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Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Progressive rock


Final release, The View From Here, 1988; Giraffe compilation, 1999

See also:

The Kevin Gilbert site

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for Kevin Gilbert


Peter Gabriel/Genesis

Covers/own material:


General comments:

See comments on Giraffe album below

Recommended first album:

Giraffe is the only one currently available


  • The Power of Suggestion (1987)
  • The View From Here (1988)
  • Giraffe (compilation, 1999)


Release info:



See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for Kevin Gilbert and progrock fans

Group members:

J. Scott Smith--drums
Stan Cotey--guitars, keyboards
Kevin Gilbert--vocals, keyboards, bass and guitars
Michael Abowd--keyboards
Chris Beveridge--bass

Guest artists:

Robert Ferris--keyboards, vocals
Oliver Harris--guitar on 2 tracks
Dan Meblin--guitar on 1 track
Tom Politzer--saxophone on 2 tracks
Susan Moretti--vocals on 1 track
Creg (Gig) Garcia--bass on 1 track
Steve Watts--drums
Terry Carlton--drums

Produced by:

Kevin Gilbert


It is a compilation of the extremely rare and outstanding Giraffe CDs The Power of Suggestion and The View From Here released by Kevin Gilbert's estate. A portion of the proceeds for the CD go to the Kevin Gilbert Memorial Fund. This is Kevin's work when he was in his very early twenties (in the late '80s). It has a similar sort of feel and sound to his Toy Matinee work. To me it is kind of a mix of Security / So period Peter Gabriel and the Toy Matinee CD. My favorite pieces are "This Warm Night", "The World Just Gets Smaller", "The Way Back Home", "Holding On With Both Hands" and "Airdance". (

I just received copies of Kevin Gilbert's solo The Shaming of the True and the Giraffe compilation. At the moment I prefer the Giraffe album. One evening last week I only wanted to briefly scan through the songs before going to bed, but I had to listen to the whole 74 minutes. Sometimes you can hear Kevin's favor for the old Genesis stuff like Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The Giraffe compilation is one of the most intense albums that I know. (

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