January 5, 2011 – 3:55 am

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Hollywood 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; February 13, 1975. Very good FM broadcast.

According to the Gentle Giant homepage, “combining diverse elements from rock, classical, jazz, soul, blues, and the avante-garde, and playing more than 30 instruments, Gentle Giant created some of the greatest music of the 1970s progressive rock era.” The wikipedia adds: “Gentle Giant’s music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swathe of music including folk, soul, jazz and classical music.”

The band featured brothers Derek (vocals) and Ray Shulman (bass), Kerry Minnear (keyboards), Gary Green (guitar) and John ‘pugwash’ Weathers - drums. As twosheds noted on the net, “seeing the band live was like watching a group of jugglers as they would play each other’s instruments, even swapping mid song. So the above credits don’t really do them justice.”

Probably the most bootlegged performance in Gentle Giant’s career, here is a posting at the Gentle Giant Tour History site:

Feb 13, 1975: In West Hollywood, California’s Capitol Studios, Gentle Giant made a live studio recording, with no audience, meant for broadcast in March over KMET Radio in Los Angeles. It included much of the material they were performing on stage during their early 1975 tour. The group even recorded a brief musical jingle based on the radio station’s call letters, which, during the March broadcast, served as KMET’s station identification. Interestingly, this jingle has been officially released on Scrapping The Barrel under the title “With Gentle Giant on KMET”.

The date of this live session is often listed as Jan 1, but this date of Feb 13 seems definitive. At the time, they were in the area for the nearby Santa Monica gig, held that same evening. In fact, the Capitol Studios recording is often mistakenly listed as having been recorded in Santa Monica, as well. It has been rumored that Giant made this studio recording, believed to be mixed by Derek, because earlier plans to release an official live album were changed. In an interview around this time, Derek indicated this was because they felt they needed more time to establish themselves in America through studio albums before bringing out a live record.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net… probably back in 2004.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Cogs In Cogs (4.9MB)
Track 02. Proclamation (8.1MB)
Track 03. Funny Ways (12.7MB)
Track 04. Experience (8.9MB)
Track 05. So Sincere (16.8MB)
06. “With Gentle Giant… on KMET!” - Omitted*
Track 07. The Advent Of Panurge (9.4MB)
Track 08. Mister Class and Quality? (5.3MB)

* Available on Scrapping The Barrel.

Lineup (might be a better indication):
Derek Shulman - vocals, mulberry, saxophone, recorder, bass, percussion
Ray Shulman - bass, acoustic guitar, violin, recorder, percussion, backing vocals
Kerry Minnear - keyboards, cello, recorder, vibes, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Gary Green - guitar, recorder, percussion, backing vocals
John ‘pugwash’ Weathers - drums, percussion, vibes

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  1. 18 Responses to “GENTLE GIANT - CAPITOL STUDIOS 1975”

  2. Thanks for this! I saw Gentle Giant in concert at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. two years after this was recorded. One of the highlights of my concert-going years. KMET was my favorite radio station in the ’70s, but I don’t have this recording.

    By Aking on Jan 5, 2011

  3. One of my favorite groups (recorded at my one time favorite radio station,KMET) and I didn’t even have to ask. Thanks guys!!!

    By Sking on Jan 5, 2011

  4. Another great one! Thanks!

    By Tom on Jan 6, 2011

  5. Excellent!- Saw Giant many times in the 1970s- 1st time in ‘72, opening for Jethro Tull in Rome.

    By Namoosedog on Jan 7, 2011

  6. Thanks for the music and the information regarding this broadcast. I taped this off of the radio back in the middle 70’s and never knew much about it. Just dug those live in the studio broadcasts of the 1970’s.

    By flying M on Jan 7, 2011

  7. Great show!!! Thanks for posting!!

    By DanC on Jan 11, 2011

  8. Great band! Saw them live once in the 70s, opening for Yes. I was really impressed by their musicinship, as was the rest of the audience, who gave GG a good reception, not the usual abuse reserved for opening acts.

