Interview

Interview

Those who lamented Gentle Giant’s stab at straight-up pop in the late ’70s hold up this 1976 gem as their last classic studio LP. You’ll hear dazzling keyboard work and intricate harmonies on Interview; I Lost My Head; Give It Back; Design; Timing , and more!

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IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast podcasting mic for smartphones and tablets

  • Compact condenser microphone for podcasting and field recording with outstanding sound quality
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iRig MIC Cast The ultra-compact voice recording microphone for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad/ Android devices. iRig MIC Cast is the ultra-compact, portable voice recording microphone designed specifically for recording podcasts, interviews, lectures, voice memos, speeches and more. iRig MIC Cast provides a pocket-sized voice recording solution with crystal-clear audio quality. It features a tight unidirectional pickup pattern that minimizes background noise, making it ideal for single-source audio reco

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  1. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mastering corrected–and well worth the wait!, October 11, 2005
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    Paul Minot (Waterville, ME United States) –
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    This review is from: In’terview (Audio CD)
    After an abortive release due to the serious mastering errors noted elsewhere, the corrected version is at last available. I’ve always felt this album was underrated by GG fans, largely because it was never properly mastered before–even the original vinyl release sounded weak. But now that this album has at long last been properly mastered, I can say that my high expectations have been more than met. “Interview” has never sounded so good!

    So without further ado, for those of you who are not familiar with this gem, here’s the blow by blow:

    1) “Interview”–a playful adventure in hard-driving, pointilistic funk, with Kerry alternating between organ stabs and lilting electric piano until the instrumental bridge–and oh my god, what a bridge! First Kerry cuts loose on thumbtack (i.e. honky-tonk) piano for a bit–which slides into a minimalist section featuring assorted weird sounds while Gary plays a complex melodic line that’s catchier than it should be–on what sounds like an electric sitar! It’s nothing short of wondrous in that way only GG can do. Peaks out to a beautiful, majestic end! WOW!!!

    2) “Give It Back”–Back in the day the band took some heat for doing this song, I guess because it seemed somewhat trendy to do a reggaeish tune in 1976. However, decades later it’s hard to imagine why we wouldn’t want to hear John and Ray tackle reggae in alternating 7/8 and 5/8 time, especially with a Zappaesque atonal bridge featuring MARIMBA!!! I think it’s delightful, very fun and uplifting. Unlike anything else they ever recorded.

    3) “Design”–It’s natural to want to compare this to GG’s other masterpieces utilizing a capella vocals, “Knots” and “On Reflection”. While the others were, respectively, clever and joyous, this one could best be described as dark and haunting. Anybody who thinks that GG’s experiments were lacking in passion should be exposed to this–Kerry’s melancholy lead over dissonant background vocals, and jarring drums that crash in a tribal crescendo. THIS is the sound of dreams shattering.

    4) “Another Show”–Another take on the “Cogs in Cogs’” style of controlled chaos, done in breakneck 10/8 time, with John Weathers absolutely all over the place. Could be alternatively titled “See Kerry Abuse His Hammond Pt. 1″, as he plays tuned percussion and whammy bar sounds on his organ. Fun, fun, fun!!!

    5) “Empty City”–I think this song in particular suffered from the poor mastering on the original release. Here, it’s a lush, dramatic pop song featuring Ray and Gary on twin acoustic guitars, Kerry on tres ’70s e-piano and string synth, great saxes by Derek (his best ever, IMHO), and another beautiful choral arrangement. Simply lovely.

    6) “Timing”–or “See Kerry Abuse His Hammond Pt.2″ as he uses his organ to play grunge guitar. Meanwhile Ray pulls out his trusty violin and saws into your brain, and Gary performs what Jack Black would call a “face-melting guitar solo”. The atonal, crunching bridge suggests that GG had been listening to KC’s “Red” album for inspiration. The band never rocked harder than they did here. Awesome!!!

