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Poseidon & Island Tracklistings
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jul 31, 2010

As promised here's the details of the forthcoming 40th anniversary editions of In The Wake of Poseidon and Islands.



CD:

Original album - 2010 mix

1. Peace: A Beginning
2. Pictures of a City
3. Cadence & Cascade
4. In The Wake of Poseidon
5. Peace: A Theme
6. Cat Food
7. The Devil's Triangle (part I)
8. The Devil's Triangle (part II)
9. The Devil's Triangle (part III)
10. Peace: An End

Bonus Tracks

11. Groon
12. Peace: An End - Alternate mix
13. Cadence & Cascade (Greg Lake guide vocal version)

DVD-A

MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround/DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - 2010 mix:

1. Peace: A Beginning
2. Pictures of a City
3. Cadence & Cascade
4. In The Wake of Poseidon
5. Peace: A Theme
6. Cat Food
7. The Devil's Triangle (part I)
8. The Devil's Triangle (part II)
9. The Devil's Triangle (part III)
10. Peace: An End
11. Groon

MLP lossless/LPCM - 2010 stereo mix:

1. Peace: A Beginning
2. Pictures of a City
3. Cadence & Cascade
4. In The Wake of Poseidon
5. Peace: A Theme
6. Cat Food
7. The Devil's Triangle (part I)
8. The Devil's Triangle (part II)
9. The Devil's Triangle (part III)
10. Peace: An End
11. Groon

Original 1970 stereo mix, 30th anniversary remaster:

1. Peace: A Beginning
2. Pictures of a City
3. Cadence & Cascade
4. In The Wake of Poseidon
5. Peace: A Theme
6. Cat Food
7. The Devil's Triangle (part I)
8. The Devil's Triangle (part II)
9. The Devil's Triangle (part III)
10. Peace: An End

Bonus Tracks:

1. Cat Food (single version)
2. Groon (single b-side)
3. Cadence & Cascade (unedited master)
4. Cadence & Cascade (Greg Lake guide vocal version)
5. Cadence & Cascade (instrumental take from Wessex Studios)
6. Groon - Take 1
7. Groon - Take 5
8. Groon - Take 15
9. The Devil's Triangle (rehearsal version from Wessex Studios)
10. Peace: An End (alternative mix) 

Robert Fripp: Guitar, Mellotron & Devices
Greg Lake: Vocals
Michael Giles: Drums
Peter Giles: Bass
Keith Tippett: Piano
Mel Collins: Saxes & Flute
Gordon Haskell: Vocal (track 3)
Peter Sinfield: words

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Stereo files prepared at Super Audio

Mastering, Devon by Simon Heyworth

5.1 mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering, Devon

DVD Design & Layout by Claire Bidwell at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD Authoring & Assembly by Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions Ltd

Tape transfers by Kevin Vanbergen at FX

DGM tape Archive: Alex Mundy

Package Art & Design by Hugh O'Donnell

Compiled & Coordinated by Declan Colgan for DGM

Published by UMG Music Ltd.

The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) & is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp.*

CD features a new stereo mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson*

CD also features 3 extra tracks, 2 previously unreleased, including a new mix of Groon, an alternate mix of Peace: An End, & the first time availability on CD of the studio recording of Cadence & Cascade with Greg Lake's guide vocal.

DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/48khz).*

DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes (24bit 96khz).

DVD-A features both the original album mix & the new album mix in High Resolution stereo*

DVD-A also features ten bonus tracks - all in High Resolution Stereo.

Presented as a 2 x digipack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material.

* The Devil's Triangle is one of the few missing King Crimson multi-tracks. In all cases the stereo version used is the 30th anniversary stereo master. For the 5.1 mix, the Penteo up-mixing system was utilised by mastering engineer Simon Heyworth & the mix approved by Robert Fripp.



