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- The story told in Pantagruel's Nativity comes from French mythology and is taken from the book Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais. Same for The Advent Of Panurge on Octopus. Check out The Pantagruelion for full info on these French giants.
- The first six notes of Pantagruel's Nativity are repeated throughout the piece within different themes (thanks to Donald Prince):
- At 0:00, these first 6 notes starts off the piece
- At 0:25, introduction of the vocal melody.
- At 1:50, strummed on the guitar.
- At 3:09, after the grandiose vocal arrangement (Pantagruel born, the earth was...).
- At 3:28, in the vibraphone solo.
- At 4:07, in the guitar solo.
- At 5:18, trumpet plays the melody within the new orchestration of said part.
- The chromatic vocal harmonies in the chorus of Pantagruel's Nativity are thoroughly analyzed in Proclamation issue number 4.
- Edge Of Twilight begins with the words "The moon is down": the title of track 6, The Moon Is Down. (Thanks to Jerry McCarthy.) Likewise, The Moon Is Down contains the phrase "edge of twilight" (at 1:06).
- Listen to Schoenberg's "Heimfahrt" (Homeward Journey) from Pierrot Lunaire. You'll notice a melody that Gentle Giant used for their song Edge Of Twilight. (Thanks to Jeff Clement.)
- The first four notes of Edge Of Twilight are the same as those of "God Save the Queen," which Gentle Giant used to perform as The Queen. It is unknown whether this was intentional or coincidental. (Thanks to David McCalman.)
- The guitar solo in The House, The Street, The Room is played over a whole tone scale. (Thanks to Michael Beauvois.) During the solo, around 2:51 in the right-hand speaker, you can hear an intense scream, "YEEEEAAAAHHHH" in the background. (Thanks to Donald Prince.)
- The main theme from The Moon Is Down, played on saxophones, contains a quote from Medea by the classical composer Samuel Barber. (Thanks to Jeremy Lakatos.)
- The title of The Moon Is Down is found in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act II, Scene 1, Line 2. (Thanks to Jason Rubin.) In addition, John Steinbeck had a book of the same name, and according to E. Shaun Russell, "upon reading the lyrics (and having read the book a few years back) there is a distinct possibility that the song was named after Steinbeck's book rather than Shakespeare's line."
- In Black Cat, at the beginning of the instrumental part around 1:30, you can hear quiet whispers of a band member saying "one, two, three, four," before entering with his instrument. (Thanks to Adar Zandberg.)
- The voice ordering food from Wimpeys (in Plain Truth) is Gary Green.