    7) “I Lost My Head”–Everybody’s favorite song off the album in its original release, and it sounds even better now–partly because some sweet compression has been added to the track, and partly because everything else on the album sounds so great. Kerry’s delicate vocals and fetching instrumental counterpoint (featuring real harpsichord, I believe) open the song. Then it rises, and adroitly slides into the closing theme while the hair stands up on the back of your neck, in anticipation of the glorious riff-rock coda. And there it is, perhaps GG’s greatest riff, the band pounding it home while Derek wails passionately, before fading into eternity. A wonderful cherry on top of a perfect sundae.

    The live version of “Interview” is rather poorly recorded, and not that well performed. But no matter. If you think you’ve heard the album before, you haven’t–the remastering has finally revealed the genius of the music. And if you’ve never heard the album before, well, you’re in for a treat, because I think it stands among the pantheon of great GG albums now, alongside “Octopus”, “IAGH”, “Free Hand”, and “TPATG”–really.

    My last words? BUY IT–NOW!!!

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    “Interview” an underrated GG treasure, January 5, 2006
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    Wayne Klein “If at first the idea is not absu… (My Little Blue Window, USA) –
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    This review is from: In’terview (Audio CD)
    Forced to squeeze out a new album in less than four weeks and after constant touring (Ray Shulman joked that the album “would be finished after it was released”) “Interview” made Gentle Giant fans happy but didn’t break any new ground with the public. It’s still a marvelous album even if it is a bit uneven the best tracks including the amazing “Timing”. The manufacturing problem aside (initially the mono masters were sent to the manufacturing plant), this is a terrific album. The title track has wit to spare as it focuses on the music press and their vapid obsession with the next big thing. The press never did display (with few exceptions)any understanding of the band’s music. The spare beauty of “Empty City” and even “I Lost My Head” are among the other highlights on this disc.

    Kudos to whomever mastered this as “Interview” has never sounded this crisp, vivid and powerful before. Although I would have liked to have more bonus tracks on this disc and comments from Derek, Phil Gary, Kerry and John about the making of the album, I’m happy that it’s available in this edition. The original artwork (including lyrics) have been adapted for the CD format and it’s an improvement over the BGO release of nearly a decade ago (which was coupled with “Free Hand”).

    It’s also the last album before the Giant took the plunge off the cliff of top 40 prog pop. The songs became less complex over the succeeding three albums and the albums themselves became less interesting. It’s clear that for GG to take a step back to commercial music making like when the Shulman brothers were in Simon Dupree and The Big Sound just wasn’t going to happen.

    “The Missing Piece” (despite some noteworthy tracks), “Giant for a Day” (often cited as the band’s worst album) and the underrated “Civilian” all saw a decline in the quality of the songwriting. It’s clear that GG were desperately clinging to the lifeboat of traditional rock ‘n’ roll. While these three albums couldn’t possibly measure up to anything GG had done before, they all have moments that recall the power and the glory of this marvelous band.

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  3. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Gentle Giant – Interview, April 10, 2012
    Verified Purchase(http://www.amazon.com/gp/community-help/amazon-verified-purchase/190-3253585-9885833', ‘AmazonHelp’, ‘width=400,height=500,resizable=1,scrollbars=1,toolbar=0,status=1′);return false; “>What’s this?)
    This review is from: Interview (Audio CD)
    Often hailed as Gentle Giant’s last good album, or hated for being their first bad album Interview sure does sit uneasily in the Gentle Giant catalogue. Released after the popular Free Hand album in 1976 the concept album based around band interviews is wonderfully produced and the level of skill and musicianship contained within is nothing short of great.

    I like the album a lot and would recommend giving it a few listens with an open mind before making any judgements. For me, the best songs are the rocking ‘I Lost My Head,’ and the great ‘Empty City.’

    Throughout the whole album Derek’s voice is awesome and the songs are creative and interesting. Where the album sometimes draws criticism however is for being too similar to its aforementioned predecessor Free Hand. Every Gentle Giant album before this had been wildly different from what came before it and so some fans were disappointed that this was comparatively safe.

