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Three Friends (1972) is a concept album by the Britishmarker progressive rock band Gentle Giant. The group's third album was also their first Americanmarker release to chart, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200. It marked a change in drummers from Martin Smith to Malcolm Mortimore.

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.

Track listing

All songs written by Shulman, Shulman, Shulman, Minnear.

Side One

  1. "Prologue" – 6:13
  2. "Schooldays" – 7:37
  3. "Working All Day" – 5:12

Side Two

  1. "Peel the Paint" – 7:31
  2. "Mister Class and Quality?" – 5:51
  3. "Three Friends" – 3:04


  • Engineer - Martin Rushent
  • Sleeve Design - Rick Breach
  • Publisher - Excellency Music


For the US release of the album, the cover was the same as that of the band's début album Gentle Giant.

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