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:: Posted by vealcutlet on December 22, 2013
We all know that Fripp ruined Hallís album by putting all ínem Frippertronics on it! That sketch on The Best Show on WFMU - Tomís arch nemesis also being enemies with Fripp - was like worlds colliding for me. To top it off, Larksí Tongues Pt. 1 was featured on the subsequent "Frankie Teardrop" sound collage. I encourage anyone with a sense of humor to check out the Dec 17 archive for The Best Show on Wfmu on the wfmu website. Fripp chat starts around 1:37 (stick through the Gene Simmons jokes that get in the way of the Fripp feud thread)
Also, someone on the US College Board must be a fan of Frippís, as his Hendrix story was the subject of a grammar question on the most recent PSAT college prep exam. Millions of high school students had to correct a phrase dealing with Robert and Jimi shaking each otherís left hands.
Iím a little surprised at how Fripp and King Crimson has remained in the cultural consciousness to any degree, considering the nearly complete lack of radio and mainstream media coverage over the decades.
:: Posted by Rockette on December 22, 2013
>why have Crimson never employed a proper multi-keyboard virtuoso, as is de rigueur with most prog acts?
KC do things a little differently from most prog acts. :)
My thoughts: in the early days, the Mellotron gave the music an immediate, distinctive symphonic feel which a more conventional Hammond organ / electric piano / synth instrumentation wouldnít have achieved. Also, having a multi-instrumentalist like Ian McDonald in the ranks meant there were no gaps in the sound.
In the Discipline quartet, the combination of Adrianís sonic fireworks and the intricate rhythmic interplay of the two guitars made keyboards redundant. That looks set to continue with the new 7-piece line-up, although Iím sure a keyboard will rear its head occasionally.
:: Posted by dubhthaigh on December 22, 2013
a very Healthy, Happy Christmas, Boxing Day, New Yearís with your families and loved ones. Thank you for all the many musical gifts youíve presented us with over the past year.
Looking forward to where the road to 1980 and beyond will lead us in the next year.
all the best
:: Posted by JORGEBATISTA on December 22, 2013
...."I doubt that Robert would agree that Crimson was ever a prog band anyway"...
Yes, Iíve read about it a while ago. But I disagree with that statement. COURT, POSEIDON, LIZARD, ISLANDS, LARKS, STARLESS, RED are progressive-rock albums just as Close To The Edge, Relayer, Selling England, Acolyte, Lamb Lies Down, Trilogy, Pawn Hearts, Glass House, H to He, etc.
On the other hand, 80ís stuff is "progressive" only you have a very "elastic" sense of the term...
...Or if you mean it is a "progressive" band, because it is far removed from the mainstream new-wave rock of the era (police, cars, ian dury, blondie, bangles, billy idol, stray cats, nina hagen, etc).
Crimson 80ís, 90ís & 2000ís stuff is very difficult to play...
...and progressive (not in the 70ís sense, but in the sense that it is not commonplace music).
:: Posted by bloggulator on December 21, 2013
In response to Dannyís comments about King Crimson and a keyboardist:
First, if the bands that he is implicating fit into the "prog" category as defined by the music media and corporate marketing officials, then I would volunteer that KC has always been an ill fit, or outlier - and increasingly so as the band progressed over the decades. Also, the nature of the Mellotron, which played a major part in King Crimsonís earlier sonics - doesnít allow for virtuoso playing in the classic "pianistic" sense.
When KC reassembled in 1980, keyboards would have been a redundancy, as many of the "keyboard/synth" sounds were created by Fripp and Belewís guitar controllers (early Roland guitar synthesizer). Who need a keyboardist when you got Fripp and Belew firing synths with their guitars?
Into the 1990s and early 2000s with the double trio and then the double duo - the same deal re. keyboards - redundancy. And for the future? With 7 players on stage who like to play a lot - I doubt there would be room in the sound spectrum for a keyboardist.
Just for the record, I am a keyboardist!
:: Posted by rja1967 on December 21, 2013
Danny X asks:
why have Crimson never employed a proper multi-keyboard virtuoso, as is de rigueur with most prog acts?
My answer would be that Crimson has never been that sort of band, and I would take issue with the implication that to be a íproperí prog act you need a keyboard virtuoso.
I doubt that Robert would agree that Crimson was ever a prog band anyway!
:: Posted by DannyX on December 21, 2013
Other than McDonald on the first album and Tippetís guest avant-jazz piano (and the ever-present Mellotron, of course), why have Crimson never employed a proper multi-keyboard virtuoso, as is de rigueur with most prog acts?
:: Posted by JORGEBATISTA on December 20, 2013
Are there plans to release EARTHBOUND in the 40th aniversary editions ? Hope so
KCurbed Enthusiasts and Fave Trey Mo
:: Posted by davidly on December 20, 2013
I believe the curb is in the middle of the road here, Spells Kant. Youíre probably pretty safe.
Mister Gunn deserves an honorable mention for the all-whites during the PTB tour. Had he gone the extra mile with a kimono, Crim just might be in that hall already.
er um uh
:: Posted by cantspelldiKc on December 19, 2013
it does kinda surprise me Sid hasnít kicked me to the curb
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