MICHAEL GILES Progress, circa 1978 (2002)

Progress, circa 1978 (2002)
Spiritual Sequel To McDonald & Giles

If, like me, you waited in vain for a follow-up to McDonald & Giles’ excellent (and only) 1971 LP, you may find solace in these lost recordings from drummer Michael Giles. After his stint in Giles, Giles & (you know who), his career-defining drum work on 1969′s In The Court Of The (you know who) and the short-lived McDonald & Giles, Michael left the band life behind for session work, finishing these tapes in his spare time. Perhaps because of the UK’s reign of punk, circa 1978, Progress didn’t see the light of day until 2002. While Progress offers a jazzier skew to Giles’ previous work, there is still plenty of that slightly psychedelic, wispy melodic airiness that was used so effectively within McDonald & Gilespre-prog framework. The Canterbury-style pop, which defined The Cheerful Insanity of GG&F, is given a more mature setting here, while the prog interplay that dominated KC’s debut surfaces throughout. Bassist/brother Peter is also on board. For faith-keepers, Progress is a rewarding addendum to Giles’ always stylish instrumental and compositional work. Hard copies are only $85 at Amazon.


Sunrise (0:56)
Departure (3:14)
Rolling (3:48)
Daydream (1:01)
Moving (4:14)
Midsummer Day (6:01)
Progress (6:03)
Sunset (3:47)
Shunter (2:44)
Rocking (2:11)
Nightdream (2:08)
Arrival (6:09)

 

12 Comments

  • 1
    boboquisp
    March 30, 2009 - 23:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting. A great drummer, can't wait too hear it all. bbq

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    April 2, 2009 - 04:05 | Permalink

    It's a good one. Thanks for commenting.

  • 3
    Anonymous
    October 5, 2009 - 18:53 | Permalink

    Thanks – never come across this before…

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 19:18 | Permalink

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  • 5
    Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 - 23:37 | Permalink

    thanks.

  • 6
    Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 - 03:12 | Permalink

    What a great find. I have all his other albums but I was totally unaware of this one. Thankyou very much for posting it. cheers…JeffH

  • 7
    HD
    July 13, 2011 - 23:56 | Permalink

    You’re a gentleman, and a scholar, sir. And Mr. Giles? A fookin’ amazing percussionist!

  • 8
    Rob
    October 13, 2011 - 18:09 | Permalink

    Hiya Willard,
    I’m quite amused to see how you avoid all mention of himself, you know who I mean. Is he actively trawling the internet looking for people who mention his name? Or do you jest?

    • 9
      Willard
      October 13, 2011 - 19:56 | Permalink

      They don’t like downloads. A few of us have learned the hard way.

  • 10
    HJ
    October 15, 2011 - 23:44 | Permalink

    any chance of the brilliant but OOP Ghost Dance soundtrack? HJ

    • 11
      Willard
      October 16, 2011 - 03:56 | Permalink

      Have never had the pleasure.

  • 12
    zappahead
    July 15, 2013 - 10:19 | Permalink

    Definatley the heartbeat of early King Crimson…nice to hear the excellence of his drumming and musicianship…..very much appreciated…cheers.

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