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Old 09-27-2009, 03:16 PM
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Default Michael Giles

I'm surprised that there isn't a Michael Giles thread here. I guess it's because he doesn't have a large body of work and is more of an ideas than a groove player, but his drumming on King Crimson's first two albums was pretty amazing.

He was one of the early overplayers, like a jazzy Keith Moon at times, and he definitely likes his high-tuned snare to be heard! But he's put in some stunning performances with loads of imagination and sense of occasion:

Cat Food
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22XSv-oWxD0

Epitaph
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bVKH28LhRk

And of course Schizoid Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzyvXBfmGt0

Enjoy :)

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Old 09-27-2009, 07:07 PM
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He is a great player... so colourful and gentle.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:46 PM
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He is a great player... so colourful and gentle.
Yeah, colourful describes his playing well.

I suspect he was influenced by Robert Wyatt; parts of Schizoid Man sounded almost like a more polished version of Soft Machine's Joy of a Toy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwo3ht8sxJo.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:34 PM
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I was blown away when I heard Crimson's 1st record. He was so ahead of his time
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:07 PM
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Default Re: Michael Giles

I made a Michael Giles thread months ago & got a few replies, not sure the search option works very well.

Funnily enough I'm sitting listening to Michael Giles just now on 'McDonald & Giles', a very underrated LP from just after he left Crimson.
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:19 AM
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I made a Michael Giles thread months ago & got a few replies, not sure the search option works very well.

Funnily enough I'm sitting listening to Michael Giles just now on 'McDonald & Giles', a very underrated LP from just after he left Crimson.
For all I know I probably commented on it and forgot! Never min, just early-onset senility.

There's a Mc & G song on YouTube, with a seriously hippie visual. There's also Schizoid Band playing that same song. Michael was a beast, as always, though I found his snare a bit too much. To my ear, KC brought out the best in him.

There are some live early recordings from even before ITCOTCK on Wolfgang's Vault (with stuff like Travel Weary Capricorn, that missed the cut for the debut album). Listening to those old tapes you can tell that MG was the strongest player in the band at the time, the driving force that held the songs together. Bob Fripp was a far less authoritative in his playing back then.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:08 AM
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Anybody know what kind of bass drum pedal he used?

In the Court of the Crimson King is still one of the best drum performances of all time. Very underrated drummer.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:19 PM
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Yea, him and Barrie Barrymore. Not enough respect...

Didnt he write some of the tunes? Epitaph, I talk to the wind.. ( I used to do a jazzy version of the latter with a band years ago that would go down really well with the crowd
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