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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?

Soon.


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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 23, 2014
Birthday greetings to David Cross who celebrates his 65th today.



Small Part In A Movie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 23, 2014
You never know where King Crimson will pop up as jacethecrowl explains. "I work in a film archive and quite accidentally encountered this today. A co-worker called me over with a question and a strand of film with this credit was laid out on her light bench. This is from the trailer for "The Devil's Triangle" (1974?)."






Tippett & Travis & Soft Machine Legacy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 22, 2014
Keith Tippett will be joining Soft Machine Legacy in London next week. Tippett has played with the band before which will feature John Etheridge (guitar), Roy Babbington (bass) John Marshall (drums) and of course, Theo Travis on sax.



Of Tippett’s Crimson connections Theo writes "Robert produced Keith’s Centipede album which included John Marshall…so all in the family! Actually I first met Robert when he came to a Soft Machine Legacy gig at the Pizza Express London back in 2006 (the night Mike Ratledge popped in later!)"

Tickets are available here or, if you’re feeling lucky, on the door at The Jazz Cafe (where of course P1 and P2 have played).


KC In The Mind
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 22, 2014
My thanks to Throbber for spotting the appearance of a well-known King Crimson tune on BBC Radio 4 (at around the 10 minute mark) in this programme. 


Ade For Whales
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 22, 2014
My thanks to gr00n1 for sending in this item regarding a rather special guitar intended for Adrian Belew and other guitarists


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 21, 2014
Mister Stormy has dusted off a tape from 1992 wherein Trey Gunn and Robert Fripp can be heard working on an idea here


The Road To Red At Home 36
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 21, 2014
Dan Sonnier's box arrived in California well ahead of the  Xmas break, which is just as well considering his remarks he included with the photo...



"Very much enjoying it! Especially the remastered Asbury Park improv. One of my favorite things by them! Great to hear it all over again.

Team that up with my recent 5.1 Close to the Edge and an upcoming delivery of the BeBop Deluxe at the BBC and I'm afraid I'm about to become very sedentary and very happy!..."


Slow Selfie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 17, 2014
Amidst the task of making Slow Music in Seattle on April 15th, the team (plus a couple of Humans) found time to take a selfie...


 
Mark Colman was at the Portland show which he describes as "pure art and as ballsy as fuck"

Belew's State Of FLUX
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 17, 2014
Adrian Belew has been talking on his Facebook page about his work with his FLUX app and uploaded a couple of screen grabs. If you're not on Facebook you can read a summary of his comments here.



KC81 Double Show Download
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 14, 2014
Two back-to-back shows from 1981 are available to download from today.



You can find out about KC's first night at the Old Waldorf here and their second gig here. 

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