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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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Everything you wanted to know about the THRAK BOX...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 6, 2015
The 40th Anniversary Series reissues resume with the arrival of the THRAK BOX later this year. Here’s a helpful Q&A that tells you what you can expect from the the voluminous 16-disc set includes.


Q: What’s a THRAK BOX?

A: As the name suggests, it’s a boxed set of material by King Crimson drawn from the double trio line-up of the mid-1990s. 

Q: Ooh, I liked that line-up. What’s in it then?

A: 12CDs, 1DVD-a, 1DVD & 2Blu-Ray discs, featuring studio & live recordings, many previously unreleased, from the earliest band rehearsals to their final gathering in Nashville in 1997. 

In addition, much of the material is presented in new 5.1 Surround & Hi-Resolution stereo mixes.

Q: Tell me more.. what’s on the CDs?

A: CD1: JurassiKc THRAK - is an assemblage of material from the recording sessions for the album compiled by David Singleton - similar to ’Keep That One Nick’ on the Larks’ Tongues Boxed set - placing the listener in the studio with the band as the material was composed and recorded. You can, for example, hear the band experimenting with different drums parts for "Inner Garden" & a wonderful early vocal before that song was divided into two. Similar excitements await listeners with all the other songs. There are also seven pieces that didn’t make it onto the final album.

CD2: Max VROOOM - features the long-unavailable mini-album VROOOM, augmented with tracks & edits from the KC Club release: The VROOOM Sessions - all material re-compiled & remastered at DGM.

CD3: THRAK - is the 2002 remaster of the original album.

CD4: ATTAKcATHRAK (The Vicar’s THRAK) – is a sort of sequel to THRaKaTTaK insofar as it’s assembled from live improvs - but simultaneously very different – one of David Singleton’s best pieces of production. The editing process for the new improv album provides more form and function to the material without compromising the spirit of the original improvs.

Unlike THRaKaTTaK, which was based on stereo board recordings, this album is newly mixed in both stereo and surround sound from multi-track tapes.

CD5: THRAK - is the 2015 Jakko Jakszyk/Robert Fripp remix of the original album, described by Robert Fripp as “transformative – a re-imagining of stereo in the early 21st century.”

CD6: Byte Size THRAK - is a compilation of singles edits, live tracks from promos, a 12" mix edit – some of which are making their debut appearance on commercially available disc & extracts from writing sessions from the final Nashville rehearsals in 1997.

CDs7/8: Kcensington THRAK -is a newly mixed release of the band’s London concerts in 1995. Mixed from multi-track tapes by Jakko Jakszyk, and mastered by David Singleton & Robert Fripp ("to make it rock even harder" apparently). Other than video releases, it is also the first live show from this band available in surround sound (see Blu-Ray below). 

CDs 9/10: New YorKc THRAK - features a complete setlist from the 1995 run of shows in the city, some material previously released on VROOOM  VROOOM (now deleted) & the KC Club release On Broadway. Drawn from multi-track tapes, mixed by Adrian Belew & Ken Latchney - all newly remastered at DGM.

CDs 11/12: AzteKc THRAK - features a complete setlist from the Mexico City concerts in 1996 - released, in part, on VROOOM VROOOM - mixed from the original multi-tracks by Robert Fripp, R Chris Murphy & David Singleton & recently remastered at DGM.

Q: Sounds great, what’s on the Hi-Res discs?


If the stereo material sounds wonderful (& it does) the Hi-Res stereo & especially the 5.1 Surround Sound mixes are a revelation. This is a line-up that’s best heard in multi-channel Surround Sound.

Blu-Ray I is, we believe, the most comprehensive Hi-Res audio only disc yet assembled & features three complete albums 5.1 Surround Sound mixes: THRAK, ATTAKcATHRAK & Kcensington THRAK.

These three albums also appear in Hi-Res stereo - THRAK in both its original & new stereo mixes - plus a further three complete albums are included in Hi-Res stereo, JurassiKc THRAK, THRAKaTTAK & the official live bootleg of one of the earliest shows by the double trio in Argentina: B’Boom.

A recipient of a test disc of BD1 summed it up: “The blu-ray audio is astonishing and presents all the material in a glorious new light.  I can’t say enough about the wonder of this blu-ray.”

