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The Road To Red - Q & A
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 22, 2013

This just in from those lovely people at Panegyric.

The Road To Red Q & A

The Road to Red

What is it?

Itís a multi CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray set drawn from King Crimsonís final US/Canadian tours from April - July 1974 & the studio recordings at Olympic studios in London in July 1974 presented in a 12" box similar to last yearís Larksí Tongues in Aspic set.

I was at one of those shows. I still treasure the ticket stub/handbill/poster I grabbed from outside the venue after the show.

Lucky person. Please feel free to email DGM a decent scan of any/all of the above. If itís something we donít have in the archive & we use it, youíll get your name included in the íthank youí section in the booklet, so long as you tell us your name.

When will it be released?

Weíre aiming for October.

Whatís in it?

The exact contents are still being finalised but itís looking like about 20CDs, 1 DVD-A & 2 Blu-Rays.

Thatís a lot. But what Music - not what number of discs?

Oh, yes, well on CD:

One concert from audio restored bootleg - Central Park - July 1st 1974 - previously only available as a KC mail order Collectorsí Club release.

A number of concerts drawn from the bandís own stereo soundboard cassettes.

Four of these are unreleased in any format: June 5th & 8th from Texas, June 16th from Colorado, June 23rd from Michigan.

A further group of concerts are issued on CD for the first time - having been available from DGMLive as downloads only.

The complete concerts from this tour previously issued on CD only in edited form on The Great Deceiver and/or as downloads from DGM live are also included:

Pittsburgh, Toronto, Penn. State University & Providence, as is the Chris Murphy mix of the Asbury Park concert - These CDs were all mixed from multitracks & appear as they did on the CDs as released.

Finally, on CD, there is also a new stereo mix of the Red album by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson.

Some fans already own Great Deceiver and/or Asbury Park

We allow for this fact when weíre setting the price of the set. Many other boxed sets in the market offer far less music for a similar or higher equivalent price.

Is that everything you have at DGM?

From this period, no, there are some bootlegs from the tour - but it would have made the box too expensive to include them. We could issue them separately at a later date if thereís demand. The final concert in the box (from bootleg) is included as itís a great performance & the last of its kind. The DGM archive covers all eras of the band that may form the basis of future releases, but it made most sense to focus this set on the April/July 1974 tours

OK, sticking with this one for the moment, what about the DVD-A & the two Blu-Ray discs? What footage is there?

No footage (unless someone decides to send us the footage they shot of [insert gig name here] & forgot about for the last 39 years), this is an audio only set.

The DVD-A will feature the new stereo mix of Red & the stereo mixes of USA in high-resolution stereo.

The two Blu-Rays will feature the stereo mixes from the DVD-A above &
the (previously released) 5.1 mixes of Red.

You need two Blu-Rays for that?

I hadnít quite finished. The Blu-Rays also feature those complete concerts, Ontario, Penn. State University et al, that were professionally recorded & mixed from multi track recordings, newly transferred from the original Dolby SR half inch stereo master tapes in high resolution stereo.

Wow, what does that sound like?

The boxed set allows a listener to take a ívirtual tourí with King Crimson in 1974. For most of the concerts - drawn from soundboard cassettes - the sound is broadly similar to the perspective of the guys behind the desk on any given day, perfectly reasonable & better than many live recordings from the period.

The stereo CDs from the shows that were multi-tracked sound even better, as anyone familiar with The Great Deceiver knows.

The new transfers on the Blu-Rays are in a different league when it comes to audio quality.

Effectively, the listener is placed front & centre a few rows from the virtual stage while King Crimson play some of the best concerts of their career on a final tour schedule immediately prior to the recording of the classic Red album.

All of the previously download only gigs have been comprehensively remastered also.

This is a key era for the band & one of the most requested from fans of the band when it comes to archive releases.

When can I order it?


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King Crimson 2016 European Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 25, 2015
King Crimson will be touring Europe next year. The band return to Aylesbury once again but from there will play countries not included in the 2015 itinerary.  It will be the first time King Crimson have performed in Germany,  Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark and Norway since 2003.

King Crimson European Tour 2016

Sunday 4th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Monday 5th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Thursday 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 

Sunday 11th Sep     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany

Wednesday 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic

Saturday 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Sunday 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Tuesday 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Wednesday 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Friday 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark

Monday 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Tuesday 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Please note that Aylesbury tickets will go on sale Saturday 5th December at 10.00 a.m.

All other tickets will go on sale Friday 27th November

KC: Handle With Care
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 25, 2015
My thanks to Albemuth for spotting this review of the Crims in action in Canada. There's also this review of the band in Montreal.

No PussyFooting In Front Of The Camera
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
The month sees the 42nd anniversary of No Pussyfooting by Fripp & Eno. As good as the music is, it also comes in a stunning cover. Here's the backstory on how it came about. 

The Team In Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Tony Levin has a great selection of photographs taken of the team during their three nights in Toronto here. 

New Additions To The KC Archive
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Writing on Facebook, Robert notes that the King Crimson archive, both audio and video, continues to grow. "Road Dog Wilkins is the KC technician with responsibility for the archive viddying and audifying of King Crimson performances. These archives will be assembled and addressed at DGM World HQ with a view to making available whatever material best represents The Seven Headed Beast Of Crim in its Journeying Unto Joy.

There is no specific DVD or live album release currently in the calendar. It has taken Mr. Stormy approximately 17 years to put the DGM archive into a sortable, workable and available condition. And now hereís a pile more stuff. But best guess is, the Venal Impulse will triumph in 2017 and put-upon innocents will be encouraged to hand over their hard-earned pay..."

David Singleton In Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
David Singleton will be giving pre-gig talks at King Crimson's forthcoming shows in Vancouver and Victoria.

Covering his work with King Crimson since the 90s, The Vicar and beyond, the talks provide a fascinating and illuminating insights into the soundworld of DGM that will be of interest to Crimheads.

The talks take place an hour before the advertised start of the King Crimson gigs and are free but must be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

You'll need to specify which night you'll want to attend:
Thursday 26th
Friday 27th


Sunday 29th

King Calgary
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
With Toronto behind them, King Crimson are moving on to next part of the tour.

Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall

Fresh from the FrippCam.

The Crims arrive in Calgary 22nov2015 c.16.56...




Taking Notice...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 22, 2015
From Robertís camera...

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 17.23...



Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto;
Friday 21st. November, 2015 c. 23.16...







Toronto Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's a review of the November 19th show in Toronto.

And some commentary on the above review from Robert.

..."well-executed and intricately composed music needs more than technical mastery to make it sing."

agreed. it needs both players and audients coming together with goodwill, present in the moment, that they might welcome in and become parents to the Music. otherwise, the notes remain not much more than DNA. my views on this night's performance are already available for those with any interest.

"A tour based on a "best of" album, in this case King Crimson's Elements, can be a pretty safe bet, musically and in performance."

firstly, this is not a tour based on any album.
secondly, safe bet? not on Planet Crimson! playing this music in this KC is like walking through a minefield with friends.

The View From Stage Left
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
This was the view from the stage left guitarist last night.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto:
Friday 20th. November 2015 c. 22.54...



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