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

The view earlier today.

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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
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
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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What's In A Name?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 2, 2015
The need to place bands into a generic description can be something of a vexed issue. At least one of the guitarists in King Crimson is on record as disliking the term prog rock being applied to the band. Occasional guestbook contributor, rzachol, sent in this news item about the band's dates in Poland next year: "In Polish media KC is called "avant-garde rock" - much more adequate term than "prog" IMHO."
 


On This Date 18 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 1, 2015

ProjeKct One played a four-night residency at London’s Jazz Cafe.

The fraKctalisation of King Crimson into smaller research and development groupings marked the start of the next stage in the band’s evolution which would eventually see it move from the Double Trio to a Double Duo formation.

All four nights of the ProjeKct residency are available to download as a bundle or as individual concerts. Check them out here. 

With (Facebook) Friends Like These...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 1, 2015
Here’s a revealing exchange that sheds light on the mentality of some fans and their willful disregard for the wishes of the band or the potential fall-out and repercussions of their actions.

Even after posting polite signs around the venue and a polite and friendly request from the band not to take photographs during King Crimson’s concerts there are some who inexplicably feel that such appeals might apply to others but not to them.

Step forward Daniela Pagliuca who added her gallery of snaps of KC playing at Hackney Empire onto her Facebook account with this explanation.

Good evening everybody. First of all, I respect your position and I want to apologise for the inconvenience that this picture may have caused to you. It was not in my intention. And I also recognize I didn’t follow the rules of the theatre. But my aim was only to catch a beautiful moment in my life, to bring it to life in my memories and to share it with people that have the same enthusiasm and passion. I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t even take advantage from my pictures but only the pleasure to share the best moment in life. That’s what each of us do (or should do) on this “social” network! Neither I own any rights on the picture, as well as I can’t own a beautiful sunset I can fix with a shot. The watermark has the only function of a distinctive feature.Moreover, I enjoyed every single note of that memorable concert, and I’m quite sure I didn’t bother the audience’s amusement, neither the musicians’ concentration. Or better…not more than the countinuous coming and going of people between the bar and the toilet during the show, including some physiological burps…Finally, I’m really surprised of your consideration, I don’t deserve it, I mean for this picture. There are many other worthwhile topics, and disturbing pictures in this moment that require our indignation. In my picture I only see one of the most beautiful and bright sides of the human species: playing music. It should always bring people closer and connect the souls. Especially in these days. And the freedom to enjoy a concert and share pictures and feelings should be the expression of a tolerant and highly civilized world.I take this opportunity to thank you for this show. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life! All the best!Daniela

Occasional guestbook commentator Errol Tout observed “The point is that you were specifically asked NOT to photograph the show. Yet you ignored the request....didn't you think it applied to you?”

Ms. Pagliuca: “I'm aware of this as I recognized...but I also think that some rules are too strict and pointless and that I didn't do harm to nobody...so, please, please, forgive me!”

The exchange caught the attention of one of King Crimson’s guitarists.

RF: Ms. Paglialuca clearly has no notion of the damage she has done. Forgiveable, yes. Excusable, no. Much as one may be reasonable, present the clear statement that this behaviour disturbs at least one member of KC to the extent that they have to leave the stage, where we lack the fundamental courtesy to engage with a performer's necessity - Some rules are too strict! and it didn't do harm to anyone, not even Fripp regardless of his public statements in this regard for at least three and a half decades! and even so, what do i care because there are many other worthwhile topics and i have apologised for my inconveniencing in my first post while negating that in my second! - One small example of the unseen damage done: there have been several online comments as to why KC has not toured Italy. The behaviour exhibited by Ms. Paglialuca - it doesn't hurt anyone! so why should i act courteously, or at least politely? - is a commonplace of Italian performance practice.

To which he added the obvious and fatal flaw in her logic: “Ms. Paglialuca: First of all, I respect your position...”  Clearly, not very much.