Here’s a full list of contents:
THRAK 2015 mix
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24/96

LPCM Stereo 24/96

LPCM 5.1 Surround 24/96
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24/48

LPCM Stereo 24/48

LPCM 5.1 Surround 24/48
THRAK Original Mix 2002 remaster
LPCM Stereo 24/96
LPCM Stereo 24/48
Kcensington THRAK
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 24/48

LPCM Stereo 24/48

LPCM 5.1 Surround 24/48
LPCM Stereo 24/48
JurassiKc THRAK
LPCM Stereo 24/48

Blu-Ray II is no less complete & features an audio/visual feast:

1) A complete concert filmed live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco from 1995 - previously unreleased - with all footage newly transferred from the original tapes, mastered for high definition and 5.1 Surround Sound newly mixed by David Singleton from the multi-track tapes of the show

2) The live footage from the 1995 Live in Japan performance - all footage newly transferred from the original tapes, mastered for High Definition with the original surround sound remastered by David Singleton & Neil Wilkes. 

3) Tony’s Road Movies - footage of the band on the road as filmed by Tony Levin - all footage newly mastered for High Definition & featuring a soundtrack of previously unreleased material drawn from the band’s earliest rehearsals in 1994  - the first time that Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Bruford met together (at Bill’s own studio). Originally captured in stereo on DAT, the audio has been up-mixed to Surround Sound so that all of the video features can be enjoyed in multi-channel audio.

4) The EPK of the making of the THRAK album at Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld Studios with newly mixed Surround Sound audio.

Additionally, this disc is being built to include a further unique feature whereby, with a press of a button, the disc will function as a pure audio disc for all audio material featured in the audio/video section.

Both blu-ray discs set new standards for what can be done with this format.

The DVD-a disc features THRAK in 5.1 Surround Sound & Hi-Res stereo of both the new & original mixes.

& the DVD features The Warfield Theatre concert & Tony’s Road Movies.

Q: Wow, that’s comprehensive but why include dvds & Blu-Ray - sharing material?

A number of reasons:

1) It wouldn’t make sense to try to make two editions - 1 with DVD/DVD-a & one with Blu-Ray.

2) Some fans want both - especially in America where a number of in car systems are DVD-a compatible.

3) Some fans want both if they currently have DVD & intend to buy a Blu-Ray player.

4) By including all options within the one set we can make it usable by the widest possible audience. None of the Blu-Ray or dvd/dvd-a discs are region locked & the dvd-a is a hybrid disc fully compatible with all dvd players.

Q: OK, but what if I can’t afford the box but still want to hear the new stereo & 5.1 mixes?

A CD/DVD-a release in the same format as the other KC40th anniversary series will be issued on the same day.

Q: When is that?


Mid-October - the 16th is the date we’re aiming for.

Q: Hmm, on second thoughts, I might be able to persuade my partner to get the big box for me as a Christmas present.

A: Good for you. Tell them to buy a large sheet of wrapping paper. The box will be in the same format & size as the previous boxed sets devoted to the 1972/4 line-ups – a 12" box with full-sized booklet, containing new liner notes, full details of the musical content, photos (some previously unseen) & memorabilia - lots to read & look at while listening & an ideal shelf mate for any of the LTIA/Road To Red/Starless sets when stored.

Q: Will I be able to hear any of the new material before I commit to buying the set (or convincing someone else to buy it for me)?

A: Yes, keep checking the DGMLive website where we’ll be posting audio (& maybe video) extracts in the weeks leading up to release.

Q: When can I order it?

A: Both the CD/DVD-a & the boxed set should be available to pre-order from Inner Knot or Burning Shed (mail order) & at local retailers everywhere by Mid-August (possibly earlier). DGMLive.com will announce a pre-sell date as soon as it’s confirmed.

Q: Thanks.

A:You’re welcome.

Meanwhile at the vinyl factory...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 5, 2015

More details soon...

Classic Crimson Promised On Tour
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015
With less than a month to go before King Crimson start their first UK tour since 1982, tickets are beginning to sell out, as can be seen from this advert...

The band will be playing more classic repertoire, some of it for the first time in the UK, from In The Court Of The Crimson King, In The Wake Of Poseidon, Islands, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Starless And Bible Black and Red. Other periods of Crimson will also be featured in what promises to be a dream setlist for Crimheads. Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, they will also be unveiling brand new material arising from their run of rehearsals in 2015.  Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.

Given the rarity of King Crimson touring around the UK it’s probably best to grab a ticket for remaining dates in Aylesbury, and the extra dates added in Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.David’s Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London [SOLD OUT]
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
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

The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015

Robert Fripp will be directing his last Guitar Circle course of Europe in October and is calling for 100 guitarists to join him in forming The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists. 

