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Wilson Talks Lizard
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 13, 2012

There's a major interview conducted by Anil Prasad with Steven Wilson over on the ever-informative Innerviews website.  

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USA Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 9, 2013
USA was originally issued in 1975 and marked the final statement by the band's incendiary mid-1970s incarnation and is now the ninth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series.

The CD features a completely new stereo album mix of the full concert by Robert Fripp & David Singleton, while the DVD features High Resolution Stereo mixes (24bit/96khz) of all three editions of this album/concert.

Presented as double digi-pack format in a slipcase with Sid Smith sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.

Pre-order for 14th October release from Inner Knot or Burning Shed.

USA was recorded towards the end of King Crimson's final US tour of the 70s in June 1974. It was issued as an epitaph for the band in Spring 1975 as a single album - at a time when doubles or even triple live albums were more considered the norm for live releases.

Deleted towards the end of the vinyl era in the mid-80s, it remained unreleased in the CD era until the expanded edition was finally issued in October 2002. In common with much of Crimson's output, it was not well received at the time by critics, though its critical reputation grew immeasurably in the intervening years to the point where a review of the 21st Century Guide to King Crimson boxed set in 2004 identified the album as the point, "...where Fripp maps out the guitar blueprint for the entire post-punk movement."

If that claim sounds somewhat exaggerated, a casual listen to the opening minutes of the album where the ethereal 'walk on...' tape of Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting gives way to the sonic assault of Larks' II - provides ample evidence to back up the claim. It's also worth noting the audience response to the band - especially at the end of Starless, a piece that had yet to be recorded in the studio at that point.

The reputation of the 1972/1974 King Crimson line-ups is now revered by critics and fans alike, with the material so sought after that it can justify a full 21 CD/DVD/2 Blu-Ray collection of the US/Canadian tours of Spring/Summer 1974.

Drawn from that release & presented in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series format, the USA CD/DVD features a previously unreleased mix of the Asbury Park concert that formed the bulk of the original album, while the DVD features Hi-Res stereo versions of that mix, Ronan Chris Murphy's mix of the concert (issued on CD in 2006) & the expanded version of the original vinyl album as issued in 2002.

Uniquely, of the releases in this series, USA is presented in Hi-Resolution stereo only - not 5.1 Surround - as Robert Fripp decided that the live power of the quartet is best experienced in stereo sound.

:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 9, 2013
Larks' Tongues in Aspic - The Complete Recordings has been nominated for yet another reward. The multi-disc box set is up for Classic Rock magazine's Reissue of the Year award. Please pop over to the site and vote for the Crims!

This also seems like a timely reminder to say that the same box set has also been nominated for Prog magazine's Grand Design Award There's only another week to go for this one so if you haven't voted yet, please get over there and fly the Larks' Tongue flag.

Road To Red Layaway Plan
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 8, 2013
Inner Knot are offering an interest-free layaway plan for The Road To Red Box Set.

For more details please contact mailorderdgm@aol.com.

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

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