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****GENTLE GIANT****

****LIVE AUDIO RECORDINGS****

 

(compiled by Jack Skelly)

 

This page lists all of the band’s live audio recordings that I have ever heard of, up to this point.

 

Maybe you know of more.

 

If you do know of any others, please write and let me know!!

 

JAskelly@aol.com

 

OFFICIAL - all or part of these concerts have been included on official releases

UNRELEASED - live recordings available, in bootleg form, to collectors but not officially released

PRIVATE - privately held live recordings not available to collectors

RUMORED - live recordings that are only rumored to exist but cannot be verified

MISSING - live recordings that once existed but, unfortunately, are now presumed lost

 

 

AUD  -  an audience audio recording made by someone at the concert

SB  -  a soundboard audio recording made at a concert or in a studio

RADIO  -  an audio recording made from an AM or FM radio broadcast

TV - a live sound recording originally taken from a film or television broadcast

 

 

 

RUMORED               ???                         AUD           Southampton, England            A fan is said to have recorded Giant once in a small Southampton club in 1970 or 1971.

 

RUMORED               June 29, 1970         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The group may have recorded a Studio Session for the BBC on this date, but it is not at all certain.

 

OFFICIAL                  July 21, 1970          RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The band recorded their first verified BBC studio session on this date.  Two out of the three songs, City Hermit and Isn't It Quiet and Cold?, appear on the 1996 album, OUT OF THE WOODS and the 2000 album, TOTALLY OUT OF THE WOODS.           

 

MISSING                    July 21, 1970          RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The third song from the above listed session, Freedom's Child, is missing.  Sadly, it was common practice for the BBC to erase large amounts of their archives over time.           

 

MISSING                    Dec. 1, 1970           RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This entire three song session is lost.

 

OFFICIAL                  Feb. 12, 1971          AUD           Winchester, England - King Alfred’s College - John Stipe Theatre            This is the first confirmed live Gentle Giant recording.  It was released officially by Alucard in 2009 with the simple title of KING ALFRED’S COLLEGE.

 

RUMORED               Feb. 26, 1971          AUD           London, England - Horseshoe Pub

 

RUMORED               Apr. 2, 1971            AUD           Hannover, Germany - Multonne

 

MISSING                    Apr. 5, 1971            AUD           Munich, Germany - Circus Krone Building            from the band’s first real European tour, opening for Colosseum

 

UNRELEASED       Apr. 7, 1971            AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            the only known available unreleased show to have Martin Smith on drums.  It includes Giant and Why Not?, as well as the only known recording of Martin Smith’s original drum solo during Nothing At All.

 

UNRELEASED       July ?, 1971            AUD           Novara, Italy            just a short 10 minute recording with two partial songs.  The venue is unknown and the date is unconfirmed.  Although the tape has always been attributed to Novara, there’s no way to verify that.

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 5, 1971           AUD           Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle            a 30 minute tape, though it appears to be a complete opening set

 

MISSING                    Dec. 12, 1971         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This four song session was the only one to have Malcolm Mortimore on the drum stool.  The entire session is missing.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 21, 1972          AUD           Essen, Germany - Grugahalle            first of several known tapes from the band’s successful tour with Jethro Tull.  At the time, Giant closed their shows with a small excerpt from the National Anthem of whatever country they were in at the time.  This tape contains a small snippet of the West German National Anthem.  An early GG commercial bootleg called GARGANTUA is of this show, although the bootleg incorrectly lists a date of 1971 and even incorrectly lists Martin as the drummer when it is really Malcolm Mortimore.  There is actually a slightly longer version around of this recording than what appears on the commercial bootleg.

 

MISSING                    Jan. 21, 1972          AUD           Essen, Germany - Grugahalle            recorded by a different source than the one listed above.  This tape deteriorated and is no longer usable.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 22, 1972          AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle Messgelande            again includes the West German National Anthem.  This tape sometimes incorrectly appears on trade lists as being from Offenbach, Germany on May 12, 1972.                       

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 24, 1972          AUD           Vienna, Austria - Konserthaus            Only the last three songs of the set are on this recording, including the only known recording of the Austrian National Anthem.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 30, 1972          AUD           Bern, Switzerland - Festhalle            an afternoon performance.  It includes a short bit of the Swiss National Anthem, unavailable elsewhere.

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 1, 1972           AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 2, 1972           AUD           Bologna, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport (late show)            includes a snippet of the Italian National Anthem.

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 5, 1972           AUD           Novara, Itally - Palasport            This tape, comprising the full six song set played that night, is often listed as being from Varese, Italy on Feb. 4, but the listing of Novara on Feb. 5 is correct.  The band opened with Giant and ended with another performance of the Italian National Anthem.

