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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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Greg Lake Reissued & Honoured
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 19, 2016
Greg Lake has a couple of albums reissued and has received an honourary degree from from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy.



Thus sayeth the blurb:

Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”.
 
This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake’s two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album “Manoeuvres” (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.
 
The first album and its three bonus tracks feature all of the members of TOTO with the exception of Bobby Kimball as Lake handles all lead vocals. Both albums also feature appearances GARY MOORE on guitar.
 
Both CDs have received a 2015 REMASTER which has the personal approval of GREG LAKE. The booklet includes extensive liner notes. This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place.
 
Track Listing:
 
DISC ONE: GREG LAKE
1. NUCLEAR ATTACK
2. LOVE YOU TOO MUCH
3. IT HURTS
4. BLACK AND BLUE
5. RETRIBUTION DRIVE
6. LONG GOODBYE
7. THE LIE
8. SOMEONE
9. LET ME LOVE YOU ONCE
10. FOR THOSE WHO DARE
 
BONUS TRACKS
11. YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
12. YOU’RE GOOD WITH YOUR LOVE
13. COLD SIDE OF A WOMAN
 
DISC TWO: MANOEUVRES
1. MANOEUVRES
2. TOO YOUNG TO LOVE
3. PARALYSED
4. A WOMAN LIKE YOU
5. I DON'T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE TONIGHT
6. IT'S YOU, YOU GOTTA BELIEVE
7. FAMOUS LAST WORDS
8. SLAVE TO LOVE
9. HAUNTED
10. I DON'T KNOW WHY I STILL LOVE YOU
BONUS TRACK
11. HOLD ME

“Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on 2-CD Set: Amazon CD

In other news, on January 9th Greg received an honourary degree from the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, Italy! This was the very first honourary degree for music the prestigious university has ever awarded!



From Ronson To Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 16, 2016
Another tribute to David Bowie and essential guitarists gracing his records with their distinctive styles and approaches. 


Five Years Rescreened
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 15, 2016
In the days following the announcement of David Bowie's death, a lot of tributes have been paid to the man and his music. The BBC re-screened their acclaimed documentary Five Years,which features contributions from many of the musicians who worked with Bowie, including Robert Fripp. It's available on iPlayer for another 25 days. Fripp also crops up on this list of Bowie's most notable musical collaborations, and also in Prog magazine's selection of Bowie highpoints. 


Dusty Rhodes Remembered
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 15, 2016
Keyboard player Philip Aaberg toured with Peter Gabriel's first live outings as a solo artist and in this interview recalls working with the team, including being mistaken for  Robert Fripp by eager fans.  


Carpet & Frock
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 15, 2016
My thanks to Nuages, who writes "A check to the Twitter-sphere found a delightful post by John Wetton (@arkangel2605) who had been visited by Robert earlier in the day. Mr. Wetton is looking phenomenally good and they both seem rather happy. Was quite pleasant to see."

Yer Tiz...





On This date 47 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 13, 2016
This date in 1969 marks the official beginning of King Crimson with the start of rehearsals in the cramped basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe.

Situated at 193 Fulham Palace Road, W6, the cafe was owned by George and Peter Calatychos who let out their basement as a rehearsal space. It had been found by Peter Sinfield, then the band's roadie and lighting person.

According to Ian McDonald's diary at around 7.30pm, Dik, Pete, Bob and Greg called round to his flat to come and shift the Mellotron to the Fulham Palace Road. Once they'd set everything up, McDonald's diary also notes the band had a blow until just after 10.00 p.m.

In the weeks that followed all kinds of visitors making their way to this unassuming location. They included various journalists, record company executives and one or two rock stars, all interested to hear the sounds emanating from the Fulham Palace Road. 



The cafe (now called Ottoman) as it is today

In 2011 Mark Ferraro, from Ozone Park, New York came over to London to make a pilgrimage to lots of buildings tinged with a bit of Crimson history. "I walked in the present day restaurant and went right downstairs without anyone questioning me and took some photos of this tiny space that once contained the sounds of ITCOTCK rehearsals. How the walls were able to take such thunder I can only wonder. Think of those lucky "invited guests" that were able to witness these young musicians and what was coming out of them in this tiny basement."

Here's some of Mark's photographs from that day...








It’s astonishing to think that a four piece band and all their gear used to fit into such a confined space. The same space was used by bands after King Crimson vacated the cafe in 1972 for several years.



Belew On Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 12, 2016
Adrian Belew talks about his work and times with David Bowie in this interview. Adrian also shared his thoughts on television. You can see his interview here.


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 11, 2016
Alex has been rummaging in the archives and blown the dust off the Lizard multi-tracks to reveal Keith Tippett playing a solo rendition of Prince Rupert Awakes. Go, Polonius and check it out here. 


David Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 11, 2016
David Bowie’s death from cancer was announced today. In a recording career that spanned more than fifty years he achieved the kind of commercial and artistic success - chart sales and artistic integrity - that most other musicians can only dream about.

Robert Fripp’s seminal work on 1977’s Heroes and 1980’s Scary Monsters provided a significant and lasting contribution to Bowie’s sound.



Similarly, Adrian Belew’s work on 1979‘s Lodger, and as part of Bowie’s live ensemble, brilliantly captured on Stage the previous year are a testament to Bowie’s keenness to explore and push at the boundaries. Crimson connections extended into Bowie’s later career with Tony Levin appearing on 2002‘s Heathen and 2013’s surprise return, The Next Day both of which also featured Levin’s partner in BLUE, guitarist David Torn.

It should be noted that King Crimson played Heroes during their 2000 and 2001 tours - the only song by another artist to be performed by King Crimson on a regular basis. 

Aaaaaaaah! DVD Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 10, 2016
Steve Oram’s controversial film, Aaaaaaaah! featuring a soundtrack provided by various King Crimson ProjeKcts, is now available for pre-order. The movie, which stars Toyah Willcox, The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barret and Noel Fielding and others will be out on DVD and Blu-Ray January 18th



You can sneak a peek at the trailer here.


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