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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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Happy Birthday Greg Lake
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 10, 2014
The very best birthday wishes to King Crimson's first bassist and vocalist, Greg Lake.



What's your favourite Greg Lake moment? Let us know on the guestbook.

On This Date 42 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 10, 2014
On this date 42 years ago King Crimson embarked on a huge UK tour unveiling a new line-up and a new sound at Hull Technical College. If you want to get an idea of what the punters heard that night you can download the gig here. 



Gunn Speaks
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 10, 2014
There's a radio interview with Trey Gunn you can listen to right here! 


Not So Much A Stream As A Trickle...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 9, 2014
My thanks to Ornate _Coal _Man who sends in this link and writes "168 million plays on Pandora net the co-songwriter a whopping $4000. 168 MILLION, that’s 168,000,000"


Starless In Situ 1
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 9, 2014
Well, the Starless box has started arriving around homes in Europe. We asked you to send us snaps of the white monolith when it arrived and you did just that. First in was from Georges-Thierry Santana from Vallauris Golfe-Juan in the French Riviera.



FFSake!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 9, 2014
My thanks to site visitor orchestron who spotted this particular beverage which apparently retails for JPY1350 (USD 12.00).


 

New tracks and UK tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 7, 2014
Robert Fripp outlines current Crimso activity, including work on three new songs and potential UK venues in 2015, right here. 


Panegyric Competition
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 7, 2014
If you would like to receive every title released by Panegyric in 2015 for free then you need to enter this competition over at Burning Shed


The Construction of Gunn
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 6, 2014
Following the success of his recent crowd-funding appeal, Trey Gunn's book of touch guitar scores, entitled, er, Scores  is now available. As the blurb says "Thirteen compositions from Trey's catalog, plus a bonus transcriptions of his parts from the King Crimson piece "The ConstruKction of Light." Beautifully spiral bound in a 12"x9" text." Grab it here. On a related note, my thanks to Sean Hollenhors for altering me to this article from 2008 on Trey and the Warr guitar.


Fripp & Fripp - Beginner To Mastery
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 6, 2014
Patricia Fripp and her brother, will be speaking at the Lady and the Champs Speakers' Conference in Las Vegas, Feb 28-March 1 2015. Anyone wanting to watch the sessions the dynamic duo will be doing will be able to stream the event directly by heading here and signing up. In the meantime, you can find out more from Patricia herself in this video and this one as well.


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