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McDonald & Shakespeare
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 14, 2012

My thanks to Brian Thomson for sending me the news that Ian McDonald will be providing the music at an all-star benefit reading of Hamlet in New York this month.  


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Crimson! - New Album By DSQ & Gwilym Simcock
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 7, 2016
Crimson! is the title of a new album by the Delta Saxophone Quartet and pianist and composer, Gwilym Simcock, due out in February on the jazz label, Basho Records.



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.

Check out this video preview of the album here.

Simcock, who will be known to some King Crimson fans for his time in the last incarnation of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, is currently working with Pat Metheny.

The Delta Saxophone Quartet, primarily best known for their work in the contemporary classical sphere, are no strangers to crossing over into progressive music and jazz; Dedicated To You But You Weren’t Listening saw them tackle the work of Soft Machine via a series of inventive arrangements. (You can read my take on that one here).

Crimson! is scheduled for release in late-February.


KCCC 42 Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 5, 2016
The long-awaited King Crimson Collector’s Club 42 is now available for pre-order here.

Taken together with The Champaign-Urbana Sessions (CLUB21), the work-in-progress sketches, outtakes, bright ideas, dead-ends and cul-de-sacs gathered on Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983) provide a kind of counter-factual, alternative history to King Crimson’s catalogue; a shadow album that traces those points where things came together or fell apart in the trying, where ideas either bloomed or withered.

Even at the best of times, when a group is riding high and firing on all creative cylinders, the process can still be something of a struggle. So when a band is in a less-than-optimal state, things can be tough. Very tough indeed. As Tony Levin notes, “In the studio it’s always a battle; wielding guitars like weapons to fight the clock, the headphone mix, budget, record company demands - we struggle to capture some of the magic that happens effortlessly every night in front of an audience.”




Speaking after the release of Three Of A Perfect Pair in 1984, Bill Bruford commented upon the album that took the group a year not so much to make as it did to find. “It did take quite a while...It’s kind of the fourth album with this version of the band. You see, we recorded one LP and more or less dumped it. We couldn’t quite see the way it was working out. When we reconvened the problems we had just evaporated! Sometimes, time is the only thing you need. Just to get away. And then suddenly the project was on its feet again and we knew where it was going and what to do.”

CLUB42
King Crimson
Rehearsals & Blows
May - November 1983

1 Adrian And Robert
2 Slow Groove
3 Funk Groove
4 Sleepish
5 Slow Sleepless
6 An Entry Of The Crims
7 Sacramento
8 Perfecting Three Of A Perfect Pair
9 Open Hearted
10 Working On Sleepless
11 Easy To Solo Over
12 Do You Dig Me?
13 Industrial
14 Steinberger Melody
15 Shidare Zakura


Signed KC Banner For Charity
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
There’s a chance to own a real King Crimson rarity - a King Crimson banner signed by all seven members of the band - and raise money for Cancer  Research.



This banner stand was displayed in the lobby of almost all shows on King Crimson’s 2015 tours of UK, Europe, Canada & Japan.

It measures 0.8m wide x 2.0m tall and comes in a zip case.

There are a few slight dents & marks on it (it has been all over the world during it’s travels) but overall it’s in very good condition. Please see the photos.

It was signed by ALL the current band members; Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk & Bill Rieflin in Nagoya Japan on 21st December 2015 and is being auctioned for charity with their knowledge and blessing.

The successful winner of the auction will also receive a letter of authenticity from DGM and 100% of the profits will go directly to Cancer Research UK.

The autographed KC banner stand auction is now live on Ebay at 7pm and will run for 7 days.

KC In Paris - Review
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
In case you missed it first time around - and we did - here’s a lengthy observation of King Crimson’s 20th September Paris show.


Epitaph Top Ten
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 4, 2016
My thanks to rzachol who tells me that Epitaph is number ten in the Polish Greatest Songs Of All Time poll. Read all about it here (in Polish). 


Happy New Year!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 1, 2016
A happy 2016 from everyone in King Crimson and all at DGM.





Pennies From Pandora
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
The world of streaming services continues to be a somewhat uneven experience for artists. Pandora has recently been forced to up their royalty rate (thanks to Intrepid for the heads-up) and there's also news of a $150 million class action lawsuit against Spotify alleging "it knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully reproduces and distributes copyrighted compositions without obtaining mechanical licenses." Read all about it here.


A New Beginning
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
There's a new course in January 2016 for anyone interested in developing a relationship with their guitar and music.



Check out the details here.


Best Of 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 31, 2015
King Crimson's appearance in Vancouver earlier this year is rated as one of the best live events of 2015 in the pages of the Vancouver Sun


The Story Of The Mellotron
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 30, 2015
Here’s something to listen to as you recover from the excesses of the festive period. It’s an interview with author Nick Awde, about his 2008 book, Mellotron: the machine and the musicians who revolutionised rock, first broadcast on Resonance FM. You can listen here


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