For one week the guitarists will live and work together in Koos Vorrinkhuis, Lage Vuursche, Holland from October 11th - 17th.  Fripp explains “The house holds one hundred people, and I am hopeful that the hundred people necessary to form The Symphony Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists will arrive. To be part of an ensemble of this size is a rare opportunity. The SOCG will be my final Guitar Circle undertaking in Europe in the foreseeable future. Time to move on.”

Full details on the course and the conditions for application can be found here.

KC Sightings
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 3, 2015
King Crimson pops up in the oddest of places it seems. Our thanks to Willesley, who was watching the BBC2 TV show, Antiques Road Trip, last month and spotted this...

Ex-Yes vocalist Jon Anderson gave an interview about his life and times and at around 7.15 minutes offered a few thoughts on King Crimson. Jon, of course, was a guest artist on KC's Lizard, an album which Phil Foster enjoys listening to, an enthusiasm also shared by the non-human inhabitants of the house by the looks of it...

Finally, our thanks to a site visitor who prefers to remain anonymous and who came across his variation of the now-ubiquitous Deep Dream program from Google.

Anymore KC sightings? Send 'em our way.

KC 2000 Previously Unseen Video Footage Available
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 31, 2015
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has been rummaging through the archives and has unearthed this previously unseen footage of King Crimson in action in Bonn, June 6th 2000. Featuring The ConstruKction Of Light, FraKctured, The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum and Improv: Bonn.

The soundboard audio of the full concert is available to download here.

KC Dates & Tony's Pix (Slight Return)
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jul 29, 2015
Tony Levin has updated his website with another set of pix from King Crimson's rehearsals earlier in July.

Check out the full set over on Tony's website.

Elsewhere, the return of King Crimson has been welcomed by West Virginia's Public Broadcasting service.

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 27, 2015
A slightly different selection this week from Alex "Stormy" Mundy - it’s King Crimson in San Francisco last year soundchecking with A Scarcity Of Miracles but via Pat Mastelotto’s iphone! Check it out here. 

King Crimson UK Tour And Beyond
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
On their first full UK tour since 1982, King Crimson will be playing classic repertoire from 1969 onwards as well as unveiling newly written, previously unheard material. Not for nothing is the tour entitled: The Elements Past, Present And Future.

If you've not got your ticket yet, then you'd best hurry up. With Brighton now sold out and London not far behind, the closer we get to the start of the tour, demand for tickets is sure to be high.

31st Aug Friars Aylesbury
01st Sep Friars Aylesbury
03rd Sep Cardiff, St.David’s Hall
05th Sep Brighton Dome [SOLD OUT]
07th Sep Hackney Empire, London
08th Sep Hackney Empire, London
11th Sep Lowry, Salford
12th Sep Lowry, Salford
14th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
15th Sep Symphony Hall, Birmingham
17th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh
18th Sep Usher Hall, Edinburgh

You can buy tickets here.

After finishing in the UK, the band cross the channel to play their first European dates since 2003.

The two following two dates in Utrecht on September 24th and 25th are now SOLD OUT but there are still tickets available for the above shows in Paris.

20th Sept
21st Sept
22nd Sept

After that, King Crimson arrive in Canada in November. A few people have asked if KC will be adding any US dates while they are in the vicinity. They won't, so if you want to see the band then go grab some Canadian tickets while you can.

Fri 13th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm [SOLD OUT]
Sat 14th Nov Quebec Palais Montcalm [SOLD OUT]
Mon 16th Nov Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17th Nov  Montreal Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20th Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sat 21st Nov Toronto Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24th Nov Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Fri 27th Nov Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Sun 29th Nov Victoria Royal Theatre
Last but not least, King Crimson will be ending the year in Japan. Tickets for the seven shows will be going on sale on August 29th.

Tokyo December 7(Mon)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 8(Tue)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December 9(Wed)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

Tokyo December10(Thu)Bunkamura Orchard Hall

OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Creativeman 03-3499-6669

Osaka December 12(Sat)Festival Hall
OPEN 17:00 / START 18:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)

Osaka December 13(Sun) Festival Hall
OPEN 16:00 / START 17:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info>Kyodo Information 0570-200-888

Nagoya December 21(Mon)Nagoya Century Hall
OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00  Ticket ,000(incl.tax/seated)
<info> Sunday Folk Promotion / 052-320-9100

Vote For King Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jul 23, 2015
King Crimson have been nominated in three categories in the upcoming Progressive Music Awards which will be hosted in London in September. The band are in the running for the following:
Best Band
Best Live Event - King Crimson USA tour
The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award - Starless


Cast your vote for the Crims here.

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