Late in September, British prog rock band Gentle Giant will release a new blu-ray+CD collection called Three Piece Suite which focuses on 1970-1972 and the first three albums (Gentle Giant, Acquiring The Taste and Three Friends). Content includes Steven Wilson 5.1 mixes of some (not all) album tracks, hi-res flat transfers of all three albums and more…
Unfortunately, despite extensive research, not all multi-track tapes could be found, therefore of the 21 album tracks, nine have been remixed in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound surround sound plus a tenth song called Freedom’s Child which is a a previously commercially unreleased song taken from the first recording sessions with producer Tony Visconti. The 5.1 album tracks are:
- • Giant (from Gentle Giant)
- • Nothing At All (from Gentle Giant)
- • Why Not? (from Gentle Giant)
- • Pantagruel’s Nativity (from Acquiring Taste)
- • The House, The Street, The Room (from Acquiring Taste)
- • Schooldays (from Three Friends)
- • Mister Class And Quality? (from Three Friends)
- • Peel The Paint (from Three Friends)
- • Three Friends (from Three Friends)
All ten tracks are additionally offered in remixed stereo (on the CD) and instrumental stereo (96/24 PCM) on the blu-ray element along with the previously mentioned flat transfers and animated videos for all of the remixed tracks.
The booklet contains extensive liner notes by journalist Anil Prasad, including interviews with band members, original album producer Tony Visconti, and Steven Wilson.
Three Piece Suite will be issued as a blu-ray+CD combo and will also be issued as a 2LP set (with the new stereo mixes). Interestingly, since this was announced, uber-fan Dan Bornemark has claimed (on the Steven Wilson Remixes Facebook page) that he has multi-tracks for the first album. Regardless, this set is due for release on on 29 September 2017.