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David Cross Album Launch Special
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 21, 2016

The David Cross Band will be launching their new album, Sign Of The Crow, at a gig featuring special guest, ex-VdGG sax player, David Jackson in London
on Tuesday August 9th. The show will also feature a rare solo performance by King Crimson lyricist, Richard Palmer-James. 

Thus sayeth the blurb...

The David Cross Band with special guest David Jackson will perform at The Lexington on Tuesday 9th August 7.30 pm. This is the London launch concert for 'Sign of the Crow' the eagerly awaited studio album from the legendary David Cross Band which goes on sale on August 5th.

David Cross: A pioneer of rock violin and former member of the groundbreaking 'Larks' tongues in aspic' incarnation of King Crimson.

David Jackson was in UK Progressive Rock Band Van der Graaf Generator and is famous for his double horn parts and ferocious soloing.

Craig Blundell - one of the world's leading drummers is currently also working with Steve Wilson and Frost*.

The other DCB members are Jinian Wilde - vocals, Mick Paul - bass and Paul Clark - guitar.

The lyrics for ‘Sign of the Crow’ were written by King Crimson lyricist Richard Palmer -James (ex Supertramp) who will also perform a solo set on the evening.

This is a unique and very special prog rock event - to be sure there’s a space for you, book now!

The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB (Angel tube). £12 on the door.

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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 9, 2015
Please keep your THRAKKIES coming via competitions@dgmlive.com. In case you've not seen inside, you can take a look at this whistlestop video tour of the THRAK BOX and its contents. 

You can buy THRAK BOX from Inner Knot (US-based customers) or via Burning Shed (UK and Europe)

Per Christian Hansen in Copenhagen didn't just take one snap but several. “Here is a montage that illustrates the excitement when a new King Crimson box arrives – THRaKaRRiVaL”

Joachim Cruyssaert’s daughter Kato indulges her father’s habit of photographing King Crimson box sets and manages to smile while doing it!

Roger, in Fontenay sous Bois, is clearly happy to be happy with what he’s got out of the THRAK BOX.

Rick Mascarini, who got the only THRAK BOX in the world that comes with a figurine on a horse, writes “It arrived!  While spending time home recuperation from a nasty cold & sort throat, I gave disk 1 & 2 a spin and it revived me back to live from the near death of devil bug.”  

Not sure if this is a threat or a cry for help but Jeff in Wisconsin takes things at an odd angle noting “The walls are closing in!The slaughter of the innocents!”


Keeling's Otherworld
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 9, 2015
Andrew Keeling, who orchestrated Robert Fripp's The Wine Of Silence album,  has a rock-orientated alter-ego, called Otherworld whose new album is entitled  Five o'clock Sun.

The record features contributions from ex-King Crimson member, David Cross, ex-VdGG sax player, David Jackson and vocalist, Tim Bowness.

You can check out samples and order the album direct on CD or download from Spaceward Records. You can also keep up to speed on all things Keeling via Andrew's blog.  

Guitar Circle Of Europe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 8, 2015
There are a couple of events happening in the Guitar Circle calendar next year. The Guitar Circle of Europe are holding an introductory course starting Wednesday 13th until Sunday 17th January, near Brandenburg, Germany. Check out the full details here.

For those who’ve experienced Guitar Circle before there is this intermediate course beginning Tuesday 12th until Sunday 17th January.  Check out the full details here.

There’s also an At A Distance course for those experienced Crafties unable to attend but who want to deepen their practice. Full details here.

2015 Tour Box On Sale Now In Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 8, 2015
If you're attending any of the shows in Japan be sure to pick up a copy of the 2015 Tour Box.

Designed to complement the 2014 edition, this all-new collection gathers together a mixture of well-known pieces, rarities and lots of previously unreleased material across its two discs. 

Packaged in DVD-sized fold out digipak style book case, the accompanying booklet features sleeve-notes, photos of memorabilia, full info about the current tour and a number of band and individual photos taken by Tony Levin.

