|Radical Action Is In The Building...
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016
The view earlier today.
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:
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Radical Action II
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
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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A Zinger At Jack Singer
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 28, 2015
Tony Levin’s gallery of photographs from the Jack Singer venue in Calgary are well worthy of your peepers. Check them out here.
King Crimson 2016 European Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 25, 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
No PussyFooting In Front Of The Camera
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
The month sees the 42nd anniversary of No Pussyfooting by Fripp & Eno. As good as the music is, it also comes in a stunning cover. Here's the backstory on how it came about.
New Additions To The KC Archive
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Nov 24, 2015
Writing on Facebook, Robert notes that the King Crimson archive, both audio and video, continues to grow. "Road Dog Wilkins is the KC technician with responsibility for the archive viddying and audifying of King Crimson performances. These archives will be assembled and addressed at DGM World HQ with a view to making available whatever material best represents The Seven Headed Beast Of Crim in its Journeying Unto Joy.
There is no specific DVD or live album release currently in the calendar. It has taken Mr. Stormy approximately 17 years to put the DGM archive into a sortable, workable and available condition. And now here’s a pile more stuff. But best guess is, the Venal Impulse will triumph in 2017 and put-upon innocents will be encouraged to hand over their hard-earned pay..."
David Singleton In Canada
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 23, 2015
David Singleton will be giving pre-gig talks at King Crimson's
forthcoming shows in Vancouver and Victoria.
Covering his work with King
Crimson since the 90s, The Vicar and beyond, the talks provide a
fascinating and illuminating insights into the soundworld of DGM that
will be of interest to Crimheads.
The talks take place an hour
before the advertised start of the King Crimson gigs and are free but
must be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com
You'll need to specify which night you'll want to attend:
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's a review of the November 19th show in Toronto.
And some commentary on the above review from Robert.
..."well-executed and intricately composed music needs more than technical mastery to make it sing."
agreed. it needs both players and audients coming together with goodwill, present in the moment, that they might welcome in and become parents to the Music. otherwise, the notes remain not much more than DNA. my views on this night's performance are already available for those with any interest.
"A tour based on a "best of" album, in this case King Crimson's Elements, can be a pretty safe bet, musically and in performance."
firstly, this is not a tour based on any album.
secondly, safe bet? not on Planet Crimson! playing this music in this KC is like walking through a minefield with friends.
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