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2*3 improv noodling
:: Posted by fhc339835 on February 18, 2015

Dan, it is good to have you back again here writing. I concur that a good number of double trio improvisations went nowhere. But free and spontaneous improvisation does not work every evening. Especially the more silent or reticent improvs provide joy and excitement. The loud ones with 6 blokes banging around are frequently some sort of boring.

Re: RE the Double Trio Improvs...
:: Posted by DannyX on February 18, 2015

I couldn’t disagree more. I think the 90’s Crimson was the perfect melding of the 70’s power and the 80’s intricacy. Once both Bruford and Levin departed, the band were left with a weak rhythm section (i.e., "under utilized talent" ), and for me, both on record and live, became very cold and detached. I would also submit that the more musicians in a band, the more difficult it is to collectively improvise.

And my 3 cents makes a nickle.

Prog magazine
:: Posted by Bakullama on February 18, 2015

Also in PROG magazine, is featured a man many of us know. Sean Tonar who has devoted much of his lifes work to the music we all know and love.

He and his bandmates from "Story of a life" are featured in PROG magazine this month. But many of us know Sean as the creator of the comprehensive progressive rock website progressiveears.org of which I have been a member for almost 20 years off and on.

Sean has promoted big names like King Crimson, YES, Genesis, etc... But also many new and smaller acts on his heavily trafficked website. I would venture to say that many popular bands have been MADE there. I was very happy to see this guy who lives and breathes music featured in PROG magazine. He certainly deserves it.

I hope I’m not embarrassing him here. I have never actually met Sean, except for the many online conversations, knowledge of his beginnings, and his facebook friendship.... Congratulations!

The Voice
:: Posted by PPmINTY on February 18, 2015

Good luck with your "V Factor" project, the quest to find new vocal talent for the next, long awaited instalment(s) of "The Vicar Songbook".

You’ll be relieved to know that I won’t be subjecting you to my own feeble singing efforts.

I certainly don’t envy David (or Punk?) having to sit through hour after hour of "The Vicar Songbook #1" rendered as bad karaoke through the medium of cheap telephone apps, before you finally hear THE ONE that has that certain ’something’.

I agree with the Gussetbook poster who suggested that it might be nice to hear some of these songs with a female vocal for a change.

If nothing else, I was fascinated to hear the "Songbook #1" numbers as instrumentals (give or take the occasional ’leaking’ guide vocal). Having lived and grown quite familiar with these tunes, first as "Hot Tickles" MP3s (either with or without Stormy’s DJ patter), then finally on a ’proper’ CD/DVD release, it was interesting to listen to them from yet another perspective. In particular, "Childhood Days" and "Count Your Blessings" sound rather delightful ’as is’.

(By the way, the sound file for "That Boy’s Not Cool" is corrupted. It either didn’t download or didn’t play when it did!)

RE the Double Trio Improvs...
:: Posted by DanAnderson on February 17, 2015

I am one who ThrakAttack did not resonate with. One problem is that instead of going somewhere with the improv, it came out as noodling between powerful beginnings (B’Boom/Thrak) and ending Thrak finish. Limp.

A common characteristic of both the Wetton/Bruford band and the Trey/Pat bands are that they were going somewhere with what they were creating. Whether it was a groove or a free form improv, they had a start, change and stop. The double trio noodled during the improv. No group going somewhere and doing something as a group unit.

It’s really too bad because of the under utilized talent with that line up, to me, it turned out to be the least successful Crim.

My 2 cents worth.

who is King Crimson?
:: Posted by andyfromozz on February 17, 2015

Gosh I always thought "King Crimson" was a nickname for Satan? Everyone in my coven agrees;-)
cheers andyfromhell

Copies, Coincidences and Plagiarism
:: Posted by Antonion on February 17, 2015

When I first listened to Twenty-Two, by the Vicar, I thought somehow another YouTube window on my PC was playing Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s Scherzo and Trio, from the Union Cafe...

Fripp-ing search
:: Posted by jeremykeens on February 17, 2015

Great to see soundscape sunday - these pieces of music deserve to be heard. I have reviewed a few (nice to see my name below the current feature).

It emphasises the need for a frippertronic/soundscpae filter in the search engine. Fripp (not surprisingly) throws up KC, ProjeKCts etc. The wealth of wonderful soundscape concerts and series is hard to find. My personal spreadsheet highlights the next ones I want to buy (nerdy - star rated, cost, length - all there), but for people new to the delights, a specific search would help.

And if you are reading this - Hello Dave at Pure Ambience. Here is another antipodean dart at your great luck in going to 3 (yes 3) concerts in the Europe tour. AAaaRGH.There must be at least some DGM downloads. PLEASE

(and anyone looking for some great guitar, ambient, app music, Dave’s back (and forward) catalogue is well worth a look.)

:: Posted by kingcrimson7 on February 16, 2015

A work of Mr. Robert fripp, awesome, breathless shows the 21 century in the heart of Mr. fripp, an advanced music of his time, exposure is an example of someone who knows music,a soft heart for God, trust in Jesus.

Song contest
:: Posted by Bakullama on February 16, 2015

What the Vicar is doing here is just awesome! I suspected he was pretty cool, whoever he is! I know a girl who really wants in... Female vocalists OK?

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