Giles, Giles and Fripp - The Brondesbury Tapes (1968)

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Originally released: 2001


  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Peter Giles (vocals, bass)
  • Michael Giles (vocals, drums)


  • Ian McDonald (vocals, piano, flute, sax, guitar, clarinet)
  • Judy Dyble (vocals)
  • Al Kirtly (piano)



  • 3'41 Hypocrite (Peter Giles)
  • 1'58 Digging My Lawn (Peter Giles)
  • 1'41 Tremelo Study in A Major (Fripp)
  • 1'52 Newly Weds (Peter Giles)
  • 5'34 Suite No 1 (Fripp)
  • 2'15 Scrivens (Peter Giles)
  • 3'26 Make It Today (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 1'55 Digging My Lawn (Peter Giles)
  • 3'40 Why Don't You Just Drop In (Fripp)
  • 3'17 I Talk To The Wind (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 3'53 Under The Sky (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 2'18 Plastic Pennies (Fripp)
  • 3'32 Passages Of Time (Fripp)
  • 2'49 Under The Sky (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 2'41 Murder (Peter Giles)
  • 3'15 I Talk To The Wind (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 6'46 Erudite Eyes (Fripp)
  • 4'46 Make It Today (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 6'08 Wonderland (Fripp)
  • 3'42 Why Don't You Just Drop In (Fripp)
  • 3'12 She Is Loaded (Peter Giles)


Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 15-Dec-01
By: Marlon Kempmann (mkempmann at kw dot igs dot net)

"This isn't as much a GGF opinion, as it is an Interregnum point of view. I am speaking of the GGF cd "The Brondesbury Tapes (1968)"; a collection of home recordings (some of quite amazing quality) by the aforementioned. The music isn't for everyone, although I savoured every track. However, in the historical timeline, it magnificently shows the transformation of GGF to King Crimson. There are several musical themes stated that have transmogrified into the more familiar KC recorded versions. For that reason alone (in my opinion), the cd is a must own for every Crimsoficionado. (I have always been a sucker for the development of a song; from conception to recording.)"

Date Submitted: 18-Dec-01
By: Lynn Neil (LynnNeil at aol dot com)

"A simply stunning release, great to hear the G G & F tracks with the addition of Ian MCdonald on flute and saxes. The unreleased tracks featuring Judy Dyble are also a joy especially Make It Today Great Sound quality, great sleeve notes What more do we want????"

Date Submitted: 11-Oct-02
By: Chris Jones (chris.jones.05 at bbc dot co dot uk)

"Already partially unleashed on vinyl earlier this year under the name of Metaphormosis, this timely CD release fills in a sizeable hole in the enigmatic career of the mighty Fripp and pals and their part in the creation of the Crimson King. Mainly consisting of demos recorded at the titular address, this document is amazing for two reasons. Firstly, as the splendid sleeve notes demonstrate, this was far more than a couple of mikes fed into a Revox set-up. The sound quality of these pieces is a testament to the precision of artists forced to work under primitive conditions while developing a profile which their first album (The Cheerful Insanity Of Giles, Giles And Fripp) - with it's bland production - failed to deliver. Secondly, with its addition of key players such as Ian MacDonald on wind instruments and Pete Sinfield, this shows how a year of hard work away from the limelight could turn a jokey little trio into a powerful musical unit, ready to take on the post psychedelic music scene.

"It is fascinating to finally hear all of the tracks that featured the criminally underrated Judy Dyble, the original vocalist with Fairport Convention. Committed King Crimson fans will already be familiar with her rendition of "I Talk To The Wind", but on the evidence of the other material on offer here, she should have stayed for longer than the mere two or three months it took to record them. "Drop In" by Fripp, which became a Crimson live staple the following year, makes its first appearance here as does a re-versioned "Suite No. 1" which should dispel any notion that the Wimborne wonder was anything less than a young genius of the fretboard.

"Lush harmonies, assured, jazzy instrumentation and a sense of humour (check out those Pythonesque photos!), all wrapped up with most scholarly and amusing sleeve notes from Pete Giles. This is both a lovingly prepared historical document and a well-prepared argument in favour of a band who have, for too long, languished in the shadows as a mere precursor to greater things. Why don't you just drop in?"