R. Studios, London - (Engineer Bill Price)

Track listing

  • Disk - total time 39:16
  • "Pantagruel's Nativity" – 6:50
  • "Edge of Twilight" – 3:47
  • "The House, The Street, The Room" – 6:01
  • "Acquiring the Taste" – 1:36
  • "Wreck" – 4:36
  • "The Moon Is Down" – 4:45
  • "Black Cat" – 3:51
  • "Plain Truth" – 7:36

All songs written by Shulman, Shulman, Shulman and Minnear and arranged by Gentle Giant.

Personnel

  • Gary Green - 6 string guitar, 12 string guitar, 12 string wah-wah guitar, donkey's jawbone, cat calls, voice
  • Kerry Minnear - electric piano, organ, mellotron, vibraphone, Moog, piano, celeste, clavichord, harpsichord, tympani, xylophone, maracas, lead vocals
  • Derek Shulman - alto sax, clavichord, cowbell, lead vocals
  • Phil Shulman - alto & tenor sax, clarinet, trumpet, piano, claves, maracas, lead vocals
  • Ray Shulman - bass, violin, viola, electric violin, Spanish guitar, tambourine, 12 string guitar, organ bass pedals, skulls, vocals
  • Martin Smith - drums, tambourine, gongs, side drum

Guest musicians

Miscellanea

Release details

  • 1971, UK, Vertigo VE 1005, Release Date July 16, 1971, LP
  • 1971, UK, Vertigo VE 1005, Release Date ? ? 1971, Cassette
  • 1971, USA, Vertigo VEL 1005, Release Date August 1971, LP (with gatefold cover)
  • 1971, USA, Vertigo VEL 1005, Release Date ? ? 1971, Cassette
  • 1997, UK, Vertigo 842 917-2, Release Date ? February 1997, CD
  • 1997, USA, Polydor 8429172, Release Date ? February 1997, CD
  • 2005, UK, Repertoire REPUK1072, Release Date 28 November 2005, CD (Limited Edition reissue)

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