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McDonald & Giles


Crossover Prog

2.12 | 6 ratings

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2 stars Welcome to McDonald's!

The man who wrote or co-wrote all the music for In The Court Of The Crimson King, returns here with a selection of jazzy Soft Rock tunes exactly 30 years after the release of the famous King Crimson debut. Old collaborations are revived and old band mates are brought in to participate. The original King Crimson drummer, Michael Giles, with whom McDonald made an album in 1971, provides drums for a couple of tracks here. Peter Sinfield, the lyricist associated with King Crimson, ELP and others contributes words to one track. John Wetton, another former King Crimson member, is present here even if he were never in the band at the same time as McDonald. The two of them did, however, play live together as part of Steve Hackett's one-off band in the 90's (as can be seen on the excellent live DVD The Tokyo Tapes where both King Crimson and Genesis classics are performed). Hackett is here too and provides a guitar solo and some harmonica. Yet other famous guests include Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Lou Gramm (Foreigner, with whom McDonald played in the late 70's) and Peter Frampton. McDonald himself plays flutes, guitars, various keyboards and sax.

While the cast is clearly something to be excited about, the actual music they produce is sadly not. If you expect some late follow-up to the classic In The Court Of The Crimson King you are way off the mark. Driver's Eyes contains some jazzy instrumentals and some rather conventional Rock/Pop tunes. The level of "progressiveness" is about as high as on an Alan Parsons Project album of the early 80's. Given the multitude of participators, the comparison with the Project is apt.

I cannot recommend this album to anyone but serious collectors and hard core fans

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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