    While this may seem true on first listen however, it soon becomes apparent that Interview is an original and well written album. In fact if you haven’t heard Free Hand there’s really nothing to complain about at all. Gentle Giant’s overall aesthetic is there to be enjoyed, that the common link of excellence that can be between all their albums. Furthermore the music is still a lot more diverse, spirited and complex than the majority of other bands and Derek’s fantastic voice is still holding up strong eight albums into their career.

    Overall, Interview is a wonderful album that is often overlooked and if you like Gentle Giant, its worth at least a test listen as you sure could find yourself loving it. If you’re new to Gentle Giant perhaps try albums like Free Hand or Octopus before moving on to the likes of Interview but if you are into the band already it is a worthy addition to your collection.

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  4. 43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Hardware; Software Needs Some Work, June 1, 2012
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    I got mine a couple days ago from Amazon. Here’s the short version:

    Pros: GREAT audio quality, easy to use, very light, the headphone jack is a really nice touch.

    Cons: The included app’s sharing options do not include Dropbox, a *major* flaw in my opinion. Can’t quite figure out how to make the app completely quit.

    And the long version:

    So, basically, the hardware is great. The software, not so much. I still haven’t quite figured out how to make it work with GarageBand yet, but I’ll keep trying. The included app (or rather, the free one from IK, called iRig Recorder) that you can download from the App Store to go along with it is, however, something of a mess. It records well enough – that isn’t the problem. The export options, however, are clunky. Export by email requires you to register an account with IK, which is no fun. No Dropbox support is an almost unbelievable omission. In addition, there doesn’t appear to be any way to actually completely quit this app short of restarting your iPhone – when you press the home button, it displays a big red banner under your menubar that shows that it’s still active, and that won’t go away. If there’s any way to make this go away without restarting your iPhone, I haven’t found it. Very annoying.

    Anyhow, I still highly recommend this hardware. The sound quality is really first-rate – amazingly so for a microphone this size – and is incredibly feature-packed for a device this size. The extended neck of the device is very thoughtful for those who use cases, as I do. The styling is great. The smallness and lightness of the mic is amazing.

    That said, it needs better software. I’ll try getting GarageBand working with it. Or, IK, just release a better version of your own app.

    EDIT: I’ve been trying the mic with a free iOS audio recording/editing app called Hokusai, with some good results. This may be the best app to use with the Mic Cast.

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  5. 15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent quality, October 25, 2013
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    Jimmy Lin (Central NJ) –
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    This review is from: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast podcasting mic for smartphones and tablets (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    To date, the iRig Cast is the best iOS microphone/app combo I’ve used. I’ve also used the Blue Mikey (1st gen), Edutige EIM-003, and Tascam IM2. I fiind the iRig Cast’s sound qualityto be excellent and its app to be reliable and not taxing to my iPhone 4S.

    The Blue Mikey has a similarly good sound, but is bulkier. The Tascam IM2′s app presented problems for 2 out of 3 iPhones (4 and 4S) that we tested on. The Edutige is more compact, but the sound quality – while okay for lectures – is not good enough for podcast interviews (our primary interest).

    The headphone port is an excellent feature and allows direct monitoring.

    Be aware that the pickup pattern on this mike is fairly directional (although not as isolated as a shotgun mike), so it’s of limited use where you would want an omni mike.

    Things that prevent this from getting a 5-star review from me:

    1. Feels kind of delicate.

    2. No pre-made windscreen/pop filter available (easy enough to make one from a foam filter for dynamic mike, but that’s additional trouble)

    3. Sits flush to the phone when attached, meaning that you can’t keep an Otterbox-style case on your phone and use the iRig Cast at the same time.

    However, I do find these to be reasonbly minor quibbles. The iRig Cast is an excellent product when used with its accompanying app, and I do recommend it for people who need to do field interviews.

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  6. 16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I’m Impressed!, January 17, 2013
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    This review is from: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast podcasting mic for smartphones and tablets (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    Easy fit – nice long pin – very good sound. Much, much better than using the built in speakers. I use this to do quick records with acoustic guitar and voice and use it to do quick records of my Irish pub band. Really worth getting to do basic recording. The sound quality and construction are solid.

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