- Octopus (album)
Infobox Album | Name = Octopus
July 24- August 5, 1972, Advision Studios, London
Length = 34:24
Label = Vertigo
Producer = Gentle Giant
AllmusicRating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:4s820rnac48n link]
*Prog Archives rating|5|5 [http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=3727 link] | Last album = "
This album = "Octopus"
Next album = "
In a Glass House"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = album
Lower caption = US release.
"Octopus" is an album by British
progressive rockband Gentle Giant, released in 1972. It marked a change in drummers from Malcolm Mortimoreto John Weathers.
#"The Advent Of Panurge" – 4:40
#"Raconteur Troubadour" – 3:59
#"A Cry For Everyone" – 4:02
#"Knots" – 4:09
#"The Boys In The Band" – 4:32
#"Dog's Life" – 3:10
#"Think Of Me With Kindness" – 3:33
#"River" – 5:54
All songs composed by Shulman, Shulman, Shulman and Minnear.
Gary Green- Guitars, percussion
Kerry Minnear- All keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, Moog, lead and backing vocals
Derek Shulman- Lead vocals, alto saxophone
Phil Shulman- Saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, lead and backing vocals
Ray Shulman- Bass, violin, guitar, percussion, vocals
John Weathers- Drums, percussion, xylophone
*The UK release of the album featured art by Roger Dean, but the US release featured a different cover by Charles White.
* The song "The Advent of Panurge" is inspired by the books of
Gargantua and Pantagruelby François Rabelais.
*The song "A Cry For Everyone" on the album is inspired by the work and beliefs of the Algerian-French writer
* The song "Knots" is inspired by the book "Knots" by Scottish psychiatrist
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