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OCG V Special Performance Project
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 19, 2012

There's still time to book a place on the next Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists performance project in Italy next month. Check out the GCE website for details. 


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On This Date 30 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 11, 2014
On July 11th the 80s incarnation played its final gig in Montreal. The show was recorded for radio broadcast and was released in 1998 as Absent Lovers.



Following the gig in Montreal the band broke up. The irony is that the band had never sounded better.  The material from Three Of A Perfect Pair had begun to breathe and knitted well into the set. The music was tight, incisive and moving at a stunning pace.  The release of Absent Lovers release showed Crimson had never sounded better and indeed the performance of much of the material surpassed many of their original versions ó LTIA II in particular hadnít sounded so animated and full of vim and vigour for quite a while.

Fripp recalls: "We recorded the last shows on multitrack sensing that the end of the band might be nigh. This allowed for a possible live album to commemorate the outfit (as with USA).  Bill mixed the tapes for a Canadian radio broadcast, which became a bootleg (as with any radio broadcast) called Absent Lovers.  Any mix of any music is a presentation of a world-view: a sonic society of the imagination, how we see that world and our place in it.  When I was given a copy of Billís mix, it confirmed my sense of Billís Crimson world-view, and gave deep offence."

On Sunday July 12, the morning after the last show at Le Spectrum, the team were having breakfast in their hotel.  Bruford recalls Fripp joining them and announcing to his colleagues that the band was no more. 

Asked by journalist Bill Milkowski what the future held for King Crimson now that the incline to 1984 had been completed, Adrian Belew replied ďI think it is unstated as to what the future holds for King Crimson. We just have to sit down and consider that at the end of all this touring. Personally, Iíd like to see it take a break for a while, mainly because I feel a real need to fulfill a lot of musical ideas that arenít fitting for King Crimson. Thatís where Iím at; I donít know about the other guys in the band. Robert likes to do things in three album sets, and it was planned that way. But I think it would be unfair to assume that once we reached our goal it would automatically be over. I donít think Robert has said that in the press. Heís never said that to me. And Iím sure Bill and Tony want to play further. But, as Robert says, now the band is free to play together if it wants to. So thereís a lot of openness to it.Ē

Fripp offers this perspective on the reasons for the break-up of the group.  "We compressed the making of three albums into three years, which was probably too short for the music to emerge organically.  But, with different career interests and tensions in the band, had we waited longer maybe little more would have developed organically anyway. Regardless of what the albums achieved, Absent Lovers validates the group as a live unit, right up to the end.  That particular end was a finish, a conclusion and a completion. No discussion followed the end of the tour, to address either working together or not working together. "

Whether by accident or design, inertia took hold and Crimsonís return to the first division was at an end.  As Crimson manager Paddy Spinks sat in Montreal mulling over his breakfast, there was an despondent air.  "I think we all kind of knew that if there wasnít going to be an actual end to the thing at the end of the tour then there was certainly going to be a long pause. And if you think about it, there certainly was a hell of a long pause."




The Joy Of The Guitar Riff
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 11, 2014
The famously reclusive Robert Fripp makes yet another appearance on TV in the UK next week on July 18th when he takes part in BBC 4's The Joy Of The Guitar Riff. Here's what the Radio Times preview has to say about it. And here's what Robert had to say about it when the film crew came to call in April


Keeling's Little Red Book
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 11, 2014
Andrew Keelingís latest rock-orientated album has garnered some favourable reviews of late. First up hereís what Prog magazine had to say...



and from the pages of R2 magazine...



You can grab your copy of My Red Book from Burning Shed.

Wetton & Palmer-James Reissued
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 10, 2014
I Wish You Would and Monkey Business 1972 - 1979 by John Wetton and Richard Palmer-James have been reissued in a 2CD set.



I Wish You Would, recorded in 1979, dusts off some blues numbers beloved by the duo back in their school days, while Monkey Business first released in 1998 sifts through items they worked on for the King Crimson back catalogue (including Night Watch, Book Of Saturday, Starless and a remake of Doctor Diamond as well as a tracks the pair wrote intended for the follow-up to Red.

You can grab the album via iTunes (I Wish You Would / Monkey Business) or Burning Shed.

F*cked Up Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 10, 2014
The latest edition of The Wire contains an extensive interview with St Vincent who is found extolling the virtues of Robert Fripp's guitar playing with David Bowie.



KC On TV
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 9, 2014
My thanks to eagle-eyed Chris Barron who spotted this manifestation of the mighty Crim on a programme about the making of the popular long-running UK TV series, University Challenge.



For those who want to see the appearance of what looks like it might be the LTIA box set in full television mode, the programme is available on BBCiPlayer and the album (and dinosaur - another KC reference?) can be seen at the 37.00 mark. 


Four Chords & The Crim
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 9, 2014
Fancy an entire one hour show dedicated to the diatonic phrygian tetrachord with a snippet of King Crimson thrown in? Check out this WNYC radio show which takes the listener on a tour of what it calls the world's most-used musical sequence. 


On This Date 40 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 8, 2014
On this date 40 years ago King Crimson entered Olympic Studios in London and began work on the final Crimson album of the 1970s,  Red



You can read an interview with John Wetton where he talks about the album and the subsequent break-up here.


Small But Perfectly Formed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jul 8, 2014
Here's an interview with Morgan Fisher, the man who brought the world Miniatures in 1980, which featured a 60 second keyboard contribution from Robert Fripp.

 



Also well worth reading is Morgan Fisher's encounters with Fripp over the years over on the excellent Miniatures website. 

Vote For King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 7, 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 Ė Limited Edition Collectors Box Set

ELP Ė Brain Salad Surgery Deluxe Box Set 

Rush Ė Rush 40th Box Set 

Rick Wakeman Ė Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Box Set 

Pink Floyd Ė The Division Bell Deluxe Set 

Fish Ė 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






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