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Crim In Action
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 2, 2011

My thanks to Ulli Spiegel who points out that although the Greater Crim is currently hibernating, its various members are busy with lots of different projects.

Adrian Belew’s e for orchestra CD and DVD are now available directly from Adrian’s store. You should also check out Ade’s blog for a report back on the 3 Of A Perfect Pair camp.

You can head over to Tony Levin’s website for details on the 2 Of A Perfect Trio tour that starts later this month. Tony is also part of another trio, this time with ex-BLUE member, guitarist David Torn, and Yes drummer, Alan White. You can hear a snippet of their forthcoming album by going to their soundcloud site.

Pat Mastelotto is part of a quartet called Naked Truth who have a new album out now. You can hear some tracks from the group as well as read my take on the album over on the blog.

Pat has also been busy with Trey Gunn. As TU they have a new album out called TU - Live In Russia. Check out Trey’s store to listen to a track and buy a digital or physical copy.

Finally, in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, the next in the 40th anniversary edition series of King Crimson reissues arrives next month.

Here’s the details for the 40th Anniversary Editions of Discipline.



Discipline

The seventh release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series.

On its release in 1981 Discipline represented a startling reinvention for this most restless of bands.

* * * * *

When Robert Fripp declared in 1974 that King Crimson had "ceased to exist" nobody could have foreseen that they would break their silence seven years later with an album that perhaps had more in common with the then current post-punk new wave than the band’s progressive rock past.

Released in 1981, Discipline was a startling reinvention with a new line-up performing radically different material that managed to delight fans, confound critics & pick up a substantial new audience along the way.

30 years on, Discipline remains one of the key albums of the early 1980s and one of the most popular and influential in King Crimson’s catalogue.

As different from the 1970s King Crimson, as the 1970s line-ups had been from the 1960s band, the new quartet of Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew (ex-Zappa, Bowie, Talking Heads) and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), rapidly established itself as a force on the live circuit.

The longer songs of the 1960s & early 1970s & the extended improvisations of the live performances from the earlier touring bands were replaced with a series of short taut songs imbued with a minimalist aesthetic that featured complex interwoven guitar lines, (coined ’rock gamelan’) Belew’s distinctive vocals, Bruford’s new armoury of electronic percussion & Levin’s fluid bass & Chapman stick lines.

Songs written for the album became firm fixtures in the band’s repertoire and the stature and influence of the material has grown over the years. Matte Kudasai for example, has become something of a modern standard recorded by jazz vocalist Kurt Elling last year & performed live recently by K.D. Laing.

The album charted on release in many countries - including the UK & USA - while the touring schedule took the band through Europe, the US & Japan in its first year of activity. By the end of 1981 Crimson was, once again, viewed as one of rock music’s premier outfits.

King Crimson had also achieved a rare feat for a rock group by becoming one of the very few acts to release a classic album in three separate decades. From In the Court of the Crimson King in 1969, via Red in 1974 to Discipline in 1981, with differing line-ups & radically different sounds the band’s reputation for innovation & progression (in the best sense of the word) was unassailable.

As with other albums in the King Crimson CD/DVD-A series, the stereo CD features a new stereo mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson, while the DVD-A features 5.1 mixes of the album by Steven Wilson, high resolution stereo mixes of the original & new stereo mixes, a rough mix of the album presented in its first intended running order,video footage from The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show & further audio extras & rarities.

Preorder now for 3rd October 2011 release


CD:

1. Elephant Talk
2. Frame by Frame
3. Matte Kudasai
4. Indiscipline
5. Thela Hun Ginjeet
6. The Sheltering Sky
7. Discipline

Bonus tracks:

Alt. mixes of The Sheltering Sky & Thela Hun Ginjeet mixed by Steven Wilson.

DVD Content 

Discipline

24/96 MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround DTS|9624 5.1 Digital Surround 

 Elephant Talk
 Frame by Frame
 Matte Kudasai
 Indiscipline
 Thela Hun Ginjeet
 The Sheltering Sky
 Discipline

Mixed and produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson 
Executive producer Robert Fripp
Mastered by Simon Heyworth Super Audio Mastering, Devon, assisted by Andy Miles
24/96 MLP stereo 24/48 LPCM stereo
Elephant Talk
 Frame by Frame
 Matte Kudasai
 Indiscipline
 Thela Hun Ginjeet
 The Sheltering Sky
 Discipline

Original album 2011 stereo mix
Mixed & produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson 
Executive producer Robert Fripp
Mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering, Devon, assisted by Andy Miles


