The Best Drum Performances From Michael Giles

The Best Drum Performances From Michael Giles | Society Of Rock Videos

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Michael Giles is one of the most accomplished drummers in rock. He went on to have a successful career as a founding member of iconic band King Crimson. His drumming proved that you can play with power and finesse. Progressive rock never had any shortage of talented drummers but somehow, Giles managed to stand out. Some skin-slammers boast of technical proficiency, others veer towards subtlety but Giles is the one you turn to when you want the best of both worlds.

He’s a distinctive and brilliant drummer. And during his time with King CrimsonGiles, Giles and Fripp, and as a solo artist, he showed everyone that you can do so much more behind the kit than just keep the timing and rhythm. Here are his ten most unforgettable drum performances.

10. Moonchild

Often described as a “space jam”, this is what we meant about Giles’ subtlety and finesse.

9. Cat Food

Absolute perfection – Giles’ drumming just brings everything together.

8. Erudite Eyes

It’s kind of hard to believe that the album which featured “Erudite Eyes” sold poorly. Giles formed Giles, Giles and Fripp before King Crimson and you can already tell he was unlike any drummer you’ve ever heard.

7. Arrival

It’s flat-out amazing. In fact, if you haven’t checked out his solo album Progress, you’re missing out big time.

6. Epitaph

Giles has inspired numerous guys to start playing the drums with this song alone. That’s how influential he is.

5. In The Wake Of Poseidon

Those intricate drum fills are too good!

4. Progress

Another underrated piece from Giles that deserves more appreciation.

3. The Court Of The Crimson King

Giles’ performance here is absolute gold. There’s just no other way of putting it.

2. Pictures Of A City

His drumming took the song to the next level.

1. 21st Century Schizoid Man

One of the finest drum performances in rock history. There’s no doubt this alone cemented his spot as a legendary drummer.

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