|McDonald and Giles|
Years: 1969 - 1970
Styles: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Ian McDonald - Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals, Zither (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Michael Giles - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Ian McDonald and Michael Giles were members of the original King Crimson line-up, and were featured performers on the band's debut album, "In the Court of the Crimson King" (1969). Both left the group at the end of its first North American tour in 1969, although Giles appeared on the second King Crimson album, "In the Wake of Poseidon" (1970), as a session musician. Two other King Crimson members also worked on McDonald and Giles: Peter Giles and Peter Sinfield.
The music on McDonald and Giles contains many of the pastoral and musically complex elements of King Crimson, while generally avoiding that band's darker tendencies. The song "Flight of the Ibis" has a similar melodyand rhythm to King Crimson's "Cadence and Cascade", with different lyrics. The album contains a guest appearance by Steve Winwood, playing organ and piano on "Turnham Green". Winwood's group Traffic were working on "John Barleycorn Must Die" at Island Studios at the same time.
Michael Giles' drum solo in "Tomorrow's People – The Children of Today" has been sampled by a number of rap and hip-hop artists, most notably the Beastie Boys, on the track "Body Movin'" from the album "Hello Nasty".
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