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Giles Giles & Fripp



2.51 | 33 ratings

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2 stars Only fans and collectors need apply for this album. As a big fan of King Crimson, I do enjoy this timepiece to an extent. This collection has a few tracks that serves as blueprints to future Crimson songs ("I Talk To The Wind," "Suite No. 1," "Scrivens") and also has a few that really showcase Robert Fripp's guitar playing. Also, as a drummer myself, I, for some reason or another, have become increasingly infactuated with Michael Giles' drum playing. It is never overly difficult by any means but seemingly melodic and pastoral while remaining jazzy. Anyways, a lot of these songs are demos recorded in a hotel and sound a little rough while some of the other demos and singles are very jazz inflected mostly due to Mike Giles and contain sometimes psychadelic voice stylings. Overall, there are a number of great songs on here (including "Suite No. 1, ""I Talk To The Wind," and "Why Don't You Just Drop In") but this album will best serve as history for fans of King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Judy Dyble, the Giles brothers, and/or Ian McDonald depending on your taste. Instead of two stars, I would say 2 and 1/2 due to the remotely possible interest fans of jazzy psych might have in it.
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