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Radical Action Is In The Building...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016

The view earlier today.

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pre-order links for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Pre-order for the 3cd/1blu-ray set are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined.”

The details for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows.
CDs presented as individually themed “virtual studio albums” with no audible audience & mixed for audio presentation

One Blu-Ray featuring a complete set-list drawn from Japanese concert performances – almost 3 hours of music - in high-resolution stereo & 5.1 surround audio complete with “picture off” mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings)

Two DVDs featuring the full concert performances in stereo & 5.1 surround sound.

Expanded, perfect bound, booklet: 36 pages with additional tour photos.

Six disc set presented in two triple digi-packs with booklet housed in an outer slipcase.

Audio/Video performances include:

Threshold Soundscape
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare

All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork

It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim.

Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.

The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups - to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 - 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing...”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new,irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.

The set will be released to coincide with King Crimson’s most extensive European tour since 1974, with performances slated to include, for the first time ever, material from all seven of King Crimson’s 1969 – 1974 iconic studio albums and  with limited availability via mail order and concert venues.

Audio: Three themed CDs of material recorded in 2015, each forming a separate discrete
performance with audio selected from a variety of shows and fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Chris Porter, Robert Fripp and David Singleton. As no audience is audible between tracks, this allows for a “virtual studio album” effect. (The current King Crimson line-up was deliberately conceived as a performing band rather than as a band concerned with making full studio recordings).

Video: Among the problems most associated with filming live performance, perhaps the key problems are those of the film-makers’ cameras intruding on the audience’s capacity to enjoy the show without interruption and the intrusion of the cameras on the band’s performance. In effect, both performance and audience response must be misrepresented to approximate a live show for later consumption. In order to record the performances more accurately, a series of Japanese concerts was captured via a number of discreet cameras in a “video vérité” style – with neither band nor audience disturbed by filming – by Trevor Wilkins who also edited and assembled the footage.

Audio/Video: Two DVD discs featuring the complete concert performances. Blu-Ray features the concert film in high-resolution [24/48] stereo and 5.1 surround sound with additional ‘video off’ mode allowing for high-resolution audio only playback in stereo and surround sound.

In essence the music can be experienced in a number of different ways – as continuous uninterrupted audio on CD, as a viewable concert performance in stereo or 5.1 surround on the DVDs and  Blu-Ray, or in high-resolution, lossless audio stereo or 5.1 surround without pictures on the Blu-Ray.



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Enthoven Obituary
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 13, 2016
David Enthoven is remembered here by ex-Melody Maker Journalist and Island A&R man, Richard Williams. 


David Enthoven
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 12, 2016
David Enthoven, the co-founder of EG Management, has died. He was 72.

Enthoven, along with his business partner, John  Gaydon, was absolutely essential in helping King Crimson achieve international success in 1969, with David mortgaging his house to finance the recording of In The Court Of The Crimson King.

David, along with John and Robert, pioneered the forward-looking, artist-friendly business model whereby the artist licensed their work to the record company, which in 1969 was something relatively unknown.  

Enthoven and Gaydon were on hand to bring TRex, ELP and Roxy Music to the world stage and in its early days EG stood out as an innovative company within the music industry of the day.

In later years David fell foul of alcohol and substance abuse. Despite many personal setbacks he came back to establish IE Management with business partner, Tim Clarke, with Robbie Williams as a client.

It’s no exaggeration to say David Enthoven’s involvement in the story of King Crimson was pivotal and decisive.

Enthoven reconnected with Robert Fripp and the world of King Crimson several years ago,  offering advice and support on various projects and undertakings. This morning, Robert Fripp commented, "David Enthoven was the heart of EG."


The BBC have covered David’s passing as have The Daily Mirror.


Sample Dizrhythmia Too
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 11, 2016
Dizrhythmia Too, the new album featuring Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk, has a few samples online for your listening delight.   

You can listen to some of the album here.

Dizrhythmia is the collective name adopted in the 1980s by Jakko Jakszyk (guitars,keyboards, vocals) Gavin Harrison (drums and percussion), Danny Thompson, (double bass) and Pandit Dinesh (percussion, vocals). The quartet released their first album in 1988.



An eclectic mixture effortlessly blending jazz, rock, pop and elements drawn from Indian music, Dizrhythmia Too highlights the first-class playing expected from musicians of this calibre and showcases the unique chemistry that happens when they work together.  Ex-Bruford keyboard legend, Dave Stewart also plays piano throughout the album.