 

RUMORED               Apr. 24, 1972          AUD           Glasgow, Scotland - City Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Apr. 28, 1972          AUD           Cheltenham, England - Town Hall            This is from John Weather’s first tour with the band, when they opened for a Jimi Hendrix film.  It’s also the only known tape to include the song Schooldays.  The actual location is still in doubt about this tape.

 

OFFICIAL                  Apr. 28, 1972          AUD           Cheltenham, England - Town Hall            In 2003, the song Schooldays from this concert appeared on an album called PROLOGUE on the Glass House label.

 

UNRELEASED       May 12, 1972          AUD           Offenbach, Germany - Stadthalle            This one includes the earliest known version of Peel the Paint, as well as a slightly longer excerpt from the West German National Anthem than appears on earlier tapes.

 

UNRELEASED       May 13, 1972          AUD           Kronau, Germany - Grosse Mehrzweckhalle            again includes the longer version of the West German National Anthem

 

MISSING                    June 13, 1972         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The BBC no longer possesses the master tape of this session.  However, a fan recorded it off the radio and kept the tape for quite a while before finally losing it.  The tape included the song Three Friends.

 

UNRELEASED       Aug. 8, 1972           RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This is the only known BBC session of the band’s to surface so far that has not been officially released.  The BBC’s master tape is apparently lost, but a forward thinking UK fan recorded the session off the radio.  This three song tape is of very high quality.

 

PRIVATE                   Sep. 8, 1972           SB              New Orleans, Louisiana - Municipal Auditorium            This is the only known soundboard recording to include Phil Shulman in the lineup.  With the exception of one song, this recording has not been made available to the public.

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 8, 1972           SB              New Orleans, Louisiana - Municipal Auditorium            The song Prologue from this concert has been released officially as a bonus track on Alucard’s 2011 reissue of the THREE FRIENDS album.

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 15, 1972         AUD           Los Angeles, California - Hollywood Bowl            an infamous tape of Giant on their first U.S. tour opening for Black Sabbath.  The crowd treated the band poorly, as can be heard on the tape.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 7, 1972            AUD           Montreal, Quebec - University Sports Center            includes an unusual arrangement of Peel the Paint

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 14, 1972          AUD           Rochester, New York - Rochester War Memorial            taken from the group’s second successful tour with Jethro Tull

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 13, 1972         AUD           New York, New York - Madison Square Garden            also from the second tour with Jethro Tull

 

UNRELEASED       Dec. 10, 1972         AUD           Paignton, England - Festival Hall

                                      

MISSING                    Dec. 11, 1972         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            All three songs of this BBC session are now lost.

 

UNRELEASED       Dec. 30, 1972         AUD           Bologna, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 2, 1973            AUD           Genova, Italy - Teatro Alcione            Often, the year on this one is incorrectly given as 1974.

 

RUMORED               Jan. 3, 1973            AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport            definitely not a reliable rumor

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 5, 1973            AUD           Vicenza, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport            the last known audio recording to include Phil Shulman

 

MISSING                    Mar. 4, 1973           AUD           Winchester, England - King Alfred’s College            This was only Giant’s first or second gig as a five-piece band, Phil having recently departed.  A poor quality reel-to-reel tape recorded right in front of the speakers no longer exists.

 

MISSING                    Mar. 4, 1973           AUD           Winchester, England - King Alfred’s College            Amazingly, a second recording of this gig, recorded on cassette, is also believed lost.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 16, 1973         AUD           New York, New York - Felt Forum            only the last half of the set

 

MISSING                    Mar. 16, 1973         AUD           New York, New York - Felt Forum            Unlike the partial recording listed above, this missing tape was of the band’s complete set.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 18, 1973         AUD           Allentown, Pennsylvania - Fairgrounds

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 22, 1973         AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Palais Montcalm            Incomplete tapes of both the Quebec City shows exist, though there is no way to tell which tape is which.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 23, 1973         AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Palais Montcalm            This is, of course, the second Quebec City show and is again incomplete.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 24, 1973         AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Centre Sportif de l'Universite de Montreal                        This one’s the only complete headlining show from the band’s 1973 Canadian tour.

 

UNRELEASED       Apr. 3, 1973            AUD           Fort Wayne, Indiana - The Lantern

 

RUMORED               Apr. 8, 1973            AUD           Hampton, Virginia - Hampton Roads Coliseum                       

 

OFFICIAL                  Aug. 28, 1973         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This three song session was originally presumed lost so it was not included on OUT OF THE WOODS.  However, the BBC’s master tape was eventually discovered so the entire session was finally released on the later TOTALLY OUT OF THE WOODS CD.

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 17, 1973         AUD           Plymouth, England - Guildhall            A tape of this complete show exists, containing the only known live recording of an extended Kerry Minnear keyboard solo.  It appears in the middle of the group’s brand new medley, Excerpts From Octopus, but was apparently dropped from the set right away.