    By MrBill on Jan 21, 2011

  9. glad to see this band on the line !
    was a great one … badly missed from recognisation
    [email protected]

    By Nowandever on Jan 22, 2011

  10. Thanks! This is exciting. i really love these guys, so thanks so much for the earful!

    By Nedi on Mar 31, 2011

  11. Many thanks for the excellent lost music; there’s so little available commercially.

    By John P McNea III on Mar 31, 2011

  12. Great Stuff. I’ve been looking for this recoding for years as I had tracks 2-5, 7 & 8 on vinyl as the bootleg: “Playing The Fool - A Stake In The Heart” This LP got apounding packing in the late 70s. It would seem the band knew about this bootleg, hence, “the official live Gentle Giant” appearing on “Playing The Fool”. When “Playing The Fool” came out in 1977, I was somewhat dsappointed as some of the versions here are better IMHO, great though Playing The Fool is.

    By gbourke59 on Jun 25, 2013

  13. gbourke - the first gentle giant boot that was ever released was called live usa tour 75. it didnt have any other info but it was an fm brdcst that was very likely a king biscuit flower hour show judging by the length. i remember when it came out. i also remember the tour as it was their most successful at the time and if it wasnt their first usa one (i think it was) it was certainly their most ambitious and biggest. i saw it at a broadway theater on 51st st near 8th ave. it was if i recall correctly.. at the uris theater. i know someone opened but its 38 years ago. i cant remember. i also saw uriah heep at that theater less than a year earlier and they did a song i never expected them to do. it turns out it was a song on an album of theirs that i didnt own til many years later. a cover that came out the same year as the original of hold your head up by argent. there isnt that huge of a difference between the two versions but i still prefer argents version. it just has more power to it. anyway i digress. its only because there werent that many performances that i saw at that theater i guess other than broadway shows that is.
    i had only gone to see gentle giant because some friends of mine told me that since i was a genesis fanatic that i would like gg. i didnt yet get them and ultimately i never really did. not like i got genesis. maybe genesis is just more accessible for me. i personally dont like genesis with phil on vocals altho i put up with him thru 76-77 because of hackett because with steve there is still a hell of a lot of progressiveness to their sound and they still have that instrumentation in the band. theyre still not yet a pop band like they became in 78 and 80 and onward. i wont listen to them after that point altho admittedly when phil does stop singing there are some true gems. that last tour had some moments that had me floating.

    what i wanted to do with my posting here is to make gbourke aware of a boot that he may not be aware of.. of very high quality.
    there is a shitload of stuff on youtube of very nice length and quality. if u do a search u will find such things as -

    u can of course turn things like this into mp3’s and there on the right side i saw the bbc concerts 94mins. clearly theres no shortage of material if u need stuff.

    By darth on Jun 26, 2013

  14. Wikipedia’s Gentle Giant page has information on “Playing The Foole”: “For a long time this remained the only existing bootleg of Gentle Giant. No other bootlegs appeared before the Compact Disc era, and no other Gentle Giant bootlegs have been seen on vinyl. However, the LP achieved enough fame that the band decided to adopt the title for the official double live “Playing The Fool” (omitting the final “e”), released two years later. This bootleg, despite what is written on the sleeve, is not live, and was not recorded during any “American tour”. has more info on GG.

    By Brutal Dwarf on Jun 26, 2013

  15. track 8 dont open, el track 8 no se puede descargar!!!

    By Alaan Placencia on Aug 3, 2016

  16. Hi where is the track

    06. “With Gentle Giant… on KMET!” - Omitted*

    By Alaan Placencia on Aug 5, 2016

  17. Hey, where are all the files? Only one is linked and available?

    By chas on Apr 29, 2019

  18. Back when people actually talked music and not about the crap fest today . Interesting to read the comments here where people had something to say

    By David on Apr 29, 2019

  19. darth was great . Wish he’d return . I noticed someone signing off as darth ‘ but It’s probably not him . Seems like there is two or three of everyone these days .

    By David on Apr 29, 2019

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