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 & Giles‘ pre-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.
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