“Wow. King Crimson with a mosh-pit. This is going to be a very special evening” says Belew observing the standing room only crowd crushed to the front of the stage at KC’s first night in London.
It’s a gig brimming with atmosphere and great gusto. Trevor Lever writing on Elephant Talk at the time recalled “I have seen KC around 20/25 times. The last time I was this close to the band was at the Marquee in London in 73/74. Being this close, and seeing the nods, winks, signs and appreciation the players showed too each other contributed immensely to a very enjoyable show. The only downside was the mix where I was standing. I could hear mostly Adrian and Tony, some Bill and Pat and hardly any Robert or Trey.
However, the climax of the set for me was the ThrAkAttAk improvisation. Much more powerful and focused than anything on the ThrAkAttAk album. The rhythm section were really pushing things along at a pace, until a moment of beauty appeared as Tony any Adrian's improvisations worked closely around the same note as a focal point. Joined, eventually by Robert and Trey, the four then started playing very long, almost piercing notes, that slid past one another, but had a single tone at the centre. Very hard to explain, but an amazing sound. For me this was the highlight of a very enjoyable evening.”
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