CD:

Original album 2010 mix:

1. Formentera Lady
2. Sailor's Tale
3. The Letters
4. Ladies of the Road
5. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
6. Islands

Bonus tracks:

7. Islands (studio run through with oboe prominent)
8. Formentera Lady (original recording sessions - take 2)
9. Sailor's Tale (original recording sessions - alternate mix/edit)
10. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls (previously unreleased)
11. The Letters (rehearsal/outtake)
12. Ladies of the Road (Robert Fripp & David Singleton remix)

8 - 11 mixed by Steven Wilson from the original session reels

DVD:

MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround / DTS 5.1 Digital Surround:

1. Formentera Lady
2. Sailor's Tale
3. The Letters
4. Ladies of the Road
5. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
6. Islands

Mixed & produced from the original multi track tapes by Steven Wilson.
Executive producer Robert Fripp.

MLP stereo / LPCM stereo - Original album 2010 stereo mix:

1. Formentera Lady
2. Sailor's Tale
3. The Letters
4. Ladies of the Road
5. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
6. Islands

Original album 1971 mix, 30th anniversary remaster:

1. Formentera Lady
2. Sailor's Tale
3. The Letters
4. Ladies of the Road
5. Prelude: Song of the Gulls
6. Islands

Islands: Alternative album:

1. Formentera Lady - Original recording sessions - take 2
2. Sailor's Tale - Original recording sessions - alternate mix/edit
3. The Letters - Rehearsal/outtake
4. Ladies of the Road - Rough mix
5. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls - Previously unreleased
6. Islands - Studio run through with oboe prominent

1-3 & 5 mxed by Steven Wilson from the original session reels.

Routes to Islands:

1. Pictures of a City - Early rehearsal by Islands lineup
2. Sailor's Tale - Early rehearsal by Islands lineup
3. Islands (fragment) - Robert Fripp reference cassette - mellotron on vibes setting
4. Formentera Lady - Rough mix from album recording sessions
5. Sailor's Tale - Rough mix from album recording sessions
6. Drop In - Early rehearsal by Islands lineup
7. The Letters - Live at Plymouth, mastered by David Singleton
8. Sailor's Tale - Live at the Zoom Club, mastered by David Singleton

Islands: Additional tracks: Assorted Ladies:

1. Ladies of the Road - Robert Fripp & David Singleton remix
2. Ladies of the Road - Original recording sessions - take 5
3. Formentera Lady - Original recording sessions - take 1
4. Formentera Lady - Original recording sessions - take 3
5. Formentera Lady - Original recording sessions - take 4

2 - 5 mixed by Steven Wilson from the original session reels.

King Crimson personnel:

Robert Fripp: guitar, mellotron, Peter's Pedal Harmonium and sundry implements
Mel Collins: flute, bass flute, saxes, vocals
Boz: bass, lead vocals, choreography
Ian Wallace: drums, percussion, vocals
Peter Sinfield: words, sounds, visions

Featured players:

Keith Tippett: Piano
Paulina Lucas: Soprano
Robin Miller: oboe
Mark Charig: cornet
Harry Miller: string bass

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Stereo files prepared at Super Audio Mastering, Devon by Simon Heyworth

5.1 mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering, Devon

DVD Design & Layout by Claire Bidwell at Opus Productions Ltd

DVD Authoring & Assembly by Neil Wilkes at Opus Productions Ltd

Tape transfers by Kevin Vanbergen at FX

DGM tape Archive: Alex Mundy

Package Art & Design by Hugh O'Donnell

Compiled & Coordinated by Declan Colgan for DGM, with input & suggestions from Steven Wilson & Sid Smith

Published by UMG Music Ltd.


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On This Date 40 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jun 28, 2014
On this date 40 years ago King Crimson played to a half-empty Casino at Asbury Park on a wet and windy night as part of the final leg of a tour that was meant to break them commercially in the States, but ended instead breaking up the band. 



Image courtesy of: Dave Reininger

A few days after this gig they returned to England, recorded Red and then King Crimson was in Fripp’s words at the time "completely over for ever and ever.”

With its contents drawn largely from this gig, a posthumously released USA, garnered critical applause and brickbats in roughly equal measure.  Even the normally Crim-sceptic Rolling Stone cited the fade on Easy Money as perplexing and frustrating.



