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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?

It’s a multi CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray set drawn from King Crimson’s 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 year’s Larks’ 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 it’s something we don’t have in the archive & we use it, you’ll get your name included in the ’thank you’ section in the booklet, so long as you tell us your name.

When will it be released?

We’re aiming for October.

What’s in it?

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

That’s 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 Collectors’ Club release.

A number of concerts drawn from the band’s 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 we’re 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 there’s demand. The final concert in the box (from bootleg) is included as it’s 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 hadn’t 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 ’virtual tour’ 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's On (and off) The Road Unboxed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Oct 23, 2016
Fancy a whistle-stop tour of the latest King Crimson 19 disc boxed set, On (and off)The Road? Get on board here.

You can order the box from Inner Knot (USA)  and from Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Stick Mel In Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 20, 2016
Stick Men have announced they are playing in Japan next year and will be joined by special guest, Mel Collins.

Details on Osaka show here.
Details on Tokyo show here.

This gig follows on from last year’s Japanese shows when Stick Men teamed up ex-King Crimson violinist, David Cross. You can hear and buy the results of that collaboration here.

Follow The Money
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 19, 2016
Spinal Tap's Harry Shearer announced this week that he is taking legal action against UMG owners, Vivendi, accusing them of “fraudulent accounting for revenues from music copyrights.” You can find out more by visiting Harry's website, Fairness Rocks for more details on the action.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 17, 2016
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection features a newly uploaded video performance of the Robert Fripp String Quintet from their appearance on Japanese TV in 1992. Check out the video here. You can download the full audio here.  

Cross & Keeling
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 17, 2016
David Cross and Andrew Keeling have released a new track. Featuring Keeling on organ and flute and Cross on electric violin, the piece is entitled October Is Marigold, you can buy it from their bandcamp page.  

Heroic Reporting
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 15, 2016
As David Bowie's Heroes makes a return to the KC setlist of late, Rolling Stone have produced a short piece on the making of the track, with some contributions from RF. Read it here.  

Radical T
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 14, 2016
Want to be the envy of friends, family and awe-struck passers-by? Why not pre-order your Radical Action tour T-shirt.

Richard Palmer-James' Takeaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 14, 2016
Best known to Crimheads for his lyrics to Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red, Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album, Takeaway.

Thus sayeth the blurb...

Supertramp founding member & King Crimson songwriter Richard Palmer-James has released his debut solo album “Takeaway”! An English songwriter & guitarist, Richard is best known for having written lyrics to several songs by the progressive rock group King Crimson in the early 1970s. 

Says Richard, “Having spent the last few decades writing words for other people to sing, and thus being obliged to comply with the ambitions and sensibilities of others, I wanted to present a collection of songs that are uncompromisingly my own.

“I've been trying them out in club and pub appearances as a singer/songwriter, and they seem to work, but I'm very curious to see what sort of reaction this album production, which was realised with the indispensable help of a few talented colleagues from the Munich music scene, might elicit.

“The recordings differ stylistically from most of the stuff I worked on as a hired hand - probably because I enjoy playing acoustic instruments and writing pieces which involve storytelling.”

Richard Palmer-James got his start in the music business playing in various Bournemouth bands: The Corvettes, The Palmer-James Group (formed with Alec James), Tetrad, and Ginger Man, all of which also included John Wetton on bass and vocals.

He was a founding member of Supertramp; he played guitar, sang vocals and wrote the lyrics for their self-titled debut album under the name Richard Palmer and co-wrote the lyrics of the song “Goldrush”, a song written during his days in the band and finally recorded on their 2002 album “Slow Motion”.

Richard wrote lyrics for three of King Crimson's albums: “Larks' Tongues in Aspic”, “Starless and Bible Black”, and “Red”. He did not participate in any of King Crimson's recordings, but worked with John Wetton and David Cross after Robert Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

In 1978 Richard was visited by John Wetton and W.J. Hutcheson, who were his bandmates in Tetrad, and they recorded as “Jack-Knife” an album with the German drummer Curt Cress in 10 days called “I Wish You Would”. He also wrote the English lyrics for the Italo Disco inventors La Bionda.

In 1997 he released a CD with former bandmate John Wetton under the title “Monkey Business”, a compilation of unreleased material including some songs that were recorded for the first time in studio, like a King Crimson tune called “Doctor Diamond”.  In 2015 “I Wish You Would” and “Monkey Business” were released together as a twofer and that continues to be available.

Today Richard makes his living mainly as a lyricist and performing on guitar live. In support of his new album, Richard Palmer-James will be playing showcase concerts in the UK and Germany. You can buy Takeaway at Amazon or via iTunes.

New Download From Stockholm
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 13, 2016
Here's another download from the recent European tour.

September 30th 2016, Hell Hounds Of Krim

Drum Head
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 13, 2016
Here's a shot of Alex 'Stormy' Mundy with his Radical Action drum head proudly in place. "I say in place, technically, I have a 16" Kick, but the KC head is 20" so it normally hangs on the wall of my drum room."

Alex wonders how many other drummers picked one of these splendid KC drum heads? Although there's no prize if you fancy sharing then send your pix to competitions@dgmlive.com

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