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   July 05, 1969  Next Item SOUND  VISION WORD
    Hyde Park    London, England
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A gig that is not only an iconic moment of the sixties but one that announced Crimsonís presence on the international stage. If you think about the rest of the music on the bill at Hyde Park that day, you get a sense why tracks like Schizoid Man and the solos on Get Thy Bearings were so powerful and utterly shocking. This is a band playing far beyond their years; nothing and nobody else sounded like it. Faced with a daring display of vibrant styles and influences compacted into a hurtling musical express, the assembled hippies had to make a choice and make it quick; get on board or get out of the way. If the boys sound a little hurried in places or the vocals a touch brittle at times, who can blame them; gigs donít get much bigger than this one. When RF wrote in his diary ďMammoth success, of importance which will take time to appreciate. Weíll look back to see this day in years to come and fully realise its significance.Ē He was right on the button.

Disc Number 1
1.  21st Century Schizoid Man  [PREVIEW]  6.00
2.  In The Court Of The Crimson King  [PREVIEW]  6.00
3.  Get Thy Bearings  [PREVIEW]  9.00
4.  Epitaph  [PREVIEW]  4.00
5.  Mantra  [PREVIEW]  3.00
6.  Travel Weary Capricorn  [PREVIEW]  5.00
7.  Mars  [PREVIEW]  3.00

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Robert Fripp - Guitar
Michael Giles - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocal
Greg Lake - Bass Guitar, Vocal
Ian McDonald - Winds, Reeds, Keys, Backing Vocal
Peter Sinfield - Words, Illuminations


Audio Source: Audience Bootleg

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Hyde Park    Sat., Jul 5, 1969
Written by Ian McDonald

Up morning. Got bus to Hyde Park for Stones concert.Ĺ million people there. Did 35 minute spot. Great.Stones not too good. Walked for a meal.Back to flat. Lot of people came over (19). Nice.


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Written by Jetwelder
Itís no wonder Crimso became a sensation after this stunning concert in Hyde Park.

Imagine being in the audience, and this (then) little-known band saunters on stage and delivers a blistering version of "21st Century Schizoid Man" followed by a strong "In The Court Of The Crimson King". Youíd be utterly blindsided and probably think these guys were Martians or something.

The whole set is terrific, a great performance which also highlights some early versions of unrecorded tracks that will even please the most jaded of Crimsonites.

The sound quality is a bit rough, but remains very listenable throughout (although there are a few seconds of microphone manhandling/ repositioning by the bootlegger that slightly mars an otherwise-stellar "Epitaph"). I guess Mr. Fripp could have gone back and overdubbed "corrections" and otherwise patched this up, but Iím glad he didnít because itís a historically important gig, sonic warts and all... and a solid treat for your ears. Definitely worth your time and money.



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