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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.






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#KC2014 KC Tourbox Available For Mail Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 12, 2014
You may not have been able to get out to see the current tour but that doesn't mean you can't grab the KC Elements 2-disc box that's been flying off the merch table at a considerable velocity.




The set contains a 24 page tour booklet and two CDs containing extracts, elements from studio recordings, alternate takes, live tracks, rehearsals and finished recordings from 1969 - 2014 (much of it previously unreleased on CD).

CD I:

1) Wind Extract (1969, London) (From ITCOCK recording sessions).
2) I Talk To The Wind (23/07/1969, London) From ITCOCK recording sessions.
3) Cadence and Cascade (03/02/1970, London, Greg Lake Vocals) From Poseidon recording sessions.
4) Cirkus (guitar extract) (11/09/1970, London) From Lizard recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
5) Cirkus (10/08/1971, Live at the Marquee) From forthcoming release, Collectable KC Vol. 7.
6) Hoodoo (extract) (May, 2014, Elstree band rehearsals ) - Previously unreleased.
7) Sailor's Tale (08/09/1971, London) From Islands recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
8) The Talking Drum (October, 1973, London) From LTIA recording sessions. SW alt mix.
9) LTIA (extract) (May, 2014, Elstree band rehearsals) - Previously unreleased.
10) LTIA (extract) [David/Jamie] (16/01/1973, London). From LTIA recording sessions.
11) Fracture (23/11/1973, Amsterdam). SW 2014 mix.
12) Fallen Angel (extract) [RF harmonics] (08/07/1974, London From Red studio sessions - Previously unreleased on CD.
13) Fallen Angel (July, 1974, London). From Red studio sessions.
14) 21 Century Schizoid Man (30/06/1974, Providence. From USA live recordings.
15) Starless (extract) [Mark] (08/07/1974, London). From Red studio sessions. Previously unreleased on CD

CD 2:

1) Discipline (1981, London). From Discipline recording sessions. Alt take.
2) Three Headed Doom (part 1) (May, 2014, Elstree band rehearsals) - Previously unreleased.
3) Manhattan (Neurotica) (23/11/1981, Live at The Roxy, LA). From forthcoming release, Beat 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A.
4) Neal and Jack and Me (extract) (17/03/1982, London). From Beat recording sessions. Previously unreleased on CD.
5) Sleepless (Bearsville) From TOAPP recording sessions (Steven Wilson mix). From forthcoming release, Three Of A Perfect Pair 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A.
6) Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream (rec session) (27/01/1994, Bath) - From THRAK recording sessions and on forthcoming release, THRAKBOXX.
7) THRAK (30/06/1996, Live at Shepherd's Bush) - Previously unreleased on CD.
8) Venturing Into Joy (edit) (May, 2014, Elstree band rehearsals) - Previously unreleased.
9) The Deception Of The Thrush (1998, USA) From West Coast Live, The ProjeKcts box.
10) Heaven & Earth (early edit) (14/05/2000, Nashville) ProjeKct X, TCOL recording sessions - Previously unreleased on CD.
11) Level Five (07/08/2008, Chicago, Live at Park West) - Previously unreleased on CD.
12) The Hell-Hounds of Krim (May, 2014, Elstree band rehearsals) - Previously unreleased.
13) Separation (edit) (2010, Berkhamsted) Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins sessions - Previously unreleased.
14) A Scarcity Of Miracles (2010, Berkhamsted) Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins sessions. Alt take.

You can order the rather snazzy from Inner Knot (USA) or Burning Shed (Europe)

#KC2014 - King Crimson's "Dreamy Head-trips"
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 11, 2014
Here's a couple of previews from the local press heralding King Crimson's two nights in Philadelphia. Crimson's influence on Metallica is mentioned in this overview, while this one promises that KC will venture off into  "dreamy head-trips", man. 


Belew's FLUX Kickstarter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 11, 2014
Adrian Belew has launched a kickstarter project for his FLUX project - his app that blends music and art. For more details visit the kickstarter site.


#KC2014 - Goodbye To The Egg
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 11, 2014
There's some new footage from King Crimson's final show at The Egg in Albany up on the DGMLive Youtube channel right here. 


#KC2014 - The Beast Unleashed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 11, 2014
Want to see a few scenes from the first night at The Egg in Albany of Crimson in action? Here you go! 


Robert Fripp Covered
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 10, 2014
Robert Fripp is the subject of a major in-depth article in the latest edition of The Wire magazine where he discusses the return to playing live and King Crimson's legacy and archiving. He also posed for a couple great snaps.











#KC2014 - First Night Of Tour: Reviews, Reports & Pix
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 10, 2014
King Crimson’s 2014 tour formally got underway at The Egg in Albany last night. A capacity crowd got into the auditorium in good time so as not to miss a thing. The Times Union reckoned the gig was "a big tsunami of a sound that balances power and precision" as well as going on to give details of some of the tracks covered. Elsewhere Prog magazine said "Hints of new directions are seeded throughout tonight, giving the impression that they can go anywhere they damn well please. Nothing is out of bounds to these players." The article also contains set list details should you wish to avoid them.

STOP PRESS
David Fricke of Rolling Stone reviews the opening night saying Crimso are
"one of the best new bands on the road right now, with the longest tale. " Read his review here.

Tony Levin has updated his gallery for the run-through night and here’s some
some moments captured before and during the gig...
































#KC2014 - Robert In The Spotlight
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 10, 2014
Check out the latest chat between Toyah Willcox and her husband Robert as he explains why he's happy to be in the light along with the rest of the band on this tour. 


#KC2014 - Eggheads From Albany Speak
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 10, 2014
A short video of fan reaction after the first full run through in front of an invited audience of friends and family at The Egg in Albany. 


#KC2014 - Lighting Cues & Thank Yous
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 9, 2014
Here's a video update of the band looking "20 years younger and twice as sexy" and an update on how Robert is feeling just after the soundcheck at The Egg yesterday afternoon. 


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