CD 1:

1. Wind extract 1969 In The Court Of The Crimson King recording sessions:
from In The Court Of The Crimson King 40th Anniversary CD/DVD-A

2. Epitaph 2015 - Steven Wilson 2015 instrumental mix:
previously unreleased

3. Catfood - from In The Wake Of Poseidon recording sessions:
previously unreleased on disc

4. Bolero - from Lizard recording sessions/T. Lev overdub:
Frame by Frame boxed set/Lizard 40th anniversary edition CD/DVD-A

5. Islands (extract with Oboe) - from Islands recording sessions:
Islands 40th anniversary edition CD/DVD-A

6. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls - from Islands recording sessions:
Islands 40th anniversary edition CD/DVD-A

7. LTIA II (2014 rehearsal extract) - 2014 Band rehearsals:
previously unreleased

8. LTIA II - 1974 Asbury Park:
USA CD/DVD-A and Road to Red boxed set

9. Fracture - 1974 Gottingen:
Starless boxed set

10. One More Red Nightmare (guitars extract) - from Red studio sessions:
previously unreleased on disc

11. One More Red Nightmare - 2014 Los Angeles:
Live at The Orpheum

12. Elephant Talk (12" mix) - 12" single version, dubbed from vinyl:
Discipline 40th Anniversary edition CD/DVD-a, previously unreleased on CD

13. Absent Lovers - from Beat studio session:
from forthcoming Beat 40th anniversary edition CD/DVD-A

14. SF soundcheck extract - 2014 San Francisco:
Previously unreleased

15. Larks' III/Sleepless - Three Of A Perfect Pair studio sessions:
from forthcoming Three Of A Perfect Pair 40th anniversary edition CD/DVD-A

CD 2:

1. Jurassic THRAK (edit) - THRAK recording sessions:
from forthcoming THRAK boxed set

2. The Hell Hounds of Krim - 2014 Los Angeles:
from 12" Cyclops Picture Disc EP, previously unreleased

3. VROOOM - Live in London 1995:
from forthcoming THRAK boxed set

4. VROOOM Coda Marine 475 - Live in London 1995:
from forthcoming THRAK boxed set

5. ProjeKction (P4) - 7th Note,1998 San Francisco:
previously only available via mail order CD

6. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part IV / The ConstruKction Of Light - from The ConstruKction Of Lightrecording sessions:
previously unreleased on CD

7. Sus Tayn Z (P3) - May 2000:
previously unreleased on CD

8. The Power To Believe II (demo) - 2002:
from the forthcoming The Power to Believe 40th anniversary CD/DVD-a

9. The Power To Believe II - 2003:
from Live in Milan

10. Ex Uno Patres (Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelotto) - 2004:
previously unreleased on CD

11. The Light of Day - 2010:
Alt take from A Scarcity Of Miracles CD/DVD-a previously unreleased on CD

12. Ba Ba Boom Boom (Harrison, Mastelotto) - 2008:
previously unreleased on CD

13. ATTAKcATHRAK (end edit) - 1996:
from forthcoming THRAK boxed set

14. 21st Century Schizoid Man - 2014 San Francisco:
Previously unreleased, From 12" Cyclops Picture Disc EP and forthcoming USA II album

If you're not in Japan approaching the merch table but would like to grab one of these beauties, then don't worry. You can nab from Inner Knot or Burning Shed. Here's a review of the set as well.

Tokyo Setlist
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 7, 2015

King Crimson unveiled a new number at their first show in Japan and brought back an old favourite that had been previously debuted in Canada. If you don’t want to see the results (as they say out there in TV Land), look away now.

King Crimson setlist
Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo
December 7th 2015

Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I
Pictures Of A City
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind) I
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind) II
Level Five
Peace - An Ending
Hell Hounds Of Krim
The ConstruKction Of Light
The Letters
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II
Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
In The Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man

Mr.Mister's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 7, 2015
Here's a piece on the "lost" Mr Mister album, Pull, which Pat Mastelotto recorded in the '90s but which had to wait until 2010 to see the light of day. 

