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"Suite in C" begins the musical journey by expressing the innocent exuberance of falling in love with that magical Someone. The sense that nothing in the world can stop this fated pairing just grows & grows, and can't help leaving anyone who's ever experienced the same thing with a warm, wide grin of recognition & delight.
"Flight of the Ibis" is almost ethereal, reminiscent of "I Talk to the Wind" & "Moonchild," a gentle glimpse of hope & promise. If there was a hippie creed, this song expresses it at its best. Naive & sincere as a short poem by William Blake.
"Is She Waiting?" is a gem in its purity & simplicity, a perfect song of longing for a love temporarily far away. Its loneliness is tempered by anticipation for a romantic reunion, making it both melancholy & reassuring. Haven't we all felt this way at some point in our lives?
"Tomorrow's People--The Children of Today" is probably the best single song about the positive aspects of the 1960s to come out of that era, brimming with optimism, looking towards a better future. Marvelous percussion! A pity far more of Michael Giles' work as a composer hasn't been recorded (as with his excellent "Progress" CD), as this is a standout track.Read more ›
The resulting album from McDonald and Giles would have, if combined with the second Crim album, created a sucessor that built upon the powerful debut by KC. The best songs on M&G are actually superior to many of the left over and rewritten tracks on In The Wake of Poseidon. Taking these tracks along with Greg Lake's Lucky Man from ELP would have created an amazing album. As it is, we're left with three fine albums that are less than the sum of the whole they could have created.
This remastered edition is still a powerful album. The sound quality is strong considering all the overdubbing and the age of the tapes. Additionally, the welcome addition of Steve Winwood allows McDonald to focus on reeds, guitar and his wispy vocals. Although not as strong as it could have been (Fripp's Groon and the collaboration Cat Food from Wake would have fit in perfectly here), it's still a fine document of this duo's talent.
It's a pity that McDonald and Giles couldn't continue on with Fripp but the talent and dynamics in the band made it very difficult for the original quartet to remain stable for very long. Nevertheless, this fine album when taken with the best tracks from "In The Wake of Posideon" and the first ELP album with Lake's contributions would have made a brilliant second album.
Musically, this is very nice and loosely played stuff that features a soft mixture of Beatle-esque harmonies, folk, jazz, and early British prog rock. For those of you that are curious, there is very little music on this album that sounds like King Crimson, so this is not in any way "In the Court of the Crimson King Part II". However, there are a few holdovers from the old Crimso' days, including the brooding soundscapes; a little experimentation; the original theme from Cadence and Cascade (In the Wake of Poseidon, 1970) turns up on Flight of the Ibis; and Michael Giles incredible drumming. There is a lot of pretty good (and very spur of the moment) jamming, with great interplay between Michael and Peter. The tracks range in length from the gloomy, acoustic piece "Is she Waiting" (2'36") to the large "Birdman" suite (21'22) and feature some excellent vocals. All of the tracks were written sometime between 1967 and 1970, and are well composed with great dynamic contrasts and wonderful melodies.
The remastering is pretty good and the album features some great sound quality (this is an HDCD) along with a ton of liner notes and photos.
All in all this is a great album of subdued English progressive rock and is very highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this for a friend and he's thrilled that I found it. He's been enjoying it bigtime.Published 4 months ago by W. Gaudreau
this is a desert island disc amazing relic of the late sixties you have to hear itPublished 6 months ago by richard b. smith
A uniquely charming album. McDonald and the Giles brothers marry prog-rock musicality and ambition with a rare sense of sincere optimism. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew West
I've somehow avoided hearing this album for decades; for a long time it was hard to find, but also I was put off by the album cover and song titles, which just seemed... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doc Bobster
One of the best albums that nobody has ever heard of!! Tremendous and very different!Published 13 months ago by Ray Kirkeby
The percussion work on this duet of progressive King Crimson alumni is excellent, as is the musicianship on the wind instrumentals. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Starr