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:: Posted by Ornate_Coal_Man on November 09, 2012
Having listened to the Blu-Ray now, it simply confirms why this is my favorite album. Having all the notes in the same place now, I wonder if itís possible for example, to trace, via transcription, how Frippís solo in *Easy Money* changes over time and various performances? Maybe Iíll give it a try this winter--itís quite a nice little solo, one that develops and builds as it unfolds and snakes through the tune.
And then there is the issue, as many have already brought up (including Wilson in the liner notes to the box) of musical dynamics. Going beyond the perfunctory issue of *loud*to *soft*, there is a more nuanced angle to it, particularly in the issue of accompaniment. Bruford bought up the issue in a youtube lecture he gave, citing not this record, but one tune off the first two Yes albums--the idea that, one of the sin-qua-nonís of progressive rock was the fact that the accompanistís parts are not uniformly static throughout a tune, but ebb and flow and develop dynamically throughout. Itís like how Philly Joe Jones completely changed up from brushes to sticks when Miles harmon mute gave way to Traneís hard toned tenor.
I love the ebb and flow of the dynamics of accompaniment throughout. Moreover, the fundamental beauty of the album for me, is the relaxed looseness of time/feel. How much space is left from one player for another, how much, as Debussy had so well stated, that silence is a part of music as music is. Thatís why, in my view, something as simple and elegant as the Charleston Rhythm (not relevant to Larks of course) remains so vital today. The feel of the album of so earthy, so organic, so wonderfully relaxed; it reminds me that intensity is not simply a derivation of volume and loudness.
Thatís why I always, if I had to chose, select the 72-74 Crimson over Mahavishnu, even if the latter always had better, virtuoso players. Compare the relaxed, loose, and earthy feel of Larks with the machine-gun like tightness of the unison lines of Mahavishnu, who often (in my own personal view) played something simply because they could. Sometimes, the part that remains unplayed is more revealing.
Thatís why Larks remains my favorite rock album. Thank you all for this wonderful box.
:: Posted by DeVito on November 08, 2012
No sign of the Larks box yet, here in east-central Illinois. I preordered it back in August.
Also, Iíve discovered that Iím unable to log onto the Shop. Is anyone else having problems? When I try to log on, it seems to work at first; I get the "Welcome" page. But after a few seconds it reverts back to the log-in page. I havenít found a way around this.
Iíve sent a few emails to the Shop about this, but theyíve gone unanswered, and the problem persists. Are the Shop folk overwhelmed by Larks-box mania? Anyone else having difficulties?
:: Posted by cantspelldiKc on November 08, 2012
i would like to thank Mr. F for taking time to respond to queries posted on the Guestbook, as a person subjected to an onslaught of violence and addiction in their life i feel the need to inform him that his suggestions are heeded and his contributions to this planet have made it a much better place to exist. rp
:: Posted by Ornate_Coal_Man on November 08, 2012
Just got my megabox. Listening now. Quick question: anybody else planning on framing all the art/posters? Iíll check out the blu-ray when I get home.
I was thinking about finding, a la Lord of the Ring, the one cheapo picture frame to rule them all and contain all the little posters, in a tastefully arranged megaposter.
Anybody doing anything interesting with the posters? (no masturbating to the photos, please, that was already strongly suggested in the youtube *unboxing*)?
Also, I always thought that *Book of Saturday* is a tune that could be re-arranged and re-done tastefully by others, like the song portion of *Starless* and Matte Kudesai.
:: Posted by buserian on November 07, 2012
My good lady wife being out for the evening at a work do, I am taking the opportunity to monopolise the good sound system with the new Larksí Tongue in Aspic blu-ray. Iíve been working my way through the live cds on headphones at work, and all very interesting they are, but the star of the box is definitely the 5.1 mix. The additional space and dynamics given to the music is breath-taking. Details Iíd never noticed before jump out everywhere. This is one I shall return to many times.
Thanks to all involved.
Re: Separated at Birth
:: Posted by Lennymogwai on November 06, 2012
Thereís always this from my blog a while ago, having been curious as to whether Bono visited Argentina in 1994.
One In Every Crowd
:: Posted by ttrocc7007 on November 06, 2012
I suppose there has to be one in every crowd, and I suppose this time around it may as well be me.
The main reason I purchased the big LTIA box was to replace my CD-R live downloads (ilicit and otherwise) with factory pressed discs which I expect to be more durable and long lasting. No disappointments there.
The BluRay has been an enlightening journey. The 30th anniversary mix/master sounds enormous. The alternative mixes illumine so many different aspects of the original recordings that they are a total delight.
The ífly on the wallí session disc is nice, but I suspect itíll be the alternate mixes Iíll be returning to the most.
I tend to avoid the current 5.1 discs. I find them to be unnecessarily gimmick laden sonic assaults with little subtlety. I find the LTIA 5.1 to fall into this category. Iím happy enough listening to Frippís guitar panning from left to right, but having it running from left to right to left rear to right rear and back again does absolutely nothing to enhance the musical experience for me, but rather create an unneeded distraction.
That being said, if the 5.1 mix were excluded, and all that paper ephemera were not included, I would still find the box to be an incredible purchase, one well worth the money and delays.
Thanks very much for issuing a really nice set.
:: Posted by robomusic on November 06, 2012
I am concerned that those in distress are being sent to room C7 for relief. Surely there is no resolution to be found there. Or is the visit to C7 only the setup to resolution?
The tension is killing me.
Separated at Birth?
:: Posted by gbruner on November 06, 2012
Sid, I must inform you that any íSeparated at Birth" news item involving RF should include American actor Liev Schrieber.
:: Posted by JeffTruzzi on November 06, 2012
GREAT Mr Stormy download! I love that song so much, I did a five page university freshman essay on it. I got an A, but shortly thereafter a new rule was instituted: no English composition papers on "rock bands or rock songs." Awesome hearing the rhythm section isolated. (Itís legit to say íawesomeí being from Southern California.) This audio clip belongs in the Urban Dictionary under the phrase ítighter than a gnatís ass.í
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