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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0013NBBPQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. North Meadow
  2. Newly-Weds
  3. One in a Million
  4. Call Tomorrow
  5. Digging My Lawn
  6. Little Children
  7. The Crukster
  8. Thursday Morning
  9. How Do They Know
  10. Elephant Song
  11. The Sun Is Shining
  12. Suite No. 1
  13. Erudite Eyes
  14. She Is Loaded (Bonus Track)
  15. Thursday Morning (Bonus Track)
  16. Under The Sky (Bonus Track)
  17. One In A Million (Bonus Track)
  18. Newly-Weds (Bonus Track)
  19. Thursday Morning (Bonus Track)

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Betraying almost nothing of the genre-busting melodrama of their next project, future-King Crimson members Bob Fripp and brothers Mike and Peter Giles fluttered onto the music scene of 1968 with this eccentric Deram label romp in sub-Python blazerered Britishness that was probably Fripp's only experience of poor sales. Middle-England whimsy abounds: palm court ditties are peppered with silly spoken wordplay. Feather-light and faintly embarrassing as with the maiden aunt who believes a boa still works, this exercise nonetheless has warmth and pastoral charm and in its latest incarnation is nicely packaged with A and B side single bonuses. The boys' insanity was to take on a very different hue in their encounter the following year with the '21st Century Schizoid Man'.
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This is a slice of 1968 at its whimsical best. This flower power stuff was all the rage for a very short period of time. The whole thing came crashing to the ground rather suddenly the following year, which heralded the appearance of power trios and the start of progressive rock, both of which were seen as a reaction to this sort of thing. Strange then this band should develop into King Crimson who instantly set the British rock scene alight with their debut album.

Having said all that this album still bears closer inspection. There is some terrific guitar work from Robert Fripp and the songs are mostly good, the whimsical spoken bit I find rather endearing, people who find them embarrassing need to grow up and stop worrying about sounding cool.
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King Crimson, despite or maybe because of the frequent line-up changes, produced some truly progressive music. Not for those numerous boys was technical prowess an end in itself, and neither was `the pop song' the be all and end all for Giles, Giles & Fripp, the trio which, such was the way of things back in 1968, mutated into that band. Oh no, they were intent on being an eccentrically English `beat combo' who wrote and performed songs about well-adjusted middle-aged men and dodgy individuals intent on digging up lawns early on Sundays.

What fun they must have had. Being a fearsome guitarist who didn't sing it was only natural, what with it being the late 1960s and everything, that Robert Fripp responded once he heard that the Giles brothers were looking for a singing organist, and the outcome was this trio and one-off album, which is of course a collection of songs eccentric in nature and faultless in performance.

The first quality's only relative anyway. "How Do They Know?" musically flirts with all kinds of things as bands of that era were wont to do, but lyrically there's a strain that's entirely the trio's own.

"The Sun Is Shining" is a soundtrack for the metaphorical end-of-empire, if that end is to be encapsulated in dodgy sentimentality and slight overkill that is. It shows in any case how these boys knew a thing or two, and the lack of earnestness genuine or otherwise gives proceedings a lift, much like Peter Giles's delivery.

Given the climate of the times "She is Loaded" could refer to all sorts of things if it wasn't for the fact that the matter's cleared up more or less straight away. The female in question happens to have a lot of money, which might be appealing enough for Peter Giles even in face of her numerous shortcomings.
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Surprisingly for an album featuring King Crimson's Robert Fripp; this is quite Popular in a psychedelic way. I would definitely recommend this recording.
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I've absolutely no idea how this is rated by the prog/rock crowd (and frankly I care not a jot!) but as an obscure 1968 LP, with 2 mono 45s added, it's a wonderful artefact which should be filed alongside The Bonzos, the first series of Monty Python, and the madder end of The Beatles back catalogue ('You Know My Name'). Could only have been made in the 60s, and is all the better for it. Fabulous.
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