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King Crimson Record Store Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 18, 2015

It's Record Store Day and my thanks to Lutz Stahlhofen for alerting me to this arresting image celebrating the occasion.



You can find out more about how Natalie Sharp, aka The Lone Taxidermist set about re-creating this and many other album covers here.

Don't forget that King Crimson has its own Record Store Day related releases.

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.






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FLUX - "a branch of the tree"
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 25, 2014
Adrian Belew - who is currently on tour with his Power Trio - talks some more about his new app FLUX in this interview. 


Starless In Situ 3
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
This one comes from Barrie Sillars, who writes: "This is the photo we have all been waiting to take. It has only taken two years."



The Problem With Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
Producer Steve Albini recently gave an address on the subject of the music industry and what the future might hold. There's a summary of his remarks here and the full transcript here. Thanks to Seah Hollenhors for the heads-up.


Bernier & DeCarlo
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 22, 2014
Ex-Stick Men member Michael Bernier and drummer Ritchie DeCarlo have released an album which you can sample and buy right here.


New King Crimson Live Album Set For January 2015
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 20, 2014
Check out this video made earlier this morning by Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk as they work on a King Crimson live album due for release in January 2015. Robert reveals that Starless, taken from the band’s two-day stopover in Los Angeles, is to be one of the tracks on the 40 minute album. The release date of January 13th has been set and further details on track listing and ordering will be posted soon. Stay tuned to DGMLive news page for the announcement.   


On This Date 41 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 19, 2014
On this date 41 years ago, (No Pussyfooting) by Fripp & Eno was released on Island Records' budget HELP label...



What do you recall about your first encounter with this album? Please share your thoughts over on the guestbook. You can read my own reminiscences about No Pussyfooting over on the blog.  

Fripp Talks Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 19, 2014
Robert Fripp will be talking at 2015's Lady And The Champs speakers' conference event taking place in February and March. You can find out more about the event. Meanwhile you can get a little taste of some of the tales Robert will be telling.


Paaaarty!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 19, 2014
Keep your eyes peeled for who pops up this documentary on late '70s public access cable show TV Party at around 47.50. 


Starless In Situ 2
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 19, 2014
Here's a pic of writer John Kelman and his Starless box set.



You can read John's extensive review of its contents over on All About Jazz

Jakko's Stiff Impression
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 14, 2014
There's a new book charting the history of the now-legendary Stiff Records. Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story by Richard Balls features interviews with many of the great and good signed to the label including Jakko, whose appearance in the book can be sampled here. Jakko wryly comments "Oh dear! Note to self. If you do agree to an interview for a forthcoming book, try to avoid drinking wine whilst waiting for said author to call"


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