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

The view earlier today.




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
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Radical Action II
Level Five
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
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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Jakko On BBC 6 Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 4, 2016
King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk will be appearing on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show on Saturday night at 9.00 p.m. As special guest, Jakko will be talking to Tom for an hour of conversation and choosing tracks from Jakko's career.

The link to the programme on the BBC iPlayer can be found here.

Jakko and Tom worked together in the 1990s and released an album together entitled Blood Brothers, which also features Gavin Harrison on drums. You can listen or buy the album over on Tom's Bandcamp page.

Eno's Vinyl A Peel
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 3, 2016
My thanks to Albemuth who points our attention to a video interview we missed when it was first broadcast last year. It's Brian Eno exploring John Peel's record collection, wherein No Pussyfooting receives an honourable mention. Take a look at the video here and take a look at the albums Mr. Gordon Stomach chose here while at Peel Acres here. And on the subject on vinyl, Brian Eno has a new album in various formats coming out in April, details of which can be found here.

Purchase Problem Resolved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 2, 2016
The Great Crims Crash of 2016 has been reversed! The e-commerce problems which had prevented people from either downloading or ordering Live In Toronto in the last 24 hours have now been resolved.

All of those good folks who tried to order a CD via Inner Knot or download directly from this site but were denied, will be contacted by email in the next few hours.

In the meantime Live In Toronto awaits your listening pleasure!

KC2015 Download Breaks The Internet (Kind Of)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 2, 2016

The popularity of the King Crimson show in Toronto set live on Monday has been tremendous. So tremendous in fact that it tripped a limit on the number of orders the e-commerce provider can process on our behalf in a given day.

They are aware of the problem and working to get our order processing facilities back up and running.

Many thanks for your patience and we'll let you know as soon as this frustrating situation has been resolved.

In the meantime while you're waiting to place your order, don't forget you can still download a full track from the concert for free as a hot tickle. The name of the track? Easy Money. And they say irony is dead!

Happy Birthday Michael Giles
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 1, 2016
Please raise your glasses in the direction of King Crimson co-founder, Michael Giles, who celebrates his 74th birthday this very day.

Doctor B
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 1, 2016
Congratulations to Bill Bruford who is now a Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor Bill writes "You’ve all at some time or another expressed interest in the progress of  my doctoral dissertation (and maybe regretted doing so) begun 4  I/2 years ago at the University of Surrey. I’m happy to say it has now been completed and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy awarded. I know, I know: and to a drummer, too. I now join the small band of drumming academics (or academic drummers) who continue to shed light on what drummers are for, in the broader context of music performance and creativity.

I’m thrilled to be back in the land of the living!"

King Crimson 2015 Gig Now Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 29, 2016
It’s a fabbo-to-the-max, triple whammy of a day for King Crimson fans. Not only is the first in-concert download by the current line-up now available via DGMLive, a mail-order only, 2-disc official collectors bootleg edition of the gig will be released on the 17th March.  

If that’s not enough, then how about a full live album gathering together the complete King Crimson setlist compiled from numerous nights and selected performances. In response to overwhelming demand for video of the group’s shows, the multi-disc set will come with selected in-concert footage.

This major release will be made available to coincide with the start of King Crimson’s return to live performance later in September 2016.

If you don’t want or can’t wait until March or September, you can download King Crimson’s performance at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 20th, 2015 today. A superb example of the band in full-flight, it features some of the best-loved pieces in King Crimson’s catalogue as well as new material such as Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind and Meltdown. You can download it here right now.

The first full concert release by the current line-up of King Crimson will be released via mail order on March 17th.  You can pre-order here:
Inner Knot (USA customers)
Burning Shed (UK and Europe)

This Official Collectors’ Bootleg captures King Crimson on a single night in the middle of the band’s Canadian tour in November 2015. With the exception of one small edit following an announcement before the band take the stage, the running time of this concert is exactly as it was heard in the hall by those fortunate enough to have been there.  Even by the high standards set by King Crimson’s current line-up, this concert was agreed by all involved to have that extra special ingredient, making it the perfect choice when seeking an official release to counter the poorly recorded bootlegs that have begun to circulate.

Featuring the recorded debut of new material such as Meltdown & Radical Action, the three drummer percussion pieces Hell Hounds of Krim & Banshee Legs Bell Hassle & a variety of King Crimson classics – including material from In The Court Of The Crimson King performed & recorded live for the first time in decades, a return to the live set of Easy Money for the first time since 1974 & more recent powerhouse pieces such as Level Five & VROOOM – all material that the seven piece King Crimson has made very much its own in an absurdly short time of touring.

The first release by the current band was the 2014 mini-album, “Live at the Orpheum”.  This autumn, they will be releasing their long-awaited and much anticipated first major album – a comprehensive live release, taking the best performances of each song from the extensive set list (which changes nightly) & also including footage of selected performances. It will be released to coincide with the band’s 2016 European tour, which begins in the UK with two concerts at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on September 4th & 5th, the band’s only UK dates for 2016.

For those who cannot wait until the autumn, this Collector’s Edition makes the perfect teaser.

