Three Friends (1972) is an album by the British progressive rock band Gentle Giant. The group's third album was also their first American release to chart, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200.
It is Gentle Giant's first concept album, dealing with three childhood friends whose lives take them very different places. It was also their first self-produced album. The two former albums were produced by David Bowie and T Rex producer Tony Visconti.
Gary Green's guitar solo on "Peel the Paint" uses an echoplex belonging to Mike Ratledge that Green's brother Jeff, a roadie with Ratledge's band Soft Machine, had borrowed.
Prologue – 6:13
Schooldays – 7:37
Working All Day – 5:12
Peel the Paint – 7:31
Mister Class and Quality? – 3:23
Three Friends – 5:26
All titles written by Gentle Giant (Shulman, Shulman, Shulman, Minnear)
Kerry Minnear - Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Moog, Vocals.
Ray Shulman - Basses, Violin, 12 String Guitar, Vocals.
Gary Green - Guitars, Percussion.
Derek Shulman - Vocals.
Malcolm Mortimore - Drums.
Philip Shulman - Saxes and Vocals.
Boy's voice on 'Schooldays' - Calvin Shulman
Engineer - Martin Rushkent
Produced by 'Gentle Giant'
Sleeve Design - Rick Breach
Publisher - Excellency Music
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