As life moved on, with Fripp heading into retreat, Wetton and Bruford both off to too many bands to mention and David Cross en route towards sessions and eventually academia, USA was finally deleted and long forgotten. 

Except it wasn’t.

Spooling forward a few years to the internet age it became evident that those who held this period of the band in high esteem saw USA and this particular concert as a kind of Holy Grail.

It was a regular topic on message boards and news groups who called for the album to be released on CD and the tracks restored to their imagined pre-edited glory.

When, finally reissued in 2002 as part of King Crimson’s 30th anniversary editions, although tracks from the rest of Casino gig concert had been added, somewhat perversely Fripp decided against undoing the edits rendered in 1975.

Though its release was roundly welcomed it was surely a frustrating and bittersweet moment for fans looking forward to hearing what happened next on Asbury Park or Easy Money



Image courtesy of: Mike Dowd

For that they would have to wait until November 2005 and the launch of DGMLive.  It was no surprise given the clamour for it over the years that the very first download on this site was for 28th June, 1974.  

Presented uncut for the very first time using unreleased mixes from the multitracks, and without the added Eddie Jobson overdubs, the power of this gig is tangible.  Despite the internal politics and tensions of the period, the band taps into a ferocious energy that never stops burning. Wetton is especially inventive, infusing the material with a brutal force.

At the other end of the sonic spectrum Fripp’s sparkling clarity produces a consistently powerful performance that must rank amongst his very best.

And what about those edits Fripp and Wettton had made in 1975? Although it’s nice finally to have the full version, some (myself included) would grudgingly accept that the cut on Asbury Park and the fade-out on Easy Money were probably right in terms of the dynamics of the original album release. 

From the grumbling rasp of LTIApt2 through to the ecstatic demands for an encore, this is a classic Crimson show in every respect. Indispensable to fans and worth every bit of the attention the show has received over the years. 

Even if concerts live on forever sometimes the venues which housed them don’t. This was the state of the casino after its closure in 2005.



Head over here to see some more of Mike Black’s photos.

What are your thoughts on this concert? What about the edits - right decision or wrong move? Get onto the guestbook and let us know.

The Road To Red Nominated For Award
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jun 27, 2014
The Road To Red, the multi-disc box set documenting King Crimson's final American tour of 1974, has been nominated for an award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.



The box set has been nominated in the Grand Design category of the awards organised by Prog magazine.

If you'd like to see King Crimson and The Road To Red win this year then you'll need to register at the awards website and do the Crims proud. 



Here's the full list of runners and riders in the Grand Design category:

King Crimson - The Road To Red

Dream Theater – Limited Edition Collectors Box Set

ELP – Brain Salad Surgery Deluxe Box Set 

Rush – Rush 40th Box Set 

Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Box Set 

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell Deluxe Set 

Fish – Feast Of Consequences Box Set 

Cynic - Kindly Bent To Free Us Deluxe Book Set 

Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus Deluxe Edition Hardback Book 

Transatlantic - Kaliedoscope Deluxe Edition Box Set














Happy Birthday Ian McDonald
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 25, 2014
Please send your birthday wishes to Ian McDonald, founding member of King Crimson.




It's pretty difficult to imagine King Crimson '69 without Ian's multi-instrumental skills and gift for composition and arrangements, so please take a moment and share your thoughts on Ian's contribution to Crimso over on the guestbook. 



The Road To Red At Home...39
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 24, 2014
My thanks to John Slywka for sending this snap in. John explains "It was taken at home on 2nd January at home in Chicago, the sky was clear and sunny although the temp was 10F degrees. The inspiration and photo happened quickly (to avoid frostbite), a tribute to the original USA album cover."




The Road To Red
can be obtained here.



Adrian Belew On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jun 24, 2014
The Adrian Belew Power Trio featuring Julie Slick on bass and Tobias Ralph on drums are undertaking a 40 date US tour starting in October. Check out Adrian's website for all the tour dates. 


Gabrels Goes For Discipline
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 23, 2014
Ex-Bowie guitarist was asked to pick out some of his favourite "guitar albums." Here's his take on Discipline


On This Date Nine Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 23, 2014
Robert Fripp played a stunning concert at the The Society For Ethical Culture in New York on this date nine years ago. Fripp's own verdict of the concert was "A good show for me, with new ideas. A very generous audience..."



