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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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Crimson! Album Launched
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 10, 2016
The Guardian was at the launch party of Crimson!, the new album from Gwilym Simcock and the Delta Saxophone Quarte. The album features arrangements of King Crimson material and Simcockís own composition, A Kind Of Red. You can read the review here.



The Financial Times were also at the concert and turned in this review of the event.


You can also pre-order Crimson! which features arrangements of  Two Hands, The Great Deceiver, The Night Watch, Dinosaur and VROOOM / Coda Marine 475 here. 

Japan 2000 Tour Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 9, 2016
All eleven gigs from King Crimson's Japanese tour in 2000 are now available to download either as a bundle or as individual shows. The tour which began on October 2nd and finished on October 16th, costs just $48 FLAC and $36 MP3.


Be Careful What You Wish For
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 9, 2016
Writer Steve Rosen recalls his experience of interviewing Robert Fripp in 1973 here


Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 5, 2016
Alex Mundy has selected two more toe-tapping numbers from those plectrum-picking popsters, the Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan. Click here to watch and listen.


Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 1, 2016
King Crimsonís stay in Copenhagen has been extended to take in another concert. The band will be playing an extra show on Saturday 24th September at Falkoner, Copenhagen. Tickets are on sale now here.



The full tour dates are as follows

Sun 4th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Mon 5th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Thu 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 
Fri 9th Sept     Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 
Sun 11th Sept     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany
Mon 12th Sept  Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany
Wed 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Thur 15th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Sat 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Sun 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Tue 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Wed 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Fri 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark
Sat 24th Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark
Mon 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Tue 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Wed 28th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway


Crimson! Album Launch & Pre-Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Crimson! - a collaboration between the Delta Saxophone Quartet and pianist Gwilym Simcock featuring arrangements of King Crimson material and an original piece by Simcock, -  is now available for pre-order here.



The album features an original Simcock composition, A Kind Of Red and his arrangements of five King Crimson pieces: Two Hands, The Great Deceiver, The Night Watch, Dinosaur and VROOOM / Coda Marine 475.

Simcock and the DSQ will also be performing the album on February 9th at the Pizza Express, London. The album will be available from February 26th.

Keith Tippett Solo Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Keith Tippett, who contributed to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands, has a new solo album out.



Keith's very excited about the release which was recorded live in Piacenza, Italy, he told me yesterday. "It was in a marvelous recital room and there was a full twenty seconds of silence at the end of the piece. It was wonderful." You can get the limited edition album here.


Fripp On Weird Album Shock!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
The readers of Mojo have nominated their 50 Weirdest Albums and up there in 4th place is Van Der Graaf Generator's 1971 classic, Pawn Hearts, which also includes some tasty licks from Robert Fripp.


Mr.Mundy's Tuesday Tickle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Alex Mundy has been digging around the vaults and has come up with a previously unheard piece from King Crimson's 2004 writing sessions. The piece in question, Mellow II features a rather laid-back kinda Crim. Check it out here.


America's Greatest Innovation?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Vernon Reid nominates the electric guitar as America's greatest innovation and name checks a certain guitarist as a pioneer of the instrument in this radio piece.


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