GENTLE GIANT'S OCTOPUS ENTERS BBC ROCK CHARTS AT 34
(Members Derek Shulman, Kerry Minnear and Ray Shulman available for
interviews in support of Steven Wilson Remix CD/Blu-Ray)
For the first time in almost 35 years, 1970's progressive rock band
Gentle Giant is on the charts in their native UK. The Steven Wilson
remix of Gentle Giant's masterpiece Octopus has entered the BBC Rock
charts at 34. OCTOPUS is receiving significant attention both in
Europe and North America. Alice Cooper, himself featured "A Cry For
Everyone" from OCTOPUS on his show, Nights With Alice Cooper the week
of November 4.
Back in 1972, OCTOPUS hit the U.S. Billboard album charts for one week at 170.
Says the group's lead singer, Derek Shulman, who is North American
chairman of Frontiers Records and oversees a worldwide management
company, says, "Everyone in the band is delighted to hear that the
music that we created in 1972 seems to be even more popular in 2015.
To see Octopus in the top 40 is such a pleasant surprise. Steven
Wilson remixed the music in 5.1 with his usual respect and care. All
the Gentle Giant team especially want to thank the old and new fans
for keeping the music we created years ago still vital today."
OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant's fourth album, featuring band members: Gary
Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone,
percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone),
Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman
(bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums,
percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and
engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.
Steven Wilson's new 5.1 remix of OCTOPUS has been universally praised
in the prog rock community, succinctly by Power of Prog's Zachary
Nathanson, who calls it "brilliant work."
*This Blu-Ray / CD package also includes a bonus of Steven's mix of
live 15-minute concert performances of "Excerpts from Octopus" from
the band's 1976 tour.
*New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover)
is included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album
(an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).
*The Blu-ray's remixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts is
in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also
includes instrumental mixes of 5 of the original 8 tracks from this
album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the
album. Yael Shulman (Derek's daughter) films an actual Octopus
swimming in an aquarium.
*The CD/Blu-Ray features a 16-page booklet with liner notes by
Innerviews' Anil Prasad.
*OCTOPUS, The CD/Blu-Ray is available through Caroline-UMG in North
America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world.
Order OCTOPUS Blu-Ray / CD online:
iTunes at smarturl.it/GGOctopus
Amazon for the Blu-Ray at smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzBluRay
and the CD at smarturl.it/GGOctopus_AmzCD
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