Playing the Foole - A Stake in the Heart

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Album Information:
Title: Playing the Foole - A Stake in the Heart
Artist: Gentle Giant
Year: 1975
Type: unofficial
live recording

About The Album

This is a bootleg album on the TAKRL label. The following description is edited from reports I have received. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

The LP
  1. Proclamation
  2. Funny Ways
  3. Experience
  4. So Sincere
  5. The Advent Of Panurge
  6. Mister Class And Quality? / The Power and the Glory