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 17, 1973         AUD           Plymouth, England - Guildhall            The 2004 SCRAPING THE BARREL boxset included Kerry’s rare keyboard solo from this concert, titling it Keyboard Concerto.  The entire Excerpts from Octopus, from which the solo came, was also included in the boxset in mp3 form.

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 22, 1973         AUD           Manchester, England - Stoneground

 

MISSING                    Oct. ?. 1973            AUD           Padova, Italy

 

RUMORED               Oct. 13, 1973          AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 17, 1973          AUD           Treviso, Italy - Teatro Garabaldi

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 19, 1973          SB              Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport            This show was released officially on the 2001 Glass House release IN A PALASPORT HOUSE.

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 19, 1973          SB              Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport            The show was released again in mp3 form on the 2004 SCRAPING THE BARREL boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 20, 1973          AUD           Genova, Italy - Teatro Alcione

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 21, 1973          AUD           Travagliato, Italy - Supertivoli

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 29, 1973          AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle

 

RUMORED               Oct. ?, 1973            AUD           Heidelberg, Germany            The date of this rumored tape could possibly have been June or July of 1973, instead of October.  The venue is not known.

 

OFFICIAL                  Nov. 16, 1973         RADIO       Golder’s Green, England - Hippodrome            The band performed for the BBC “In Concert” program, broadcast on Dec. 8.  The recording of that broadcast was officially released on the OUT OF THE FIRE CD in 1998.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 16, 1973         RADIO       Golder’s Green, England - Hippodrome            The OUT OF THE FIRE CD does not include all of the announcer’s narrations, but a high quality tape circulates that does.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 16, 1973         RADIO       Golder’s Green, England - Hippodrome            Both the official release and this unreleased version of this broadcast contain an edited recording of Excerpts from Octopus.  However, the full version of this mini-medley can be found on an episode of the American Rock Around the World program which aired on July 20, 1975.

 

OFFICIAL                  Dec. 4, 1973           RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This two song session appears on both OUT OF THE WOODS and TOTALLY OUT OF THE WOODS.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 14, 1974         AUD           Plymouth, England - Guildhall

 

OFFICIAL                  Mar. 16, 1974         TV              London, England - Drury Lane - Theatre Royal            A German television crew professionally recorded some of this concert and portions were shown at various times in Germany, Italy and England.  The 2004 GIANT ON THE BOX DVD includes video of part of the song In a Glass House from this show, taken from an Apr. 26, 1974 German TV program called Szene 74, as well as video of band interviews and live Excerpts from Octopus from a June 2, 1976 Italian TV program called Baroque n’ Roll.           

 

OFFICIAL                  Mar. 16, 1974         TV              London, England - Drury Lane - Theatre Royal            The 2006 GG AT THE GG DVD includes, in video format and on a bonus audio CD, just the last few minutes of this concert’s Excerpts from Octopus, taken from a Nov. 26, 1974 BBC broadcast of Old Grey Whistle Test.           

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 19, 1974         AUD           Watford, England - Town Hall

 

RUMORED               Mar. 20, 1974         AUD           Bedworth, England - City Hall

 

OFFICIAL                  Apr. 5, 1974            AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle            The 2000 Alucard release of IN A GLASS HOUSE includes, as a bonus track, the In a Glass House title track taken from this tape.

 

OFFICIAL                  Apr. 5, 1974            AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle            in 2003, this entire show was released by Glass House on the PROLOGUE CD.

 

PRIVATE                   Apr. 5, 1974            AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle            This is a second, totally different recording than the available one listed above and is still mostly unavailable.

                                      

OFFICIAL                  Apr. 5, 1974            AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle            A few minutes of audio excerpts from the second recording of this show do appear on the 2006 GG AT THE GG DVD, accompanying some amateur 8mm film of the same concert.

 

UNRELEASED       Apr. 8, 1974            AUD           St. Gallen, Switzerland - Kongresshaus Schutzengarten

 

MISSING                    May 5, 1974            AUD           Breda, Netherlands - Turfschip

 

MISSING                    May 29, 1974          RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This four song session is missing.

 

RUMORED               ???                         AUD           Torquay, England            A tape of a Torquay gig may exist from sometime in the 1970’s, although the specific date or even the year are not known.  The tape was allegedly recorded at either Pavilion Theatre or the Torquay Town Hall.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 9, 1974            AUD           West Hollywood, California - Whisky a Go Go            The band played five consecutive nights at this nightclub.  This tape is from the first night.

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 10, 1974          RADIO       West Hollywood, California - Aquarius Theater            During their five night stay at the Whisky a Go Go, Giant was filmed in nearby West Hollywood for the ABC-TV Wide World In Concert program.  The entire 30 minute performance was filmed but only Excerpts from Octopus was originally broadcast on American television on Jan. 3, 1975.  A number of radio stations simulcast the audio portion of that broadcast and that audio material appears on IN A PALASPORT HOUSE..

