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|The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp|
|Studio album by|
|Released||13 September 1968|
|Recorded||26 February — 18 May 1968 Decca Studios No. 2, London|
The music shows a mix of pop, psychedelic rock, folk, and classical influences. In addition to 13 songs, the album contains two comedic spoken word pieces, "The Saga of Rodney Toady" and "Just George", which are interspersed between the songs that appear on their respective LP sides.
The album had little recognition on first release, but has since been re-issued many times. According to Robert Fripp the album sold only 500 copies. This information came from his royalty statement, but it is very unlikely that this was the total number of copies sold on initial release.
There are at least 4 CD editions: the first was in Japan with no bonus tracks, followed by US and UK releases with bonus tracks compiled from singles and previously unreleased recordings. A later Japanese re-issue in a paper sleeve contained the bonus tracks as well as a bonus paper sleeve reproduction of the US cover. The most recent CD released, by Eclectic Discs, also contains the bonus tracks.
Also during 1968 the group recorded a series of demos at home, which would be released as The Brondesbury Tapes in 2001. Following this album Peter Giles was replaced on bass by Greg Lake. Soon after that the band changed their repertoire and renamed themselves King Crimson.
- The Saga of Rodney Toady (Robert Fripp)
- "North Meadow" (Peter Giles) – 2:29
- "Newly-weds" (Peter Giles) – 2:07
- "One in a Million" (Michael Giles) – 2:25
- "Call Tomorrow" (Peter Giles) – 2:31
- "Digging My Lawn" (Peter Giles) – 1:50
- "Little Children" (Robert Fripp) – 2:48
- "The Crukster" (Michael Giles) – 1:35
- "Thursday Morning" (Michael Giles) – 2:50
- Just George (Michael Giles)
- "How Do They Know" (Michael Giles) – 2:14
- "Elephant Song" (Michael Giles) – 3:15
- "The Sun is Shining" (Michael Giles) – 3:06
- "Suite No. 1" (Robert Fripp) – 5:33
- "Erudite Eyes" (Robert Fripp) – 5:05
- Bonus Tracks on 1992 CD release
- 14. "She Is Loaded" - 3:11
- 15. "Under the Sky" - 4:01
- 16. "One in a Million" (mono single) - 2:25
- 17. "Newly-Weds" (mono single) - 2:44
- 18. "Thursday Morning" (mono single) - 2:57
- 19. "Thursday Morning" (stereo single) - 2:57
Giles, Giles & Fripp
- Robert Fripp: guitars, mellotron, spoken word
- Peter Giles: bass, lead and backing vocals
- Michael Giles: drums, percussion, lead and backing vocals, spoken word
- Ted Barker, Cliff Hardy - trombone
- Raymond Cohen, Gerry Fields, Kelly Isaccs, Boris Pecker, William Reid, G. Salisbury - violin
- John Coulling, Rebecca Patten - viola
- Alan Ford, Charles Tunnell - cello
- Ivor Raymonde - string arrangements
- "The Breakaways" - backing vocals
- Mike Hill, Nicky Hopkins - keyboards
- Produced by Wayne Bickerton
- Engineers: Terry Johnson, Bill Price, Martin Smith
- Re-Mastering: Anthony Hawkins
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