|The Return of King Crimson
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 19, 2007
Ending weeks of speculation in various online communities, Robert Fripp has revealed in his latest online diary that drummer Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) will be joining King Crimson.
The band will be playing a series of live dates in Chicago’s Park West – most recently the venue to RF and the LoCG appearance in the windy city. Fripp notes “Park West is a fave venue, and one I have been working for 27 years. The LCG were here in 1989 & 1990…This is also the venue where, according to our current plans for King Crimson’s return to active-service in 2008, preparatory to the 40th. Anniversary Celebration of 2009, The Beast Of Crim will be playing a 4-night residency in August 2008 with KC’s third double-drumming formation.
The first formation: Jamie Muir & Bill Bruford (1972-73);
the second formation: Pat Mastelotto & Bill Bruford (1994-97);
the third formation: Pat Mastelotto & Gavin Harrison.
A fourth double-drumming formation, of 1981-84 (Adrian & Billy B), doesn’t quite count as Adrian’s primary focus was in the front line.”
Harrison is one of the most respected drummers of his generation, adding a prodigious technique to the work of Porcupine Tree as well collaborating with Jakko Jakszyk on The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, and most recently, Drop – an album with bassist and singer, 05Ric and also featuring contributions from Fripp. Some may recall Drop was featured as a DGMLive giveaway (see my review on the blog), perhaps hinting at Harrison's proposed involvement. Only DGMLive regular, Chocolatefireguard, spotted the listing on King Crimson's myspace site: the top four musicians have been there for a couple of months now.
More details will be announced regarding rehearsal schedules and ticket availability as soon as we get them.
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When Free Is Too Much
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Nov 7, 2013
My thanks to Adrian Reynolds for sending link that’s been doing the rounds. He writes "This piece from a musician approached for unpaid use of his music clearly articulates one of the issues affecting creatives with the temerity to want pay for their work" Read it here (opens Facebook link) and here it is for those not on Facebook.
KC 84 Online
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Nov 4, 2013
There's a recently exhumed KC gig from the final tour of 1984 now available for download...
You can download the full gig here.
The Guitar Circle Contents Revealed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 3, 2013
Writing in his latest diary update Robert Fripp reveals the table of contents so far for his book The Guitar Circle. Check out the diary entry here.
Bill's Close To The Edge Again
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Nov 1, 2013
Bill Bruford’s final album with Yes before he joined King Crimson, Close To The Edge, is reissued in two brand new editions this month.
This seminal prog rock classic has been remixed by Steven Wilson and the release, (available in both CD/ DVD-A / and CD/Blu-ray) has been overseen by Panegyric, the same label responsible for the King Crimson 40th Anniversary Editions. You can take a look at the Blu-ray edition over on the blog.
Thus sayeth the blurb...
Close To The Edge is the first in a series of remixed and expanded Yes albums.
Presented in a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve (with protective inner sleeves) with booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material, the album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes.
The CD features a new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson, a new mix of America and an early mix of Close to the Edge.
Contains original artwork by Roger Dean who has overseen the artwork for this new edition.
The blu-ray features:
- 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (24bit/96khz) mixed from the original multi-channel recordings.
- the new stereo album mix in DTS-HD Master Audio (24bit/96khz).
- the original album mix and America in a DTS-HD Master Audio flat transfers from the original master tape source. (24bit/192khz)
- exclusive instrumental versions of all new mixes in DTS-HD Master Audio stereo (24bit/96khz).
- exclusive needle-drop of an original UK vinyl A1/B1 pressing transferred in 24bit/96khz audio.
- numerous audio extras appear in high-resolution stereo including single edits & studio run-throughs of album tracks
The ultimate way to enjoy one of the greatest albums ever made.
Pre-order for November 11th release.
You can the Blu-ray edition here and the CD/DVD-A version here.
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