Mel Collins: Saxes & flute, Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboards, Gavin Harrison: Drums, Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice, Tony Levin: Basses & stick, Pat Mastelotto: Drums, Bill Rieflin: Drums & keyboards

The tracklisting is as follows
Disc 1:

1 Threshold Soundscape

2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I

3 Pictures Of A City


5 Radical Action (To Unseat the

Hold of Monkey Mind)

6 Meltdown

7 Hell Hounds of Krim

8 The ConstruKction of Light

9 Red

10 Epitaph

Disc 2:

1 Banshee Legs Bell Hassle

2 Easy Money

3 Level Five

4 The Letters

5 Sailor’s Tale

6 Starless

7 The Court of the Crimson King

8 21st Century Schizoid Man

RF & GC Completion
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 29, 2016
Earlier today Robert Fripp posted the following on Facebook.

Re-affirming the belief that Music can change our world, note by note, beat by beat, in Silence and in sound, Robert's work with the Guitar Circle in Mexico was declared complete at 23.13 and 30 seconds.

Completion Of Guitar Craft & The Guitar Circle.
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Feb 26, 2016

Robert Fripp has posted the following announcement via his Facebook page.

Completion Of Guitar Craft & The Guitar Circle.


DGM is planning a Guitar Craft Box Set for release in October 2017 to include a comprehensive selection of recordings and videos from throughout the period.

A key element is written and pictorial material to present the History Of Guitar Craft & The Guitar Circle 1985-2016.

Consider time, place, person and circumstance.

Timeline: 1985-2016. The beginning and unfolding of events. NST.

Geography: GC in the US, Europe, Japan, Argentina, Mexico.
Houses: RLH, Elizabeth at the RLH; Alfeldt.

Personal: journals, comments, reports, observations, noticings and Points Of Seeing.

Circumstances / Situations:
Projects: Performance Projects, The LCG, Bogo Tour, The OCG, The SofGC,
Small groups: CGT, Gauchos, Big Time, Zum et al.

Local Circles:
Seattle Residential Performance Project.

The Guitarist Inside: the place of Morning Sitting, Inner Exercises.

Bodywork in GC: Alexander and T’ai Chi.
The role of women in GC.

Robert’s primary written contribution will be The Guitar Circle book;
with translations where available.


Worthwhile ventures and undertakings are subject to the laws of process: they go off course. Forms of organization and expression become fixed, sclerotic and ossify. This is especially so when the Founder, and/or moving forces in a venture, leave.

For the creative current that moves through GC, to continue in an authentic and living fashion, the recognisable GC forms must change. My own work and participation in GC courses and projects completes in October 2016.

GC has its 31st. anniversary on March 25th. 2016. It is in its fifth 7-year cycle, entering its Great Divide. I propose that, as of March 25th. 2017, all formal structures connected to Guitar Craft and The Guitar Circle will cease to exist: no more Guitar Circles, no more Orchestras Of Crafty Guitarists, no more League Of Crafty Guitarists, and so on.

Compiling The History Of Guitar Craft, in the Guitar Craft Box Set, I see as part of the process necessary to carry the GC current through its Great Divide. Forms, vehicles and structures will be different on the other side, with their own names, originating from and through those who wish to find new ways of working with the GC current.

Guitar Craft will cease to exist, again.
The Guitar Circle will cease to exist, as will local Guitar Circles.


Meanwhile, the GC Box Set is on the way.

Hernan is responsible with his Team for assembling audio and video material from throughout the period.

Various Team members are looking at how best to bring together recollections and personal histories. All those who have participated in GC activities are invited to contribute. Where these contributions do not become part of the Box Set printed History, it may become part of a GC archive available on the DGM website.

DGM is looking at having the written, audio and visual material available in outline by the end of 2016; compiled in presentable formats by March 25th. 2017; when Guitar Craft, The Guitar Circle and its offshoots will formally cease to exist.

In actuality, GC will most likely have already completed its work before then; and new forms begun to appear that carry the recognisable creative current which has moved through Guitar Craft since the beginning.

Robert Fripp
Thursday 25th. February, 2016;
Quinta Tonantzin Retreat House, Tepoztlan, Cuernavaca, México.

FRAME BY FRAME - Calling all film-makers
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Feb 25, 2016
DGMLive is calling for creative, talented film-makers to generate imaginative video footage to accompany key tracks from King Crimson’s extensive back catalogue which we will be soon uploading to our Youtube channel.

The rules of this exciting opportunity to collaborate with King Crimson’s music is simple: the footage submitted for inclusion in the video must be wholly original rather than taken from existing copyrighted sources. 

It doesn’t matter what your preferred medium or format is: abstract, black and white, narrative, animation, figurative, abstract, hand-held iPhone footage, whatever!

What we’re looking for is an original vision to accompany original, visionary music.

In keeping with our well-documented views on copyright,  anyone submitting material would retain all the rights to their original footage.  DGMLive would simply want the right to add the resulting video and music to our Youtube channel and other social media platforms.

Any other uses beyond that would be mutually agreed on a case by case basis.

Get in touch with iona@dgmhq.com who will guide you through the submission process.

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