Victorious In Victoria
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 1, 2015
Here's a short review of the band in Victoria. 


Jarrett's Advice To Snapper
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 1, 2015
Keith Jarrett had some good advice to a person taking a photograph in London last month. You can read about it here.  


King Crimson 2016 European Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 30, 2015
King Crimson will be touring Europe next year. The band return to Aylesbury once again but from there will play countries not included in the 2015 itinerary.  It will be the first time King Crimson have performed in Germany,  Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark and Norway since 2003.



King Crimson European Tour 2016

Sunday 4th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Monday 5th Sept    Aylesbury  Waterside Theatre UK

Thursday 8th Sept   Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany 

Sunday 11th Sep     Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany

Wednesday 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic

Saturday 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Sunday 18th Sept,   Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland   

Tuesday 20th Sept,     Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Wednesday 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Friday 23rd Sept     Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark

Monday 26th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Tuesday 27th Sept    Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Please note that Aylesbury tickets will go on sale Saturday 5th December at 10.00 a.m.

All other tickets will go on sale Friday 27th November

All About King Crimson at Theatre St-Denis
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 29, 2015
Respected critic and writer John Kelman recently attended King Crimson’s gigs at Montreal’s Theatre St-Denis. You can read his extended take on the performances, along with band interviews and much more besides over at All About Jazz.


Jakko Talks Crimso
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 28, 2015
Jakko talks about about seeing Crim as a kid, photography and what Fripp is really like in this preview for tomorrow night's concert at the Royal Theatre in Victoria. 


Greg & Geoff Ride The Tiger
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 28, 2015
Greg Lake and Geoff Downes have a new archive release out.



Thus sayeth the blurb:

UK- Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, an unreleased album by legendary GREG LAKE & GEOFF DOWNES titled “RIDE THE TIGER” will finally see the light of day on November 27, 2015! Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”. Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in THE BUGGLES, ASIA and YES, and co-wrote the hits “VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR” and “HEAT OF THE MOMENT”.

“Ride the Tiger” contains six songs which the duo wrote together - one went on to became an ASIA song and two became ELP songs. Four of these tracks had been released on compilations before, but this is the FIRST TIME they have been collected together with TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED tracks PLUS one alternate mix.

“To be honest I thought that these recordings had simply disappeared off the radar until one of my management team Daniel Earnshaw reminded me of their existence. My initial reaction was not entirely positive as I generally view many of these re-releases to be a bit tiresome, however, upon hearing these recordings again I immediately identified their value, both in terms of song writing and of musicianship and production. Geoff, of course, is a masterful musician with an instinctive ability to maximise the potential of any song both as a player and as an arranger. His contribution to these recordings is clear for all to see and for me it was a real pleasure to reflect upon our friendship together both personally and as musicians.” - Greg Lake

“One of the privileges of my career has been the opportunity to embrace a number of bespoke projects with some of the world’s greatest musicians. Greg Lake, of course was at the forefront of the progressive revolution, lead vocalist and bassist with both King Crimson and ELP, bands which literally changed the world, pushing boundaries of excellence and creativity, creating a brand new musical genre from London which would soon captivate the planet.
This collection of songs represents a particularly creative period in my life. I’m delighted that Greg and I have rekindled our friendship, and worked together again in order to share this collection with you.”
– Geoff Downes

Track Listing:

1. MONEY TALKS

2. LOVE UNDER FIRE

3. AFFAIRS OF THE HEART

4. STREET WARS

5. CHECK IT OUT

6. BLUE LIGHT

7. LOVE UNDER FIRE (ALTERNATE MIX)

Amazon CD

Amazon Digital

Cherry Red

Greg Lake's official website

Geoff Downes official website

VaVoom In Vancouver
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 28, 2015
"over 120 minutes of intense, visceral and unique rock fusions" - King Crimson's show in Vancouver is reviewed here


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