Experience

Album: In a Glass House (1973)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Experience" is the fourth track on Gentle Giant's fifth studio album In a Glass House. It features Kerry Minnear on lead vocals and Derek Shulman on the "master inner voices." It is a song with a medieval feel to it, in the midst of a concept album about how people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
    In a Glass House was Gentle Giant's first album without Phil Shulman, who had left the group due to the stress of touring and balancing his family life.
  • In our interview with Derek and Ray Shulman of Gentle Giant, Derek says this about the song: "I was thinking about having an experience, and looking back and realizing that we'd done certain things in a different way, and now we're older and we knew that the ways of what we were when we were youths were things that we learned from. I think I was only 20-something when we were talking about being experienced. So it's funny, but I think some of the lyrics, writing with Phil and afterwards by myself, or with some help with the guys as well, were fairly good."
  • The In a Glass House album is legendary for not having a release in the United States because Columbia Records decided it was not commercial enough for the American audience. So all sales of the album in the USA were imports, and Columbia missed out on hundreds of thousands of album sales.
  • In the previous year, a made-for-TV film was aired called The Glass House, starring Alan Alda, Vic Morrow, and Billy Dee Williams, and based on a story by Truman Capote. It's a grim story about the horrific conditions inside a maximum security prison. At least one reviewer at the time cited this as the influence for Gentle Giant's In a Glass House album.

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