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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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The View From Stage Left
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
This was the view from the stage left guitarist last night.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto:
Friday 20th. November 2015 c. 22.54...




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Montreal Snaps
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Nov 21, 2015
Here's some snaps taken in Montreal on the 17th. First up is from Maria...



and a snap wasn't the only Maria nabbed at the gig. She writes "Mesmerized!!! To Pat , a special thank you for the drum sticks.xx
Please come back soon.xx"



Next up is a couple from Phil from the same gig.







Churchscapes 2006 Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
All eight of Robert Fripp’s Churchscapes tour of 2006 is now available as a bundle or as individual downloads.  Starting with his concert at Bishop’s Cleeve through to the grand surroundings of Norwich cathedral, all eight performances present some remarkably moving music.



For those that have already purchased all three previously available shows (Pershore, St.Paul’s and Salisbury) and want to buy the bundle you will be able to nominate a free download of your choice.

Colin Coates wrote in 2006 that he was looking forward to be able to download the performance he attended at Norwich cathedral. Well, nine years later, Colin, here it is!



KC2000 Previously Unseen Video Footage Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
There's more fab previously unseen footage of the Double Duo in Italy 2000 over at DGM's Youtube channel.


A Message From Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 20, 2015
This just in from Robert in Toronto.

The band went onstage at 20.15 in good spirits. Mel played beautifully over the Eb major / Cm Soundscape. Into Larks’ I and onwards.
 
My experience was of pouring wine into a cup with a hole in it. Once upon a time, I would have attributed this feeling-experience to the presence of bootlegging. Several times the thought flew by: you only need one prick in a balloon.
 
The energy of a performance contains and embraces those within it, performers and audients. When the energy encircles and holds the event, the performance develops intensity, shifts gear, and becomes a qualitatively different undertaking: it takes off and flies away into a different world. When we are carried with it, sometimes a performance can be transformational: even, redirect the course of lives. A requirement of players and listeners is to remain engaged and present, hopefully with goodwill, to the extent that all can bring to bear. Tonight, strangely, nothing took off IMO; a first for this KC.
 
Persistent camera persons persisted, despite rounds of applause for the Revised Photo Policy announcement before the show, continuing into the encores.

The Guitarist Stage Left also persisted. Until finally, having been slapped around the face and stabbed in the heart too many times (this is how I experience violation in performance), it was not possible to honourably continue. Robert left the stage, followed shortly by the other Crims. The show finished, a result of ongoing photographic abuse.
 
The revised KC photo policy is a fair and reasonable way of engaging with those who hand over their hard-earned pay and feel the need to take a picture of the band. To photograph outside those parameters is at least rude, and discourteous to other audients and the players. At a certain point, given the intentionality that gives rise to an act, proscribed acts become aggressive; even close to an expression of ill will. This is what I felt tonight.
 
A report on tonight’s performance, presented from a viewpoint of playing in public for over 56 years.


The Crimson Merchandise Emporium
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 19, 2015
The King Crimson merch stall is well known as a point of congregation for earnest men with glasses and facial hair.

Increasingly however, this  phrase is happily being displaced by the appearance of what can only be described as women joining the line at merch stall.

Adrian, the merch manager, wishes it to be known that The Crimson Merchandise Emporium has a range of 4 skinny fit shirts especially for them.



Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre


Tony Talks Prog & Pix
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 19, 2015
Tony Levin is interviewed here ahead of the band’s appearance in Toronto this evening.  Tony can also be heard in conversation here.



You can also check out his latest gallery of snaps of before and after in Montreal here.

Also from Montreal, this note and request from Robert regarding his experience at the Nov 17th show.
"Regrettably, during the encore slot, a persistent camera person persisted with camera. This was a distraction. Perhaps audients seeing camera persons cameraising, while KC are playing, might encouragement them to stop immediately. Better this fall to a proximate audient than to the Guitarist Stage Left."

THRAKKIES
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 18, 2015
Here's another bunch of THRAKKIES sent in by their proud owners. First up, Laurence Duffy casts our minds back to 2012 when his daughter, Hannah, could barely pick up that year's arrival.



And now... 



Hannah's verdict on the THRAK BOX? "It's loud!"

Next up,  we have Neil Forker who's looking, well, rather pleased!



Of course, it's not just humans that want to hug a THRAK BOX as this next snap from Doug Bramley makes clear...



It turns out that it's not just Shakespeare that appeals to those primates engaged in the infinite monkey theorum. David Robson says "The monkeys are quite keen to get started on the set (and so am I, frankly). Probably start with the Warfield concert since that's where we saw Crimson last year. Excitement!"


 



Please keep your THRAKKIES coming via competitions@dgmlive.com. In case you've not seen inside, you can take a look at this whistlestop video tour of the THRAK BOX and its contents. 

Last Night In Montreal
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 18, 2015
Here’s a post-gig snap from Adam Aronson taken at last night’s show in Montreal.



Don’t forget the revised King Crimson photo policy is when Tony picks up his camera at starts snapping, then it’s fine for the audience to do so as well.

You can post your post-gig pix from Montreal or from any of the shows listed below to competitions@dgmlive.com

Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre




Quebec Set Lists
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Nov 18, 2015
Here’s the setlists for the Crims in Quebec.

Palais Montcalm, Quebec 12th November
Friends & Family Show


Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part 1
Pictures Of A City
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Hell Hounds Of Krim
The Construction Of Light
Level Five
Epitaph
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
One More Red Nightmare
Starless
Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man



Palais Montcalm, Quebec 13th November

Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part 1
Pictures Of A City
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Hell Hounds Of Krim
The ConstruKction Of Light
Level Five
Epitaph
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
One More Red Nightmare
Starless
Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man



Palais Montcalm, Quebec 14th November

Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part 1
Pictures Of A City
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Hell Hounds Of Krim
Level Five
Suitable Grounds For The Blues
The ConstruKction Of Light
Epitaph
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Letters
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part 2
Starless
Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man



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