I think the "difficult" part of its reception might have been in part due to the fact that it has a real folk roots feel to it compared to the "prog rock" style of its predecessors. I've read elsewhere about the jazzy stylings too. Jazz? What are they talking about it?...
...Does anyone else here ever feel the urge to push Gordon's music to fresh ears elsewhere? I'm a member of a very large online music forum and I keep purposefully dropping the names of Gordon's albums everywhere in the hope that someone will bite!
I was listening to PP the other day on the train and thought, "I'd forgotten just how country
some of Gordon's picking is on it" - meaning in its rootsy context rather than in the Nashville "tassles and stetsons" context.
There is some picking that wouldn't be out of place on a Jerry Donahue album!
And yes, always happy to throw in a Giltrap reference. And since I'm a huge fan of the Wal bass guitars pioneered by Gordon's two main bassists John G Perry and John Gustafson I'm always recommending that those interested in them to have a listen to some GG Band stuff.http://walbasshistory.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/wal-of-sound.html