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On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 29, 2015

Starless And Bible Black was released on this date 41 years ago.



The album received mixed reviews at the time. The Melody Maker, under the headline Crimso: Black is beautiful, declared “...the history of Crimson would appear to consist of a series of internal struggles, polarised between Fripp and various caucuses in the band and centering on Fripp’s assertion of the rightness of his own path, but little of of it resulting in real creative tension. Probably as consequence of greater personal stability, however, and possibly because of a more harmonious chemical balance within this particular set of musicians, this album strikes me as an extremely happy medium between emotion and technique; it’s neither as overweeningly grandiose and manic as the first two albums, nor as precious as Islands. In short, as Micawber would say, Mr. Fripp seems to have got his shit together.”

Record Mirror observed “They are an incredibly highly strung group, fierce when driving together and daring on solo flights. Side two’s title track and Fracture may be more than you can bear to listen to on first hearing; try it again and again and rock’s cobwebs start to dissolve.”

Sounds reckoned “King Crimson have made a record that equals in intensity and innovative musicianship the strength that can achieve on stage. LTIA palled very quickly as an album, especially when you’d seen them play a good gig, but this one - I suspect - will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor.”

And finally, NYC’s TV News had this advice for listeners: “As long as you take the next few weeks to become accustomed to Starless you’ll probably develop an intense passion for it. Suggestion: don’t listen to it if you’re depressed or contemplating life after death.”


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#KC2014 - The Team About To Spring Into Action
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 7, 2014
Here's the heroic road crew waiting for the lift to the Moore theatre in Seattle to take them for their last load-in of the tour. 


#KC2014 - Seattle Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 7, 2014
King Crimson concluded their 2014 tour at Moore's Theatre in Seattle last and Dave Segal was there to witness it. Read his thoughts here. 


#KC2014 - KC In LA
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Oct 7, 2014
Here's a review of the Crims in LA 


#KC2014 - San Francisco Nights - the movie!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 6, 2014
Some shots of a pre-& post gig King Crimson in San Francisco can be viewed here. 


#KC2014 - Taking The Leap With King Crimson...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 6, 2014
Robert Fripp talks about the current tour and the importance of taking the leap when it comes to King Crimson in this video. 


#KC2014 - San Francisco Nights
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 6, 2014
Tony Levin's web page contains a set of portraits from the two nights in San Francisco. Check them out here. 


#KC2014 - Pat On Bowie
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Oct 4, 2014
Want to know Pat Mastelotto’s favourite David Bowie album? Back stage in LA, Pat talks about his recent visit to the David Bowie exhibition when the band were in Chicago. Check it our here.  Pat has also posted an Instagram hot tickle of Robert's string quartet scape that was playing at The Orpheum in Los Angeles as the audience entered the room.


#KC2014 - SF Crimso
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
E "Doc" Smith offers this preview of King Crimson's appearance at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. 


#KC2014 - Pat & TOOL
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
My thanks to Ray Millar for sending in this short report of Pat Mastelotto visiting the Tool loft. 


Starless Box - The View Inside
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 3, 2014
Does your shelf have a box set shaped hole in it?



Fortunately, the forthcoming Starless box set fills that gap rather nicely...



Here's what the contents of the box set look like...



You can order Starless over at Inner Knot and Burning Shed.

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