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Radical Action Is In The Building...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016

The view earlier today.

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pre-order links for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Pre-order for the 3cd/1blu-ray set are as follows
Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe)

Taken from the 2015 tours of the UK, Canada & Japan, Radical Action represents the most comprehensive release for this incarnation of King Crimson, and will be available as a 3cd/1blu-ray set, and in a 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition.

Radical Action features every song and piece performed by Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp and as Fripp commented last month while supervising mixing, “This is King Crimson… re-imagined.”

The details for the 3cd/2dvd/1blu-ray limited edition are as follows.
CDs presented as individually themed “virtual studio albums” with no audible audience & mixed for audio presentation

One Blu-Ray featuring a complete set-list drawn from Japanese concert performances – almost 3 hours of music - in high-resolution stereo & 5.1 surround audio complete with “picture off” mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings)

Two DVDs featuring the full concert performances in stereo & 5.1 surround sound.

Expanded, perfect bound, booklet: 36 pages with additional tour photos.

Six disc set presented in two triple digi-packs with booklet housed in an outer slipcase.

Audio/Video performances include:

Threshold Soundscape
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Peace
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Meltdown
Radical Action II
Level Five
Epitaph
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Red
VROOOM
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
Easy Money
Interlude
The Letters
Sailor’s Tale
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Starless
Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
Suitable Grounds for the Blues
One More Red Nightmare

All copies come with a postcard featuring Francesca Sundsten’s striking cover artwork

It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim.

Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.

The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups - to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 - 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing...”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new,irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.

The set will be released to coincide with King Crimson’s most extensive European tour since 1974, with performances slated to include, for the first time ever, material from all seven of King Crimson’s 1969 – 1974 iconic studio albums and  with limited availability via mail order and concert venues.

Audio: Three themed CDs of material recorded in 2015, each forming a separate discrete
performance with audio selected from a variety of shows and fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Chris Porter, Robert Fripp and David Singleton. As no audience is audible between tracks, this allows for a “virtual studio album” effect. (The current King Crimson line-up was deliberately conceived as a performing band rather than as a band concerned with making full studio recordings).

Video: Among the problems most associated with filming live performance, perhaps the key problems are those of the film-makers’ cameras intruding on the audience’s capacity to enjoy the show without interruption and the intrusion of the cameras on the band’s performance. In effect, both performance and audience response must be misrepresented to approximate a live show for later consumption. In order to record the performances more accurately, a series of Japanese concerts was captured via a number of discreet cameras in a “video vérité” style – with neither band nor audience disturbed by filming – by Trevor Wilkins who also edited and assembled the footage.

Audio/Video: Two DVD discs featuring the complete concert performances. Blu-Ray features the concert film in high-resolution [24/48] stereo and 5.1 surround sound with additional ‘video off’ mode allowing for high-resolution audio only playback in stereo and surround sound.

In essence the music can be experienced in a number of different ways – as continuous uninterrupted audio on CD, as a viewable concert performance in stereo or 5.1 surround on the DVDs and  Blu-Ray, or in high-resolution, lossless audio stereo or 5.1 surround without pictures on the Blu-Ray.



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Lams' Long Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
Bert Lams of the California Guitar Trio has a new recording project underway of music by Gurdjieff and De Hartmann but needs your support. Find out how you can get involved by heading over to the website. 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 4 - 6
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Jan 22, 2015
There's a bumper crop of photos of folks and their copies of Live At The Orpheum hitting the in-box at the moment. So here's a few for the price of one.

First up, Kevin O' Sullivan of West Sussex, who writes "KC tee, KC cd, KC guitar, KC crimhead..."



Jonathan Block in the USA offers this screen shot of the album in his home...




and finally a selfie from Fernando Lobo in the Netherlands...




Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
Gavin Harrison has a new solo album out soon. Gavin broke the news via his Facebook page. "My new album will be released early April (Kscope records). Amazing arrangements of many of my favourite Porcupine Tree songs. I've been working on this for 5 years and it features some of the World's best contemporary Jazz players."



Mister Stormy's Blue Mundy
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 19, 2015
They say you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family. However, a glance at Mr.Stormy's fingers on his brother's T-shirt suggest this old saying may not be entirely true!



Blue Mundy and Stormy Mundy

Orpheum Reviewed
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Here's another take on the Live At The Orpheum album, reviewed over at The Progressive Aspect. 


Live At The Orpheum At Home 3
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
My thanks to Duncan Gardiner, of Epsom in Surrey, for sending in this snap of a KC-loving Dalek.





Robert Fripp Speaking At Lady & The Champs 15
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Patricia Fripp answers the question "why is Robert Fripp speaking at Lady And The Champs Speakers Conference" in this video. You can find out more about the event and how to stream Robert and Patricia's contributions direct to your PC here. 


Here Comes The Gunn
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Trey Gunn is a busy, busy man. This week in Seattle  he takes part in what's described an electro-acoustic semi-improvised opera entitled The Ballad of Ishtar (more details about the cast here).

At the end of the month he's in the UK and Europe as part of the Security project, performing the music of Peter Gabriel alongside Jerry Marotta with whom Trey first worked with on the Sylvian Fripp release, The First Day back in 1993.

Trey is also releasing a new album. Entitled The Waters, They Are Rising it includes a series of improvisations based around Peter Gabriel's Here Comes The Flood.





You can listen to one of the improvs and a haunting version of Bob Dylan's Not Yet Dark here.

Live At The Orpheum At Home 2
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
As Live At The Orpheum begins to arrive in people's houses, so too do the photos. First up today, looking decidedly cheery with his purchase, is Theo Horneman from Friesland, in the Netherlands.



Also spotted via Twitter comes this picture from the artist Martin Hoogeboom, spookily also from the Netherlands! Martin writes "Man in painting turns around saying 'I hate King Crimson!'. Me? On the contrary..."



Please keep 'em coming via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

Grooning?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
My thanks to Eric for this intriguing item. "I regularly follow a satirical webzine called Des Mean in Iowa, where I live. Today the following post appeared in their Twitter feed . . .

Get to Know an Iowan #1: Konrad Yüngermann


I followed it to an interview with their curator, who is apparently from a Swedish town called Gröön . . . among other details of a Crimson hue. Hmmmm . . . . "


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