The Giles brothers were the fraternal rhythm section with six bands, 'Johnny King And The Raiders', 'Dave Anthony And The Rebels', 'The Dowland Brothers And The Soundtracks', 'The Sands', 'The Interns', 'Trendsetters Ltd' and 'The Brain'. Six singles were released by the 'Dowland Brothers' and 'Trendsetters Ltd' with two additional releases by 'The Trend' and 'The Brain' in 1967. Michael and Peter
Giles toured with 'Trendsetters Ltd' supporting the original 'Drifters' backing Bo Diddley, 'Napoleon X1V' and Gene Vincent. They appeared on television shows and played live on several radio broadcasts including BBC Radio 1's 'Easybeat' and the group's own four programme series. The brothers recruited a third member of the band and Robert Fripp joined who was inventive as well as being a competent guitarist. 'The Brondesbury Tapes' are a unique set of domestic recordings and had languished for over thirty years in a private collection. They were the swan song of a provincial three piece band who moved to London to seek fame and fortune with their music. The spirit of the band survived and reincarnated as the legendary King Crimson. This is the first time that these recordings have been available on CD and have been digitally remastered for this format and incorporating previously unreleased material.
The sleeve notes written by Peter Giles are highly detailed and feature previously unpublished photographs which will appeal to the large and loyal King Crimson fanbase who will snap up this wonderful and historic recording. 1. Hypocrite 2. Digging My Lawn 3. Tremelo Study In A Major 4. Newly Weds 5. Suite In C 6. Scrivens 7. Make It Today 8. Digging My Lawn 9. why Don't You Just Drop In? 10. I Talk To The Wind 11. Under The Sky 12. Plastic Pennies 13. Passages Of Time 14. Under The Sky 15. Murder 16. I Talk To The Wind 17. Erudite Eyes 18. Make It Today 19. Wonderland 20. Why Don't You Just Drop In? 21. She Is Loaded
Giles, Giles and Fripp were an English late 1960s band, featuring brothers Michael Giles on drums and vocals, Peter Giles on bass guitar and vocals, and Robert Fripp on guitar.
The group formed in their native Bournemouth, Dorset area in August 1967 when the Giles brothers sought a singing keyboard player through a newspaper advertisement. Fripp, a non-singing guitarist responded but was hired anyway. Between late 1967 and late 1968 the group lived in Brondesbury Road, London.
Throughout their time at the house they made many demo recordings. The early home demos soon led to a recording contract with UK Decca's newly formed Deram Records division.
In April 1968 the group recorded an album The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp and two singles, all of which sold poorly. In autumn 1968 the group added Ian McDonald on saxophone, flute and clarinet, and former Fairport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble. Ian McDonald's clarinet overdubs were added to the single version of "Thursday Morning". Deram then rejected their next studio sessions including "She Is Loaded" and "Under the Sky". These later recordings now appear as bonus tracks on the CD reissue of the album. Dyble did not feature in any of the Deram recordings.
The group continued to record at home; Dyble was only with the group for a short time but did perform with the group on a few songs including "Make It Today" and demo versions of "Under The Sky" and "I Talk to the Wind". One of the melodies from "Passages of Time" was later re-used for "Peace - An End" on the second King Crimson album, In the Wake of Poseidon. A collection of the home recordings was released in 2001 as The Brondesbury Tapes. The demo recordings were made on a professional two track Revox recorder which was specially modified to allow for multiple overdubs. Though the finished recordings are mono many have excellent sound quality and are close to studio sound for the period.
In late 1968 Peter Giles left the group. Michael Giles, Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald went on to form the first line-up of King Crimson, rounded out by bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and lyricist Peter Sinfield.
Peter Giles would go on to appear on the second Crimson album, In the Wake of Poseidon in 1970, and more recently joined with 21st Century Schizoid Band. Dyble would go on to join the duo Trader Horne. In 1971, Michael Giles and Ian McDonald released an album together as McDonald and Giles.