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Monday Morning Musings & Meanderings
:: Posted by AndrewJohn on October 07, 2013
Todays Oblique Strategy from my pack ’Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do.’
Well I watched The Magnificent Seven (again) in its entirety this Saturday afternoon. I drew the obvious comparison - embracing a risk with considerable skill in an almost impossible situation but aiming and achieving an incredible result.
Glastonbury tickets sold out in record time. David Bowie now on song and mooted for the gig. If KC can come again, why not Fripp ( and even a perhaps more likely Belew) along side our Hero. It makes you shudder doesn’t it.
One thing learnt by now is that the embracing of risk is a main function of the KC way. The vehicle of change is moving relentlessly on as its set in motion.
The 7 year rule is also presenting itself to me now. The brilliance of the Power To Believe era is clearer. As we in the West are presented with a longer life span I’m hoping to keep the bandits from the door and listen and dance to the KC sound for as long as possible. Although I may have to work and live longer to afford the privilege!
......and that was easy for me to say.
Re: Mel Collins . . .
:: Posted by cloudscapes on October 07, 2013
Several lifetimes ago I worked in one of Denver’s many record stores, this one was the flagship of a local chain that sponsored record signings/autograph sessions and such for bands that were playing Denver. Les McCann was scheduled for one such event and arrived at the store early. I had Earthbound on the store sound system and after only a moment or two he turned to me and asked "Who are these guys?" When I told him King Crimson, he responded, "Who’s on the horn?" I told him Mel Collins, and he said, "Man, that cat can play!" Indeed he can. Long live the King!!
Mr & Mrs Caption Contest
:: Posted by rogadaire on October 06, 2013
I think the rules say one entry per person, but the following effort could not have been made until recently, and I have a feeling this is just what Sid has unknowingly been waiting for...
"Following his announcement of King Crimson VIII being set to Go! mode, Robert prepares to meet excited fans seeking post-gig signings, photos, asking questions and making other reasonable demands on his time".
That's the winner!
This competition is now closed.
:: Posted by Wilbert on October 06, 2013
"And then of course there could be older material from the Mel Collins era (most of which I have never heard because I don’t own copies of Islands or Lizard)."
About Mel Collins:
and don’t forget: "In The Wake Of Poseidon" and especially: "Earthbound"
I Love his Flute playing and his Screaming Sax on Earthbound has to be heard: endless climaxing Sax Power !!!!! If you want to know what Mel is capable of: "Earthbound’s Schidzoid Man and Groon"
:: Posted by throbber on October 06, 2013
I remember an RF aphorism on the lines of "when music arrives that only King Crimson can play, then King Crimson will arrive to play the music". Also this from the RF dairy of 2010-07-16: "can we play this music as well today as 30 years ago? i’m not sure we could. which would then lead to: so what would we play? that leads into new material for those people today, and that is a reach too far for me right now". And finally, it has been said that they ’will play "reconfigured" versions of existing Crimson material’.
Taking these together, one has a paradox. The solution must be that the set lists will be totally different arrangements of existing numbers. ITCOTCK without a mellotron? Tracks where not one but three drummers contribute silence?
The arrangements must have evolved in some kind of separate musical universe, and are now reaching a state where they are oozing through into our reality, and demanding to be played. The unfortunate chosen mortals have no option: they will have to do whatever Music demands of them. One hopes, for their sake, that it won’t be "excruciatingly, tooth-pullingly, difficult music-making" (BB).
:: Posted by emory0 on October 05, 2013
They will play "reconfigured" versions of existing Crimson material"
I’d point out that this doesn’t have to mean the material Belew’s Crimson has been playing live all these years. Jakko’s voice could, to my ears, handle some of Wetton’s material. So it would be awesome if they tried, say, One More Red Nightmare (remembering of course that they will have a reed player).
And then of course there could be older material from the Mel Collins era (most of which I have never heard because I don’t own copies of Islands or Lizard).
Once again, the same river, twice
:: Posted by kbrunkhorst on October 05, 2013
Reconfigured versions of existing material.
No plans to enter a studio. None of the dreaded ’writing sessions’.
The process of ’reconfiguring’ (which is really arranging) will still lead to music previously unheard. Good. I judge a strong piece of music as being able to withstand reinterpretation. The question in my mind: which will those be?
If you think this is a flawed bit of thinking, then I refer you to the LTIA box, and the way the pieces grew up on the stage. I wonder if Robert heard the same process when going through those recordings, and decided that King Crimson lived in that process (or more accurately, is the process), and heard it call. It seems so to me when I listen to it, as I did the other night. To make a studio recording is to simply freeze the process for a moment. Record companies need that more than musicians do.
I would certainly open my wallet for new live recordings, whether downloads or physical products. I would estimate a good probability of this. It seems to be part of the functioning model if 21st century music biz.
Not all of us will be close to a major city (although I’ve already told the missus that we’re getting on a plane to see this, if it’s the only way.)
For the Sake of aKcuracy
:: Posted by davidly on October 05, 2013
The indirect quote from UNCUT linked to by Sid Smith on 25 September in the DGM Live News section and then by randomelement2 on the Guestbook reads:
There are no plans, he says, for the new King Crimson to enter a studio. They will play "reconfigured" versions of existing Crimson material.
Notwithstanding the replacement of "existing material" with the, I guess, acceptably synonymous "old stuff", bear in mind that "reconfigured" (the only word in direct quotation marks) versions yet to be played is a somewhat considerable departure from the reinterpretation of that which has not been reconfigured prior to the playing. At any rate, the main point would seem to be that there are no plans to enter a studio, assuming the quote is at least indirectly accurate.
As for Jakko J. being the primary vocalist and second guitarist, I direct the KC enthusiasts attention to The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, particularly Pictures of an Indian City and Islands (both also, coincidentally enough featuring Mel Collins).
Now try to imagine them playing "behind" T-Lev and three drummers doing whatever it is they’ll do.
I doubt it’ll be "not playing new music".
:: Posted by cantspelldiKc on October 04, 2013
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Reinterpreting old stuff
:: Posted by randomelement2 on October 04, 2013
>As for not playing new music but reinterpreting old stuff - I >didn’t see that quote from the Frippster.
>That goes against his usual MO so seems unlikely.
I posted the link to the article last week. It was a quote from RF, unfortunately. No new music, no plans to enter a studio. To quote a Kids in the Hall series of sketches, it’s a fact. If they decide to do new music down the road, that will mean writing, rehearsing, and playing the new stuff live in 2015, which is never a quick process for KC. So, purely speculating, we’re looking at 2016 at the earliest, if they decide it’s time for new stuff. The best we (at least I) can hope for is some major revisions in the old material.
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