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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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Travis & Fripp's Discretion Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 25, 2014
There's a review of Discretion, the latest release from Travis & Fripp in the latest edition of Jazzwise magazine. 











All About Starless
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 25, 2014
There’s a review of Starless over on All About Jazz 


TU Tomorrow
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 24, 2014
Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn reunite as a live unit for the first time in over three years at tomorrow's Progtoberfest in Chicago.
As you can see from the bill, Pat's going to be very busy as he's also on working with Stick Men straight after. 


The Golden Age Of Boxed Sets
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 24, 2014
Here's a piece talking about the rise of boxed sets, especially Starless, featuring a previously unseen photo of the 73 - 74 quintet. As close as it gets. 


Tony's Game
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 23, 2014
There's a great interview with Tony Levin ahead of a Stick Men date in Rochester, NY in which he reveals (amongst other things) that he once designed a computer game about a band on tour! Read all about it here. 


Larks' Turntable...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 21, 2014
A couple of years ago we were contacted by site visitor Max who, along with his wife Samantha,  had created a rather fine looking modified Pioneer  turntable.



Now Max has been back in touch with his latest creation. "We liked creating the Discipline turntable so much we decided to repeat the process This time we used another turntable a Lenco L75/S and another album cover." 

I think you'll agree the results are rather splendid.







Any other examples of KC-modified audio equipment out there? Let us know.


#KC2014 - Kcristmas Comes Early
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 21, 2014
Here's an account of King Crimson's recent Chicago visit.


Belew's Legacy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 21, 2014
Here’s an interview with Adrian Belew where he talks about his work with Zappa, Bowie and the power trio ahead of his huge American tour which begins tomorrow. 


#KC2014 - An Englishman In Philly
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 18, 2014
There's a delightful account of seeing King Crimson in Philadelphia last month by musician Simon Godfrey over at the Prog magazine website (registration required).


Starless In Situ
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 18, 2014
The multi-disc Starless box set got mentioned on national radio this morning.



The name check came on BBC Radio 5 Live Danny Baker show when the DJ mentioned having just taken delivery of his copy. It's a fleeting reference but it can be listened to for the next week via the BBC iPlayer at around 11.08.

In the meantime, please start sending us pictures of the box set when it arrives at your house via this email address marked STARLESS IN SITU and we'll start posting them on the site. Don't forget we like to see a shelfie as well!

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