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Classic Crimson Promised On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015

With less than a month to go before King Crimson start their first UK tour since 1982, tickets are beginning to sell out, as can be seen from this advert...



The band will be playing more classic repertoire, some of it for the first time in the UK, from In The Court Of The Crimson King, In The Wake Of Poseidon, Islands, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red. Other periods of Crimson will also be featured in what promises to be a dream setlist for Crimheads. Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, they will also be unveiling brand new material arising from their run of rehearsals in 2015.  Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.



Given the rarity of King Crimson touring around the UK it’s probably best to grab a ticket for remaining dates in Aylesbury, and the extra dates added in Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.David’s Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London [SOLD OUT]
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford [SOLD OUT]
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh


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Chart Compilers Cannot Erase
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Congratulations to Steven Wilson on the occasion of his new album, Hand Cannot Erase making the No.1 slot in the UK album charts. It comes in the same week as Steven and his band are about to start touring the UK and Europe. Check out the full itinerary and much else besides over on Steven’s website.


Thrakulare Est!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Robert Fripp has updated his diary revealing more about the mixing of the new edition of Thrak and some of the background into tracks such as Vrooom Vrooom Coda (Marine 475)
You can read all about it here!


Stormy Monday Selection Volume 7 Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Alex 'Stormy' Mundy has picked two discs worth of King Crimson-related outtakes, rarities, curios and alternative mixes for your enjoyment. Volume Seven of this series is available for download now!


Soundscape Sunday: At The End Of Time
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 8, 2015
Welcome to another episode Soundscape Sunday, an occasional series where we turn the spotlight on a soundscape you may have overlooked. We asked people to write in nominating their favourite soundscapes from the DGM Live library and to say a few words about their choice. The fickle finger of fate has chosen this suggestion from Geno T, who has nominated Cambridge December 11th 2005 when Robert was supporting Porcupine Tree.


Geno T writes:
For music as slow-paced as Soundscapes tend to be, this Porcupine Tree opening set covers quite a range in a tidy 35:27 and still doesn't feel a moment too long or too short. It starts out mysterious and expectant, wanders and searches through a passage of eerie 'piano' that could have come from an exotic (and somewhat unsettling) lounge far in outer space, and in the end we’re left somewhere that’s… maybe not happy, exactly, but peaceful and resolved.

The beautiful slow-washing finale suggests something majestic in the most fitting understated way, yet layered with lighter chimes that give a more intimate feeling of smaller scale at the same time.

It’s excellent stuff to unwind with over a commute home from work when burned out, generally safe to play around a spouse with a headache, and at least not *too* taxing on the patience of friends or others who don't share the same taste for weird slow space music. When it comes to Soundscapes in the more concise range, for me this is most often the pick of the bunch.


You can download and listen to a free excerpt from the concert or buy the whole gig here.

If you're a fan of any of the soundscapes that you've downloaded from the site why not write a short review - no more than 200 words - and send it to us at competitions@dgmlive.com marked SOUNDSCAPE SUNDAY.

If we feature your review in the Soundscape Sunday slot you will receive a free download of your choice from the entire DGMLive library for your trouble. Only one submission per person please so make it count.  OK get listening and then get writing!

KC 2000 Fall Tour Bundle and more!
:: Posted by Buddy The Wonder Dog on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Mr Stormy has uploaded a new video to youtube to let you all know what is coming to your site, he has been busy preparing tour bundles and SMS Vol. 7 and much much more!


King Crimson Record Store Day Releases
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Previously only available as part of the KCCC mail order series, three titles are being reissued for general retail to tie in with the forthcoming Record Store Day on April 18th.

Available for a limited period of time only these albums represent some of the most exciting and interesting dates in the Crimson calendar. Please note these releases are CD only. There’s no extra material on these new editions so if you already have these as KCCC releases then you don’t need to buy ’em!




On July 5th, 1969, King Crimson played to upwards of 500,000 people on a bill topped by The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, London. It was a pivotal point for the band. The next evening, King Crimson played their regular club date - a crammed Marquee Club in the same city. Recorded by an audience member, the original tape of the concert found its way to Robert Fripp & DGM many years later. Extensive audio restoration was applied & though it’s still never going to be a ‘hi-fi’ experience, as one of the earliest live recordings of the band, it has been a consistent seller for DGM for many years. Pre-dating the release of “In The Court Of The Crimson King” by more than three months & showcasing material from that album, the tape captures the raw power that had already made Crimson London’s hottest new band. Also included is the only known recording/performance of ‘Trees’ from October 1969. While the audio quality of this recording is poor & no amount of restoration can improve upon that, its rarity earned it a place as a bonus track.    

                            
One of the more pleasing outcomes of the ongoing King Crimson 40th anniversary releases was the reception & re-evaluation that was afforded to 1971’s “Islands” album. Long over-shadowed by the live reputation of the 1969 line-up that preceded it & the 72/74 line-ups that followed, the band had, up to that point, been under-appreciated. This soundboard recording, discovered in the DGM archive in 2012, confirms that the 1971 band could match any King Crimson line-up before or since for a quality live show. In the middle of the recording sessions for the “Islands” album, the band returned to the legendary Marquee Club for two special concerts (quickly extended to a third night). Taken from the second night, this recording captures a relaxed performance featuring material from all three of King Crimson’s released albums & early live recordings of much of the “Islands” material. This is the only line-up in King Crimson’s long history that has, to date, performed material from the first four studio albums. It’s a key recording in the King Crimson catalogue of live releases. 



The reputation of the 1972/74 King Crimson line-ups comes from shows such as this soundboard recording of the band. Having formed in July of 1972, the band played three nights at the Zoom Club in Frankfurt & recorded a TV performance for Beat Club Germany in October prior to embarking on a full UK tour. This was the fourth concert of that tour & features material from the album that would become “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” when recorded the following January, alongside one of the band’s fiercest (& longest) improvs. This is the best known concert recording of the short-lived, legendary, quintet line-up.



Wetton's New York Minute
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 5, 2015
Having just finished touring with UK, John Wetton has two albums released this week. First up is a live recording of John with the Les Paul Trio recorded at the Iridium Club entitled New York Minute. The second disc is a 2-disc anthology covering John's solo studio work. 


The Power To Believe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 5, 2015
The last King Crimson studio album, The Power To Believe (released in 2003) receives an appraisal right here


ProjeKct Aaaaaaaah!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 4, 2015
King Crimson ProjeKcts are featured in a new movie out this year with the intriguing title of Aaaaaaaah! Alongside Toyah Willcox, the film gathers together some well-known names as the poster reveals...
 




More details can be found here.

King Crimson In Paris
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 4, 2015
My thanks to Lucho Brajal for sending in this picture taken by his cousin Americo Brajal on the Paris Metro...



All of which seems like a timely reminder, that just in case you missed the news, King Crimson are touring in August and September.

Mon     31st Aug, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tues    1st Sept, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Wed    3rd Sept, St.David’s Hall, Cardiff
Sat    5th Sept, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
Mon    7th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Tues    8th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Fri    11th Sept, Lowry, Manchester,
Mon    14th Sept, Symphony Hall,Birmingham
Thurs    17th Sept, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Mon    21st Sept, Olympia, Paris
Tue     22nd Sept, Olympia, Paris
Thurs    24th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht
Fri    25th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht



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