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:: Posted by RayMaybe on July 18, 2016

Material from all seven of King Crimsonís 1969-1974 iconic studio albums.
Thanks Robert

Maximum Distress
:: Posted by Royston on July 16, 2016

All this discussion about audiences listening/not listening to performers reminds me of a memorable line from the 1997 film Titanic. The musicians have been playing for some time to boost passengersí morale:

Musician: Whatís the use? Nobodyís listening to us anyway. 

Bandleader Wallace Hartley: Well, they donít listen to us at dinner either.

Re; Radical Action dvd
:: Posted by Valhalla on July 15, 2016

Nice to see this package & filmed live performances. I wonder if there is going to be a single dvd release of the concert film, like Deja Vroom & Eyes Wide Open? For myself, that is all that is required for a Crimhead living in Oz land, so near & yet so far to possibly witnessing a live concert in person! Time will tell perhaps? Cheers.

Radical Action...
:: Posted by andyacunzo on July 15, 2016

I donít suppose there are any plans to just release the 1 disc Blu Ray?  I have no need for 3-5 more discs of the same material.  Iím guessing there are others like me who would love to see the concert video and would gladly plunk down $20 for it but donít feel the need to pay for yet another KC boxed set.  We are a market waiting to be tapped!

Radical Action sets.
:: Posted by Bwilmot on July 15, 2016

I am so excited for this release. I have spent the last few months thoroughly immersed in the Toronto set. It was unclear in the announcement to me if the dvds and bluray contained the same or different material from each other and if either has a 5.1 version of the cds. Will they be DGM excusives or sold by other vendors? Gotta have it no matter what. Brad Wilmot
The DVD and the Blu-Ray editions will contain the same material.

Overly serious leisure time?
:: Posted by emory0 on July 15, 2016

Syncopatico wrote...

"after all itís only leisure time, isnít it?"

Yeah, thatís a good point I donít really know how to address.

In Mark Saltzmanís "Iron and Silk" he describes playing cello at a local event in China, and as he played people pretty much ignored him and ate, played badminton, talked and (as I remember) cooked food. When he stopped (ie, because he thought they werenít listening), a lot of people stopped what they were doing and looked to see why heíd stopped. They then encouraged him to continue, as "everyoneís having a really nice time".

So perhaps I was being overly judgmental about an audience that was "enjoying" music in a way I usually canít. On the other hand, thereís a part of me that insists the Dylan concert was inherently different from the Chinese mode. I really donít know. One difference is that, in Saltzmanís case, no one was there to hear "Mark Salzman". They just knew a westerner with a weird western instrument was playing, so they carried on being fully Chinese. The Dylan audience, on the other hand, had a nowhere-ish feeling: They werenít really listening but they also werenít really connecting with each other either.

Or maybe Iím just old: "You damn kids get off my lawn."

after all it's only leisure time, isn't it?
:: Posted by syncopatico on July 14, 2016

emory0 wrote:

"Aside from that, people were drinking, eating and talking during the slow parts, and cheering loudly for songs they knew."


"Music-making still performs the normal functions: background noise for people eating and talking and drinking and smoking; thatís all right by us, donít think that weíre complaining, after all itís only leisure time, isnít it?"  -- Robert Wyatt (Moon In June: BBC, 1969)

Radical Action - new release
:: Posted by EleKtriK_Udi on July 14, 2016

Will there be a Japanese version of the new (limited edition) Radical Action release?
In any case, great news! canít wait to hear/see it!

Dylan phonies
:: Posted by emory0 on July 14, 2016

Saw Bob Dylan last week, a few hundred yards from my house in Queens. As we were herded through the gates, men with megaphones told us that no photography would be permitted.

During the first half of the performance venue security would stop people from taking photos, etc..., though some people persisted, getting several warnings. The dude-half of the couple sitting next to me took some flash photos, and I told the guy the flash was distracting. And that was in itself distracting, because you never know if the guy will persist and I have to call security and then, should he get really mad at me, find I have to fight the dude.

Aside from that, people were drinking, eating and talking during the slow parts, and cheering loudly for songs they knew. In other words, the audience for the most part sucked, and acted like they were at a sporting event. But Dylan and the band persisted in playing a set containing a variety of mostly newer songs, some Sinatra covers, and a couple of older songs. It was by no means a "greatest hits" nostalgia show. This made the photography even less appropriate in my mind, but then again I felt like a lot of people were there so that they could say they had seen Bob Dylan. And thatís a strange state of affairs, is it not? "We want to see you sing all your famous old songs, so how dare you force us to listen to all this other crap and treat you like an actual contemporary performer."

Iím wondering whether a passing grade on a questionnaire should be required before tickets are released: "Name your 3 favorite Bob Dylan Songs that appeared on albums after 1990."

Thank you!
:: Posted by _D_S_J_R_ on July 13, 2016

I just wanted to say thank you to all who make this site possible and for the wonderful and highly challenging music Iím discovering and re-discovering from some years away and in the case of the Soundscapes, intense timeless and wonderful music I never knew existed until very recently. I feel RFís diary has helped enormously with regards to focus - I canít explain it further - and hope that when time and energy permits, heíll share some more of his and Tís life as it is now, with us, although I appreciate the very heavy schedule set for touring. Belated sincere condolences on Willyfredís passing - I felt I knew him personally and in some way shared his obvious joy in the pictures taken when he was with his prime care-givers. Thanks again and best wishes to T too, as Iíve re-discovered her early music too recently with much fondness and wonderful memories. Again, little to no knowledge as yet about her more recent work to be discovered and enjoyed, but Iím very much looking forward to hearing it...

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