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On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 29, 2015

Starless And Bible Black was released on this date 41 years ago.



The album received mixed reviews at the time. The Melody Maker, under the headline Crimso: Black is beautiful, declared “...the history of Crimson would appear to consist of a series of internal struggles, polarised between Fripp and various caucuses in the band and centering on Fripp’s assertion of the rightness of his own path, but little of of it resulting in real creative tension. Probably as consequence of greater personal stability, however, and possibly because of a more harmonious chemical balance within this particular set of musicians, this album strikes me as an extremely happy medium between emotion and technique; it’s neither as overweeningly grandiose and manic as the first two albums, nor as precious as Islands. In short, as Micawber would say, Mr. Fripp seems to have got his shit together.”

Record Mirror observed “They are an incredibly highly strung group, fierce when driving together and daring on solo flights. Side two’s title track and Fracture may be more than you can bear to listen to on first hearing; try it again and again and rock’s cobwebs start to dissolve.”

Sounds reckoned “King Crimson have made a record that equals in intensity and innovative musicianship the strength that can achieve on stage. LTIA palled very quickly as an album, especially when you’d seen them play a good gig, but this one - I suspect - will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor.”

And finally, NYC’s TV News had this advice for listeners: “As long as you take the next few weeks to become accustomed to Starless you’ll probably develop an intense passion for it. Suggestion: don’t listen to it if you’re depressed or contemplating life after death.”


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Over The Moon
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 1, 2015
Here's a snap of Jakko taken just before Christmas Day following his last game of football for the year...



HAPPY NEW YEAR
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 1, 2015
Wishing all our visitors and supporters a healthy and happy 2015! 


Three Heads Are Better Than One
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 31, 2014
King Crimson’s Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison and Pat Mastelotto are the cover stars for the next edition of Modern Drummer.



You can buy the digital edition of the mag today or wait for the print version due out in January. More details can be found here.

The Plot Thickens
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
Over the holiday period, the following email arrived in Patricia Fripp's burgeoning in-tray. "Did you know that your brother is referenced in a novel called "The Matzo Ball Heiress", as a progressive rocker who followed the ideas of Gurdjieff? I almost fell over when I saw his name." Here's a review of the novel by Laurie Gwen Shapiro from the New York Times, and here's a screenshot of the page in question.



Starless In Situ 7
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
Marc Carlton in Edinburgh writes "The box set has arrived, attracting the interest of Rubedo the cat - unfortunately, my other cat Bruford cared little for this document of his namesake and remained shyly out of shot."



Starless In Situ 6
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
My thanks to Per Christian Hansen in Copenhagen for the following: "According to Google, “Big data is an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using traditional data processing applications.”I think the enclosed picture shows a good example of big data (^_^)"



Happy Birthday Peter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
Please pour a convivial libation of your choice and raise your glass to Peter Sinfield who celebrates his birthday today.



Very best wishes to Peter!

Tony's Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
There's an interview with Tony Levin where he discusses life with three drummers and his choice of bass in the new outfit. Read all about it here. 


Roll Your Own Waveforms
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
Singer songwriter Norman Lamont invites folks feeling the stress of the festive season to chill out a moment or two and roll your own waveforms. Norman writes " I thought visitors might be interested in playing with this generator for soundscapes (with a small ’s’)which I built many years ago. It’s very obviously and explicitly Fripp-inspired and he described it as ’lotsa fun’. I hope it gives pleasure to some of you and I would recommend it for stressed moments. It can give you a breathing space in the midst of it all. " Roll your own here. 


KChristmas Day With The Crims
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 26, 2014
First up, Robert & a certain rabbit of this parish...





Robert writes "WillyFred would also like it to be known that his Christmas lunch was all that he hoped it to be...





The Old Goat himself...



Meanwhile on the other side of the pond, Trey Gunn tries on a T-shirt that confers instant Xmas spirit upon the wearer...



Elsewhere, looking remarkably sprightly for a man whose just notched up 41 gigs and 15, 000 miles on tour, Adrian Belew with added Xmas twinkle...



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