New Video From Tokyo
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 6, 2015
Thanks to Trev Wilkins for sending these two videos from King Crimson’s rehearsal rooms in Tokyo. First up is a teaser of the team talking The Talking Drum for a walk in Tokyo. If that doesn’t get you all excited then how about a stonking rendition of Suitable Grounds For The Blues here. 

Meanwhile, for those folks on Facebook, you can take a look at Pat Mastelotto's silent movie-style tour of the King Crimson rehearsal space.

Hot News From Tokyo!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 5, 2015
News just in from Robert in Tokyo this morning.

“In the KC rehearsal studio today, a new piece, written on Friday morning, presented this Saturday morning c. 10.55, werned & twerned, now ready for a premier presentation to our Japanese audiences from Monday. Entitled: Crimson Sensibility-Pulping Bone-Crushing Slab Of Terror - And Joy! aka Radical Action Part Two...”

Meanwhile as we wait to have our sensibilities pulped and our bones crunched,  here’s the latest video of the team in Tokyo a-movin’ and a-groovin’ thanks to the steady hand of Road Dog Wilkins. 

Extra Norway 2016 Show
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 4, 2015
An extra date has been added to King Crimson’s appearance in Norway next year. Tickets for the extra show on Wednesday 28th September at Norway’s Sentrum Scene will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday 5th December at 9.00 CET

Tickets for the band’s two Friars Aylesbury shows also go on sale Saturday 5th December at 10.00 a.m.

The revised 2016 tour dates are as follows

King Crimson 2016 European Tour

Sun 4th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Mon 5th Sept    Friars Aylesbury  Friars at the Waterside Theatre UK
Thu 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 
Sun 11th Sep     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany
Wed 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Sat 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Sun 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   
Tue 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Wed 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland
Fri 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark
Mon 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Tue 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
Wed 28th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

On This Date 44 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 3, 2015
King Crimson released their fourth studio album, Islands on December 3rd, 1971.

Recorded at Command Studios, largely because it was cheap and could be had at short notice, the tracks were laid down in a series of guerilla-style raids in between Crimson’s  gigs around the UK.  The bulk of Islands was recorded in this way during September, with most of the overdubbing and mixing completed in early October. “It is difficult to convey the level of exhaustion during this last week” explains Fripp.  “I’d get home about 3-4 in the morning from the studio, pull out a pencil and write orchestral parts for Song Of The Gulls, before getting to bed anywhere between six and eight. Up around ten to leave for the studio for noon. The final night began around 18:00 and never ended for me — Peter bailed in the early hours and I carried on. Richard Williams came in to listen to the playback/run-through the following late morning, then the van arrived after lunch. I got in, fell asleep, we drove to the first show of the tour, and I woke up shortly before we arrived.”

The final night that Fripp refers to was the same evening that overdubbing on Sailor’s Tale was finished. “The solo was, and is, from some other world” notes Fripp. “Technically, the right hand could only have been developed by someone familiar with the banjo. My connection to this was through Don Strike (his old guitar tutor in Bournemouth). Other references would include Sonny Sharrock (notably with Herbie Mann) and the idea of Peter Townshend’s flailing. And maybe a subversion/perversion of early Scotty Moore, with echo delay, at the Sun sessions. But none of this seems relevant somehow. Late at night, faced with a solo to be played, for which there was no solo available, something happened: a young guitar player was confronted by necessity. And then something remarkable happened…”

There are many stand-out moments on this curiously schizophrenic album; Formentera Lady’s laid-back sunny dreamscapes (Peter Sinfield’s lyrics inspired by his recent holidays in the Balearic islands); the free-jazz tussle within The Letters’ melodrama; the skewed, mutant blues guitar licks and raucous sax of Ladies of the Road; the genteel classical music climes of Song of the Gulls; the emotional reverie of the title track. 

