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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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Robert Fripp and the OCG Live In June
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists are playing four concerts in the US next month.


The full advertised dates are as follows.

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
 8PM (Doors 7PM)

Westwood Lutheran Church
9001 Cedar Lake Rd
St Louis Park, MN 55426

Tickets: $35

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 3, 2016 
8pm (Doors 7PM)

First Unitarian Society of Madison
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

Tickets: $30

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Harvest Bible Chapel
935 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Tickets: $35


Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 10, 2016 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Ste. Anne de Detroit
1000 Ste. Anne Street
Detroit, Michigan 48216

Tickets: $30


Gunn Goes Live With Security
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Trey Gunn is going out on tour this month with the Security Project, Jerry Marotta's tribute to the work of Peter Gabriel. The full tour dates can be found over here.  Meanwhile the group have a live album available for download or physical copy. 



You can take a listen or grab your copy here.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 2, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has been rifling through the multi-track reels and for his latest selection serves up a slice of Neurotica from the Beat sessions as you've never heard it.



You can download Stormy's remix of this KC classic here.

Happy Birthday Gordon Haskell
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 27, 2016
Please raise a glass of something convivial in the direction of Gordon Haskell, who celebrates his 70th birthday today.



Gordon, who contributed vocals to Cadence And Cascade from In The Wake Of Poseidon and bass and voice on Lizard, is now best known for the UK top five album, Harry's Bar and the single, How Wonderful You Are in 2001.

Check out Gordon's website and listen to him talking about his 2015 release, I'm Letting Everybody Know, here.

King Crimson Wins At Brighton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 26, 2016
My thanks to Andy Fox who writes "Apparently, King Crimson won the 3:30 at Brighton today... Smartly away, made all, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, unchallenged!" For more details on the horse in question,click here.


P2 Tour Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 25, 2016
There’s 13 shows of ProjeKct Two’s last tour available to download as a complete bundle thus making every P2 show available  Some shows

There are 13 shows from P2’s last tour now available now for download. The arrival of this complete run of shows means that every gig P2 ever played in now online. The teams final tour began in Cincinnati May 30th and ended in Montreal, July 8th. You can grab all 13 performances for just $56 FLAC or $43 mp3.

If you bought a couple of shows from this bundle that were already available, you can get the 20th Feb P2 show for free, or if you’d prefer, a show from elsewhere in the DGMLive catalogue. 


Happy Birthday David Cross
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 23, 2016
David Cross is 67 today. The ex-King Crimson violinist is busier than ever with a new David Cross album in the pipeline, a collaboration with ex-VdGG sax player, David Jackson, a new studio album out with Sean Quinn, and Midori, a live double album out now with Stick Men.



Judy Bought To Book
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Apr 22, 2016
Judy Dyble original singer with Fairport Convention, and collaborator with Giles, Giles and Fripp has an autobiography coming out soon.




You can find out more about the book and how to order by taking a look here.

Keeling Gets Weaving
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Apr 22, 2016
The new community opera composed by Andrew Keeling and Aluson Prince, Get Weaving, is being premiered at the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday at 6pm. You can find out more details here. Andrew's composition, Unquiet Earth, is also being performed at the Bridgewater Hall this Saturday. See here for details


Jakko & Lenny Henry's New Song
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 21, 2016
The Cops Don't Know is the title of the latest release from Jakko Jakszyk's collaboration with UK comedian and actor, Lenny Henry.



You can read the backstory to the track and watch the animated video for the song here.

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