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Thrak On A Plate
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Feb 18, 2012

My thanks to Adam Aronson for sending me this picture of his recently acquired personalised number plate.



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The Drum Kit Of Michael Giles
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 19, 2014
My thanks to Sam Sleiman who writes "I was disappointed that no information existed on the drum kit used by Michael Giles during his time with King Crimson, so I did some research and came up with this". 


Court In View
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 19, 2014
My thanks to Mark for the following who saw this interesting street name here. Mark writes "I actually discovered this many years ago when the street was fairly new but didn’t have a camera with me (in the age before we became small mobile intelligent units with our mobile devices). I realize there is a Crimson King maple tree but what makes this fun is the street name includes the word "Court".


Happy Birthday Bill Bruford
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 17, 2014
Please send your birthday wishes in the direction of the one and only Bill Bruford...

 

Happy Birthday Robert Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 16, 2014
Birthday greetings and a bottle of sparkling beverage to the Raging Heartless Venal Leader, the man that never smiles or has fun...



1994 Argentina Tour Bundle Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 13, 2014
There are thirteen shows from King Crimson’s return to active service in 1994 available to download. The shows document in close detail the development of the material that would become part of the KC repertoire for the next 20 years.

If you’ve already downloaded three or more of the five shows previously available, then you’re eligible for a free show of your choice from the DGMLive library.  The series of shows begins with their first appearance since 1984 at the Prix D’Ami, Buenos Aires and concludes at the Teatro Broadway, Buenos Aires.

If you’re only looking to nab one show that’s not been previously available then might I suggest you wrap your listening gear around this little beauty of a gig: the second show of the evening on the 8th October.


Starless - Live In Europe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 8, 2014
DGM is pleased to confirm that an October release date has been set for Starless, a multi-disc CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray boxed set featuring live and studio recordings from October 1973 to April 1974.


The 40th Anniversary Edition of Starless & Bible Black
(pictured above) was released in 2011


This set will feature the first complete release of the blue tapes - the highest quality reel to reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings of King Crimson from the era with many appearing on CD for the first time. More details of the content will be announced nearer the time of release as will the pre-order page.

In the meantime if you were you in the audience at any of the gigs listed below and would like to share your memories of the concerts for possible inclusion in the booklet then drop a line to sidsmith at dgmlive dot com as soon as possible. If you’re sitting on any pix, tapes or any other Crimson related items from this period now is the time to get in touch and send them in.


1973
Glasgow 23rd October
Liverpool 24th October
Leicester 25th October
London 26th October
Birmingham 28th October
Bristol  29th October
Hamburg 2nd November
Frankfurt 3nd November
Munich 4th November
Dusseldorf  5th November
Strasbourg  7th November
Saarbrücken  8th November
Turin 12th November
Rome 13th November
Zurich 15th November
Nancy 17th November
Lyon 18th November
Paris 19th November
Lille 20th November
Brussels 22nd November
Amsterdam 23rd November
Barcelona 27th November
Barcelona 28th November
Madrid 29th November

1974
Udine     19th March
Brescia 30th March
Paris 22nd March
Marseilles 23rd March
Avignon 24th March
Besancon 25th March
Augsberg 27th March
Dieburg 28th March
Heidelberg 29th March
Mainz 30th March
Pforzheim 31st March
Kassel 1st April
Gottingen 2nd April
Gottingen 2nd April    

If you have any audience recordings or photographs or memorabilia then please get in touch at the above address.


Islands Vinyl & Beat 40th Anniversary Edition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 8, 2014
The Starless set in October 2014 set will be book-ended by two other important releases from DGM - 200gram vinyl edition of Islands and the late addition to the ongoing 40th Anniversary Edition series, Beat on CD/DVD-A featuring Steven Wilson’s new stereo and 5 1 surround sound mixes.



Pre-order pages and details will be announced nearer the time of release.


DGMLive On Twitter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 8, 2014
If you'd like to get your DGMLive news updates and other notifications via twitter then please follow the team via @DGMLIVEHQ 


On This Date...1979
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 8, 2014
Thirty-five years ago on this date, Robert Fripp released his first solo album, Exposure.



As part of his preparation for the album Fripp recorded a series of ideas and riffs with John Wetton and Phil Collins in December 1977

On the 16th December Fripp and Wetton joined up with Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer Michael Walden for an extended work-out of ideas and pieces for Exposure which you can download here.



The next part of the exposure jigsaw falls into place when Fripp teamed up with Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta on January 18th, 1978 which you can also download.

At the time of its release Nick Kent's NME summed Exposure up like this:
The overall success of the aesthetic content here makes one equally anxious for more Fripp collaborations because, time and time again, this music showcases a man in full command of his talent, an inspired musician with an advanced sense of his own position in the scheme of things.

Ultimately the album proves that Fripp can effectively straddle the abyss that seems to forever separate the super-musician bluffing out over-agitated fusions and the barely competent dilletante full of ideas that his or her lack of formal training invariably render futile.

An example to us all, in fact, it's the likes of Fripp and Tom Verlaine who are going to make truly new music because they've appreciated their art's traditions, but are also capable of perceiving and developing their own visions. Meanwhile Exposure isn't just a title, it's what the record demands. Your ears have been told.

Exposure was listed by The Wire magazine as one of its 100 Records That Set The World On Fire feature in September 1998 and had this to say about it. 
Most of Fripp’s recorded output showcases his talent as a guitarist, but only Exposure offers any serious insight into the man himself. Returning to music after a four year break studying with Gurdjieff disciple JG Bennett, Fripp’s psyche had veered from frustrated hostility to enigmatic good humour, and his his first solo album captures every aspect of a many-sided personality.  Angelic electric guitar drone in the form of Frippertronics serves to frame a sparse, moving reworking of Peter Gabriel’s “Here Comes The Flood”. Tape recordings of Fripp’s argumentative New York neighbours jostle for space with cryptic spoken comments from Brian Eno. Terre Roche and Daryl Hall sing gorgeous, gentle ballads over mildly unreliable rhythms, but the highlights of Exposure see guest vocalist Peter Hammill chewing glass, barking with grisly charisma over cracking rock riffs. There’s no stylistic consistency, and no need: Fripp is resplendent in divergence. It’s the Sergeant Pepper of avant punk.
The album was reissued in a 2-CD set in 2006 (you can read my take on it over on the blog) which brought together performances by Daryl Hall which had previously been removed from the album because of objections by Hall's management and record album at the time.

You can read a fairly extensive overview Exposure here.

Do you have any thoughts on this album? Drop a line over on the guestbook.


Playing For Change
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 7, 2014
There's an interview with Bill Rieflin ahead of the Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists appearance at the First Congregational Church, Bellingham, in Washington State later this month. You can get tickets here. 


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