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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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Classic Crimson Promised On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015
With less than a month to go before King Crimson start their first UK tour since 1982, tickets are beginning to sell out, as can be seen from this advert...



The band will be playing more classic repertoire, some of it for the first time in the UK, from In The Court Of The Crimson King, In The Wake Of Poseidon, Islands, Larksí Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red. Other periods of Crimson will also be featured in what promises to be a dream setlist for Crimheads. Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, they will also be unveiling brand new material arising from their run of rehearsals in 2015.  Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.



Given the rarity of King Crimson touring around the UK itís probably best to grab a ticket for remaining dates in Aylesbury, and the extra dates added in Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.Davidís Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London [SOLD OUT]
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford [SOLD OUT]
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015

Robert Fripp will be directing his last Guitar Circle course of Europe in October and is calling for 100 guitarists to join him in forming The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists. 

For one week the guitarists will live and work together in Koos Vorrinkhuis, Lage Vuursche, Holland from October 11th - 17th.  Fripp explains ďThe house holds one hundred people, and I am hopeful that the hundred people necessary to form The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists will arrive. To be part of an ensemble of this size is a rare opportunity. The SOCG will be my final Guitar Circle undertaking in Europe in the foreseeable future. Time to move on.Ē

Full details on the course and the conditions for application can be found here.


KC Sightings
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015
King Crimson pops up in the oddest of places it seems. Our thanks to Willesley, who was watching the BBC2 TV show, Antiques Road Trip, last month and spotted this...



Ex-Yes vocalist Jon Anderson gave an interview about his life and times and at around 7.15 minutes offered a few thoughts on King Crimson. Jon, of course, was a guest artist on KC's Lizard, an album which Phil Foster enjoys listening to, an enthusiasm also shared by the non-human inhabitants of the house by the looks of it...



Finally, our thanks to a site visitor who prefers to remain anonymous and who came across his variation of the now-ubiquitous Deep Dream program from Google.



Anymore KC sightings? Send 'em our way.


KC 2000 Previously Unseen Video Footage Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 31, 2015
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has been rummaging through the archives and has unearthed this previously unseen footage of King Crimson in action in Bonn, June 6th 2000. Featuring The ConstruKction Of Light, FraKctured, The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum and Improv: Bonn.

The soundboard audio of the full concert is available to download here.


KC Dates & Tony's Pix (Slight Return)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 29, 2015
Tony Levin has updated his website with another set of pix from King Crimson's rehearsals earlier in July.



Check out the full set over on Tony's website.


Elsewhere, the return of King Crimson has been welcomed by West Virginia's Public Broadcasting service.


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 27, 2015
A slightly different selection this week from Alex "Stormy" Mundy - itís King Crimson in San Francisco last year soundchecking with A Scarcity Of Miracles but via Pat Mastelottoís iphone! Check it out here.


King Crimson UK Tour And Beyond
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
On their first full UK tour since 1982, King Crimson will be playing classic repertoire from 1969 onwards as well as unveiling newly written, previously unheard material. Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.



If you've not got your ticket yet, then you'd best hurry up. With Brighton now sold out and London not far behind, the closer we get to the start of the tour, demand for tickets is sure to be high.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.Davidís Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

You can buy tickets here.




After finishing in the UK, the band cross the channel to play their first European dates since 2003.



The two following two dates in Utrecht on September 24th and 25th are now SOLD OUT but there are still tickets available for the above shows in Paris.

20th Sept
21st Sept
22nd Sept

After that, King Crimson arrive in Canada in November. A few people have asked if KC will be adding any US dates while they are in the vicinity. They won't, so if you want to see the band then go grab some Canadian tickets while you can.

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm [SOLD OUT]
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm [SOLD OUT]
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre
 
Last but not least, King Crimson will be ending the year in Japan. Tickets for the seven shows will be going on sale on August 29th.

Tokyo December 7(Mon)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 8(Tue)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 9(Wed)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December10(Thu)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Creativeman 03-3499-6669

Osaka December 12(Sat)Festival Hall
OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)

Osaka December 13(Sun) Festival Hall
OPEN 16:00 / START 17:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Kyodo Information 0570-200-888

Nagoya December 21(Mon)Nagoya Century Hall
OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info> Sunday Folk Promotion / 052-320-9100





Vote For King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
King Crimson have been nominated in three categories in the upcoming Progressive Music Awards which will be hosted in London in September. The band are in the running for the following:
Best Band
Best Live Event - King Crimson USA tour
The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award - Starless

 

Cast your vote for the Crims here.

Greg Lake Live Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
Greg Lake is releasing an archive live album on CD and vinyl in September. You can read more about London '81 here.  


Julie's Echo Test
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
Julie Slick, bassist with the Adrian Belew Power Trio, has a new collaboration happening. Entitled EchoTest, she joins forces once again with bassist Marco Machera and drumming on the (most) of the album, comes from fellow Adrian Belew Power Trio member, Tobias Ralph. The album, Le Fil Rouge, is available in all kinds of formats over on their bandcamp page.  


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