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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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Singleton Speaks
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 13, 2015
DGM's David Singleton has been giving a series of pre-show talks at the KC gigs and we've had a number of folks asking if David's pre-show talks will extend to the Paris and Utrecht shows? Sadly not. David returns to DGM HQ's cloisters at the band's final UK show in Edinburgh.

However, there are still places available for the remaining dates. As you can see by looking at the guestbook, those attending the talks have found them interesting and illuminating. The talks are free but do need to be booked in advance by emailing indeg@dgmhq.com

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


KC Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 13, 2015
Here's an audience eye-view of the Crims in Hackney. Elsewhere, the 2015 Tour Box is given a spin or two here


Salford's Second Night Set List
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Sep 13, 2015
Here's the set list from Crimso's second show in Salford. If you don't want any spoilers... hey, you know the drill by now right?

Saturday 12th September 2015

Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
Red
Suitable Grounds For The Blues
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Hell Hounds Of Krim
The ConstruKction Of Light
Level Five
Hell Hounds Of Krim
Pictures Of A City
Epitaph
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
Starless
One More Red Nightmare
Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man


King Crimson In Salford (Part II)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 12, 2015

King Crimson appear at The Lowry tonight in Salford, the second of a two-night run.  The show starts at 7.30 p.m.

Ahead of King Crimson’s concert, David Singleton will be giving a pre-show talk at 6.00 p.m. prompt. Admission is free but must be booked in advance (see below).

David will be discussing and providing audio examples of the DGM team’s restoration work, the challenges of mixing orchestral soundscapes, teasers from the forthcoming THRAK boxed set and lots more.

So, if you’ve got a burning question that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to, then reserve your place today!

Send an email to indeg@dgmhq.com to reserve your place for tonight’s talk or any of the other dates on the tour.

UK Tour


12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Salford First Night Setlist
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 12, 2015
Here's the set list for last night's concert. If you don't want to see - look away now!

Salford Friday 11th September 2015

Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
Pictures Of A City
Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Hell Hounds Of Krim
The ConstruKction Of Light
Level Five
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Epitaph
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
One More Red Nightmare
Starless
Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
Court Of The Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man

Keeling Sees KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Sep 12, 2015
Andrew Keeling attended King Crimson's show in Salford last night. Here's what he thought!


King Crimson In Salford & Pre-Show Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Sep 11, 2015
King Crimson appear at The Lowry tonight in Salford, the first in a two-night run.  The show starts at 7.30 p.m.

Ahead of King Crimson’s concert in Salford, David Singleton will be giving a pre-show talk at 6.00 p.m. prompt. Admission is free but must be booked in advance (see below).

David will be discussing and providing audio examples of the DGM team’s restoration work, the challenges of mixing orchestral soundscapes, teasers from the forthcoming THRAK boxed set and lots more.

So, if you’ve got a burning question that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to, then reserve your place today!

Send an email to indeg@dgmhq.com to reserve your place for tonight’s talk or any of the other dates on the tour.

UK Tour

11th Sep Lowry, Salford [SOLD OUT]
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham [SOLD OUT]
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh [SOLD OUT]
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

In The Court Of The Grauniad King
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 10, 2015
The Guardian reviewed King Crimson at Hackney. Aside from getting extra "sniffy critic" bonus points by mentioning Spinal Tap's Jazz Odyssey, reviewer Ian Gittins seems to think King Crimson can only be enjoyed if you're stoned. Who knew? Read all about it here


2015 Tour Box Pre-Order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 10, 2015
The popular 2015 Tour Box which is currently flying off the merch stall at King Crimson's gigs in the UK at the moment is now available for pre-order. On sale on September 25th, the tourbox contains a variety of outtakes, alternative mixes, previews from forthcoming archive releases and live tracks. Of the 29 tracks on this new 2-disc set 20 are either previously unreleased or appear on CD for 1st time.



You can order this splendid item at Inner Knot (USA customers) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).




Happy Birthday Pat Mastelotto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Sep 10, 2015
Pat Mastelotto celebrates his birthday today - so raise a glass of whatever takes your fancy and send your felicitations to Pat.



And while you're at it, why not share your favourite Mastelotto moment over on the guestbook. For this listener, it's a tough call between Level Five and pretty much all the ProjeKcts Pat was involved in. Your mileage will vary of course.


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