Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
THE POWER AND THE GLORY is one of Gentle Giant’s more “difficult” albums, there’s no doubt about that. It’s also one of my favourites from this highly inventive and influential English prog band.
Dating from 1974, this concept piece delves — with fitting cynicism — into the political experience, and the compromise, corruption, betrayal and egotism that go hand-in-hand with high office. (The cover, depicting a glowering, playing card king, is a classic.)
Following the masterful In A Glass House and preceding the band's commercial apex Freehand, The Power And The Glory is a gem amongst gems, mixing Gentle Giant's restless energy and invention, with beautiful melodies and potent (complex) Rock riffage. This digipak cd/blu-ray edition features 2014 stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson, a flat transfer of the original mix, plus instrumental mixes and two bonus tracks. The blu-ray is NTSC, Region 0.
This is one of the most aggressively challenging and complex progessive albums Gentle Giant ever released, which of course means it is one of the most aggressively challenging and complex albums ever made…
Re-Mastered from the original 1/4 inch tapes thru 24bit 96k Hi-Resolution Transfer
Live Innocence - The Power and the Glory is a DVD released by heavy metal band Saxon in 2003. This DVD has combined two VHS videos released in the late 80's: Live Innocence released in 1986 and Power & The Glory, The Video Anthology released in 1989…
"After their first significant hiatus, the members of Saxon (including new drummer Nigel Glockler) returned to the studio to work on Power and the Glory, an album which sounds like it was recorded in a tin can, albeit a very large one. The title track shows some promise, but it's all downhill from there, culminating in the 6- minute plus, strangely prog-metal sounds of The Eagle Has Landed. There is also a noticeable lyrical shift towards "dungeons and dragons" themes, though the band had the sense of retaining at least one song about bikes in "Redline." [~ Ed Rivadavia, All Music Guide]