Gentle Giant might be the prog-rock band that casual fans of the genre overlook. However, the group had a decade-long career (1970-80), turning out creative pieces, often written by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Ray Shulman and keyboardist Kerry Minnear.
Fans have long adored the band’s one previous official live album, Playing the Fool, released in the late 1970s. While other live recordings are available of the band, the newly released Live at the Bicentennial is only the second official live album from Gentle Giant.
The two-CD set is taken from a radio broadcast of a July 3, 1976 show at the Calderone Theater in Hempstead, Long Island. It features music from the band’s most successful U.S. album, 1975’s Free Hand.
If you’re not familiar with Gentle Giant’s sound, just take a listen to this live performance of “The Runaway/Experience” on German TV from two years before the Calderone show:
Live at the Bicentennial is available on CD.
Live at the Bicentennial Track List:
- Intro/Just The Same
- On Reflection
- The Runaway/Experience
- So Sincere
- Excerpts From Octopus
- Give It Back
- Free Hand