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  • Awesome Music: Their first eight albums qualify from start to finish. Some people also throw in The Missing Piece, Giant for a Day!, and Civilian. As for live material, Playing the Fool is among the greatest prog live albums ever made.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Gentle Giant fanbase is torn as to which of their eleven albums is considered their best. Popular choices include Acquiring the Taste, Octopus, In a Glass House, The Power and the Glory, Free Hand, and occasionally Interview.
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    • The quality of the band's last three albums. Some say that the new-wave influenced direction was the band selling out and putting fame over music, while others say the albums are quite good and reveal a unique side of the band that was never fully explored.
    • Interview. For some, it's the last great Gentle Giant record before their last three pop albums, while for others it's a mess of underdeveloped, derivative songs tied around a silly concept that showed the band struggling to rush an album out to sustain the momentum Free Hand had given them.
  • Epic Riff: "The Boys in the Band" is a pretty good example.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They were most popular in Italy. This was the case with many prog bands; somehow Italy really took to the genre.
  • He Also Did:
    • After the band broke up in 1980, Derek wound up as the president of Atco Records - meaning that he was responsible for signing a little-known Long Island band to the label in 1991. That band? Dream Theater.
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    • Kerry Minnear and Ray Shulman later went on to score Azrael's Tear.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The vocal bridge of "Pantagruel's Nativity".
    • Also, the spooky "Alucard".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A case of self-plagiarism, as the title track off of Interview is often accused of sounding similar to "Proclamation" from The Power and the Glory. Both tracks have a similar keyboard jig feel to them, with similar tempos and vocals.
  • Tear Jerker: "The Moon Is Down", "Think of Me with Kindness", "His Last Voyage"

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