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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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Best Wishes For John Wetton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 26, 2015
John Wetton is recovering after undergoing surgery a statement on Johnís website has announced:
On May 16, John underwent surgery for the successful removal of a 1 kilo [2.2lb] malignant mass. John wishes to extend his thanks to Mr Chan and his team. John is also beyond grateful for the wonderful wishes and prayers received. John is recuperating. Messages can be sent via the management office to jw@qedg.co.uk

Iím sure all visitors to this site wish John a speedy recovery.

John is also the featured interviewee on Charles Hazlewoodís exploration of progressive rock on BBC Radio 2 this week.

Johnís work with King Crimson, UK and Asia are detailed and he talks about the influence of church music on his musical development , the arrival of technicolor in music (hearing The Beach Boysí God Only Knows on the radio for the first time), the pros and cons of ubiquity, and the importance of being an aerial when it comes to writing music.

The show is available on the BBCís iPlayer for another 29 days.
Bill Brufordís contribution to the show is still available and an interview with  Genesisí Tony Banks can be found here.


King Crimson In Canada: Tour Tickets On Sale
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 22, 2015

Tickets for King Crimson's forthcoming tour of Canada are on sale from today.

King Crimson 2015 dates and venues
Fri 13 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Sat 14 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Mon 16 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24 Nov      Calgary, AB     Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Fri 27 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Sun 29 Nov      Victoria, BC    Royal Theatre

Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015. With dates for the UK and Europe already in place for August and September, King Crimson are pleased to announce they will be performing a series of concerts in Canada during November. It will be King Crimsonís first appearance in Canada since 2003.  





KoMaRA Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 22, 2015
KoMaRA - a new project featuring David Kollar(guitar), Pat Mastelotto (drums) and Paolo Raineri (trumpet etc) - have an album out next month. It's already been reviewed here however, and you can listen to a track and pre-order here.



Here's the press release which gives some insight and background into the album.

KoMaRaís self-titled debut album is based on a dark, deviant and explicit detective story. It reflects the mysterious circumstances of an abduction and the ultimate demise of the abductee. Itís a NSFW, Rated-R release designed for the open-minded and brave. Unnerving, haunting artwork by Toolís Adam Jones further underlines the albumís provocative vibe.

The recording is predominantly instrumental, but includes occasional vocals by Raineri, Leashya and Bill Munyon. Equally menacing, incendiary and vulnerable, they serve as interludes to either break or create moods and tension throughout. The album also has moments of light and hope, told through short trumpet vignettes by Raineri.

KoMaRa came together through social media, with Kollar reaching out to Mastelotto on Facebook about potential gigs and recordings. Everyone was mutually intrigued and met up in Slovakia, where Kollar is based, in November 2014.

The trio played gigs across myriad Slavic countries to enthusiastic, open-minded audiences. The group then went on to record in Prague, capturing three long improvisations that formed the basis of the pieces on KoMaRaís debut album. Acclaimed engineers Bill Munyon and Adrian Benevides also contributed to faithfully reflecting the releaseís mercurial approach.

ďFor me, KoMaRa is the epitome of my belief that great records are like movies,Ē said Mastelotto. ďThe best musicians donít need scripts because they understand the movie is always evolving. Thatís the beauty of music, too. It inspires its own script and cinematography in every listenerís head.Ē
Pat Mastelotto is one of the worldís most celebrated drummers. He has been a member of every King Crimson lineup from 1994 to the present. In addition, heís one third of Stick Men, a trio with Tony Levin and Markus Reuter. Mastelotto has also collaborated with Steven Wilson, Terry Bozzio, Trey Gunn, Allan Holdsworth, John Paul Jones, and Kimmo Pohjonen.

Slovakian guitarist and composer David Kollar has released nine expansive albums, scored 18 films and worked on many multimedia projects. His last recording, 2013ís The Son, an atmospheric, emotionally-charged effort, received accolades from Guitar Moderne, Franceís A Decovrir Absolument, and the Czech and Slovak Radio Head awards. Heís also worked with Eivind Aarset, Gergo Borlai, Bjorn Charles Dreyer and Lenka DusilovŠ.

Trumpeter Paolo Raineri
takes his instrument and processes it in real-time to create ethereal, otherworldly sounds. The Italian musician combines Scandinavian nu-jazz influences with psychedelic rock, experimental and free improvisation in his award-winning Junkfood 4tet. In addition, heís performed with Stefano Battaglia, Berserk!, The Blessed Beat, Baustelle, Calibro 35, Nada, and Enrico Gabrielli.


A Cross Stick Men CD
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 21, 2015
David Cross and Stick Men have released a CD documenting their recent gigs in Japan. Midori features improvisations as well as tracks from Stick Men and King Crimson back catalogue.



You can pre-order and listen to samples of the album here.

Collusion Will Be Their Epitaph...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 21, 2015
The details of Sony's contract with Spotify has been leaked. Find out more here.


King Crimson Canadian Tour November 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 19, 2015
Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015. With dates for the UK and Europe already in place for August and September, King Crimson are pleased to announce they will be performing a series of concerts in Canada during November. It will be King Crimsonís first appearance in Canada since 2003.  

Born on 13th. January 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the 8th incarnation of King Crimson and features:

Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums & keys), Pat Mastelotto (drums & allsorts), Tony Levin (bass & vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar & lead vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar & keys).

King Crimson 2015 dates and venues
please note tickets go on sale Friday 22nd May

Fri 13 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Sat 14 Nov      Quebec, QC      Palais Montcalm
Mon 16 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17 Nov      Montreal, ON    Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20 Nov      Toronto, ON     Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24 Nov      Calgary, AB     Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Fri 27 Nov      Vancouver, BC   Vogue Theatre
Sun 29 Nov      Victoria, BC    Royal Theatre


King Crimson Japan 1981
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 19, 2015
Thereís a great audience recording of the í81 incarnation of the group available for purchase. Check it out here. If you already bought the tour bundle to which this has been added then youíre entitled to grab it for free, already!


Happy Birthday Bill
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., May 17, 2015
Happy birthday to Bill Bruford who is 66 today. Although formally retired from live performance Bill nevertheless continues to enjoy a public profile recently discussing Gwilym Simcock's Crimson! at its UK premier at the university in Surrey and an appearance on Radio Two last week.



Cross On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., May 17, 2015
David Cross is discussing some of his favourite music on the My Vintage show today at 5 pm on Vintage TV (Sky 369, Virgin 343, Freeview 242, Free Sat 505).




Happy Birthday Robert
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 16, 2015
Please raise a glass of your favourite brew and sing happy birthday in the direction of Robert Fripp who celebrates his 69th birthday today. It also happens to be Robert's wedding anniversary so congratulations to Robert and Toyah on their special day as well.



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