1943: GENTLE GIANT ‘PLAYING THE FOOLE’ / ‘Playing the Foole in Wonderland’ :WRMB 309

TAKRL says:

“The first Gentle Giant underground. Later Gentle Giant named their official live album after this TAKRL one and we couldn’t have been more excited. Thanks guys.”

“From the blazemonger website: “The recording quality is not great — it sounds over-compressed. However, the (live) performances apparently crackle with energy. Some are really better than on the official Playing The Fool. The record is marred by some ill-advised and clumsy edits.

Of particular interest:

Mister Class And Quality? – an excellent version of a song not on the any official live album. Unfortunately its edited from towards the end of the instrumental section into the studio version of The Power and the Glory.

Funny Ways – MUCH stronger version than on the official live album. Instead of Kerry’s organ solo there is a guitar solo from Gary. As if this song didn’t involve enough instrument juggling already.

The Advent Of Panurge – contains a longer version of the recorder trio than on Playing The Fool. The addition is a wild, polyphonic version of “Yankee Doodle.”

The notes at the bottom of the album cover read: “Recorded on stage in January 1975 at the Utland Communicable Concourse/The Power and The Glory is from the studio/Edited by Deek himself/for him, sincerely/stereo/Takrl 1943.”
Track List

A1         Proclamation     5:04     
A2         Funny Ways     7:52     
A3         Experience     5:27   

B1         So Sincere     9:50     
B2         The Advent Of Panurge     5:47     
B3         Mister Class And Quality? / The Power And The Glory  (studio)   5:56    

Source: Academy of Music, NY – January 18 1975



Gentle Giant PTFiWonderland

Perhaps one of the reasons to issue this album by Wizardo Records, containing the same tracks as the TAKRL edition, was to have a laugh at the expense of GG fans by selling a track the bootleggers had recorded themselves, as a GG outtake. This fake track, ‘March of the Trolls’, was added to side 1. It would later appear as track # 5 on WRMB 373: The B. Toff Band ’21 Golden Greats’.


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