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KC's Mojo Working In Aylesbury
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 1, 2015

The latest edition of Mojo contains a generous review of King Crimson playing Aylesbury.

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Soundscape Sunday: At The End Of Time
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 8, 2015
Welcome to another episode Soundscape Sunday, an occasional series where we turn the spotlight on a soundscape you may have overlooked. We asked people to write in nominating their favourite soundscapes from the DGM Live library and to say a few words about their choice. The fickle finger of fate has chosen this suggestion from Geno T, who has nominated Cambridge December 11th 2005 when Robert was supporting Porcupine Tree.

Geno T writes:
For music as slow-paced as Soundscapes tend to be, this Porcupine Tree opening set covers quite a range in a tidy 35:27 and still doesn't feel a moment too long or too short. It starts out mysterious and expectant, wanders and searches through a passage of eerie 'piano' that could have come from an exotic (and somewhat unsettling) lounge far in outer space, and in the end we’re left somewhere that’s… maybe not happy, exactly, but peaceful and resolved.

The beautiful slow-washing finale suggests something majestic in the most fitting understated way, yet layered with lighter chimes that give a more intimate feeling of smaller scale at the same time.

It’s excellent stuff to unwind with over a commute home from work when burned out, generally safe to play around a spouse with a headache, and at least not *too* taxing on the patience of friends or others who don't share the same taste for weird slow space music. When it comes to Soundscapes in the more concise range, for me this is most often the pick of the bunch.

You can download and listen to a free excerpt from the concert or buy the whole gig here.

If you're a fan of any of the soundscapes that you've downloaded from the site why not write a short review - no more than 200 words - and send it to us at competitions@dgmlive.com marked SOUNDSCAPE SUNDAY.

If we feature your review in the Soundscape Sunday slot you will receive a free download of your choice from the entire DGMLive library for your trouble. Only one submission per person please so make it count.  OK get listening and then get writing!

KC 2000 Fall Tour Bundle and more!
:: Posted by Buddy The Wonder Dog on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Mr Stormy has uploaded a new video to youtube to let you all know what is coming to your site, he has been busy preparing tour bundles and SMS Vol. 7 and much much more!

King Crimson Record Store Day Releases
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Previously only available as part of the KCCC mail order series, three titles are being reissued for general retail to tie in with the forthcoming Record Store Day on April 18th.

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.

Wetton's New York Minute
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 5, 2015
Having just finished touring with UK, John Wetton has two albums released this week. First up is a live recording of John with the Les Paul Trio recorded at the Iridium Club entitled New York Minute. The second disc is a 2-disc anthology covering John's solo studio work. 

The Power To Believe
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 5, 2015
The last King Crimson studio album, The Power To Believe (released in 2003) receives an appraisal right here

ProjeKct Aaaaaaaah!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 4, 2015
King Crimson ProjeKcts are featured in a new movie out this year with the intriguing title of Aaaaaaaah! Alongside Toyah Willcox, the film gathers together some well-known names as the poster reveals...

More details can be found here.

King Crimson In Paris
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 4, 2015
My thanks to Lucho Brajal for sending in this picture taken by his cousin Americo Brajal on the Paris Metro...

All of which seems like a timely reminder, that just in case you missed the news, King Crimson are touring in August and September.

Mon     31st Aug, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tues    1st Sept, Friars, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Wed    3rd Sept, St.David’s Hall, Cardiff
Sat    5th Sept, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
Mon    7th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Tues    8th Sept, Hackney Empire, London
Fri    11th Sept, Lowry, Manchester,
Mon    14th Sept, Symphony Hall,Birmingham
Thurs    17th Sept, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Mon    21st Sept, Olympia, Paris
Tue     22nd Sept, Olympia, Paris
Thurs    24th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht
Fri    25th Sept, Tivoliredenburg, Utrecht

Jakko And Gavin Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 4, 2015
If you missed Jakko and Gavin's recent appearance on Radio Verulam, you can listen to the interviews on their catch-up site. 

Bruford & Crimson!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 3, 2015
Bill Bruford will be talking about King Crimson and more in a pre-concert Q&A at a performance by the Delta Sax Quartet. The quartet who have in the past tackled repertoire by Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Soft Machine will be performing ex-Earthworks pianist Gwilym Simcock's latest composition, Crimson! which re-imagines some of the Crimson canon. The talk and concert takes place on Sunday March 15th at Surrey University. You can check out the details and costs over on the website.

On This Day 12 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 3, 2015
King Crimson were scheduled to play The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. However, Adrian fell ill and was unable to play. Rather than cancel the concert, Robert, Pat and Trey decided to do a P3 show with an offer of a refund for anyone disappointed not to be seeing the full line-up.

Pat Mastelotto recalls "Almost always Robert, Trey and I soundcheck before Adrian. He likes to get in and out of the venue as soon as possible so he comes just before. The rest of us would come early, rehearse and practice all the way through. So it wasn't that peculiar that Adrian wasn't there right away. Then as it got closer to the end of soundcheck and he still wasn't there that's when the decision was made to offer a refund or have P3 play. It was fairly last minute."

After P3 had finished the trio took the front of the stage to do a question and and answer session which lasted just under half and hour. You can download that Q&A for free right here. The KC as P3 gig is available for purchase right here.

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