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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?

Soon.


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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 28, 2015
Live At The Orpheum is the subject of this Critics' Pick. 


Mister Stormy's Tuesday Giveaway
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
OK - this should have gone up yesterday but the hamster running the wheel that generates the steam to crank up my internet connection futzed out on me. There being no rabbit to hand and a very reluctant cat very much intent on not being herded into said wheel, Stormy Mundy's Monday Selection had to wait 24 hours until the hamster could be sufficiently resuscitated. So here it is, Mister Stormy's Monday Selection on a Tuesday: The Night Watch unedited performance from Glasgow 1973. 


Jakko's On The Radio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
In addition to being interviewed in the January edition of Guitar player magazine, Jakko Jaksyzk is set to appear on radio this week.



He'll be talking things Crimson on Team Rock's Prog Magazine Radio show on Sunday 1st February with host, Phil Wilding.

The KC guitarist has also recorded his own one hour 'Take Over' edition of the show where he chooses the music and talks about his influences, though no transmission date has been fixed yet. Stay tuned for further details. 

Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph sampler
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
You can hear samples from Gavin Harrison's Cheating The Polygraph album due out in April, right here.  


How To Be A Hero For More Than One Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
There are three types of hero and Robert Fripp will be talking with his sister Patricia about which one you might be at the Lady and the Champs 2015 Speakers' Conference on  February 28th and March 1st. Click here to watch Patricia tell you all about it. The workshop will be streamed live  and subscribers get one year's worth of video replays. Check out the Lady and the Champs website for details.


Four Go Forth For Five
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
Last year bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera released an album entitled Fourth Dementia (which you can sample here). Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer.



The dates are:
27 Jan - Gypsy Sallyís, Washington DC
28 Jan - 8x10, Baltimore, MD
29 Jan - NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
30 Jan - Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
31 Jan - Spectrum, New York City, NY


Fripp For Homework
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
My thanks to Sean H for sending in this link from The Guardian in which Robert Fripp's music is recommended as an aide to studying and homework. "The whole idea is not to let the head drop. Brian Eno may be an obvious choice, but letís throw in his one-time collaborator, the magnificent Robert Fripp as another option. His At The End Of Time album is a masterstroke: he creates a symphony in sound, and takes you on a trip intense enough to get any piece of work rocking in the right direction. Check out Cerys Mathew's piece in full here.


David Cross Talks Starless Starlight
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
You can watch David Cross talking about the background and inspiration of his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight, right here. The music for the new album, David explains, was inspired after hearing the download of  Robert Fripp's appearance at Blueberry Hill, in St.Louis in 2006. It was here where the guitarist unexpectedly played a variation on the Starless theme amidst his usual soundscapes concert. If you've not heard it, do yourself a favour and take grab this concert.


Crimson On The Menu
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
My thanks to several folks who spotted this tasty but tangential sighting in the UK press this week. 


Lams' Long Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
Bert Lams of the California Guitar Trio has a new recording project underway of music by Gurdjieff and De Hartmann but needs your support. Find out how you can get involved by heading over to the website. 


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