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McDonald & Shakespeare
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 14, 2012

My thanks to Brian Thomson for sending me the news that Ian McDonald will be providing the music at an all-star benefit reading of Hamlet in New York this month.  

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Guitar Circle Introduction USA
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Mar 17, 2015
Robert Fripp will be directing another Guitar Circle course in June. Aimed at beginner and intermediate level, it will commence on June 8th in New Jersey. Check out out the website for all details on how to apply for a place on the course and what will be covered.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 16, 2015
There's only ever been one track available from the pre-ProjeKcts undertaking that was Radical Dance. Until today! 

Bill & Crimson!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 15, 2015
My thanks to Leonardo Pavkovic for sending these photographs of the pre-concert talk tonight with Bill Bruford at the University of Surrey.

Bill was in conversation ahead of this evening's concert by the Delta Sax Quartet  who were performing ex-Earthworks pianist Gwilym Simcock's latest composition, Crimson! which re-imagines some of the Crimson canon scored exclusively for saxophone. The London premier of the composition takes place on May 1st at St.John's Smith Square.

Wake Up Call
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Mar 11, 2015
There's a new novel on the way from celebrated sci-fi author Alastair Reynolds next month.

The blurb says "two extraordinary characters...begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of our universe." Well, that’s one description of what Fripp and Sinfield were up to on the second King Crimson album, I suppose.

Chart Compilers Cannot Erase
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Congratulations to Steven Wilson on the occasion of his new album, Hand Cannot Erase making the No.1 slot in the UK album charts. It comes in the same week as Steven and his band are about to start touring the UK and Europe. Check out the full itinerary and much else besides over on Steven’s website.

Thrakulare Est!
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Robert Fripp has updated his diary revealing more about the mixing of the new edition of Thrak and some of the background into tracks such as Vrooom Vrooom Coda (Marine 475)
You can read all about it here!

Stormy Monday Selection Volume 7 Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Mar 9, 2015
Alex 'Stormy' Mundy has picked two discs worth of King Crimson-related outtakes, rarities, curios and alternative mixes for your enjoyment. Volume Seven of this series is available for download now!

Soundscape Sunday: At The End Of Time
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 8, 2015
Welcome to another episode Soundscape Sunday, an occasional series where we turn the spotlight on a soundscape you may have overlooked. We asked people to write in nominating their favourite soundscapes from the DGM Live library and to say a few words about their choice. The fickle finger of fate has chosen this suggestion from Geno T, who has nominated Cambridge December 11th 2005 when Robert was supporting Porcupine Tree.

Geno T writes:
For music as slow-paced as Soundscapes tend to be, this Porcupine Tree opening set covers quite a range in a tidy 35:27 and still doesn't feel a moment too long or too short. It starts out mysterious and expectant, wanders and searches through a passage of eerie 'piano' that could have come from an exotic (and somewhat unsettling) lounge far in outer space, and in the end we’re left somewhere that’s… maybe not happy, exactly, but peaceful and resolved.

The beautiful slow-washing finale suggests something majestic in the most fitting understated way, yet layered with lighter chimes that give a more intimate feeling of smaller scale at the same time.

It’s excellent stuff to unwind with over a commute home from work when burned out, generally safe to play around a spouse with a headache, and at least not *too* taxing on the patience of friends or others who don't share the same taste for weird slow space music. When it comes to Soundscapes in the more concise range, for me this is most often the pick of the bunch.

You can download and listen to a free excerpt from the concert or buy the whole gig here.

If you're a fan of any of the soundscapes that you've downloaded from the site why not write a short review - no more than 200 words - and send it to us at competitions@dgmlive.com marked SOUNDSCAPE SUNDAY.

If we feature your review in the Soundscape Sunday slot you will receive a free download of your choice from the entire DGMLive library for your trouble. Only one submission per person please so make it count.  OK get listening and then get writing!

KC 2000 Fall Tour Bundle and more!
:: Posted by Buddy The Wonder Dog on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Mr Stormy has uploaded a new video to youtube to let you all know what is coming to your site, he has been busy preparing tour bundles and SMS Vol. 7 and much much more!

King Crimson Record Store Day Releases
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 6, 2015
Previously only available as part of the KCCC mail order series, three titles are being reissued for general retail to tie in with the forthcoming Record Store Day on April 18th.

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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