You can download the full concert here.

Giles, Giles & Lunch
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jun 23, 2014
My thanks to Pat Mastelotto who spotted this sign in Auckland where The Crimson ProjeKCt are playing...



It Was On This Date In 1982
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 18, 2014
Beat, the ninth studio album by King Crimson was released on June 18th 1982. For the first time in Crimson's history, the same line-up had made two consecutive albums, and although they went on to release a third in 1984, recording Beat all but broke the band apart.



Looking back on this extreme example of difficult second album syndrome, Belew is unequivocal in his judgement. "Beat was the most awful record-making experience of my life and one I would never choose to repeat."

Things had come to a head during the recording of Requiem when Belew returned to the studio alone and overdubbed some further guitar parts.  Then Fripp followed suit, the two guitarists seemingly vying for position. "I seem to recall that Adrian was less than thrilled about this" said Tony Levin. Far away from home and under pressure to come up with lyrics and melodies, Belew pointedly told Fripp to leave the studio. Leaving for Wimborne and visibly upset, Fripp played no further part in the recording, leaving Belew and producer Rhett Davies to mix the rest of the tracks alone.  

When remastering the album in 2001, Fripp offered this take on the album “At the time (1982) Bill & Adrian thought that Beat was better than Discipline. For me, this is an indication of how far the band had already drifted from its original vision. I believe Ade changed his mind; I'm not sure what Bill's view would be now. The group broke up at the end of Beat, as it did during the Nashville rehearsals (1997). I had nothing to do with the mixing of Beat, nor did I feel able to promote it. Somehow we absorbed the fact, and then kept going.”

Speaking of the relative brevity of the album Bill Bruford explained "In our creative processes the junk got scrapped and the only bits that we could all agree on as being remotely effective went forward. As soon as that quota was fulfilled — being 35 or 40 minutes for an album — then you were gone.  Done.  Finished.  Nobody wanted to stay another minute."

Drawing upon the writing of Kerouac, Ginsberg and the iconography of the Beat generation in general, upon it’s release Beat was the object of much suspicion and outright hostility from the UK music press, with Record Mirror being fairly typical. “Here we are in 1982 and the hippest of the hip (among Talking Heads circles anyway) King Crimson have made an album about the movement. And it’s a miserable effort. The essence of the Beat Movement was that it should be spontaneous, free and exciting. King Crimson seem to think that they should be churning out carefully constructed guitar phrases with Adrian Belew screaming with a calculated passion over the top...Perhaps the most meaningful number is the instrumental Sartori In Tangier, simply because it doesn’t feature the silly overworked vocals... Beat is a wasted effort that would be better off not just in another era but another planet.”

The Melody Maker reckoned “For sweet and sour contrast Sartori In Tangier takes a lot of beating, and is a far better instrumental than Requiem which resurrects the fiddly, pretentious discordance that for me was always the worst watercolour in Crimson’s palate.”

American reviewers were far more interested with this album. Rolling Stone’s Chip Stern awarded the album 3 and 1/2 stars, observing that "Crimson creates a new kind of electronic string music that achieves an orchestral density without resorting to ersatz art-rock bombast...King Crimson may never rope in a pop audience like the Police and Asia have, but they stand a good chance of attracting a following of disaffected listeners who want more from rock than a party"

Stereo Review cconcluded that "Beat retains much of the flavour of its immediate predecessor, Discipline but it seems less frenzied. Belew, Fripp and Co. have taken the distinctive sound developed for the more experimental Discipline and applied it successfully here to more conventional subjects. The excellent results suggest that the King Crimson may be set for a long reign.”

The album with a brand new stereo and surround sound mix by Steven Wilson is due for release in October this year. In the meantime, what’s your verdict? Is Beat ripe for rediscovery or something best left alone?






The Madness Of King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jun 18, 2014
Here's an archive interview with Bill Bruford disinterred on the occasion of what the writer describes as the "almost Crimson" playing Australia and New Zealand next week.  


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