|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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Happy Birthday John Wetton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jun 12, 2014
Currently hard at work with Asia, John Wetton celebrates his birthday today.
What are your favourite Wetton moments in Crimson? Share your thoughts over on the guestbook please.
Jakko's Dear Mr. Eliot
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
Jakko Jakszyk's Dear Mr Eliot: When Groucho Met Tom will be broadcast on on Saturday 14th June as part of BBC Radio 3's Between The Ears series. The show is a musical fantasy, part drama-part documentary based on the meeting between Groucho Marx and TS Eliot - a fairly unlikely mutual fan club by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to writing the script and music for the programme, Jakko also plays the part of TS Eliot alongside Lenny Henry's Groucho.
The Independent newspaper ran an interview with Jakko yesterday about the programme and Jakko and Lenny are guests on Saturday's Loose Ends on Saturday to talk about the show.
Crimheads will not that it's not the first time TS Eliot has had an association with King Crimson. The Deception Of The Thrush takes its title from a line in Eliot's The Four Quartets and of course a sample of Eliot reading from the work also appears on many performances of that tune.
The Radio Times previews Jakko's show: Stereotypical views of the poet TS Eliot and the comic actor Groucho
Marx are blown so far out of the water in this musical fantasy that
writer Jakko Jakszyk might just as well have attached his script to a
torpedo. Eliot is no po-faced high priest of modernism and Marx is so
much more than an artist who relies upon exaggerated physicality for
Based upon a real-life encounter between the two, when
Marx went to dinner at Eliot’s London residence in 1964, it reveals the
almost boyish admiration they had for one another’s talents. A further
delight is Lenny Henry’s narration and his performance as Marx.
NYC Tickets Today
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 11, 2014
It seems that tickets for the extra show in New York at the Best Buy Theatre on Sunday 21st Sept are going on sale today at 12.00 noon and not Friday as we reported yesterday. Check out the details here.
New Date Added To King Crimson Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 10, 2014
Due to demand an extra concert has been added to King Crimson’s run of dates at the Best Buy theatre in New York.
The additional gig takes place on Sunday 21st September. Please note that the tickets for this show will go on sale Friday 13th at 12.00 EDT.
Who says Friday 13th has to be unlucky?
The revised tour dates are as follows
Tue 9 Sep Albany, NY The Egg
Wed 10 Sep Albany, NY The Egg
Fri 12 Sep Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall
Sat 13 Sep Philadelphia, PA Verizon Hall
Mon 15 Sep Boston, MA Colonial Theatre
Tue 16 Sep Boston, MA Colonial Theatre
Thu 18 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Fri 19 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Sat 20 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Sun 21 Sep New York, NY Best Buy
Tue 23 Sep Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Thu 25 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Fri 26 Sep Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre
Tue 30 Sep Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Wed 01 Oct Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Fri 03 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Sat 04 Oct San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Mon 06 Oct Seattle, WA Moore Theater
This App Wounds Time
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 10, 2014
The enigmatic phrase 'This night wounds time' which adorns the back sleeve of King Crimson's Starless And Bible Black originates from the vivid imagination of cover artist Tom Phillips.
On This Date 42 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 9, 2014
The first live King Crimson album, Earthbound was released in 1972.
In April the UK music press reported that Fripp was sifting through tapes for 'a live in the USA release', suggesting ominously that the resulting release would be “almost certainly the last from the band”. Truth be told this wasn’t much of a rumour as that incarnation of King Crimson had already announced it was splitting in January but there was real doubt in the air as to whether Fripp would keep the name going in some shape or form.
At the time a press report had teamed Fripp and Jon Hiseman (along with bassist Mark Clarke) as a likely trio to emerge phoenix-like from Crimso’s ashes, as Mel, Boz and Ian continued to tour in the States with Alexis Korner and Peter Thorup as Snape.
Historically Earthbound has drawn flack over the years for the distorted lo-fi quality of its sound - indeed Atlantic Records refused to release it because of their concerns at the rough sounding quality. However, at the time, released on Island Records’ budget HELP label for £1.35 (that’s equivalent to over £15 in today’s money), reviewers took a rather upbeat tone in addressing the album’s qualities sonic and otherwise.
“King’s last fling” was the Melody Maker’s headline and Richard Williams, with typical perception said “The impression you get is that the band is like a catherine wheel: bright and flashing but ephemeral and held together only by centrifugal force...the rough sound quality serves to add an extra dimension of immediacy which many have found lacking in Crimson’s oh-so-carefully constructed studio albums...what we have here, essentially, is a blowing album...”
Under the banner “THE LAST CRIMSON, Tony Tyler at the NME wrote “This is very possibly the last King Crimson album and, as Fripp’s already done everything in the studio that could be done with this band, it’s fitting that Earthbound should be live...The main recommendation of this record is to Crimso heads who’ve never acquired the earlier stuff. The very existence of Earthbound is a subtle comment on the entire Crimso thing, and it encapsulates past and recent past pretty well. It’s good value and it shows why King Crimson have a part in musical history. It should be bought.”
Upon its release the album sold well and found itself in the unlikely company in the Mid-Price album charts, gaining the No.1 spot over the likes of Jim Reeves, Mantovani and the Pipes And Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Until the establishment of the King Crimson Collectors’ Club in 1998 (and later with DGMLive), the reputation of the Islands-era line-up rested on one studio album and the unwieldy density of Earthbound. Following the issuing of numerous live recordings through the Club, a more balanced assessment of the group has been possible (see 2002's Ladies Of The Road 2-disc compilation).
In his sleevenotes to the Live At Jacksonville 1972 KCCC release, Fripp wrote: "Improvisation has played an important, even critical role, in all Crims. This live Crimson was more a jamming than improvising outfit." Wallace takes umbrage at this description, which implicitly downgrades the band. Responding to the criticism in his notes for the KCCC release Live At Summit Studios, Ian Wallace argued: "I think we improvised rather well, improvisation being the creation of a fresh vocabulary of notes and tones over a previously constructed format. Just like jazz musicians would play the 'head' of a standard and then solo around the chord sequence."
While undoubtedly appearing brutish and crude in comparison to its studio-based predecessors, Earthbound does contain some inspirational performances. Fripp's solo in 21CSM is among his best of the period and the incomparable roar of Collin's sax work on Groon is nothing short of rapturous. Indeed, the cathartic nature of Groon is further evidenced by Wallace's ferocious drum solo which twists and turns like an injured animal. The track closes in an astonishing and blistering display of barely controlled feedback, as though Fripp was somehow attempting to close the lid on this particular Pandora's box of sonic terror.
In the years after its release, Fripp actively lobbied to have the album deleted, which suggests he regarded Earthbound as a lapse of judgement. Arguably one of the first official bootlegs, over the years fans lobbied for its re-release.
Fripp wryly observed: "Once anything is released it never goes away. And if it does, it will return." In 2002, as part of the 30th Anniversary series, it finally made it onto compact disc.
All sixteen gigs on the final Earthbound tour are available to download either as a bundle for $66.00 FLAC or as individual gigs.
So, how do you feel about Earthbound - something to treasure or something best left well alone? Share your thoughts over on the guestbook.
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