Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, and Fripp, by Giles, Giles, and Fripp, including the original obi.
This album features King Crimson founder Robert Fripp on guitar.
About this copy: This copy of The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, and Fripp is a 1976 pressing on the Deram label of an album that was originally released in 1968 (though it wasn’t released in Japan until 1970.)
The cover is VG++ with faint ring wear. The obi is M-. The insert is M-.
The disc is M- with a single spindle mark on one label and no marks on the vinyl. Beautiful disc!
A nice copy of a rather quirky and underrated LP.
Background: Released in 1968, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, and Fripp was the only album by Giles, Giles and Fripp. The album didn’t chart anywhere, and the album’s lack of success led to the formation of King Crimson the following year.
This pre-King Crimson aggregate involves the talents of Michael Giles (drums/vocals), Peter Giles (bass/vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitar/vocals) accompanied by a plethora of studio musicians — most notably keyboardist Nicky Hopkins and backing vocalists the Breakaways. …Giles, Giles & Fripp are wholly unlike anything before or since. Drawing upon folk, classical, pop, and even sacred music, each track brings a fresh listening experience. Among the highlights is the leadoff track, “North Meadow,” which features some stunning fretwork from Fripp. Likewise, “Call Tomorrow” is a trippy noir tale involving an ambiguous practical joke. The classically influenced instrumental “Suite No. 1,” as well as another one of Fripp’s more esoteric compositions, “Erudite Eyes,” likewise bear some semblance of sounds to come from the trio. While not everyone’s cup of tea, there is a tremendous amount to enjoy on The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp for those whose expectations are not of King Crimson, but rather of lighthearted and decidedly folksy English tales.
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