- Released: September 27, 2011
- Label: Alucard Records
Record Collector (magazine) - p.874 stars out of 5
-- "Weird harmonies, weirder time signatures....Listening to it again after two decades or so, it's possible to discern an affinity with the Canterbury school....A classic."
- 3.Working All Day
- 4.Peel the Paint
- 5.Mister Class and Quality?
- 6.Three Friends
- 7.Prologue - (live)
- 8.Out-Takes: Peel the Paint [Studio Rehearsal]/Peet the Paint [Altenative Guitar Solo]/Three Friends [Soloed Vocal Chorus]
All songs written by Phil Shulman, Ray Shulman, Derek Shulman and Kerry Minnear.
Personnel: Ray Shulman (vocals, 12-string guitar, violin); Phil Shulman (vocals, saxophone); Kerry Minnear (vocals, keyboards, vibraphone, percussion); Derek Shulman (vocals); Gary Green (guitar, percussion); Malcolm Mortimore (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Fred Kevorkian.
Recording information: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans (06/1972).
More influential than successful, the U.K. prog-rock act Gentle Giant was always overshadowed by 1970s contemporaries such as Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Yes. However, 1974's THREE FRIENDS reveals that, musically, the group, which featured brothers Derek, Phil, and Ray Schulman, was on par with the aforementioned bands, both in establishing mood (see the wonderfully dreamy passages of "Schooldays") and crafting complex, memorable tunes (the jaunty "Working All Day"). While later recordings found Gentle Giant taking a slightly more straight-ahead approach, THREE FRIENDS presents the ensemble at what is perhaps its adventurous best.