List of rare Gentle Giant songs
Gentle Giant recorded several rare tracks that were not released on the original 12 albums. In recent years, some of these pieces have resurfaced and have been released; others are still a mystery. Here are all the tracks we know of.
These tracks have never been released. A good quality recording would be a major discovery!
According to Jack Skelly, this song was "played live in the early days" of Gentle Giant. No known recording exists, but "a 12-string guitar riff from that song was recycled into the song Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It many years later."
In the Midnight Hour (Wilson Picket cover)
Time in Your Face
This song might not exist. The title was circulated as part of a rumor, saying that it would appear as a bonus track on a future remaster of In a Glass House. However, Ray Shulman has no recollection of any GG track with this name.
These tracks were lost and then found many years later.
Written before Gentle Giant's first album. For a long time, the only known recording was a poor-quality cassette circulated among fans, recorded at one of Gentle Giant's first gigs. Then a studio recording was located in the archives of the BBC, and it was released in 1996 on Out of the Woods. A live version appears on King Alfred's College Winchester.
Recorded during the Civilian period. It first was released as a bonus track on the Civilian CD from Terrapin Records, but it was taken from a poor-quality cassette recording. The original tape, discovered in January 1997, appears on the later CD release from One Way Records.
An instrumental written in the early 1980s but left unfinished. It was completed and released on Scraping the Barrel.
A rock tune written in the early 1980s but left unfinished. It was completed and released on Scraping the Barrel.
Recorded around the time of the album of the same name. It appears as a bonus track on the CD releases of The Power And The Glory from DRT, Terrapin Records, and One Way Records. (It does not appear on the Capitol CD release.)
The track previously appeared on the vinyl compilation album Giant Steps... The First Five Years, and a live-in-the-studio version appears on the bootleg Playing the Foole - A Stake Through the Heart.
Written before Gentle Giant's first album. This song has a rather "1960's hippy" feel but you can also hear the building blocks of Gentle Giant's style. The original tape has been found and appears on Under Construction.