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 10, 1974          TV              West Hollywood, California - Aquarius Theater            Finally, the full performance surfaced on video on the GIANT ON THE BOX DVD, incorrectly said to be from the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California.

 

RUMORED               Oct. 19. 1974          AUD           Marietta, Ohio - Marietta College                      

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 23, 1974          AUD           Parsipanny, New Jersey - Joint In the Woods

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 1, 1974           AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music            GG played many times at this popular New York City venue and this is the first one recorded.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 4, 1974           AUD           Detroit, Michigan - Cobo Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 6, 1974           AUD           Flint, Michigan - I.M.A. Auditorium

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 6, 1974           AUD           Flint, Michigan - I.M.A. Auditorium            There also exists a brief portion of the soundcheck from the above listed show, recorded by a different audience member.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 21, 1974         AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Stadtcasino

 

PRIVATE                   Nov. 22, 1974         AUD           St. Gallen, Switzerland - Kongresshaus Schutzengarten

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 26, 1974         SB              Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport            Although marred by issues with volume levels and an unexplained ringing bell sound, this show was nevertheless the Glass House label’s first official GG release.  It came out in 2000 with the title LIVE IN ROME 1974.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 28, 1974         AUD           Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

OFFICIAL                  Dec. 10, 1974         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The four songs of this session all appear on OUT OF THE WOODS and TOTALLY OUT OF THE WOODS

 

MISSING                    Jan. 14, 1975          RADIO       Montreal, Quebec            The band played an evening gig in Montreal on this date but Billboard reported that, while in town, they also recorded a live in-studio session for broadcast over local radio.  The session’s whereabouts are unknown.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 18, 1975          SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music            GG played two shows at the Academy on this date, both recorded by the King Biscuit Radio Network as source material for their syndicated radio broadcast.  A selection of songs from the two sets were also released officially in 1998 on the KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT CD.  However, which songs are from the early show and which are from the late show is not at all clear.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 18, 1975          RADIO       New York, New York - Academy of Music            King Biscuit originally broadcast about 15 minutes of the evening’s music on their King Biscuit Flower Hour radio program on Sep. 28, 1975.  That broadcast now appears on the Glass House CD PLAYING THE CLEVELAND, released in 2004.  Interestingly, this broadcast includes Cogs In Cogs which does not appear on the KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT CD.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 18, 1975          SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music            What appears to be a more complete performance surfaced online at one point.  It included all the material on the official KING BISCUIT PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT release plus the opening number, Cogs In Cogs.  However, it is not the same version of that song that was broadcast as part of the above King Biscuit Flower Hour listing, obviously coming from the other of the day’s two performances.  This alternate version of Cogs In Cogs can only be found on this particular recording.

 

PRIVATE                   Jan. 18, 1975          SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music (early show)            While large portions of the music from this early show may appear on KING BISCUIT PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT, PLAYING THE CLEVELAND, or on the still unreleased recording listed above, there may still be more that remains unheard.  It’s known that King Biscuit recorded this entire early concert, the master tape of which is believed to still exist.

 

PRIVATE                   Jan. 18, 1975          SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music (late show)            As is the case with the early show listed above, the master tape of this late show is also believed to still exist and may include still unheard music.  It is difficult to piece together what is and isn’t available from the evening of Jan. 18, 1975.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 24, 1975          AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Convocation Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 24, 1975          AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Convocation Hall            There is also a brief section of the soundcheck available from this same night, recorded by someone else.  It includes segments of So Sincere and, surprisingly, No God’s a Man, a number never played live before an audience.

 

UNRELEASED       Jan. 27, 1975          RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            recorded by Cleveland’s WMMS Radio.  It was broadcast, in edited form, on Jan. 29 and recordings of that hour long broadcast circulate.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 27, 1975          RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            most, but not all, of this WMMS broadcast was released by Glass House on the PLAYING THE CLEVELAND CD.

 

PRIVATE                   Jan. 29, 1975          AUD           Utica, New York - Utica Memorial Auditorium

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 13, 1975          RADIO       West Hollywood, California - Capitol Studios            While in southern California, GG slipped into Capitol Studios to record a number of songs currently in their live set.  Two days later, an edited version of this session was broadcast as part of a longer “Gentle Giant Special” on Los Angeles’ KMET Radio.  This broadcast has been commercially bootlegged under various titles, included the erroneously named SANTA MONICA FREEWAY.  The band did play a gig in Santa Monica later this same evening, but this recording is not of that gig.

