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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?


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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 28, 2014
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The Eyes Of Robert Fripp Smile
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 27, 2014
Here's one for our Spanish speaking visitors - a substantial newspaper article in which Robert discusses the work of the Guitar Circle, King Crimson and the current state of the industry during his recent visit to Argentina.

For those of us too lazy to bother to learn another language, here's the auto-translated version with all the flaws and mangling of the language you'd expect. If anyone would care to take on the monumental task of providing a more sympathetic translation please feel free!

The eyes of Robert Fripp smile. Maybe the smile does not extend so often to his face, but when an appreciable irony intrudes, there is a visible spark in the deep blue eyes of this 68-year-old man who has devoted his life to music. There are some monk at Fripp, but nothing of religious fanaticism; It is one of the indisputable talents that has given the English rock, but never was carried away by the rules of the star system. He is a polite, elegant and rigorous, man that does not pass a day without practicing with his guitar. In his more public facet, is the leader of King Crimson, band who since 1968 has had various incarnations and instrumental armed, and that just made a comeback for United States with a Septet training tour, with three drummers occupy the first line of the scene. But Fripp also devised the company Discipline Global Mobile, revolutionary in the approach of maintaining "small functional units" and all the musicians to retain the rights to their work. And it is also the creator of Guitar Craft, a system of education that approaches the instrumentalists to another way of tuning (New Standard Tuning) and a series of techniques and modes of working which sets apart it from any other "musical instruction", and which gave rise to the League of Crafty Guitarists (League of artisanal guitarists) and infinity of groups acting by the world since 1985.

That came the English musician to Mendoza: the convent our Lady of transit, in Lunlunta (to 20 km from the capital), occurred in a new meeting of Guitar Circle, introductory course which was attended by more than seventy guitarists of the Argentina and the world. For five days, the crafties and advanced trainers group headed by Fripp (which includes the HernŠn NķŮez Argentines and Fernando Kabusacki) had a coexistence intense, crowned by a concert in the Circular space of Le Parc Centre (see separate). The musician prefers to stay away from the press, and years that it does not grant a personal interview to an Argentine environment; Lunlunta peace meeting is therefore all a rarity.

-How was the experience of these days?

-With about 73 guitarists of moderate abilities: two or three that can play much better than me, and about six who can play almost as well as I. The majority of these people is much more enjoyable than I am, more kind and more gentle.

-It gives the impression that you like this image of being not so kind, but in reality it is not so.

-I have to say that Yes, this is true. I have a terrible reputation in the music industry, and that is probably a good thing.

-What expectations these people bring to the Guitar Circle?

-You should have a few words with them, I cannot speak for them. But the issue for me is that the world is clearly a disaster, with what the question is about what each of us can do about it. The problem is that it is very difficult to trust anyone who is in a position of authority. In terms of my background with respect to management companies and record companies, all of my professional life was interrupted on 22 February 1976, when it was at a retreat at Sherborne House (Gloucestershire) and I was visited by my management, so I gave my copyrights so they could collect my royalties. This explained my counter... and was a lie. At that time in England, a person of such professional position supposed to be reliable. But it was very clear to me that financial services are not reliable. And until 2008, more or less, the majority of ordinary people didn't know what I had done in previous decades. Control of the money people is not reliable. This counter now enrolled is a Director of the Isle of Man Government, has received an honorary doctorate for his philanthropy and his services to the music, he was Adviser to the Royal family: a pillar of society by its good offices. And yet his entire career is based on a lie. It is very easy to present criticism without personal knowledge, but in terms of issues that relate to my own life, I can speak with greater authority. And in this small image it is possible to see the greater picture. Then, if we can not rely on financial systems, and few in England can rely on politicians, who can we trust?

-In artists?

-Do you think John Lennon lied for money? Dylan? Hendrix? When we lose faith in our artists, our culture is extinguished. For example, if in 1969 he had a conversation with the President of a company and I told him "I am only interested in the money," Although this was business in the music industry people, I had set aside, they have not trusted in me. If I had that conversation today and told him "I'm only interested in music", I leave aside, they would not trust me. This is an example of how we have gone from a market economy to a market society, where social relations are governed by a price. Then, what you can do Robert about that? I cannot change the world, but when the Lord NķŮez tells me "we have a course in Argentina", and if I can take a plane

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