|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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:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 1, 2014
There's been a lot of interest on Facebook about the brass band on Segways playing 21st Century Schizoid Man. Now here's trumpet player Mederic Collignon with his take on LTIA Pt2. Thanks to EnoMan for the link.
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 30, 2014
Want to hear a bit of the latest line-up of King Crimson? Well, thanks to Mister Stormy, now you can!
On This Date 40 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 28, 2014
On this date 40 years ago King Crimson played to a half-empty Casino at Asbury Park on a wet and windy night as part of the final leg of a tour that was meant to break them commercially in the States, but ended instead breaking up the band.
Image courtesy of: Dave Reininger
A few days after this gig they returned to England, recorded Red and then King Crimson was in Fripp’s words at the time "completely over for ever and ever.”
With its contents drawn largely from this gig, a posthumously released USA, garnered critical applause and brickbats in roughly equal measure. Even the normally Crim-sceptic Rolling Stone cited the fade on Easy Money as perplexing and frustrating.
As life moved on, with Fripp heading into retreat, Wetton and Bruford both off to too many bands to mention and David Cross en route towards sessions and eventually academia, USA was finally deleted and long forgotten.
Except it wasn’t.
Spooling forward a few years to the internet age it became evident that those who held this period of the band in high esteem saw USA and this particular concert as a kind of Holy Grail.
It was a regular topic on message boards and news groups who called for the album to be released on CD and the tracks restored to their imagined pre-edited glory.
When, finally reissued in 2002 as part of King Crimson’s 30th anniversary editions, although tracks from the rest of Casino gig concert had been added, somewhat perversely Fripp decided against undoing the edits rendered in 1975.
Though its release was roundly welcomed it was surely a frustrating and bittersweet moment for fans looking forward to hearing what happened next on Asbury Park or Easy Money.
Image courtesy of: Mike Dowd
For that they would have to wait until November 2005 and the launch of DGMLive. It was no surprise given the clamour for it over the years that the very first download on this site was for 28th June, 1974.
Presented uncut for the very first time using unreleased mixes from the multitracks, and without the added Eddie Jobson overdubs, the power of this gig is tangible. Despite the internal politics and tensions of the period, the band taps into a ferocious energy that never stops burning. Wetton is especially inventive, infusing the material with a brutal force.
At the other end of the sonic spectrum Fripp’s sparkling clarity produces a consistently powerful performance that must rank amongst his very best.
And what about those edits Fripp and Wettton had made in 1975? Although it’s nice finally to have the full version, some (myself included) would grudgingly accept that the cut on Asbury Park and the fade-out on Easy Money were probably right in terms of the dynamics of the original album release.
From the grumbling rasp of LTIApt2 through to the ecstatic demands for an encore, this is a classic Crimson show in every respect. Indispensable to fans and worth every bit of the attention the show has received over the years.
Even if concerts live on forever sometimes the venues which housed them don’t. This was the state of the casino after its closure in 2005.
Head over here to see some more of Mike Black’s photos.
What are your thoughts on this concert? What about the edits - right decision or wrong move? Get onto the guestbook and let us know.
The Road To Red Nominated For Award
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 27, 2014
The Road To Red, the multi-disc box set documenting King Crimson's final American tour of 1974, has been nominated for an award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.
The box set has been nominated in the Grand Design category of the awards organised by Prog magazine.
If you'd like to see King Crimson and The Road To Red win this year then you'll need to register at the awards website and do the Crims proud.
Here's the full list of runners and riders in the Grand Design category:
King Crimson - The Road To Red
Dream Theater – Limited Edition Collectors Box Set
ELP – Brain Salad Surgery Deluxe Box Set
Rush – Rush 40th Box Set
Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Box Set
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell Deluxe Set
Fish – Feast Of Consequences Box Set
Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us Deluxe Book Set
Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus Deluxe Edition Hardback Book
Transatlantic - Kaliedoscope Deluxe Edition Box Set
Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 25, 2014
Please send your birthday wishes to Ian McDonald, founding member of King Crimson.
It's pretty difficult to imagine King Crimson '69 without Ian's multi-instrumental skills and gift for composition and arrangements, so please take a moment and share your thoughts on Ian's contribution to Crimso over on the guestbook.
The Road To Red At Home...39
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 24, 2014
My thanks to John Slywka for sending this snap in. John explains "It was taken at home on 2nd January at home in Chicago, the sky was clear and sunny although the temp was 10F degrees. The inspiration and photo happened quickly (to avoid frostbite), a tribute to the original USA album cover."
The Road To Red can be obtained here.
Adrian Belew On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 24, 2014
The Adrian Belew Power Trio featuring Julie Slick on bass and Tobias Ralph on drums are undertaking a 40 date US tour starting in October. Check out Adrian's website for all the tour dates.
Gabrels Goes For Discipline
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 23, 2014
Ex-Bowie guitarist was asked to pick out some of his favourite "guitar albums." Here's his take on Discipline.
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