 

OFFICIAL                  Feb. 13, 1975          SB              West Hollywood, California - Capitol Studios            The majority of the broadcast songs from this session, but not all, appeared in 2005 on the incorrectly labeled Glass House release LIVE IN SANTA MONICA 1975.  Unfortunately, the sound quality is quite inferior to other available unofficial versions.

 

RUMORED               Feb. 13, 1975          SB              West Hollywood, California - Capitol Studios            What appear to be the original master recordings of this performance have allegedly been located.  If they do exist, they may include a song or two not included on any available official releases, bootlegs or tapes of the session.

 

RUMORED               Feb. ?, 1975           RADIO       San Francisco, California - Winterland            Giant played here on Feb. 14 and 15.  Possibly, some of the band’s performance on one of those nights was broadcast over the city’s KSAN Radio.

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 17, 1975          AUD           Chicago, Illinois - Auditorium Theater

 

UNRELEASED       June 21, 1975         AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle

 

OFFICIAL                  Aug. 10, 1975         TV              Brussels, Belgium            The band played a live set before a studio audience sometime in late 1974 and it was broadcast on this date on the Sonntagskonzert program on German ZDF-TV.  It now appears in video form and as a bonus audio CD on the GIANT ON THE BOX DVD. 

                                                                    

OFFICIAL                  Aug. 10, 1975         TV              Brussels, Belgium            The song Proclamation from this set also appears as a bonus audio track on the 2005 35th anniversary CD reissue of THE POWER AND THE GLORY.

                                                                    

OFFICIAL                  Aug. 10, 1975         TV              Brussels, Belgium            Proclamation was also included as an enhanced bonus video track on the 2005 35th anniversary CD reissue of PLAYING THE FOOL.

                                                                    

UNRELEASED       Aug. 16, 1975         AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Boston Garden            On this tape, the band played a short excerpt of Plain Truth as an intro to the song Free Hand.

 

UNRELEASED       Aug. 23, 1975         AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall           

 

MISSING                    Aug. 30, 1975         AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Autostade

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 16, 1975         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            This entire three song session was released on OUT OF THE WOODS and TOTALLY OUT OF THE WOODS

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 24, 1975         AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrunderthalle

 

RUMORED               Oct. 1, 1975            AUD           Largo, Maryland - Capitol Center

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 3, 1975            AUD           White Plains, New York - Music Hall            The Glass House label released this concert in 2002 with the title ENDLESS LIFE.  However, the exact location of this recording has not been absolutely confirmed. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 3, 1975            AUD           White Plains, New York - Music Hall            Also, On Reflection and Proclamation from this gig have been included in the 2013 compilation boxset MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS. 

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 4, 1975            AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Orpheum Theatre

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 7, 1975            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Ultrasonic Studios            another show that’s been heavily bootlegged through the years.  The band played in front of a studio audience and the entire show was broadcast live over New York City’s WLIR Radio.  About two thirds of the broadcast was finally officially released in 2005 as LIVE IN NEW YORK 1975 on the Glass House label.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 7, 1975            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Ultrasonic Studios            Although the official LIVE IN NEW YORK 1975 is incomplete, the entire 70 minute performance is available to collectors.  As a bootleg, it’s been repackaged a number of times, sometimes erroneously labeled as being from Baltimore, Maryland. 

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 7, 1975            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Ultrasonic Studios            Three songs from this studio concert were also broadcast in England on July 14, 1976 on “BBC Rock Hour”.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 9, 1975            AUD           Waterbury, Connecticut - Palace Theater

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 10, 1975          AUD           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Spectrum            surprisingly good quality for an audience recording.  It appears on the PROLOGUE CD. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 10, 1975          AUD           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Spectrum            Free Hand taken from the gig also appears on the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 11, 1975          AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music            mostly complete

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 11, 1975          AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music            There exists a second source of this show which is also incomplete but includes a few small bits not found on the previously listed tape.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 18, 1975          AUD           Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverfront Coliseum

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 22, 1975          AUD           St. Louis, Missouri - Opera House

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 28, 1975          AUD           Berkeley, California - Community Theater            included on the ENDLESS LIFE Glass House release.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 2, 1975           AUD           San Diego, California - Civic Center

 

OFFICIAL                  Nov. 12, 1975         RADIO       Stockholm, Sweden - Studentkaren            This was recorded by Sweden’s Radio 3 and then broadcast, in edited form, probably a few days later.  Alucard released the broadcast officially as LIVE IN STOCKHOLM ’75 in 2009.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 12, 1975         RADIO       Stockholm, Sweden - Studentkaren            Copies of this broadcast floating around among collectors have just a fraction more applause and band chatter than appear on the official LIVE IN STOCKHOLM ‘75 release.

