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More KC 69 Now Online
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 13, 2012

You can now nab yourself two vintage bits of Crimso history via DGMLive. First up is the historic Hyde Park gig which helped bring the band to much wider world, and their next-day gig at the Marquee from their legendary run at the London club. Please note both of these gigs (with bonus tracks) are available as part of the King Crimson Collectors' Club series via the mail order shop.

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Jakko To The Rescue
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 20, 2015
While King Crimson were working on Three Of A Perfect Pair, a young Jakko Jakszyk was going about his business when he spied a person trapped in a burning building. What happened next? This flashback piece from the Watford Observer, tells the whole heroic tale.

King Crimson Record Store Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 18, 2015
It's Record Store Day and my thanks to Lutz Stahlhofen for alerting me to this arresting image celebrating the occasion.

You can find out more about how Natalie Sharp, aka The Lone Taxidermist set about re-creating this and many other album covers here.

Don't forget that King Crimson has its own Record Store Day related releases.

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.

Good News For The Majors Bad News For The Artists
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 16, 2015
Meet the new boss, the same as the old boss: Forbes on the the rise of the majors in the digital / streaming world.

The Vicar's Power To Believe Speaking Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 13, 2015
DGM's David Singleton will be undertaking a series of speaking engagements in the USA later this month.

David Singleton, the music producer, has worked with some of the best British avant garde artists, including King Crimson, Robert Fripp & Brian Eno, David Sylvian and John Paul Jones. A leading innovator, he has been at the forefront of developments in music DVD, music downloads and high resolution surround sound, as well as the field of artists’ rights, for which DGM Ltd, the label he co-founded with Robert Fripp, is rightly feted.

His latest project, The Vicar, is the convergence of all that experience. It has been described as a “groundbreaking multimedia satire on the music industry”, a heady brew encompassing novels, graphic novels, videos, social media, and, of course, music.

Under the title, “The Power to Believe”, Singleton gives a unique insight into what it takes to change a dream into a reality – a fascinating ten-year journey of promises from the great and the good, false dawns, disillusionment and dogged determination. Almost as much intrigue as the stories themselves. An inspiring story for any of us who aspire to realise our own dreams, in whatever field.

Singleton will be in LA (18/19th Apr), Cambria (20/21), San Francisco (22), San Jose (23), and Seattle from the 28th. Venues and times will be posted shortly.

New Jamie Muir Gig For Download
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 13, 2015
There's a new audience recording previously unavailable anywhere else of the Cross, Fripp, Wetton Bruford and Muir incarnation available for download.

In addition to this new archive recording, KC's Bremen Beat Club TV recording date and an audience tape from the line-up's penultimate concert at Rainbow theatre are also making their online debut.

Remix An ORK
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 13, 2015
There's an opportunity to remix a track on an album featuring Pat Mastelotto  due out later this year by a new outfit called O.R.K. The new record is entitled  Inflamed Rides and is a project featuring multi-instrumentalist, Lorenzo Esposito (Obake & Berserk), guitar Carmelo Pipitone and Colin Edwin on bass. Pat contributed drums to the entire album last year following King Crimson's tour in the USA.

ORK are running a competition to include a track remixed by a member of the public. For full details of how enter or simply order the album, head over to their musicraiser page. You can take a listen to two tracks from the record, Pyre and Jellyfish.

Polygraph Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 9, 2015
Check out this new interview with Gavin Harrison talking about his latest solo album, Cheating The Polygraph and King Crimson. You can also check out the details on the album here. There's a Q&A video with Gavin and ex-Bruford Earthworks player Laurence Cottle, who provided the detailed brass arrangements on the album.

The Humans UK Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 8, 2015
King Crimson's Bill Rieflin is working in the UK this month with his other band, The Humans.

The core trio consisting of Toyah Willcox, Chris Wong and Rieflin will be joined by returning Human, Igor Abuladze and Tim Rose, long-time member of Toyah's regular group.  For details of the six gigs the group will be playing check out Toyah's website.

Theo Wraps It Up
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 8, 2015
Theo Travis has finished work on his new solo album due to be released in July. You can read a short update about it here. Also worth looking at is
Theo's personal tribute to Daevid Allen, who died last month.

Cross & Stick Men In Japan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 8, 2015
David Cross has joined Stick Men to play two gigs in Japan this week. The violinist joins Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter, bridging the gap between 70s, 80s and 90s Crim. Leonardo Pavkovic, from MoonJune Records posted this picture of the team as they go over logistics and setlists.

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