The new album will be released on September 2nd but is available for pre-order over at Burning Shed.


2nd Show In Atwerp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 10, 2016
Tickets for the second show by King Crimson in Antwerp have gone on sale today.  With tickets for the majority of King Crimson's European tour now largely sold out, you're advised to grab seats for this date double-quick!



You can buy tickets for the 2nd Antwerp show here.

There's still some availability for the following shows in Monaco, Marseille
and Paris



Grooning To The Muzak?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 2, 2016
David Cross posted this picture up onto social media yesterday with the following caption.

“Le Café Prog! Popped into this Suffolk supermarket to get provisions for the rehearsal with (ex VdGG sax player) David Jackson and found Pete Sinfield having brunch.”



Meanwhile the new album from the David Cross Band, Sign Of The Crow, is reviewed here.


Bottled Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 2, 2016
My thanks to Richard Royston for sending in this snap. Richard writes, "My brother-in-law brought this round tonight. The wine of silence, or otherwise. Cheers!"



If you spot any other Crimson echoes, send 'em our way.

Jakko & Gavin On New Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 31, 2016
Dizrhythmia Too is the title of a new album featuring Jakko Jakszyk and Gavin Harrison.



Dizrhythmia is the collective name adopted in the 1980s by Jakko Jakszyk (guitars,keyboards, vocals) Gavin Harrison (drums and percussion), Danny Thompson, (double bass) and Pandit Dinesh (percussion, vocals). The quartet released their first album in 1988.

An eclectic mixture effortlessly blending jazz, rock, pop and elements drawn from Indian music, Dizrhythmia Too highlights the first-class playing expected from musicians of this calibre and showcases the unique chemistry that happens when they work together.  Ex-Bruford keyboard legend, Dave Stewart also plays piano throughout the album.

The new album will be released on September 2nd but is available for pre-order over at Burning Shed.


Live In Toronto Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 28, 2016
King Crimson's Live In Toronto has received thumbs up from the Dutch Progressive Rock Pages website.

"King Crimson are as vital and innovative as they ever were, and perhaps even more so in today's somewhat turgid music scene. Real music, by proper musicians, out there taking chances and delivering something very new."



Read the full review here.


Vive la France
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 26, 2016
King Crimson's forthcoming European tour is largely sold out. However, there are still tickets available for shows in the following cities.
Monaco
Marseille
Paris


Stick Men Noir Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 26, 2016
Stick Men have a new album scheduled for release in October. Noir features new material which the band say is more song-orientated than before. Featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, the album is available in various deluxe packages and extras. Check out the pre-order page where you can listen to a few pieces as well as take a peek at a video for The Tempest.



Thus sayeth the blurb...

Stick Men's new album “Prog Noir” is available in pre-sale in 3 formats: Signed Limited Edition Combo Package - Deluxe Box Set (2LP/2CD/Poster) with T-Shirt; Regular CD and Download (WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats)
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACKAGE DELUXE BOX SET (2LP/2CD/POSTER) + T-SHIRT
The combo package includes:
• 2LP 180 grams gatefold (the LP has a, 11 minute bonus tracks on the Side B of the second LP, which is not included in the regular CD package)
• 2CD special edition of the new album, Digipack. (Disk One is the regular 10 track album. Disk Two contains 8 bonus tracks.)
• Full color poster of the album artwork (17x22 inches)
• Full color T-Shirt (front only). Available in Navy Blue and Black.
ALL BOX SETS WILL BE SIGNED BY ALL 3 BAND MEMBERS (Tony, Pat & Markus).
All orders will be shipped in the late October.
Pre-orders are $140 USD / 120 EUR plus shipping.
Those who contribute $200 USD / 190 EUR or more, will have their names included in credits inside of the box set.
This special box set includes digital pre-order of “Prog Noir”. Fans will get 4 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
SINGLE CD, REGULAR EDITION of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks) can be pre-ordered for $17 USD / 15 Euros plus shipping
DOWNLOAD of “Prog Noir” (10 tracks in WAV, FLAC, ALAC and/or MP3-320 formats) can be pre-ordered for $10 US / 8 EUR
Exclusively available at:
stickmen-moonjune.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East,
Africa and Asia)
iapetus.bandcamp.com/album/prog-noir
(orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)


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