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February, 1980

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant


Release date
February 1980

Chrysalis Records

Civilian (Gentle Giant album) wwwprogarchivescomprogressiverockdiscography

August – November 1979, Sound City in Van Nuys, California

Progressive rock, Hard rock

The Missing Piece, Giant for a Day, Playing the Fool, Under Construction, Free Hand

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Civilian is the eleventh studio album by British band Gentle Giant, released in 1980. It was recorded in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Consisting mostly of single-length rock songs, it is closer to an AOR sound than the progressive style for which the band is best known. It was to be the final album of Gentle Giant's career; soon after its release the band played a last tour and then split up.


It also marked the reactivation of Columbia Records in the U.S. and Canada after an eight-year hiatus; the last Columbia album had been Gentle Giant's 1972 release Octopus.

An unreleased track, "Heroes No More", has been included on some CD reissues. Another track from the period, "You Haven't a Chance", appeared on Under Construction 17 years later.

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Track listing

All tracks written by :
Side one: Kerry Minnear and Derek Shulman, except where noted.
Side two: Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman.


  • Gary Green - Electric guitars on all tracks except track 3
  • Kerry Minnear - synthesizers (tracks 1-7, 9), electric piano (tracks 1, 3-9), Hammond organ (tracks 2, 3, 9), Clavinet (track 7), piano (track 3), lead vocals on track 3
  • Derek Shulman - lead vocals on all tracks except track 3
  • Ray Shulman - bass, acoustic guitar (tracks 5, 6), backing vocals
  • John Weathers - drums, tambourine (tracks 4-6, 8, 9), varispeed cymbals (track 1), percussion (track 7), backing vocals
  • Release Details

  • 1980, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR 1285, Release Date ? February 1980, LP
  • 1980, USA, Columbia Records JC 36341, Release Date ? February or March 1980, LP
  • 1980, Canada, Columbia Records JC 36341, Release Date ? ? 1980, LP
  • 1994, UK, Terrapin Trucking TRUCKCD008, Release Date ? July 1994, CD (Re-Master)
  • 1997, USA, One Way CD 28591, Release Date 28 October 1997, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD435, Release Date 10 March 1999, CD (2 x CD with Playing the Fool - The Official Live)
  • Songs

    1Convenience (Clean and Easy)3:14
    2All Through the Night4:20
    3Shadows on the Street3:18


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