Gentle Giant – Octopus UK LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1974 UK pressing of Octopus by Gentle Giant.

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Offered for sale is an early UK pressing of Octopus by Gentle Giant.

This LP features cover art by Roger Dean that was not used on the U.S. cover.

About this copy: This copy of Octopus is a 1974 pressing on the “spaceship” Vertigo label of an album that was originally released in 1972 on the “swirl” Vertigo label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with very slight ring wear.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in late 1972, Octopus was the fourth album by Gentle Giant.

The album reached #170 on the U.S. album charts. gave Octopus a 4 1/2 star review:

Returning to Gentle Giant’s fourth album after any kind of lengthy absence, it’s astonishing just how little Octopus has dated. Often written off at the time as a pale reflection of the truly gargantuan steps being taken by the likes of Jethro Tull and Barclay James Harvest, the band’s closest relatives in the tangled skein of period prog, Gentle Giant often seemed more notable for its album art than its music. Octopus, however, marries the two seamlessly, with the cover speaking for itself, of course. And the mood continues within, the deliciously convoluted opening “The Advent of Panurge” itself riding waves of sonic tentacles as Gary Green’s guitar shrieks short but so effective bursts around the thundering bass and, occasionally, churchy organ. …. And the end result is an album that has withstood the test of time a lot better than anyone might have expected.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vertigo
Catalog Number:
6360 080
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in