|| August 05, 1982
|| Place De Nations Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Despite the strains that surfaced during the recording of Beat earlier in the year, Crimson were top form during this tour, with notable shows in Philadelphia (available as KCCC26) and The Pier in New York just two days before Montreal.
Highlights from this incomplete set would have to include Neurotica which must have ploughed the punters into the back of their seats with its collective G-force. I really canít think of any band from the period pulling off this kind of incendiary hybrid between rock, pop, funk and free-form. The Howler is a feral beast having been released from its studio captivity, and Indiscipline bristles with a shocking energy that will surprise even the most jaded veteran of this well-worn wig-out extravaganza. Mention must also be made of Sartori in Tangiers which makes a very handsome debut on the pages of DGMLive.
Alex and David have heroically scraped off the accumulated dust and grime of 24 years from the original 8-track master. Although liberal coatings of DGMLiveís patented fairy dust have revived and restored this gig, there are one or two bits that are forever lost;Frame By Frame cuts out dead and Matte exists only in the memories of those lucky enough to have been there.
Though it barely begins to compensates for such losses, there's a free bonus bootleg track chronicling in exhaustive (some might say exhausting)detail the thrills, spills and heady exhilaration that is the King Crimson soundcheck.
* source recording is incomplete
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Adrian Belew - Guitars, Drums, and Lead Vocal
Bill Bruford - Acoustic and Electric Drums & Percussion
Robert Fripp - Guitar
Tony Levin - Bass, Chapman Stick, Synth, and Backing Vocal
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first hand account, Sat., Mar 3, 2007
Written by poorboyontheline
those who had tix are already aware, but the show was actually scheduled for the previous evening. after having made arrangements to get the day off from our various jobs, a few buddies and i packed it into the "freakís" dadís car and drove up from burlington.
and the rain came. followed by the announcement that the show was canceled and would take place the following night.
whatís a boy ta do.
dust it off and try to rally the troops.
what was a party of 5 or so got whittled down to just me and the "freak."
so on a sunny and hot summer day we found ourselves back in montreal, after the gates were opened, sprinting (it was a general admission show) to the stage, the front of which a fan had adorned with a sign that simply proclaimed "RED". we actually made the decision not to sit 1íst row/center but rather chose to stretch our legs out, some four or five rows back, dead nuts center.
enter the crim.
first brufford. stepping out alone to and play a crazy upright, octagonal and synthesized drum kit that had 3 sections.
the belew, joining in on a kit facing.
fripp materializes and begins to lay it down.
and finally levin.
all for waiting man.
the show was:
1. visceral. throughout, not only was the concrete floor of the venue trembling, the sheer force of the sound was physical and could not only be heard, but felt.
2. hocus-pocus. iíll never forget. after the third song or so, the "freak" turns to me and questions whether the sounds are actually coming from the stage or are canned. not to worry. it was all live and all direct!
perhaps the best live show iíve ever experienced.
and there was a bootlegger sittin just in front of us. tradded addresses, but never managed to get a copy of his tape.
iím all but certain that he was responsible for the boot, and that his recording plays a role in this release.
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