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2.61 | 44 ratings | 7 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hypocrite (3:45)
2. Digging my lawn (2:00)
3. Tremelo Study in A Major (1:45)
4. Newly weds (2:00)
5. Suite No. 1 (5:35)
6. Scrivens (2:15)
7. Make it today (3:25)
8. Digging my lawn (1:55)
9. Why don't you just drop in (3:40)
10. I talk to the wind (3:15)
11. Under the sky (3:55)
12. Plastic pennies (2:20)
13. Passages of time (3:30)
14. Under the sky (2:50)
15. Murder (2:40)
16. I talk to the wind (3:15)
17. Erudite eyes (6:45)
18. Make it today (4:45)
19. Wonderland (6:05)
20. Why don't you just drop in (3:40)
21. She is loaded (3:15)

Total Time: 72:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar
- Peter Giles / vocals, bass
- Michael Giles / vocals, drums

- Ian McDonald / vocals, piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, clarinet
- Judy Dyble / vocals
- Al Kirtly / piano

Releases information

LP Voiceprint Records VP235CD

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GILES GILES & FRIPP The Brondesbury Tapes ratings distribution

(44 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars 2,5 stars really!!!

This calbum is nothing more than the studio demos and sessions of Giles Giles and Fripp and the transformation phases into King Crimson. This can be fascinating if you are a Crimson fanatic (the first two versions of I Talk To The Wind with Dyble on vocals and McDonald on flute but also the version without those two), but can be tedious to a non-fan.

Only a part of the tracks come from the Cheerful Insanities and the Study was clearly the chrysalidic form of Suite No.1 and many more funny annecdotes can be detected.

For Crimson fans only (hence 2*) but since I am one of those , the half star.......

Review by erik neuteboom
2 stars This is an interesting CD, it features the Giles brothers and Robert Fripp in their progrock salad days. Remarkable are some Syd Barrett sounding tracks (mainly because of the vocals) like "Hypocrite", "Digging my lawn" and "Erudite eyes". I'm delighted about the varied guitar play from Robert Fripp: a Spanish flavor (like Hackett) in "Tremolo study in A major", virtuosic jazz in "Suite no. 1", psychedelic in "Passages of time" and bluesy in "Why don't you just drop in". The climates of the 21 songs alternates between Sixties pop and rock (THE KINKS, THE BEATLES), jazz, classic, folk and embryonal KING CRIMSON sounding (like "Scrivens" and the later KC song "I talk to the wind" in two versions). I don't think that this CD will appeal to progheads who are not into King Crimson/Robert Fripp but it's a fascinating effort, very progressive although it does not appeal very much to me.

Review by soundsweird
3 stars Historical interest album, even more so than their proper studio album. The bad news: it's all monophonic, and the sound quality ranges from pretty good to okay. However, I find it fascinating to listen to some of the tracks that suggest where this would lead. Yes, it's for collectors only, but, like disc four of the Genesis Archive box (early demos), it's a very interesting and insightful listen. That's why it gets 3 stars, though it's not in the same league with most 3-star albums.
Review by Atavachron
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3 stars When I think of proto progressive rock music, I think of Giles, Giles & Fripp. Others come to mind as well-- the Beatles, Syd Barrett, and Brian Wilson. But because GG&F's music was such a perfect blend of those recording artists, the trio seem the definitive proto-progsters with soft naivete, Britpop kitsch, and crooning quasi-psychedelic strangeness. Not to mention a vital link in the prog chain, being Robert Fripp's first real band and featuring proto classics like 'Tremolo Study in A Major', 'Suite No. 1' and 'Erudite Eyes'. As well, an early 'I Talk to the Wind' makes an appearance sounding not unlike the version made famous by Fripp's later project.

This wonderfully fun, well-recorded and absolutely hilarious collection from a session in 1968 after the making of their first record for Decca ('The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp') is a delight. It is especially interesting if you have a penchant for the very earliest beginnings of progressive rock and it was during this period lyricist Peter Sinfield and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald began working with the boys, later transforming into the legenary King Crimson. Some tracks such as 'Why Don't You Just Drop In' and 'Digging My Lawn' are shameless 1960s pop but others are sweet-sounding and carefully constructed like 'Under the Sky' with Judy Dyble's lovely soprano and McDonald's jazzy flute, the psycho- symphonic 'Murder', and the gorgeous arrangements and Beach Boys harmonies of 'Wonderland'.

This is not a record one pulls out to play very often and it is rife with so many cliches as to make it a spoof of itself, like some joke 60s band right out of 'This is Spinal Tap', vainly trying to fit in to a quickly disappearing fad and doing it badly, to boot. But the music is thoroughly pleasant, well-produced and will make you giggle all at the same time. Very neat stuff.

Review by Matti
2 stars It's difficult to decide whether to rate this ** (collectors/fans only) or *** as the majority have rated. Historical interest is noticeable: here we are already on the brink of the formation of KING CRIMSON, much much more so than with their only proper studio album - its cheerful sixties pop was actually quite far from KC. Partly "Brondesbury Tapes" is circulating the same (and similar) stuff, and partly it shows what was coming In The Court Of The Crimson King next year. Of course saying so may lead you wrong, because there isn't much of the progressive, Mellotron-loaded new world of that seminal album, just outtakes of a couple of its mellow tracks, 'I Talk To The Wind' and... and... oops, sorry, that's all. But at least multi- instrumentalist Ian McDonald is already in for many tracks. So doubtlessly the group sound has improved from the Cheerful Insanity album (e.g. McDonald's flute/sax/clarinet). It's just mono and the sound quality not exactly perfect.

The technical imperfection however is not taking off my third star, it is the lack of coherence and overwhelming absence of repetition. Many tracks are here twice, some pairs not even notably different from each other, and that makes this CD taste like pure collector's stuff. Maybe a better organizing of running order could have improved things a tiny bit. Or maybe not. But the fact remains that of the 72 minutes only about one third says already all that there is to be said. Some of it is very good, yes, but the blood relation to King Crimson doesn't make it comparable to the latter.

Latest members reviews

2 stars For some reason, this album reminds me a lot about the Wilde Flowers album I reviewed many, many moons ago. That too was a compilation of demos and oddities which was a taster for Caravan and Soft Machine. So is this album and it is a forewarning about things to come (King Crimson). The con ... (read more)

Report this review (#284436) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Tuesday, June 1, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

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