The Missing Piece (Gentle Giant album)

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The Missing Piece
GentleGiant MissingPiece.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 26, 1977
RecordedMay 1977
StudioRelight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
LabelChrysalis (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
ProducerGentle Giant
Gentle Giant chronology
Playing the Fool – The Official Live
The Missing Piece
Giant for a Day!
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Sea of Tranquility3.5/5 stars[2]

The Missing Piece is the ninth album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. After the Interview tour this return to the studio marked a change of direction for the band with the first side of the album exploring different musical directions than the band was previously known for, including pop music and punk rock, while the second side was more in the vein of their signature progressive rock style; this was the last Gentle Giant album to chart in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman.

Side one
1."Two Weeks in Spain"3:07
2."I'm Turning Around"3:59
3."Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It"2:25
4."Who Do You Think You Are?"3:35
5."Mountain Time"3:20
Side two
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."As Old as You're Young"Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman4:21
2."Memories of Old Days" 7:18
3."Winning" 4:18
4."For Nobody" 4:05
Bonus track
10."For Nobody" (Live, exclusively on the 35th anniversary release) 


There are no official instrument credits listed on the album.


Year Chart Position
1977 US Billboard 200 81

Release history[edit]

  • 1977, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1152, release date August 26, 1977, LP
  • 1977, UK, Chrysalis Records CHR-1152, release date ? ? 1977, Cassette
  • 1977, US, Capitol Records ST-11696, release date September 12, 1977, LP
  • 1977, US, Capitol Records ST-11696, release date ? ? 1977, Cassette
  • 1977, Brazil, Chrysalis Records 6307 604, release date ? ? 1977, LP
  • 1981?, US, Capitol Records SN-16046, release date ? ? ?, LP (re-release)
  •  ?, US, Capitol Records 18742, release date ? ? ?, CD
  • 1994, UK, Terrapin Trucking TRUCKCD006, release date 15 July 1994, CD (re-master)
  • 1996, US, One Way CD 18469, release date 16 March 1996, CD
  • 1999, UK, Beat Goes On BGOCD435, release date 16 April 1999, CD (2× CD with Giant for a Day!)
  • 2005, UK, DRT Entertainment/Pinnacle RTE356, release date 5 September 2005, CD (35th anniversary enhanced re-master)