GENTLE GIANT - BERLIN 1972

January 21, 2020 – 5:40 am

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GENTLE GIANT
Berlin 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany; January 18, 1972. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Thanks to Goody; taper Jörg K; Krautbeard; DocTinker; Hanwaker and Spacebandit for sharing this show at Dime.

Goody noted:

With great respect - thanks to all involved in capturing, transfering and presenting the original source of this great evening of music!

I’ve taken the liberty of adjusting the speed/pitch to present it now in what I believe to be how this would’ve been heard in its conventional, proper tuning back then! The pitch was approx. 47 cents flat. I’ve countered that in an equally positive opposite direction, bringing it into harmony once again. Of course, I wasn’t able to do shit with the spots where the boys got real loud and the beautiful Telefunken microphone went, erm, brown… But that beautiful mic served its purpose well indeed when it WASN’T being taxed beyond its breaking point. Many of you already know that going into this here remaster. And now it’s up to speed.

This is a separate extra-special edition which reflects an attempt of mine to pull up a bit of bottom in order to fill the sound out nicely. I do urge the curious to check out both editions. IMHO, the extra presence of this one now makes for a bit more of a full tone in the mids as well. There are still tons of highs - nothing has been taken away. Nothing to fear…

I’m usually not one to EQ my remasters. This was one that I think was worth sharing with you. I hope you like it too!

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This is a Speed/Pitch-adjusted remaster of a show currently running here courtesy of ’spacebandit’, with my thanks to Jörg K for his fine recording.

I found these [original] files to run rather slow/flat and have adjusted their speed/pitch as well as applied an EQ for this remastered edition in an attempt to bring out some of the more obscured frequencies I knew I could pull up. The slow source has no EQ.

Thanks as well to ethiessen1 for the sweet additional art package you’ll find (!) to go along with the original pics from the source, which many here will most likely already have.

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hanwaker’s note:

Just a few months ago (late 2019) GG released a massive 30 cd set box titled ” Unburied Treasures “. Aside from their studio recordings there are plenty of live shows available. But do not expect a big unleash of archival GG owned recordings; instead half of the now “officially released” shows derive from bootlegs (which are now off limits to Dime.) Among the released bootlegs is the Essen show from January 21, 1972 (again opening for Jethro Tull.) Well if the folks behind compiling this box set would have known about this recording I am sure it would have made the box instead of the Essen show. Lucky us… they didn’t and thus it can still be shared for free among collectors.

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Lineage:
Telefunken Magnetophon 302TS in 4-Track Mono using a Telefunken-Reportermikrofon TS300 recorded attached to a broom-stick at app. 2,40 meters height
Transfer (DocTinker 2013): Master Reel > Revox B77 > Pioneer PDR-05 CD-Recorder > CDR EAC > PC Krautbeard > WAV (16/44)
Mastering (2019): DocTinkers transfer [despite this being a mono recording] had both channels at different levels. To make a true Mono the louder channel was doubled.
- The former tracking had sb-errors > now fixed
- Finally new tracking applied
- no EQ applied - just the raw transfer by doctinker adjusted

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Track 01. Intro 2:52
Track 02. Alucard 7:23
Track 03. Funny Ways 8:44
Track 04. Nothing At All 12:24
Track 05. Why Not? 7:59
Track 06. God Save The Queen, Deutschlandlied (German National Anthem) 2:42
43 mins

Lineup:
Gary Green - guitar, mandolin, vocals, recorder, bass guitar, drums, xylophone
Kerry Minnear - keyboards, lead vocals, cello, vibraphone, xylophone,
Derek Shulman - lead vocals, saxophone, recorder, keyboards, bass guitar, drums,
Phil Shulman - lead vocals, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, clarinet, recorder, percussion
Ray Shulman - bass guitar, trumpet, violin, vocals, viola, drums, percussion, recorder, guitar
Malcolm Mortimore - drums, percussion

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  1. 12 Responses to “GENTLE GIANT - BERLIN 1972”

  2. Thanks BigO. The sound is not bad on this compared to some GG boots I’ve got. Thanks also to the folks who cleaned up this recording. This is around the time Three Friends & Octopus came out. All three Shulman brothers are still in the group. Always glad to hear some Giant. I saw them in concert several times.

    By sking on Jan 21, 2020

  3. Although the date could be wrong. All these songs are found on their 1970 self titled album.

    By sking on Jan 21, 2020

  4. Thanks Big O!

    By Tom on Jan 21, 2020

  5. Rumor has it this was a band of Giant Uns

    By U L E on Jan 21, 2020

  6. No pun intended.

    By U L E on Jan 21, 2020

  7. No, of course not U L E.

    By E L U on Jan 21, 2020

  8. THANK YOU BIG O! And thank you to everyone who helped make and restore this recording. This is as close as I’ll ever get to hearing Gentle Giant live.

    By Eric on Jan 21, 2020

  9. Eric, recently there has been a new GG box set released including their studio albums and what seems like about 100 live recordings…

    By E L U on Jan 22, 2020

  10. OMG!! Great find! Thank you for sharing Big O!!!!!

    By oneL on Jan 22, 2020

  11. @ Eric-
    Saw them multiple times between 1972 and ‘78; large and VERY small venues (opening for Tull in Rome and Washington, DC, 20-30 k people); solo performances in Virginia- night club venue- general admission- maybe 100 people ).

    Great music

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 23, 2020

  12. Thanks very much for this. ^v^

    By Tony on Jan 26, 2020

  13. Thanks, U L E! I don’t have the money for “Unburied Treasure,” but I grabbed “Memories of Old Days” and “Scraping the Barrel” from the big online river. And NAMoosedog-I’m jealous. Hearing GG without lots of noisy people must have been a fantastic experience.

    By Eric on Jan 27, 2020

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