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Orchestral Soundcapes In Amsterdam
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Mar 29, 2012

Here's the rather handsome poster that will be adorning the streets of Amsterdam soon.

The concert takes place on Sunday 6th May and you can grab your tickets here. 

Meanwhile you can pre-order The Wine of Silence from Inner Knot or Burning Shed. You can listen to some excerpts here and you can read my take on the album over on the blog.

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Guitar Circle News
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 8, 2013
There are several important events coming up in the Guitar Circle calendar later this year and in 2014. First up, there's a OCG VIII preparation course taking place in Mendoza, Argentina. At the same time there is also an introductory course happening.  In 2014, the Guitar Circle returns to Italy where there's an introductory course, which runs at the same time as the intermediate course

Levin Minnemann Rudess
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 7, 2013
The ever-busy Tony Levin has a new collaborative project due for release next month. This one sees him working with ex-Belew / Steven Wilson and Aristocrats drummer, Marco Minnemann and Dream Theater keyboard player, Jordan Rudess. The pre-order website can be found here and there's an entertaining video of the team having fun here. 

21st Century Mug Shot Men
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 6, 2013
Robert's latest diary entry for the 16th July is sure to get some Crimhead pulses racing a little quicker when they see this assembled cast of tea-drinkers...

John Wetton, Mel Collins, Jakko Jakszyk, Gavin Harrison

Check out the full entry and if you're taken with those mugs (the bone china ones) then check them out here. and this famously handsome mush here.

Songbook#1 Album of the month in Italy
:: Posted by David S on Mon., Aug 5, 2013

Thanks to Giusseppe, our Italian distributor, for sending two recent Italian reviews. The Vicar's Songbook#1 is Album of the Month in Rockerilla Magazine, where it is apparently described as the epitome of the "English sound" and "una incredible acoustic light orchestra".

The album also received four stars in Jam magazine, described as "deliciosa". We are working on a translation of the rest (volunteers most welcome)

Who would have guessed that the Italians would have liked English vicars!

Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 5, 2013
Here's a little beauty to enlighten your Monday - one half of the double trio embarking on a previously unheard improv in the Vrooom sessions. 

The Road To Red
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 2, 2013
The Road To Red is now available for pre-order via Inner Knot here and at Burning Shed.

Between April and July 1974 King Crimson embarked on a tour of Canada and America which has come to be recognised as one of the most powerful series of concerts performed not just by Fripp, Cross, Wetton and Bruford but by any band of the era.

The band, who had been rarely off the road - except to record studio albums - chose to perform a selection of recent material from the then newly released Starless And Bible Black, older fan favourites, newly written/then unrecorded material & nightly improvisations at a level described by many eye-witnesses and observers as “the most intense” gigs they’d ever attended.

A single live LP “USA” was issued in 1975, a year after the band split but failed to convey the full extent of how ferocious a beast King Crimson was in full-flight. No other band blended powerful rock with an ability to turn in epic improvisations of immense subtlety or strength.

Many of the shows on this final tour had been recorded, either professionally to multi-track tape, or on the band’s stereo cassette feed from the mixing desk. These remained unheard until 1992 when selected highlights were released in 1992 on the 4 CD boxed set, The Great Deceiver.

Now The Road To Red offers a comprehensive overview of this final tour and at last does justice to a group who were operating at the very height of their powers.

Every soundboard quality recording known to exist is presented with audio fully restored, all released on CD for the first time. There are also five complete concerts, drawn from multi-track recordings, alongside the restored audio bootleg of the band’s final show from New York and a new stereo mix of “Red” by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson undertaken in 2012.

A total of 16 concerts are featured across 20 discs, with the studio “Red” as the 21st CD.

The set also features:

A DVD containing a high resolution stereo presentation of “USA” (in all mixes) and the new stereo mix of “Red”

2 Blu-Ray discs containing the five full length multi-track concert recordings (newly transferred at the highest resolution available from the original analogue Dolby SR source mix-down tapes & presented in 24/192
DTS-HD master sound), new & original stereo versions of “Red” and the existing 5.1 multi-channel mixes of the album presented in 24/96 DTS-HD also feature on Blu-Ray.

With a fully illustrated album sized booklet featuring previously unseen photos & a wealth of newly written material + postcards, replicas of hand-written set lists, album prints of the “USA” & “Red” covers & other memorabilia, this is an essential release for King Crimson fans.

Full tracklisting details will be announced later.

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For those who find the prospect of this much Crimson in a box to be too much Crimson, there’s always the option of opting for the 2CD edition which also contains the 2013 stereo mix of Red which can also be found over at Burning Shed and again at Inner Knot

Crimso At El Mocambo '81
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jul 29, 2013
Today's download comes from the start of Crimson's tour in Canada and America.

You can grab the whole concert here

Vote Vote Vote For KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jul 28, 2013
Larks' Tongues In Aspic - The Complete Recordings  box set has been nominated in the Grand Designs category of this year's Prog magazine awards.

Voting is now open and we urge all Crimheads to mosey on over and register your vote and help win the award it so justly deserves. Meanwhile, there are still some copies of the mammoth and much-acclaimed limited edition set here.

Keith Tippett London Residency Next Month
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 26, 2013
Another shout-out for the fact that Keith Tippett is playing a three-night residency during August at The Vortex Jazz Club in London. Each evening showcases a different aspect of the composer and pianist’s work across contemporary classical, jazz and improvised music.

Tippett will be best known to King Crimson enthusiasts for his striking contributions to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands. Robert Fripp, who in turn produced several Tippett-related releases, (including Septober Energy by the 50-piece Centipede) was so impressed by Tippett’s work and musical vision that he offered the pianist co-ownership of King Crimson.

Thursday August 15th
Keith Tippett with the Elysian Quartet
The programme will include Keith Tippett’s string quartet, commissioned by the Elysian Quartet in 2008. In the second half Tippett’s piano quintet ‘Linuckea’ will be performed. This was commissioned by the Kreutzer Quartet in 1995.

Friday August 16th
A world premiere: The Nine Dances of Patrick O’Gonogon, commissioned by Richard Wiltshire. Keith Tippett presents brand new contemporary jazz pieces in three movements.
Trumpet & flugel horn - Fulvio Sergato
Alto sax and soprano sax - Sam Mayne
Alto sax, flute - James Gardner-Bateman
Trombone - Kieran McCleod
Trombone  - Robby Harvey
Bass - Tom McCready
Drums and percussion - Peter Fairclough
Piano, composer - Keith Tippett   

Saturday August 17th
Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts , members of the Elysian Quartet.

For full details go to The Vortex jazz club website.

Meanwhile, Keith Tippett is appearing on a new forthcoming album with Daniel Pennie and AD Chivers (of the Michael Giles MAD Band). There’s a rather fine video of the trio in action here.

Artist Buys Home On Spotify Royalties
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jul 26, 2013
My thanks to Erik Skysawed for this link to DJ Scaramanga Silk's letter to Spotify informing them of his house purchase as a result of his royalties from the streaming company. Worth reading all the way through! 

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