 

MISSING                    Nov. 12, 1975         SB              Stockholm, Sweden - Studentkaren            The original producer of this broadcast has tried unsuccessfully to locate the remaining unaired portions of the show and now believes they no longer exist.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 17, 1975         AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle

 

RUMORED               Nov. 23, 1975         RADIO       New York, New York            KMET Radio in Los Angeles broadcast a live set by Giant which, according to Cash Box Magazine, had been recorded a month earlier in New York City.  While it may simply have been a rebroadcast of the Oct. 7 Hempstead, NY session, there is a possibility that it was a separate previously unheard performance,

 

PRIVATE                   Nov. 24, 1975         AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Festsaal Mustermesse

                                      

UNRELEASED       Nov. 27, 1975         AUD           Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 29, 1975         RADIO       Paris, France - Olympia            Little is known about this tape which is of a French AM radio broadcast.  All known copies are about 30 minutes long and have numerous cuts and edits.  It is not known if the performance was broadcast live or at a later date, nor is it known if a tape of the complete performance exists.  A French announcer’s voice appears at spots during the broadcast.

 

RUMORED               May 31, 1976          AUD           Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

UNRELEASED       June 5, 1976           AUD           Rimini, Italy - L’Altro Mondo

 

UNRELEASED       June 18, 1976         AUD           New York, New York - Central Park - Wollman Rink            Giant appeared as part of New York’s annual “Schaeffer Music Festival”.

 

RUMORED               June 27, 1976         AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall            Although the master of this recording no longer exists, copies may very well still be around.

 

RUMORED               June 28, 1976         AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Place des Nations

 

OFFICIAL                  July 3, 1976            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            This gig was broadcast live by New York’s WLIR Radio and has since been mined for numerous official releases.  In 2000, Glass House released the broadcast on the IN’TERVIEW IN CONCERT CD, although it was of dodgy quality and did not quite contain the entire broadcast.

 

OFFICIAL                  July 3, 1976            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            Next, Just the Same from this show appeared on the FREE HAND 35th anniversary reissue in 2005.

 

OFFICIAL                  July 3, 1976            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            The song Interview appeared on the INTERVIEW 35th anniversary reissue, also from 2005. 

 

OFFICIAL                  July 3, 1976            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            After that, in 2014, Alucard released the LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL CD which encompasses the entire main set of this concert, as originally broadcast, and in much better quality. 

 

OFFICIAL                  July 3, 1976            RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            Finally, Excerpts from Octopus from LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL was added as a bonus track on Alucard’s 2015 reissue of the OCTOPUS album.

 

UNRELEASED       July 3, 1976            AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            Some tapes floating around of this radio broadcast have a touch more spoken material than appears on the LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL release.

 

UNRELEASED       July 3, 1976            AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            None of the official releases of this concert contain any encore material, as none was broadcast.  However, a partial audience recording of the concert, taped by yet another fan in the crowd, has also surfaced.  Amazingly, it’s missing the entire main set but it does include all of the encore material, including the two final surprise songs, In the Midnight Hour and Happy Birthday.  The final song was, of course, dedicated to the USA on the occasion of its Bicentennial.

 

UNRELEASED       July 5, 1976            AUD           Elyria, Ohio - The Joker

 

UNRELEASED       July 7, 1976            RADIO       Chicago, Illinois - Riviera Theatre            The first 50 minutes or so of GG’s set appear on this radio broadcast, aired over Chicago’s WXRT Radio.  It’s not known if the rest of the concert was recorded.

 

UNRELEASED       July 16, 1976          AUD           Santa Barbara, California - Arlington Theater

 

UNRELEASED       July 18, 1976          AUD           San Diego, California - Balboa Stadium

 

UNRELEASED       July 22, 1976          AUD           Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum

 

UNRELEASED       Sep. 17, 1976         AUD           Gothenburg, Sweden - Konserthuset

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 19, 1976         AUD           Lund, Sweden - Olympen-Sparta            Glass House released this entire concert on the 2002 ARTISTICALLY CRYME CD. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 19, 1976         AUD           Lund, Sweden - Olympen-Sparta            Additionally, Peel the Paint/I Lost My Head from this evening is included in the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

PRIVATE                   Sep. 23, 1976         SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            This is the first of four Fall 1976 European concerts recorded to provide material for a planned live album.  The band still retains the master tape of the show.

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 23, 1976         SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            Much, but not all, of the music from this recording has already been released officially, starting with the band’s 1977 live album PLAYING THE FOOL which includes Intro/Just the Same, Proclamation and On Reflection. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 23, 1976         SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            The songs Interview and Timing, as well as Intro 76 from this show, appear on the 1997 UNDER CONSTRUCTION album. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 23, 1976         SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            The mini-medley of The Runaway/Experience appears on the 2000 CD reissue of IN A GLASS HOUSE.

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 23, 1976         SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle            The Runaway/Experience is also included on the 2005 35th anniversary CD reissue of IN A GLASS HOUSE, where it's erroneously labeled as being just the song Experience.

