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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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Starless In Situ 5
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 14, 2014
My thanks to Ryan Talbot who sent in this snap all the way from Tennessee...

 

Happy With What He's Happy With
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 14, 2014
Check out this recent interview with Adrian Belew in which he discusses his FLUX app and his post-Crimson career. 


Starless In Situ 4
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 11, 2014
My thanks to Matteo Lagasi from Parma, Italy for sending this photo of a valve-driven Starless.



King Crimson's Memorable Date
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 11, 2014
Check out E 'Doc' Smith's end of year best of list which includes King Crimson's appearance at the Warfield in San Francisco. 


All About The Levin Brothers
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 11, 2014
John Kelman has reviewed the new album by Pete and Tony Levin over at All About Jazz. You can also read about the vinyl edition of the album going, ahem, gold right here. 


King Drumson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 9, 2014
The latest edition of Drumhead magazine has an interview with cover stars, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison and Pat Mastelotto. Check out the website for further details.


Why Is Robert Fripp Speaking At Lady And The Champs?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 9, 2014
That's the question posed by Patricia Fripp, and one which she readily answers in this very video. You can find more about how to stream Robert Fripp live into the comfort of your own living room in 2015 by taking a peek at the Lady And The Champs website. 


A Christmas Cavalcade Of Keeling
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 9, 2014
Andrew Keeling has a few concerts coming up in the yuletide calendar. Andrew writes "Thursday 11th Dec. Fretwork are playing Afterwords for viol consort at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Friday 12th Dec. Stuart Corrie is premiering my new piece for organ, All Fools' Day, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Monday 15th Dec. Fretwork are playing Afterwords again at the Spitalfields Winter Festival."

Andrew also writes to say "I'm also currently working on and recording arrangements for the follow-up to Tim Bowness's Abandoned Dancehall Dreams. The fourth AK & Otherworld album is also complete and will be released in June 2015. David Jackson (VdGG) and Stephen Fellows (Comsat Angels) have both contributed."


Guitar Circle Comes Round Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 9, 2014
There's a new beginners course for Guitar Circle in the new year. Thus sayeth the blurb:
Beginners Course (Introduction To Guitar Circle)
Friday, January 23, 2015  to Thursday, January 29, 2015 · Casa Stella Maris, Caorle, Italy
open to anyone who wishes to attend, even those without any prior experience on the guitar. This is the course for anyone who wishes to make a beginning in the Guitar Circle, and it is also recommended to those who have already attended GC Courses and wish to reconnect by reviewing the presented techniques.

More details can be found here.


Meanwhile if intermediate is more your thing, check this out:

Intermediate Course
Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Thursday, January 29, 2015 · Casa Stella Maris, Caorle, Italy
centring on the necessities of the Intermediate Team is available to those who have:
1. an established morning sitting practice.
2. attended at least one Guitar Craft and/or Guitar Circle course directed by Robert Fripp.
3. worked with and applied the principles presented.
4. their application letter accepted.

More details can be found here.





Kooper On Belew
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 5, 2014
Al Kooper - yes, that Al Kooper! - writes about one of his favourite artists Adrian Belew and chooses his favourite AB-centric tracks right here. Adrian also recently spoke about his view of being in the post-Crimson part of his career: "I don’t know if there is any future for me in King Crimson. Now that I’ve been sort of outside the band and watched it walk by, I’m a lot less interested.” You can read the full interview and quote here.


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