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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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Crimson! Album Launch & Pre-Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Crimson! - a collaboration between the Delta Saxophone Quartet and pianist Gwilym Simcock featuring arrangements of King Crimson material and an original piece by Simcock, -  is now available for pre-order here.



The album features an original Simcock composition, A Kind Of Red and his arrangements of five King Crimson pieces: Two Hands, The Great Deceiver, The Night Watch, Dinosaur and VROOOM / Coda Marine 475.

Simcock and the DSQ will also be performing the album on February 9th at the Pizza Express, London. The album will be available from February 26th.

Keith Tippett Solo Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
Keith Tippett, who contributed to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands, has a new solo album out.



Keith's very excited about the release which was recorded live in Piacenza, Italy, he told me yesterday. "It was in a marvelous recital room and there was a full twenty seconds of silence at the end of the piece. It was wonderful." You can get the limited edition album here.


Fripp On Weird Album Shock!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 28, 2016
The readers of Mojo have nominated their 50 Weirdest Albums and up there in 4th place is Van Der Graaf Generator's 1971 classic, Pawn Hearts, which also includes some tasty licks from Robert Fripp.


Mr.Mundy's Tuesday Tickle
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Alex Mundy has been digging around the vaults and has come up with a previously unheard piece from King Crimson's 2004 writing sessions. The piece in question, Mellow II features a rather laid-back kinda Crim. Check it out here.


America's Greatest Innovation?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 26, 2016
Vernon Reid nominates the electric guitar as America's greatest innovation and name checks a certain guitarist as a pioneer of the instrument in this radio piece.


Warning Sign
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 24, 2016
My thanks to Stahlhofen, who spotted this on the interweb...



Celestial Fripp Sound
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 23, 2016
Robert Fripp’s contributions to David Bowie’s Heroes were under the spotlight in a documentary aired on part two of BBC4’s Music Moguls:Masters Of Pop series last night. Producer Tony Visconti, sat at the mixing desk, went through individual tracks, detailing how the song was built up. The segment in the main programme can be found at around 25 minutes.



There’s more detail in this special 20 minute extract of the interview with Tony Visconti in which he describes the three guitar tracks laid down by King Crimson’s other guitarist as that "celestial Fripp sound". The section on Fripp starts at around 4.56.

Heroes is also the subject of this review commissioned by Pitchfork since Bowie’s death.

Robert Fripp String Quintet in Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 22, 2016
You can take a look and listen to the Robert Fripp String Quintet over on our Youtube channel. Taken from the RFSQ Video release "Live in Japan", it was filmed at Tokyo FM Hall for "Wowow" TV on November 11th, 1992.


Fripp, Giorgio & The Parrot
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
The death of record label executive and producer Giorgio Gomelsky was announced last week. Here's a remembrance of the man by Brian Cullman in which Robert Fripp makes a cameo appearance. 


Aaaaaaaah! Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
Aaaaaaaah! featuring a soundtrack created by various King Crimson ProjeKcts and the acting talent of Julian Barrett, Noel Fielding, Toyah Willcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt and others is reviewed here. 


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