|5.1 Remaster Playback At Air Studio
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 9, 2009
On Tuesday 6th October, Crims of varying vintage gathered in Air Studios to listen to selections from the new surround sound mixes. Following an introduction from Robert Fripp, Steven Wilson gave a short talk about his approach to remixing the KC catalogue.
Alongside journalists from the UK, Japan, Poland, America and New Zealand, Peter Sinfield, Michael Giles, Mel Collins, David Cross, John Wetton and Bill Bruford, and Gavin Harrison heard 21st Century Schizoid Man, Epitaph, The Court of the Crimson King, The Battle of Glass Tears and Starless. By way of a preview for next year’s series of 5.1 mixes, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One shook the walls and rattled the windows.
(thanks to Sean Hewitt for external photo)Meanwhile inside, Hall No 1 awaits the gathering Crims....
Inside control booth No.1 tasty cakes from Bredonborough were deployed and consumed...
John Wetton, Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk in post-cake frenzy...
Gavin Harrison shares a joke with Jakko...
Bill talks to the press....
John Wetton talks to the press...
Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp countdown to the start of the event...
Steven Wilson addresses the crowd...
After the playback, the team who brought you Red get together...
and are joined by Mel Collins...
All together now...
MG, PS, BB, DC, RF, JW, MC
Old pals and new pals...
Richard Williams and RF
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Frippertronics Tour Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 15, 2012
The Frippertronics tour undertaken around the release of Exposure is now available to download either as single concerts or as a complete bundle. $60 for FLAC or $45 for mp3 for 17 shows - from May 17th through to May 29th.
LTIA Box Set Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Oct 14, 2012
Record Collector magazine has given the about-to-be-released LTIA box set a 4-star review.
Generally considered to be one of King Crimson’s undeniable peaks – if just for Exiles, The Talking Drum and both parts of the title track alone – Larks’ Tongues In Aspic was the result of one hell of a chemical reaction between David Cross (violin/viola/ mellotron), Bill Bruford (drums), Jamie Muir (percussion), John Wetton (bass/vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar/mellotron/devices). Panegyric are marking its 40th anniversary with the release of four different reissues, from basic CD, 2-CD and CD+DVD packages featuring new mixes by Steve Wilson and Robert Fripp, to a luxurious box set limited.
Those with a royal treasury at their disposal will certainly plump for the latter booty: an embarrassment of riches that includes alternate mixes, session reels, first takes of all the tracks, restored bootlegs and soundboard recordings. The audio goods are matched by the visuals, which include unseen studio footage, a lavish booklet and even sleeve art print. It is, essentially, everything that this particular line-up ever recorded.
At 80 minutes, the CD of session reels is manna from heaven for Crimson fans, putting you in the studio with them as they recorded the album; so evocative, it’s as if you’re there at the very moments of creation. Studio chatter sees engineer Nick Ryan essentially become an old friend as the recordings progress, such is the amount of time he’s spending with the group. Elsewhere, during the recording of the album’s gamelan intro, we hear Jamie Muir getting into the zone, insisting, “I’ll do it without the cans. Can you leave me alone? Nothing personal or anything.”
There’s nothing more thrilling than hearing the call for “Larks’ Tongue, Take One”, before the band bite into the meat of the composition – and then re-record its various sections. Such lifting of the veil allows you to hear both the old and new mixes of the album under a new light. It also offers insight to the live recordings, which reveal a band familiar not only with with the material but also with each other, launching into to some interstellar versions of the likes of Exiles and Easy Money.
With King Crimson’s reputation soaring and their and influence even more apparent these days, Crimson fans shouldn’t lark about: the box set is strictly limited to a 7,000-only run.
Down Under And Out
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 12, 2012
My thanks to Owen Keenan for passing on the news that The Church's Steve Kilbey is quitting the band because of issues around royalties.
Ex-Stick Man's Support Act
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Oct 10, 2012
Michael Bernier, a founder member of Stick Men is wanting folks to buy his very fine solo album, Leviathan. Not just because he thinks it’s worthy (it is) but because he could some help at the moment.
Michael writes "After a few major life threatening seizures recently, a CT scan revealed a "growth" on my brain that should not be there. This afternoon I am having an MRI to determine just exactly what it is. I don’t expect charity or donations to pay for the ever increasing medical costs of just these diagnostics (or what may follow)...but I am posting a link to my album "Leviathan" in hopes that with enough sales of this digital download, my family can manage through this little speedbump of sorts. Wish me luck this afternoon....many hugs and thanks in advance."
You can nab your copy of Leviathan right here.
Is Spotify Broken?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Oct 8, 2012
Well fancy that. There's some speculation that Spotify's numbers don't add up.
Stick Men Track Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Oct 5, 2012
You can hear and download a track by Stick Men from their forthcoming album right here.
When In Doubt, Roll!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Oct 4, 2012
Bill Bruford’s long out of print book is now available again to have, hold and generally fondle to within in of its life. You can find out more about the book at Bill’s site and the publisher, Foruli Classics - where you can also find out about how to get a personalised edition inscribed by Bill himself. However you’ll need to get your skates on if you want a signed copy as it’s last orders by October 15th. You can also take a sneaky peek at the book here (US customers) and here (UK and European).
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