Arguably, the most stylistically diverse KC release to date, it features some fine singing from Boz, including heroically singing into a studio fire bucket for Ladies Of The Road complete with a raging hangover. There’s also superb jazzy flourishes as well as understated and detailed throughout from Ian Wallace. Mel Collins also displays both sides of his musical personality with moments that are both tender and brutal.

If Lizard represented a wild party between the progressive strand of rock music and the UK jazz scene, Islands, for the most part, was more akin to a more gentle, laid-back kind of communion between those two worlds. 

Though he’s woefully under used on Formentera Lady, Harry Miller was one of the most gifted bassists of his generation who at the time of this recording was founding his own independent record label, Ogun. Along with Keith Tippett’s delicate additions on the title track comes his cornet player, Mark Charig, whose free-flowing and impassioned blasts, over the top of Fripp’s folksy harmonium, lends a poignant warmth to the stirring coda of one of Fripp’s most beautiful melodies.

However, it’s Sailor’s Tale which arguably overshadows everything here. The solo makes a break with the symphonic and jazz-inspired leanings of previous albums, clawing its way into a spikier, fractious metal-edged territory. It’s the sound of Fripp hammering out a new map of where he wanted to explore next.

Upon its release the album netted a good reaction from the music press of the day though there were some notes of caution as well. Sounds' Steve Peacock lauded the album for its "rare sense of ease and grace" and hailed it as a "Great Leap Forward.” One unnamed critic was enthusiastic in the extreme. “Despite the shoddy packaging, this is one of the most extraordinary albums ever to emerge out of the general idiom of rock. It’s impossible to describe the warm, lambent feeling obtained by a juxtaposition of Mark Charig’s cornet over a pedal harmonium on the title track’s long, gradual climax, or the breathtaking rightness of Fripp’s splintery chorded solo on “A Sailor’s Tale.” And it’s not pretentious and it’s not self-indulgent.”

However, the Melody Maker’s verdict was less certain. “Islands is altogether different from their former work. Where their preceding albums had a dominant strain of almost overbearing intensity, which matched the dark imagery of the lyrics, this is more muted and soft.”, concluding, “This isn’t the master album that Fripp threatens to produce, but the day can’t be far off.” For his part, self-confessed Crimso aficionado Nick Logan, writing in the NME, observed “Islands confirms a growing belief that Crimso have evolved into a skillful but somehow cold and dispassionate band. Warmth is what is lacking.”

Having previously been responsible for commissioning other artists to produce album covers for the band, Islands saw Peter Sinfield provide the artwork directly.

In the UK the album was presented in an unmarked single sleeve with a photograph of the Trifid Nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. The inner sleeve was a fragile cream coloured gatefold with delicate islands created by Sinfield's patented method of food dye on blotting paper on the outside, and a collage of five individual portraits and three group shots of the band in concert. This was the first time the faces of the band had ever appeared on an album sleeve.

On its release in the USA, the inner gatefold was used as the outer cover. “The change of cover for the US was because the UK cover was considered so feeble.” explained Fripp. “The cover artist for the UK cover was Peter. Peter’s ‘move onstage’ through use of the VCS3 now expanded to include designing the cover as well. If this works, fine. But Peter’s cover wasn’t striking, and wasn’t in the same league as the other Crimson covers. The Nebula really wasn’t much of a cover either, because it hadn’t been chosen as a cover."

When it came to remixing the album as part of the 40th Anniversary Series in 2010, the multi-track tapes yielded many extra takes and a revelatory missing-link piece that would become Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I and parts of Lament.

Perhaps the greatest surprise regarding Islands however comes from the inclusion of Sailor’s Tale and The Letters in the current setlist. It’s a fair bet that when Robert Fripp and Mel Collins left Command Studios in the autumn of 1971 they never thought they’d be playing those numbers live some 44 years later. 

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