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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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#KC2014 - A kCaption kCompetition WINNER
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 30, 2014
A few days ago we asked you to provide a caption to a photograph taken by KC Guitar tech hero, Biff. Today I asked Biff to pick the one that made him smirk, guffaw or generally tickle his funny bone.




"Let me get this straight, you are seriously trying to tell me
the goat ate my guitar?"


That was sent in by Clockgate, who wins a download of his choice from the DGMLive library.  Many thanks to everyone who took part. There'll be another caption competition next week.



#KC2014 - More Photos Please
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 30, 2014
Here's some more photos taken by Trev Wilkins of the team at work in Applehead.

Trev writes: Looks like we're finally in full 'GO' mode after installing the UK Switchblade. Robert now has everything as it should be after a few days of using a limited set of controls. I have to say though he was very patient and understanding throughout considering he'd got such restrictions. Currently wading through finding the best way to back up the Switchblade without losing anything. We have a new one that needs programming as a backup. Onwards!



Around the studio...















A many-handed beast of bass terror spotted by Biff...



The many-handed beast of bass terror isn't the only wildlife around the place. This snake was safely dispatched by tour manager, Dave Salt. (neither Dave nor the snake were harmed during its removal).



Meanwhile, the Crims are locked in deep discussions...



#KC2014 Robert Talks To Toyah
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 28, 2014
Toyah Willcox has posted a snippet of conversation with her husband, Robert wherein he chats about the current rehearsals and Kate Bush's return to active service. Click here to eavesdrop! 


#KC2014 Robert's Diary Backdated
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 28, 2014
Fans of a certain rabbit who’ve been wondering how the old bun is getting on need wonder no more as Robert has updated his diary - oh there’s a few other things mentioned as well. 


#KC2014 - A kCaption kCompetition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
There’s a chance to win one download of your choice from the vast library of archive recordings here on DGMLive. The rules are simple: the caption to the following photograph that makes me snort my tea through my nose and all over my screen gets the prize. You only get one go so make it count and post your answer on the guestbook. The winner will be announced on Saturday 30th. OK, without further ado here’s the pic you want to caption...




pic by Biff Blumfumgagnge

#KC2014 - Crimson, Gremlins & Goats!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
Here’s some more photographs from the King Crimson rehearsals taking place at Applehead Studios.



Not everything is going to plan as Trev explains "Fending off the gremlins. Complicated electronic problems with the Sirius Probe and equipment failure has made the first few days tough. We’re now flying some of the UK gear out and have ordered some replacement units. The Eventide guys are also on the case with us so on we go."




The team at work...





Time for refreshments...



Back to work...



The new crew arrives...



Switching over to the BiffCam...



Anyone up for a spot of Pet Sounds?




#KC2014 - Careful With That Axe, Jakko
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 27, 2014
There's been a bit of a stir created by the appearance of Jakko Jakszyk's stunning PRS custom-made guitar at the KC rehearsals this week. Here's the official portrait of a familiar face...





#KC2014 Robert's Diary Updated
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
In between attempts to revive an ailing Sirius Probe and shopping for nuts and fruit, Robert has found time to update his dairy and he takes us into the thick of the current KC rehearsals. Check it out here. 


#KC2014 KC rehearsals Stateside
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
Trev Wilkins has posted some more pics of the Crims as they prepare for next month’s tour.


































#KC2014 Tee
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 26, 2014
Here's the first pic of the #KC2014 Tee shirt in the wild which dedicated Crimheads will be wearing at the forthcoming KC tour.



This handsome fella belongs to the equally handsome Tony Isch who'll be proudly sporting it at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on Sept 26th. You can get yours at the Inner Knot shop.

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