Original album 1981, 30th anniversary remaster 

Elephant Talk
Frame by Frame
Matte Kudasai
Indiscipline
Thela Hun Ginjeet
The Sheltering Sky
Discipline
Matte Kudasai (alternative version)


Produced by King Crimson and Rhett Davies

Mastered by Simon Heyworth

Album: Rough Mixes from recording sessions presented in original proposed running order.
Discipline
Thela Hun Ginjeet
Matte Kudasai
Elephant Talk
The Sheltering Sky
Frame By Frame
Indiscipline

These mixes date from the end of May 1981 and were prepared by Rhett Davies. The tape was almost certainly made as a “listening copy” prior to the full mixing stage. The tracks were assembled in Robert Fripp’s then preferred running order. The other point to note is the use of a far greater level of reverb than was applied to the final mix. Again this would have been a decision made by Rhett at the time and the levels applied were standard for the period. The fact that they sound so good – even in relatively unmixed form – is indicative of both the quality of the performances & the engineering. More generally, the early 1980s represented the dawn of an era when recordings can almost be carbon- dated to the year by the increased levels of reverb applied in each succeeding 12 month period, possibly to offset the limitations of then emerging digital technology. Robert Fripp’s decision to issue a final mixed album with minimal discernible reverb made “Discipline” stand out even further from the crowd. The rough mixes provide a suitable alternative. True to the spirit of the original ¼” tapes, the transfers were subject to no further mastering other than some noise reduction and a slight pitch correction applied at DGM by Alex R. Mundy.

Produced by King Crimson and Rhett Davies
24/48 LPCM Stereo
Additional Tracks
A selection of Adrian’s vocal loops
The Sheltering Sky (Alternate mix – Steven Wilson)
Thela Hun Ginjeet (Alternate mix – Steven Wilson)
The Terrifying Tale of Thela Hun Ginjeet
Elephant Talk 12” Dance mix

A small sample of Adrian’s vocal loops for the original album open this section followed by two Steven Wilson alternate mixes – including an instrumental version of ‘Thela Hun Ginjeet’ from the 2011 mixing session. ‘The Terrifying tale of..’ was assembled by David  Singleton & Alex Mundy at DGM for the 2008 US tour-box CD & consists of a talk given by Robert Fripp  at a Warner Bros. US sales meeting in NYC in 1981 outlining events, followed by tape of Adrian Belew from London’s Basing St. studios reliving events, followed by a blistering live take of the song from Philadelphia, PA in 1982. The 12” dance mix was issued as a radio promo in the USA.

Video Section
Selections from The Old Grey Whistle Test
Elephant Talk (recorded live at The Venue, October 1981)
Frame By Frame
Indiscipline
Elephant Talk
2-4 recorded at the BBC, March 15th 1982, introduced by Anne Nightingale

For some unknown reason, the studio recording of ‘Elephant Talk’ was grafted on to the live performance of the BBC film. It’s possible that the audio recorded at The Venue proved unusable.

Music by King Crimson, elephantosity by Belew

Published by UMG Music Ltd.

DVD Design & Layout by Claire Bidwell at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD Authoring & Assembly by Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD QC testing by Jon Urban, Bob Romano, Bob Squires, Tim McDonnell & Chris Gerhard 

Audio tape transfers by Kevin Vanbergen at FX Copyroom
Video Tape Transfers by DGM tape Archive: Alex Mundy 

Package Art & Design by Hugh O’Donnell 

Compiled & Coordinated by Declan Colgan for DGM, with input & suggestions from Sid Smith & Steven Wilson


Here’s the details for the 40th Anniversary Editions of Starless And Bible Black



Starless And Bible Black

The sixth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series.

An experimental hybrid of live material and studio recordings, Starless sits between the landmark releases, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic and Red.

*****

Coming as it does between the startling re-invention of Larks’ Tongues In Aspic and the far-reaching repercussions of Red, when it comes to assessments of the King Crimson canon, Starless In Bible Black has often been overlooked. Yet even a cursory listen reveals this to be a powerful record, brimming with confidence borne out of the band’s increasing mastery of the concert platform.

Though the public weren’t aware of it when it was originally released in March 1974, Starless And Bible Black was in essence largely a live album, an experimental hybrid of in-concert material (much of it improvised) and studio recordings. Often the two are so finely dovetailed together it’s difficult to tell them apart.

Only two tracks on the record (The Great Deceiver and Lament) were fully recorded in the studio. The Night Watch contained a live introduction, while the instrumental backing to The Mincer was excised from an in-concert improvisation with vocals overdubbed later. The rest of the tracks were taken from concert recordings from the UK and Europe with the audience carefully edited out.

