McDonald and Giles

McDonald and Giles were an English symphonic-rock duo that released a self-titled album on Island in January 1971. The duo consisted of multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and drummer–percussionist Michael Giles, who commenced the project fresh off their one-album stint in King Crimson. Michael cut an earlier album in Giles Giles and Fripp, a pop-psych trio with […]

Giles Giles and Fripp

Giles Giles and Fripp were the English pop-psych trio behind the 1968 Deram album The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp. They consisted of guitarist Robert Fripp and brothers Michael and Peter Giles. After the album, they demoed songs with singer Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention, Trader Horne) and keyboardist Ian McDonald. They morphed into […]

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights was an English band that issued the folk-rock album King Progress on Charisma in 1970. After a lineup change, they moved to Vertigo for the 1972/73 albums The Fifth Avenue Bus, Ragamuffins Fool, and Bump ‘n’ Grind, the latter two influenced by ragtime and music hall. They were one of three bands — […]

Leo Sayer ‎– Silverbird (1973)

Silverbird is the debut album by English vocalist/performer Leo Sayer, released in 1973 on Chrysalis. Tracklist: A1. “Innocent Bystander” (3:02) A2. “Goodnight Old Friend” (2:49) A3. “Drop Back” (3:20) A4. “Silverbird” (1:19) A5. “The Show Must Go On” (3:30) A6. “The Dancer” (4:28) B1. “Tomorrow” (4:12) B2. “Don’t Say It’s Over” (3:14) B3. “Slow Motion” (1:45) […]

Michael Fennelly ‎– Lane Changer (1973)

Lane Changer is the first of two solo albums by American guitarist/songwriter Michael Fennelly, released in 1973 on Epic. The artist is backed on this album by all of Argent in addition to his ex-Crabby Appleton cohort Casey Foutz. Tracklist: A1. “Lane Changer” (2:34) A2. “Touch My Soul” (4:03) A3. “Won’t You Please Do That” […]

Chapman-Whitney ‎– Streetwalkers (1974)

Streetwalkers is a collaborative effort between Family alumni Roger Chapman and John Charlie Whitney, released in 1974 on Reprise. The title inspired the name of the pair’s subsequent band, which would ultimately release three albums between 1975 and 1977 on Vertigo/Mercury. Tracklist: A1. “Parisienne High Heels” (4:04) A2. “Roxianna” (3:46) A3. “Systematic Stealth” (2:24) A4. […]

King Crimson

King Crimson are an English rock band, active at multiple intervals since 1969. The original lineup of guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist–singer Greg Lake, reedist–keyboardist Ian McDonald, and drummer Michael Giles made one album, In the Court of the Crimson King, the catalyst for symphonic-rock. When Lake departed for Emerson Lake & Palmer and McDonald and […]