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Radical Action Is In The Building...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016

The view earlier today.

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pre-order links for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Pre-order for the 3cd/1blu-ray set are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined.”

The details for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows.
CDs presented as individually themed “virtual studio albums” with no audible audience & mixed for audio presentation

One Blu-Ray featuring a complete set-list drawn from Japanese concert performances – almost 3 hours of music - in high-resolution stereo & 5.1 surround audio complete with “picture off” mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings)

Two DVDs featuring the full concert performances in stereo & 5.1 surround sound.

Expanded, perfect bound, booklet: 36 pages with additional tour photos.

Six disc set presented in two triple digi-packs with booklet housed in an outer slipcase.

Audio/Video performances include:

Threshold Soundscape
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare

All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork

It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim.

Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.

The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups - to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 - 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing...”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new,irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.

The set will be released to coincide with King Crimson’s most extensive European tour since 1974, with performances slated to include, for the first time ever, material from all seven of King Crimson’s 1969 – 1974 iconic studio albums and  with limited availability via mail order and concert venues.

Audio: Three themed CDs of material recorded in 2015, each forming a separate discrete
performance with audio selected from a variety of shows and fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Chris Porter, Robert Fripp and David Singleton. As no audience is audible between tracks, this allows for a “virtual studio album” effect. (The current King Crimson line-up was deliberately conceived as a performing band rather than as a band concerned with making full studio recordings).

Video: Among the problems most associated with filming live performance, perhaps the key problems are those of the film-makers’ cameras intruding on the audience’s capacity to enjoy the show without interruption and the intrusion of the cameras on the band’s performance. In effect, both performance and audience response must be misrepresented to approximate a live show for later consumption. In order to record the performances more accurately, a series of Japanese concerts was captured via a number of discreet cameras in a “video vérité” style – with neither band nor audience disturbed by filming – by Trevor Wilkins who also edited and assembled the footage.

Audio/Video: Two DVD discs featuring the complete concert performances. Blu-Ray features the concert film in high-resolution [24/48] stereo and 5.1 surround sound with additional ‘video off’ mode allowing for high-resolution audio only playback in stereo and surround sound.

In essence the music can be experienced in a number of different ways – as continuous uninterrupted audio on CD, as a viewable concert performance in stereo or 5.1 surround on the DVDs and  Blu-Ray, or in high-resolution, lossless audio stereo or 5.1 surround without pictures on the Blu-Ray.



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King Crimson In Edinburgh & Pre-Show Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 17, 2015
King Crimson play the first of two dates at Edinbugh's Usher Hall tonight. The last time the band appeared in the city was December 2nd 1972. Tonight's show will start at 7.30 p.m.

David Singleton will be giving his final two talks of this tour tonight at 6.00 p.m. The talks are free but do need to be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

UK Tour
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tony Levin's Brum
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 17, 2015
There's another splendid gallery of photographs taken by Tony Levin now up on his website. 


Suitable Grounds For The Blues
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 17, 2015
Jakko Jakszyk was seen on national TV last night performing as part of Lenny Henry's blues band on The One Show. As the rest of the Crims headed northwards, Jakko skipped back from Birmingham to London in order to play live with the rest of Henry's band at the start and conclusion of the show. UK viewers can watch it for the next 29 days here. The item promotes a documentary on the blues which Henry is has produced for Sky Arts. There will also be an album, New Millennium Blues, which Jakko not only plays on but has co-written several tracks. The album is due for release 2nd Oct.


Edinburgh Previewed & David's Talks
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 16, 2015
Ahead of King Crimson's excursion to Edinbugh, the press (in Glasgow!) have provided this handy cut out 'n' keep low-down on the band. The band are playing Usher Hall on September 17th & 18th, a venue which has had all manner cool cats and groovy geezers tread the boards over the years as this memorabilia website dedicated to Usher Hall ably demonstrates.

David Singleton will be giving his final two talks of this tour at Usher Hall. The talks are free but do need to be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

UK Tour
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Salford Reviews
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 16, 2015
Here's a few more reviews of the Crims in Salford. First up, this on Gig Junkies. Then, God Is In The TV. Finally, The Sludgelord serves up this.


