11-16-09 King Crimson
Been thinking about the ’73-’74 King Crimson a lot lately, what with getting a new 2CD re-mastered “Red” CD + DVD set. Supposedly remixed from multi-tracks, the “Red” re-master sounds pretty good to me. And the video on the DVD is very interesting. I always did like that one, “Red”, a bit more accessible than the previous album, “Starless & Bible Black” (and I always thought they stole the title from a Stan Tracey album!).
So, to follow today’s thread, I recommend having on hand these CD’s:
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (1973) (LP)
Starless & Bible Black (1974) (LP)
Red (1974) (LP or new re-mastered CD + DVD set)
“The Collectable King Crimson – Vol. 1” (Live in Mainz, 1974 & Live in Asbury Park, 1974) – issued 2006 (2CD)
“The Great Deceiver: Part One” (Live in Rhode Island, 1974 & Live in Glasgow, 1973) with a bonus of a short bit from
“The Great deceiver: Part Two” (Live in Pittsburgh, 1974 & a bit more Penn State ’74 and Toronto ’74 and Zurich ’73) – issued 2007 (2CD)
First, I listened to almost all of these live 2CD sets – some of them have fairly impressive sound quality! Mr. Fripp likes to “abbreviate” “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part II” – it appears only on the
Listening to all that live music sent me back to the original LP’s. I played “Larks’ Tongues” to death, once I got a grip on what was on offer. I flogged “Starless” a bit less (though “Fracture” was fairly interesting) and I enjoyed “Red” a lot. “
Particularly on the live material, John Wetton sounds a bit lost at times. And David Cross seems to get stepped on a fair bit (by Wetton & Bill Bruford). And does it all sound like Robert Fripp told them what they were going to do in advance? Uh, guess not. But this version of the band were certainly capable of some mighty sounding material.
There are a ton of liner notes by Mr. Fripp in the live CD’s, some of it rather amusing. Diary entries, “A personal note to young musicians” etc. I saw Mr. Fripp on stage recently as part of the group “Slow Music”, where he was barely audible. I couldn’t help but think he was doing his best Derek Bailey impersonation. Guess he’s still interested in making improvised music.