"Free Hand" is Gentle Giant's seventh album overall and was originally released in 1975. It was the band's most commercially successful album with a Top 40 BILLBOARD ranking and also represents the culmination of a process of artistic maturation for the band, from the 1969 debut of the same name to classics like "In A Glass House" or its immediate predecessor "The Power & The Glory".
The album title and title track is a reference to the liberating end of the contract with the longtime label Vertigo and the new beginning with Chrysalis. The album's seven songs practically sparkle with enthusiasm and balance between delightfully playful, spun GG signature sounds and first-rate songwriting from the band around Derek and Ray Shulman. From the intricate vocal style of "On Reflection" to the delicate medieval flair of "Talybont" and the Celtic-tinged rocker "Time To Kill" to the varied rhythm play of "Just The Same". The lyrics are partly literary shifted but also comment on the band's life as rock musicians.
As with "The Power And The Glory", "Octopus" and "Three Piece Suite" (a compilation of songs from the first three albums), mastermind and Gentle Giant fan STEVEN WILSON set about remixing the album. The result sounds to the point, fresh and contemporary.
The "Free Hand" remaster will be released in three configurations: as CD+Blu-ray incl. Dolby Atmos 5.1 surround sound accompanied by animated small art films for each track. Plus the original flat mix, original quad mix and an instrumental mix.
Furthermore a CD digipack with the Steven Wilson remix and a double LP (180g in gatefold sleeve) with the Steven Wilson remix and the original flat mix!