Title - 'Unburied Treasure' [30-Disc Deluxe Box-Set]
Artist - Gentle Giant
For those not in the know, Gentle Giant were an English progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980.
The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. In fact, all of the band members, except Malcolm Mortimore, were multi-instrumentalists.
Although not commercially successful, they did achieve a cult following. The band's onetime stated aim was to "expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular", although this stance was to alter significantly with time.
Gentle Giant's music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swath of music including folk, soul, jazz, and classical music.
Unlike many of their progressive rock contemporaries, their "classical" influences ranged beyond the Romantic and incorporated medieval, baroque, and modernist chamber music elements.
The band also had a taste for broad themes for their lyrics, drawing inspiration not only from personal experiences, but from philosophy and the works of both Franηois Rabelais and R. D. Laing.
In 2015 they were recognized with the lifetime achievement award at the Progressive Music Awards.
Including a lavish 136-page coffee table hardback book and 96-page tour history book, Unburied Treasure (releasing December 6th, 2019 via Madfish Records) is a quite wondrous 30-Disc Deluxe Box-Set with signed photo, and it totally, and officially authorized by all members of Gentle Giant.
Strictly limited to just 2000 copies globally, the set includes remastered versions of the 12 albums the band released between 1970 and 1980, along with 15 concert albums (7 never previously released, 7 never previously officially released and 1 previously unavailable on CD).
The box also includes two posthumous live/outtakes albums and a Blu-ray bonus disc (featuring a Steven Wilson surround mix of the bands 1970 debut).
Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more!
The complete contents of the Unburied Treasure Box-Set are:
Signed photograph by band members Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear & John Weathers
Brand new cover artwork illustration by Bob Venables based on original illustrator George Underwood's design for the band's debut album
The 12 original albums released during the band's active years, including live album Playing the Fool
Two albums released after the disbanding: Winchester 1971 (live) & Pinewood Rehearsal 1977 (outtakes)
15 official previously unreleased live albums:
Essen 1972 *
New Orleans 1972 (feat. three previously unreleased BBC recordings)
Hollywood Bowl 1972 *
Vicenza 1973 *
Munster 1974 *
St Gallen 1974 *
Cleveland Agora 1975
Basel 1975 *
Dusseldorf 1976 Part 1
Dusseldorf & Brussels 1976 Part 2
* Audience recording remastered for the highest possible quality
Unreleased material from the 'Playing the Fool' gigs remixed by GG expert Dan Bornemark
All music on the 29 CDs has been newly remastered by Pete Reynolds
Blu-ray disc with a listening experience second to none featuring the full debut album Gentle Giant remixed by Steven Wilson in high resolution 96/24 Stereo LPCM, 96/24 5.1 surround LPCM and DTS-HD 5.1 surround. Also included are the instrumental mixes for every track
136-page hardback coffee table book featuring the band's in-depth story as told by GG expert Alan Kinsman, as well as: rare photographs, posters, passes and unburied memorabilia from the band and fans
Exclusive 96-page tour history book compiled by Jack Skelly, comprising: set lists, memorabilia and gig review notes including commentary on the new live recordings
Two replica posters of their first gig at Portsmouth Polytechnic 1970 and 'The Power & The Glory' voted as the most popular poster on the official band website
Replica 'Playing The Fool' booklet, which was originally given away with the first 10,000 sales of the album
Replica 'Giant For A Day' mask, which was included in the original 1978 album
Replica Missing Piece jigsaw, which was a promotional item for the album when originally released. One randomly chosen boxset will also include the MISSING GOLDEN PIECE, which, when claimed, will award the owner with the coveted 'The Power & The Glory' screen printed mirror
Simply put, for fans, friends and followers, Unburied Treasure is the motherlode!!
Official 30-Disc Deluxe Box-Set Pre-Order Purchase Links
Official Gentle Giant Website
Gentle Giant @ Facebook