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King Crimson Record Store Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 18, 2015

It's Record Store Day and my thanks to Lutz Stahlhofen for alerting me to this arresting image celebrating the occasion.



You can find out more about how Natalie Sharp, aka The Lone Taxidermist set about re-creating this and many other album covers here.

Don't forget that King Crimson has its own Record Store Day related releases.

Available for a limited period of time only these albums represent some of the most exciting and interesting dates in the Crimson calendar. Please note these releases are CD only. There’s no extra material on these new editions so if you already have these as KCCC releases then you don’t need to buy ’em!



On July 5th, 1969, King Crimson played to upwards of 500,000 people on a bill topped by The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, London. It was a pivotal point for the band. The next evening, King Crimson played their regular club date - a crammed Marquee Club in the same city. Recorded by an audience member, the original tape of the concert found its way to Robert Fripp & DGM many years later. Extensive audio restoration was applied & though it’s still never going to be a ‘hi-fi’ experience, as one of the earliest live recordings of the band, it has been a consistent seller for DGM for many years. Pre-dating the release of “In The Court Of The Crimson King” by more than three months & showcasing material from that album, the tape captures the raw power that had already made Crimson London’s hottest new band. Also included is the only known recording/performance of ‘Trees’ from October 1969. While the audio quality of this recording is poor & no amount of restoration can improve upon that, its rarity earned it a place as a bonus track.    



One of the more pleasing outcomes of the ongoing King Crimson 40th anniversary releases was the reception & re-evaluation that was afforded to 1971’s “Islands” album. Long over-shadowed by the live reputation of the 1969 line-up that preceded it & the 72/74 line-ups that followed, the band had, up to that point, been under-appreciated. This soundboard recording, discovered in the DGM archive in 2012, confirms that the 1971 band could match any King Crimson line-up before or since for a quality live show. In the middle of the recording sessions for the “Islands” album, the band returned to the legendary Marquee Club for two special concerts (quickly extended to a third night). Taken from the second night, this recording captures a relaxed performance featuring material from all three of King Crimson’s released albums & early live recordings of much of the “Islands” material. This is the only line-up in King Crimson’s long history that has, to date, performed material from the first four studio albums. It’s a key recording in the King Crimson catalogue of live releases. 



The reputation of the 1972/74 King Crimson line-ups comes from shows such as this soundboard recording of the band. Having formed in July of 1972, the band played three nights at the Zoom Club in Frankfurt & recorded a TV performance for Beat Club Germany in October prior to embarking on a full UK tour. This was the fourth concert of that tour & features material from the album that would become “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” when recorded the following January, alongside one of the band’s fiercest (& longest) improvs. This is the best known concert recording of the short-lived, legendary, quintet line-up.






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Live At The Orpheum At Home
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 13, 2015
Here's a picture of composer Andrew Keeling at home with his copy of Live At The Orpheum taken from Andrew's Facebook page.



If you've got a snap of the album at home and you'd like to share with everyone, send it to us via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

Guestbook Reprieved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Just when you thought it was all over - the guestbook has received a last-minute stay of execution! Check out David Singleton's updated diary for the details. 


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Mister Stormy has blown the dust off Robert Fripp's appearance on the Mark Radcliffe Show on Radio 1 back in July 1995 There's nearly 25 minutes worth of witty banter and three soundscapes (including the legendary No Pottyflushing) to tickle your earbuds. Tune in to the fun right here.


King Crimson & In C
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Composer Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner was talking about the influences upon his work, including King Crimson, on BBC Radio 3’s concert of minimalist music last night. The programme was a celebration of Terry Riley’s seminal work In C and as well as containing a performance of the piece it featured the work of other composers. You can hear Robin talking about his own new work, Unsleeping, here receiving its world premier, at around 18.00 minutes into the broadcast. 


Rolling Stone: KC is best new touring band of 2014
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
King Crimson made Rolling Stone critic David Fricke's highlights of 2014 as you can read here. 


All About Live At The Orpheum
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 11, 2015
Here's a review of Live At The Orpheum from John Kelman over at All About Jazz.  


Starless In Situ 9
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 9, 2015
How about this photo sent in from New York by ace bassist and much else besides, Clint Bahr, who writes: "The Starless box meets my 'tron..."



Adrian's Music Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 9, 2015
Following on from their recent interview with Pat Mastelotto, the Riff & Ralk website chatted with Adrian Belew which you can listen to here. 


Cat Food Again!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 8, 2015
Over the last 24 hours there’s been an understandable flurry of excitement online and across social media at King Crimson’s 1970 Top of the Pops appearance turning up on Youtube featuring Keith Tippett, Michael and Peter Giles, Robert Fripp and Greg Lake playing Cat Food. Up until then the only known documentation of the band's appearance to lip sync their single on the show were Harry Hammond's photographs.

DGM were alerted about the existence of the video at the start of the week just before it went online and immediately entered into discussions to have the footage returned to the KC archive.

The original footage had indeed been wiped by the BBC. However, foreign TV stations who bought the show were able to record their own continuity and insert them into BBC footage for transmission in their countries. In this instance the host is Joe Berger for the German show Hits A Go Go.

The lost footage was the source of a spoof news report on this site back in 2006 for April Fools Day. The DGMLive prankster team were considering another pass at the story later this year but will now have to come up with another wheeze!   


St.Vincent Loves Insane Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 7, 2015
As we’ve highlighted previously on these pages, Annie Clark, better known as St.Vincent, has long been a fan of Robert Fripp’s guitar work.

Here she is discussing what in particular she likes about the guitarist’s solo on David Bowie’s It’s No Game Pt 1 from the Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album. (scroll to 3.40)


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