Class King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Sep 16, 2015
King Crimson have been nominated as Band Of The Year in the forthcoming Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards. More details can be found here.


Tony's Salford Pix
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 15, 2015
Here's a link to Tony Levin's latest set of pictures which capture the band in Salford. 


Louder Than Crim
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Sep 15, 2015
King Crimson's gig on Salford on 11th September has been reviewed over on the Louder Than War website.


King Crimson In Birmingham
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 14, 2015
King Crimson begin the first of two dates in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall today. The last time Crimso were in town was Sunday 28th September, 1973, so it’s been a long time coming!

DGM's David Singleton will be there at 6.00 p.m. to give his pre-show talk. The talks are free but do need to be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

King Crimson will be taking to the stage at 7.30 p.m.

UK Tour

14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh


Distressed & Slightly Limp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Sep 14, 2015
Any long term visitor to this website will know that DGMLive has a well established practice - one established by the scrapbook accompanying 1976‘s, The Young Person’s Guide To King Crimson - of highlighting both good and bad reviews of the band. Taking the rough with the smooth is all part of the rich tapestry of a band on tour; something King Crimson has been doing for several decades now.

Christian Von Eggers Doering commented via Facebook on the differences between Andrew Keeling’s review of Salford with that of The Guardian’s piece on the band in Hackney, which he mistakenly attributes to the Financial Times: “Quite a contrast when someone who has an understanding of music and a familiarity with KC writes about this tour -- as opposed to the scrivener sent by the FT, who blythely exposed his lack of both."

This comment prompted Robert Fripp to offer his perspective on the matter.

Yes, I agree with the respected writer (and musician) Mr. Doering: it is a joy to be reviewed by someone who engages with music, musicians and performance with magnaminity, generosity, goodwill - and in Dr. Keeling's case, formidable analytical chops.

However, i believe that Mr. Doering is confusing Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of The FT (a writer for whom i have consderable respect) with Mr. Gittings who reviewed for The Guardian. Both were at Hackney Empire.

The most informative part of Mr. Gittings piece lay in the online comments below the piece; which reviewed both the reviewer (unfavourably in the main) and King Crimson (favourably in the main). Vic Garbarini, arguably the finest US music editor of his generation and one of the very few (Mr. Doering is another) who can articulate the mechanics of the creative process, is one of the commentators. Mr. Garbarini channels Rory O'Flute, a famous contributor to the International Times who gave KC its nickname of Crimso in 1969, and writes: "The Return of quintessential 70's Brit-Crit-snark, I wos gettin' right sick o' all them old scribblers recently writing about how dey was all wrong about da Crims back in the day, and wot a great band they now knows dey are and was n' all. Finally, a lad named Ian, willing to be, no, not just a git, but a whole basket o' Gittins".

The reviews of this tour, both in the nationals, online diarising, Facebook, and DGM Guestbooking, have been overwhelmingly positive. Of those I have seen perhaps 95-98% of the comments are almost effusive (and sometimes even effusive). Personal reports and comments, from both innocents who have handed over their hard-earned pay and Persons Of Authority And Recognised Accomplishment And Perhaps Even Very Famous, have been exceptional. And this for a music form ("the most despised since blackface") which until recently could not have its name spoken, particularly in England, let alone played in public.

I have sympathy with the professional writer, seeking to earn a living in difficult and unsupportive times while engaging with creative writing. The Guardian review of KC at the Hackney Empire (as was also The FT) is not an example of honourable application to either professional or creative work. To me, its most striking feature is a parsimony of the spirit. A little too much five-against-one, out of tune, out of time, lazy, no affective engagement, condescending, at least partly pre-recorded, it does no justice to the subject nominally under review, nor to the reviewer, nor to a national which sees itself as part of the quality press. If this is the best writer The Guardian can get for the job, time for tuning-up in the editorial department. This King Crimson is a celebration, characterized by much generosity from audience and between the players. It is a joyful undertaking. The music is fresh, considered, exciting, a lot of fun, and well-played. King Crimson is at play – everyone welcome! But for this party, you need to bring more than a limp dick.


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