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5.0 out of 5 stars Between The Cheerful Insanity and In The Court, 11 Dec. 2001
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This review is from: The Brondesbury Tapes (Audio CD)
This CD is made up of home recordings made by Peter Giles at the joint home of Giles, Giles and Fripp, complete with historical and technical notes.
Ian McDonald plays on 16 of the 21 tracks, adding sax, flute, keyboards and vocals to tunes from 'The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp'. Also appearing here are new songs by Peter Giles, Robert Fripp and McDonald/Sinfield. These include two early versions of 'I Talk To The Wind', one of which, with Judy Dyble on lead vocals, appeared on the 'Young Person's Guide To King Crimson'.
The CD takes the playful spirit of the Decca LP made by the band, and expands the musical exploration on it with different instrumentations courtesy Mr. McDonald and jazz leanings. The new songs are mostly just as melodically brilliant as the released ones, and some ideas were revived for future King Crimson albums.
Judy Dyble's vocal contributions invoke the magic of the first Fairport Convention album, which adds to this CD appeal.
The CD represent the evolution from the down to earth joviality that dominates 'The Cheerful Insanity' towards the structured dark themes of 'In The Court Of The Crimson King', and is a must for everyone who likes these two brilliant albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anorak corner, 18 Jun. 2002
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If you're a Crimso nut since In the Court of the Crimson King, this CD is an essential for your library.
Ian MacDonald and Mike Giles feature strongly as does the crystal voice of Judy Dyble (the original Fairports singer). There'a an altogether more folky/jazzy feel than most later KC work and you get a sense of where they might have gone if they'd kept Ian MacDonald. Would a female singer have worked on "The rusted chains of prison moons"? Perhaps not.
As the booklet with the CD explains at incomprehensible length, the recording was a triumph of skill over very limited taping technology.
What's best about it all? The tightness and technical skill of the players; the wide range of experimentation which gives you hints of everything that followed; the occasionally camp humour ("Why don't you just drop dead?"); and the drumming of Mike Giles which was then and remains a lesson in technique for mindless rock kit bashers. Listen to how much space he leaves. Listen.
Nary a sign of a mellotron though. Useless knowledge dept:- Did you know that a mellotron weighs about 140kg and KC had three of them on the road at one stage?
Gripes: one really fuzzy track. 2 versions of "I talk to the Wind" is a bit of overkill. But they do show what Greg Lake added.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link, 26 Aug. 2014
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This should perhaps be credited as GGF & Friends, as it also features Judy Dybe and Ian McDonald, as we'll as some early lyrics from Peter Sinfield. For Crimson fans out there who have yet to hear this, this collection of home recorded demos is the missing link between GGF & King Crimson, capturing them on the steep learning curve from the lightweight, sometimes humorous pop of GGF to the epic dramas of Crimson that materialised once Greg Lake had completed the line-up. The best tracks to me are the embryonic versions of 'I Talk To The Wind' and the Fripp written 'Why Don't You Just Drop In', the music of which would become 'The Letters' on Islands three years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this one, 8 Feb. 2015
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I really love this one! The cd is superb, and very interesting for people who like the music of the late sixties. The cd arrived on time and was sealed and new. The quality of the sound is sometimes a little disappointing but 5 stars are in the pocket!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Nov. 2014
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muito satisfeito
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