Starless And Bible Black demanded the attention and concentration of the listener. Crimson’s audience responded to the challenge, making it a much loved album by the band. As with the other recordings by the mid 1970s line-up, the intervening years have seen the album’s reputation increase among fans & musicians alike, while the then unusual approach to using live performances as core elements of subsequent studio recordings has also become increasingly commonplace.

Robert Fripp once talked about an album being a love-letter and a concert a hot date. Arguably, Starless combined the best of both worlds, making it the most accurate representation of the band’s uniquely powerful mid-70s identity.

As with other albums in the King Crimson CD/DVD-A series, the stereo CD features a new stereo mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson, while the DVD-A features 5.1 mixes of the album by Steven Wilson, high resolution stereo mixes of the original & new stereo mixes, the full Law of Maximum Distress parts 1 & 2 improvs with The Mincer in their original unedited form/running order, Lament, The Night Watch & Fracture from the same Zurich concert, (completing the show presented in part on The Great Deceiver boxed set), a 1973 live recording of the concert favourite Dr. Diamond & an audio restored bootleg recording of the played onceonly  Guts on my Side.

The DVD-A also features live footage from New York’s Central Park in 1973 of Easy Money & the improv Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet the track that formed the basis of Guts on my Side.

* As a result of lost multi track tapes Trio & The Mincer have been up-mixed to 5.1 by Simon Heyworth & Robert Fripp.

Preorder now for 3rd October 2011 release

DGM Mail Order

Burning Shed

1. The Great Deceiver
2. Lament
3. We’ll Let You Know
4. The Night Watch
5. Trio
6. The Mincer
7. Starless and Bible
8. Black
9. Fracture

Bonus tracks:

Law of Maximum Distress (parts 1 and 2)
The Mincer improv
Dr. Diamond
Guts on my Side

DVD Content 

Starless And Bible Black

24/96 MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround DTS|9624 5.1 Digital Surround 

The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
 Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 We’ll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) *
 The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)  *
 Starless And Bible Black  (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 Fracture (Fripp)  
                                                                                 


Mixed and produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp
Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp at Super Audio Mastering, Devon, assisted by Andy Miles
Tracks marked *
*Upmixed to 5.1 from the original stereo masters by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp
                                      ---------------------------------------------------------
24/96 MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround DTS|9624 5.1 Digital Surround
Easy Money
Taken from the album “The Night Watch”
Mixed and produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp

                               ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
24/96 MLP stereo 24/48 LPCM stereo 

Original album 2011 stereo mix
The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
 Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 We’ll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) *
 The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)  *
 Starless And Bible Black  (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 Fracture (Fripp)                                                                                    

Mixed and produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp
Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp at Super Audio Mastering, Devon, assisted by Andy Miles
Tracks marked *
*Produced by King Crimson – taken from the original stereo masters (30th anniversary mix) Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp

Original album 1974 mix, 30th anniversary remaster 

The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
 Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 We’ll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
 Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) 
 Starless And Bible Black  (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
 Fracture (Fripp)                                                                                    

Produced by King Crimson 
Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp

24/48 LPCM Stereo
Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th 1973
Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
Fracture (Fripp)                                                                                    
Improv – The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part One (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
Improv - The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) 
Improv – The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part Two (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) 

1 – 4, 6 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold & David Singleton,
Produced by Robert Fripp
5 audio restoration to audience recording by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy at DGM

Much of the Zurich concert was presented as part of “The Great Deceiver” 4CD boxed set overview of King Crimson live1973/74 (since reissued as two double CD sets). Tracks 1 – 3 were excluded from that set. ‘The Mincer’- the mid-section of ‘The Law Of Maximum Distress’ was extracted from this concert and ovrdubbed for the original “Starless and Bible Black” album. The multi-tracks for this extract remain, stubbornly, unfound. A more recently discovered bootleg audience recording of the ocncert, when restored, allowed DGM to reinstate the original version of ‘The Mincer’ into its original context as performed, between the parts of what would become ‘The Law Of Maximum Distress’. The difference in audio quality between the tracks is much reduced as a result of the restoration.