 

PRIVATE                   Sep. 25, 1976         SB              Munich, Germany - Circus Krone Building            the second concert recorded by the band for their planned live album

 

OFFICIAL                  Sep. 25, 1976         SB              Munich, Germany - Circus Krone Building            So far, only Funny Ways from this recording has been released, being included on the PLAYING THE FOOL album.

 

PRIVATE                   Sep. 30, 1976         AUD           Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus

 

PRIVATE                   Oct. 1, 1976            AUD           Neuchatel, Switzerland - Temple du Bas                                               

 

PRIVATE                   Oct. 5, 1976            SB              Paris, France - Pavillon de Paris            the third concert recorded by the band for their planned live album

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 5, 1976            SB              Paris, France - Pavillon de Paris            Excerpts from Octopus, The Runaway/Experience, So Sincere and Peel the Paint/I Lost My Head were all included on PLAYING THE FOOL.

 

PRIVATE                   Oct. 7, 1976            SB              Brussels Belgium - Cirque Royal            the fourth and final concert recorded by the band for their planned live album.

 

OFFICIAL                  Oct. 7, 1976            SB              Brussels Belgium - Cirque Royal            Two songs from this recording appear on the PLAYING THE FOOL album.  They are Free Hand and, of course, Breakdown in Brussels, which was actually an improvised version of Sweet Georgia Brown.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. ? 1977             SB              London, England - Pinewood Studios            The band recorded a full run-through of their upcoming North American tour.  The full rehearsal has been released, in mp3 form, on the SCRAPING THE BARREL boxset. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. ? 1977             SB              London, England - Pinewood Studios            This rehearsal again appears, this time in a rearranged running order, on the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 20, 1977          AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Centre des Congress            This is the first of several known recordings from the group’s Feb. - Mar. 1977 tour of North America, during which they premiered four new songs which had not yet been recorded.  The four songs eventually saw release on THE MISSING PIECE later in the year.

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 22, 1977          AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Maple Leaf Gardens

 

RUMORED               Feb. 23, 1977          AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Forum

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 25, 1977          AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Orpheum Theater

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 26, 1977          AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 27, 1977          AUD           New York, New York - Avery Fisher Music Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Feb. 28, 1977          AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 6, 1977           AUD           Detroit, Michigan - Ford Auditorium

 

OFFICIAL                  Mar. 19, 1977         AUD           Dallas, Texas - Electric Ballroom            This is only a 5 minute section of the band’s soundcheck before the concert, during which they run through two incomplete takes of For Nobody.  It is included in the Glass House release LIVE IN SANTA MONICA 1975.

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 30, 1977         AUD           San Diego, California - Golden Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Mar. 31, 1977         AUD           Los Angeles, California - Shrine Auditorium            This recording contains In the Midnight Hour played as a second encore.

 

PRIVATE                   Aug. 22, 1977         RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session            The BBC claims to still possess the master tape of a two song session GG recorded in 1977, the session being broadcast on this date.  However, it was not included on any official release.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 5, 1977            AUD           Heidelberg, Germany - Stadthalle

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 8, 1977            AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Festsaal Mustermesse

 

PRIVATE                   Oct. 8, 1977            AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Festsaal Mustermesse            In addition to the version of this show that is trading among collectors, another version of higher quality was taped by someone else in the audience and is not available to collectors.

 

UNRELEASED       Oct. 29, 1977          AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater            Not all copies are complete but the full show, including encores, is available.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 1, 1977           AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Forum

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 5, 1977           AUD           New York, New York - Palladium            The Palladium is actually the venue originally known as the Academy of Music.  This is mostly complete but a few bits are missing.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 5, 1977           AUD           New York, New York - Palladium            a second tape, recorded by a different audience member.  It includes all of John’s humorous introduction to Funny Ways, some of which is missing from the tape in the previous listing.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 8, 1977           AUD           New Haven, Connecticut - Yale University - Woolsley Hall

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 10, 1977         SB              Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia - Louie’s Rock City            This is an incomplete recording, recorded directly from this club’s mixing board, probably by an employee of the club.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 10, 1977         AUD           Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia - Louie’s Rock City            This is a second tape of the show listed above, this time recorded by a member of the audience.  It is also incomplete but, although fairly short, it includes a little music not heard on the mixing board recording.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 12, 1977         AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club            The band played three consecutive nights at the Boston club.  This tape is from the second night.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 13, 1977         AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club            taken from the band’s third of three consecutive nights at this club

 

OFFICIAL                  Nov. 15, 1977         RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            Cleveland’s WMMS Radio recorded this concert and broadcast an edited version a few days later.  This edited version is about 55 minutes long and appeared on the 2002 Glass House release THE MISSING FACE.

