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Originally released in 2002 as KCCC21 The Champaign-Urbana sessions from January 1983 documents the struggle to come up with a third King Crimson album by the line-up that had brought us Discipline (1981) and Beat (1982).

Although this club release is filled with ideas and motifs which would eventually find a home on Three Of A Perfect Pair, many of them would would not. Several times we hear tracks tailing off into nothing as enthusiasm or inspiration abandons the Crims accordingly. Itís interesting to hear the Bowie-heavy vibe of Not One Of Those and speculate how this might have developed had it been taken further.

Synth-heavy textures and deep grooves seem very much to be the order of the day as we hear Crimson in sifting-mode, seeing what works, what doesnít and marking things down to be revisited at a later point.

Fragmented would undergo several bouts of research and development before eventually morphing into as Industry, and the track entitled Robert and Bill ended up as the introductory section of LTIA Pt 3.

Crimson would continue the search for their third album after this session. First theyíd try a shot at in Arnyís Shack in Dorset in May 1983. Then the action changed location to Marcus Studio, in London where Beat had been recorded in the previous June, and for the final time that year at Bearsville Studios in New York state in November.

Disc Number 1
1.  San Francisco  [PREVIEW]  2.06
2.  Tony Bass Riff  [PREVIEW]  3.29
3.  Sequenced  [PREVIEW]  3.55
4.  Steinberger Melody  [PREVIEW]  4.59
5.  Fragmented  [PREVIEW]  4.02
6.  Not One Of Those  [PREVIEW]  1.45
7.  ZZZZs  [PREVIEW]  2.10
8.  Reel 3 Jam  [PREVIEW]  2.34
9.  Robert And Bill  [PREVIEW]  2.08
10.  Say NO  [PREVIEW]  2.47
11.  Roberts Ballad  [PREVIEW]  3.45
12.  Heat In The Jungle  [PREVIEW]  7.08
13.  Grace Jones  [PREVIEW]  5.46
14.  Adrian Looped  [PREVIEW]  1.19

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Robert Fripp
Adrian Belew
Tony Levin
Bill Bruford


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Written by mikefrost
Is there any chance that next yearís KCCC reissues for the public market could include this prestigious volume? Iíd kill for a copy! Heard "Robertís Ballad" online and fell in love with the piece. Easily in my top five 80s Crimson tunes. Love it to bits and canít wait to hear a whole albumís worth of material from sessions that produced an outtake of such beauty. So for this track alone, I give this FIVE stars out of five. Iíd give it ten but I canít.
And please release it!



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