Additional Tracks
We’ll Let You Know (Unedited from “The Great Deceiver”)
Dr. Diamond (Live, June 23rd  1973, Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia)
Guts On My Side (Live, March 19th 1974, Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy
The Night Watch (Single edit – stereo)
The Night Watch (US radio single edit – mono)
30 second radio advert
60 second radio advert

1 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold & David Singleton,
2, 3 audio restoration to audience recording by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy at DGM
4 Produced by King Crimson
5 Reduced to mono without knowledge of or reference to the band

‘We’ll Let You Know’ was an improv taken from a concert on October 23rd 1973 in Glasgow. The original piece (as presented here) is slightly longer.
‘Dr. Diamond’ was a concert favourite from 1973 onwards, though never featured on a studio album. The 1973 performances differ somewhat from those in 1974.

‘Guts On My Side’ was, to the best of our knowledge, only performed once by the band in 1974. The song grew out of the improv ‘Fragged, Dusty, Wall Carpet’ (see video section).

The version presented here is a composite of two audience recordings that were layered together, mixed & mastered at DGM in 2011 by David Singleton & Alex R. Mundy.

‘The Night Watch’ single was issued in several countries. In the UK it was issued prior to the album. It is not clear that anyone in the band ever approved this edit prior to release.

The American mono mix – almost certainly a ‘fold- down’ of the stereo edit as no mono master was mixed by the band – was issued to radio stations. No member of the band would have been aware of this.

The radio adverts for the US & UK adverts were discovered in tapes returned to DGM some years ago.

Video Section
            Central Park, New York, June 25th 1973
Easy Money
Fragged, Dusty, Wall Carpet.

King Crimson shared a concert platform in Central Park 1973 with fellow Atlantic artists Black Oak Arkansas. Both sets were filmed for promotional purposes by Atlantic Records with ‘Easy Money’ edited & widely distributed. The balance of the King Crimson performance, if filmed, has not been found, although a few seconds of a performance of ‘Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (part II), with the full credits for the filming of King Crimson and Black Oak Arkansas have been seen online.

DVD Design & Layout by Claire Bidwell at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD Authoring & Assembly by Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD QC testing by Jon Urban, Bob Romano, Bob Squires, Tim McDonnell & Chris Gerhard 

Audio tape transfers by Kevin Vanbergen at FX Copyroom
DGM tape Archive: Alex R. Mundy 

Package Art & Design by Hugh O’Donnell 



Compiled & Coordinated by Declan Colgan for DGM, with input & suggestions from Sid Smith, Steven Wilson & Alex R. Mundy

My thanks to Spiegel for the heads-up.


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Live In Toronto Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 28, 2016
King Crimson's Live In Toronto has received thumbs up from the Dutch Progressive Rock Pages website.

"King Crimson are as vital and innovative as they ever were, and perhaps even more so in today's somewhat turgid music scene. Real music, by proper musicians, out there taking chances and delivering something very new."



Read the full review here.


Vive la France
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 26, 2016
King Crimson's forthcoming European tour is largely sold out. However, there are still tickets available for shows in the following cities.
Monaco
Marseille
Paris


Stick Men Noir Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 26, 2016
Stick Men have a new album scheduled for release in October. Noir features new material which the band say is more song-orientated than before. Featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, the album is available in various deluxe packages and extras. Check out the pre-order page where you can listen to a few pieces as well as take a peek at a video for The Tempest.



Thus sayeth the blurb...

Stick Men's new album “Prog Noir” is available in pre-sale in 3 formats: Signed Limited Edition Combo Package - Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster) with T-Shirt; Regular CD and Download (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER) + T-SHIRT
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, Digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17x22 inches)
• Full color T-Shirt (front only). Available in Navy Blue and Black.
ALL BOX SETS WILL BE SIGNED BY ALL 3 BAND MEMBERS (Tony, Pat & Markus).
All orders will be shipped in the late October.
Pre-orders are $140 USD / 120 EUR plus shipping.
Those who contribute $200 USD / 190 EUR or more, will have their names included in credits inside of the box set.
This special box set includes digital pre-order of “Prog Noir”. Fans will get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
SINGLE CD, REGULAR EDITION of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks) can be pre-ordered for $17 USD / 15 Euros plus shipping
DOWNLOAD of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks in WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats) can be pre-ordered for $10 US / 8 EUR
Exclusively available at:
stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East,
Africa and Asia)
iapetus.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)


Last Chance To Vote For Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 25, 2016
Voting for this year's Progressive Music Awards closes this Wednesday at 5.00.p.m.



King Crimson have been nominated in three categories.

King Crimson’s THRAK BOX is one of the contenders for The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award.

The band’s tour of 2015 is in the Live Event category

King Crimson itself is up for Band/Artist of the Year award. Voting requires registration so please head here to give your support for King Crimson. 




