The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp

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The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp
Studio album by Giles, Giles and Fripp
Released 13 September 1968
Recorded 26 February — 18 May 1968 Decca Studios No. 2, London
Length 37:43
Label Deram
Producer Wayne Bickerton
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp is a 1968 album from the English group Giles, Giles and Fripp. The United States LP had a different cover than the original UK version.

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.

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. First in Japan with no bonus tracks, then in the US and UK with bonus tracks compiled from singles and previously unreleased recordings. A later Japanese re-issue in a paper sleeve contained the bonus tracks and also a bonus paper sleeve reproduction of the US cover. The most recent CD released by Eclectic Discs also has 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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "North Meadow" (Peter Giles) – 2:29
  2. "Newly-weds" (Peter Giles) – 2:07
  3. "One in a Million" (Michael Giles) – 2:25
  4. "Call Tomorrow" (Peter Giles) – 2:31
  5. "Digging My Lawn" (Peter Giles) – 1:50
  6. "Little Children" (Robert Fripp) – 2:48
  7. "The Crukster" (Michael Giles) – 1:35
  8. "Thursday Morning" (Michael Giles) – 2:50
  1. "How Do They Know" (Michael Giles) – 2:14
  2. "Elephant Song" (Michael Giles) – 3:15
  3. "The Sun is Shining" (Michael Giles) – 3:06
  4. "Suite No. 1" (Robert Fripp) – 5:33
  5. "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[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]


  • Produced by Wayne Bickerton
  • Engineers: Terry Johnson, Bill Price, Martin Smith
  • Re-Mastering: Anthony Hawkins


  1. ^ "The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp - Giles, Giles & Fripp - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Planet Mellotron Album Reviews: G3". Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp by Giles, Giles and Fripp". Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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