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Radical Action Is In The Building...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016

The view earlier today.




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
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Radical Action II
Level Five
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
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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The Story Of The Mellotron
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 30, 2015
Here’s something to listen to as you recover from the excesses of the festive period. It’s an interview with author Nick Awde, about his 2008 book, Mellotron: the machine and the musicians who revolutionised rock, first broadcast on Resonance FM. You can listen here

Happy Birthday Peter Sinfield
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Dec 27, 2015
Peter Sinfield celebrates his birthday today. Originally a friend and song-writing partner of Ian McDonald, Sinfield first joined King Crimson as a roadie in early 1969 before going on to provide lights, lyrics and the name of the group.

Please raise a tipple of your favourite fancy and wish Peter the very best. 

Peace from Osaka
:: Posted by Mr Stormy on Thu., Dec 24, 2015
The Team have been busy to bring you this wonderful song just in time to listen to while you sip a tipple of your choice and munch on a mince pie.

:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 24, 2015
Here's the final bunch of Thrakkies for 2015. A big thank-you to everyone who took the time and trouble of arranging their photos and sending them in.

Please keep your THRAKKIES coming - especially if you're getting it for Xmas - via competitions@dgmlive.com. In case you’ve not seen inside, you can take a look at this whistlestop video tour of the THRAK BOX and its contents. 

You can buy THRAK BOX from Inner Knot (US-based customers) or via Burning Shed (UK and Europe)

First up, a twofer from Martyn in Adelaide:

Preparing for THRAKATTAKc...

and release!

We really don’t recommend trying that at home.

The arrival of the big box prompted fond memories for Colin Coates. "My Thrak Box with the "genuine" Albert Hall ticket as well as the programme opened up on the support act"

Some people, and more than a few canine chums, find THRAK a relaxing experience. "Jeff Jankowski and Vivienne have been Thraked!"

Antonio Rampini proves the THRAK BOX is an ideal accompaniment for those sessions down at the gym. “My friend Valerio Bilotti and me (Valerio is the big boy who is lifting all sort of weights) would like to send our “Thrakkie" with our THRAK boxes.Valerio had also his Thrak shirt on, a pity you can’t see him…Sort of "DoubleThrakking Under Heavy… Manners”    :)”

Bob in Wisconsin was heard to declare the arrival of the box to be "A wealth of sonic wonderment!"

Thanks to Peter in San Francisco for brilliantly upping the weird quotient in this selection of snaps. I've heard folks say that THRAK is an electric experience but is that string of Xmas lights plugging directly into Peter’s head?

Proof that there’s a whole lot of bass end on the THRAK BOX comes from Arjen, who writes “I was just packing for a concert when I received this enormous Thrak box. My cello looks tiny in comparison. Only the double-bass was big enough to hold it.”


Finally, sound engineer Eric Dochez in Lille writes “Here's the evidence that my little daughter Wanda very much loves the new King Crimson THRAK box. We love all the old King Crimson Boxes too!”

Kcritics' Kchoice
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 24, 2015
The latest edition of Prog magazine contains its annual critics' choice. Amid the undoubtedly deserved garlands handed to the great and good, King Crimson picked up a couple of accolades.

First up, under the Reissues category the Jakszyk/Fripp remix of THRAK nosed ahead of some stiff competition.

Secondly, when it came to the best gig of 2015 category, King Crimson's show at Hackney Empire was reckoned to be the hottest ticket in town. 

Back In Bredonborough
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 23, 2015
When Robert got home from Japan yesterday evening he was ushered straight under the mistletoe.

@toyahofficial HOME! WE ARE FAMILY XXXXX

Happy Birthday Adrian
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 23, 2015
Please point your tonsils in the direction of Nashville and give a rousing chorus of that popular ditty, Happy Birthday to Adrian Belew. 

In addition to releasing an album utilising his FLUX app, Adrian will be touring Israel and Europe in the New Year. Check out dates over on his website.

Goodnight Nagoya!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 21, 2015
Here's a snap of King Crimson taking the applause (or iphone clicks - whichever is louder) in Nagoya at the conclusion of their Japanese tour.

Thanks to Kiyotaka Hara for this.

A Round Of Applause For The Crew
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 21, 2015
There's a lot of people who do a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure that the band can get on stage and do what they do best. Here's an end of tour shot of some of the folks who made the shows in Japan an enjoyable experience.

A Message From Jakko
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Dec 21, 2015
This was originally posted on Jakko's Facebook page not too long before the band are due to play their last show of the year.

Tonight is our final show of 2015 here in Nagoya and an end to the process that began in rehearsals back in August.

I'd like to thank Robert for the opportunity, to my band mates for their support and companionship and, in the case of Gavin, relentless sarcasm!

I'd also like to thank our fantastic crew. I won't name them all......frankly I can't remember their names or be arsed to check the itiner
ary! (That's a joke incidentally, before anyone gets on my case) in particular John who looked after my guitars and gear, Mark for his attention to detail out front, Kat for looking after us and our stuff and Dave for not only running everything smoothly, but being a genuine Liverpool fan that I can Lord over after our 3 -0 thrashing of them yesterday (come on you Horns!)

Big thanks too, to Yoshi & Issy here in Japan and Julie who also translated the opening of 'Peace' into Japanese for me.

Lastly the thousands who came and clapped and cheered
It's been a privilege
Can't wait till next year!!
Happy Christmas

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