Gentle Giant release new video to celebrate 50th anniversary of Octopus

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Gentle Giant have released a new video montage to celebrate the release of their fourth stdio album Octopus, which celebrates its 50th anniversary today. You can watch the video, created by singer Derek Shulman's son Noah, in full below.

Octopus was originally released on this day in 1972. It was the band's final album released with founding member Phil Shulman and the first with new drummer John Weathers, who had replaced Malcolm Mortimore, and who would remain with the band until their dissolution in 1980.

It was also the band's second release of 1972, having released Three Friends in April of that year and represents the band at the height of their impressive powers.

The album came housed in a sleeve designed by Roger Dean, although in North America, were the album wasn't released until February 1973, the band's label, Columbia, chose to use an illustration by artist Charles White, of an octopus in. ajar, the original versions of which were die cut.

Octopus would reach No. 170 n the US album charts.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.