Radical Action Excerpt: Easy Money
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 20, 2016
Here’s something to whet your appetite - an excerpt from the forthcoming
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind.

Filmed last year in Takamatsu, Japan, it’s a storming rendition of the Crimso classic, Easy Money. Take a peek here.




Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind is the title of a new multi-disc set from King Crimson scheduled for release on 2nd September.

pre-order links for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Pre-order for the 3cd/1blu-ray set are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

The live set eatures every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined."

Audio/Video performances include:

Threshold Soundscape
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare


On This Date...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 19, 2016
44 years ago on this date Bill Bruford formally left Yes to take up residency in King Crimson.

Before the internet, social media, message boards and dedicated band websites, they way you found out what what your favourite band might be up to was to buy one of several weekly music papers that appeared on the newstands.

Here's how many of us back then found out about the new incarnation of King Crimson 44 years ago this week.



Talking Hedvig's Trio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 15, 2016
My thanks to Chris De Vito for this link to an interview with Norwegian guitarist, Hedvig Mollestad. With the Hedvig Mollestad Trio she makes a remarkable sound and their latest album, Black Stabat Mater is hailed by some critics as their best yet. 

From the interview comes this passage...



You can listen to the track here.

Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind Pre-Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 14, 2016
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind is the title of a new multi-disc set from King Crimson scheduled for release on 2nd September.

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined”.



The details for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows.
CDs presented as individually themed “virtual studio albums” with no audible audience & mixed for audio presentation

One Blu-Ray featuring a complete set-list drawn from Japanese concert performances – almost 3 hours of music - in high-resolution stereo & 5.1 surround audio complete with “picture off” mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings)

Two DVDs featuring the full concert performances in stereo & 5.1 surround sound.

Expanded, perfect bound, booklet: 36 pages with additional tour photos.

Six disc set presented in two triple digi-packs with booklet housed in an outer slipcase.

Audio/Video performances include:

Threshold Soundscape
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare

pre-order links for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Pre-order for the 3cd/1blu-ray set are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork

It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim.

Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.

The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups - to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 - 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing...”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new,irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.

The set will be released to coincide with King Crimson’s most extensive European tour since 1974, with performances slated to include, for the first time ever, material from all seven of King Crimson’s 1969 – 1974 iconic studio albums and  with limited availability via mail order and concert venues.

Audio: Three themed CDs of material recorded in 2015, each forming a separate discrete
performance with audio selected from a variety of shows and fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Chris Porter, Robert Fripp and David Singleton. As no audience is audible between tracks, this allows for a “virtual studio album” effect. (The current King Crimson line-up was deliberately conceived as a performing band rather than as a band concerned with making full studio recordings).

Video: Among the problems most associated with filming live performance, perhaps the key problems are those of the film-makers’ cameras intruding on the audience’s capacity to enjoy the show without interruption and the intrusion of the cameras on the band’s performance. In effect, both performance and audience response must be misrepresented to approximate a live show for later consumption. In order to record the performances more accurately, a series of Japanese concerts was captured via a number of discreet cameras in a “video vérité” style – with neither band nor audience disturbed by filming – by Trevor Wilkins who also edited and assembled the footage.

Audio/Video: Two DVD discs featuring the complete concert performances. Blu-Ray features the concert film in high-resolution [24/48] stereo and 5.1 surround sound with additional ‘video off’ mode allowing for high-resolution audio only playback in stereo and surround sound.

In essence the music can be experienced in a number of different ways – as continuous uninterrupted audio on CD, as a viewable concert performance in stereo or 5.1 surround on the DVDs and  Blu-Ray, or in high-resolution, lossless audio stereo or 5.1 surround without pictures on the Blu-Ray.



80s Crim:Eyewitnesses Wanted
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 11, 2016
Did you see King Crimson in concert during the 1980s? If you would like to share your memories of the shows you attended for possible inclusion in the forthcoming 1980s boxed set, On And Off The Road, we’d like to hear from you.



Was it your first time seeing Crimson? Did it involve a road trip to see them? Did Tony take your pic? Did Ade change your life? Did Bruford blow your mind? Did Robert sign your album collection at the stage door?  Whatever your experience, we’d like to read about it.

If you have any photos or other memorabilia from the era that you’d like to tell us about or share then drop a line to sidsmith@dgmlive.com sometime within the next couple of weeks. 


On This Date...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 11, 2016
The '80s quartet incarnation of King Crimson played their final show together on this date 32 years ago in Montreal's Le Spectrum. The show, regarded as one of the finest they did by some observers, was released as Absent Lovers in 1998.



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