 

OFFICIAL                  Nov. 15, 1977         RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            For Nobody from the broadcast next turned up as a bonus track on the 35th anniversary reissue of THE MISSING PIECE in 2005.

 

OFFICIAL                  Nov. 15, 1977         RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            This entire broadcast was again included as part of the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       Nov. 15, 1977         AUD           Cleveland, Ohio - Agora            In addition to the edited radio broadcast described above, a recording of the entire concert is also available, recorded by a member of the audience.

 

PRIVATE                   Nov. 18, 1977         SB              Chester, Pennsylvania - Widener University - Schwartz Physical Education Center                        a soundboard recording currently held by a band member

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 5, 1978            TV              Golders Green, England - Golders Green Hippodrome            This performance was filmed by the BBC and broadcast on Jan. 21 on their Sight and Sound television program, simulcast over the radio at the same time.  The concert has been released many times over the year.  First, the audio of most of the broadcast appeared on the 1994 IN CONCERT album.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 5, 1978            TV              Golders Green, England - Golders Green Hippodrome            The entire audio broadcast was first released on OUT OF THE FIRE.

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 5, 1978            TV              Golders Green, England - Golders Green Hippodrome            The full audio broadcast showed up again on the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset. 

 

OFFICIAL                  Jan. 5, 1978            TV              Golders Green, England - Golders Green Hippodrome            The entire broadcast appears yet again, in video format and as a bonus audio CD, on the GG AT THE GG DVD.

 

MISSING                    May 7, 1980            AUD           Rensselaer, New York - Hullabaloo

 

UNRELEASED       May 8, 1980            AUD           Syracuse, New York - Stage East            the earliest known tape from the CIVILIAN tour

 

UNRELEASED       May 13, 1980          AUD           Cleveland, Ohio - Agora

 

UNRELEASED       May 16, 1980          AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater                       

 

UNRELEASED       May 18, 1980          RADIO       New Haven, Connecticut - Toad’s Place            The entire gig was broadcast live over WPLR Radio in New Haven.

 

OFFICIAL                  May 18, 1980          RADIO       New Haven, Connecticut - Toad’s Place            The majority of this radio broadcast, but not all of it, has been released as part of the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       May 22, 1980          AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club (early show)            Giant played two shows on this date in Boston.  A high quality show exists of the early show.

 

MISSING                    May 22, 1980          AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club (late show)            A recording of the late show from this date was made but was later stolen, so it is now missing.

 

UNRELEASED       May 24, 1980         RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall            another live radio broadcast, this time aired over New York City’s WLIR

 

UNRELEASED       May 25, 1980          AUD           Owings Mills, Maryland - Painter’s Mill

 

RUMORED               May 27, 1980          AUD           Virginia Beach, Virginia - Rogues Gallery                                   

 

UNRELEASED       May 29, 1980          RADIO       Atlanta, Georgia - Agora            broadcast live over WKLS Radio in Atlanta

 

UNRELEASED       June 8, 1980           RADIO       Denver, Colorado - Rainbow Music Hall            This concert was professionally recorded by a local audio company and about an hour of it was broadcast over Denver’s KAZY Radio starting at midnight the next morning.  The full 60 minute broadcast is available to collectors.

 

UNRELEASED       June 13, 1980         AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (early show)            Giant played three nights at this famous nightclub.  Each night, they put on two shows, for a total of six concerts.  June 13 was their first night at the Roxy.

 

PRIVATE                   June 13, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)            The Roxy’s sound man professionally recorded all six 1980 shows at that venue.  He has not made any of these recordings available.

 

PRIVATE                   June 13, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

UNRELEASED       June 14, 1980         AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (early show)

 

PRIVATE                   June 14, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

                                      

UNRELEASED       June 14, 1980         AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)

 

RUMORED               June 15, 1980         AUD           San Francisco, California - Old Waldorf Hotel            Rumors of this tape’s existence have surfaced a couple of times, but they are probably false.

 

PRIVATE                   June 14, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

PRIVATE                   June 16, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

OFFICIAL                  June 16, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)            A roadie for the band recorded, direct from the house mixing desk, Gentle Giant’s very last performance, the late show from their third night at the Roxy.  This tape was mixed to mono then officially released in 1996 as LAST STEPS LIVE AT THE ROXY. 

 

OFFICIAL                  June 16, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)            Most of this final concert also made its way onto the MEMORIES OF OLD DAYS boxset.

 

UNRELEASED       June 16, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)            The tape used for the LAST STEPS LIVE AT THE ROXY CD also circulates among collectors in a slightly longer version and in the original mix.

 

PRIVATE                   June 16, 1980         SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man.  This is not the same soundboard tape used to create the official LAST STEPS LIVE AT THE ROXY CD.  It is supposedly of even higher quality.

 

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