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On This Date 41 Years Ago...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Mar 29, 2015

Starless And Bible Black was released on this date 41 years ago.



The album received mixed reviews at the time. The Melody Maker, under the headline Crimso: Black is beautiful, declared “...the history of Crimson would appear to consist of a series of internal struggles, polarised between Fripp and various caucuses in the band and centering on Fripp’s assertion of the rightness of his own path, but little of of it resulting in real creative tension. Probably as consequence of greater personal stability, however, and possibly because of a more harmonious chemical balance within this particular set of musicians, this album strikes me as an extremely happy medium between emotion and technique; it’s neither as overweeningly grandiose and manic as the first two albums, nor as precious as Islands. In short, as Micawber would say, Mr. Fripp seems to have got his shit together.”

Record Mirror observed “They are an incredibly highly strung group, fierce when driving together and daring on solo flights. Side two’s title track and Fracture may be more than you can bear to listen to on first hearing; try it again and again and rock’s cobwebs start to dissolve.”

Sounds reckoned “King Crimson have made a record that equals in intensity and innovative musicianship the strength that can achieve on stage. LTIA palled very quickly as an album, especially when you’d seen them play a good gig, but this one - I suspect - will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor.”

And finally, NYC’s TV News had this advice for listeners: “As long as you take the next few weeks to become accustomed to Starless you’ll probably develop an intense passion for it. Suggestion: don’t listen to it if you’re depressed or contemplating life after death.”


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Vintage Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 12, 2014
Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp talk about some of their favourite artists this coming Sunday on My Vintage. You can see the promo trailer here.  



Just Michael Giles
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 12, 2014
This just in from Michael Giles no less! "Due to the current hot debate about tuning on the DGM Live Forum, I write to let you know of my Blogstone which contains essays on various subjects – including THE Bflat TENOR KNEE PUMP with toe hold, and the tuning problems associated with it’s formidible sibling -  THE Fsharp BARITONE KNEE PUMP with  internal plunger, double flange-droppings filter bags and Seven Sevtaves of 14 notes.
 
Readers and writers of DGM Forum might be interested in these rare instruments and their unusual tunings" Michael's unique musical musings can be found here.
 


King Crimson Record Club On Twitter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 11, 2014

On Thursday 13th Feb at 7.30p.m. GMT Crimheads on Twitter are getting together to listen to King Crimson's debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King in its entirety, live-tweeting reaction as it plays.

This is the first King Crimson Record Club event for Twitter - the virtual equivalent of getting together with a bunch of mates and chinwagging in real time as the album plays.

If you'd like to take part all you need is a Twitter account and follow the hashtag #KCRC or by following @thesidsmith.

The King Crimson Record Club press PLAY at 7.30p.m. GMT prompt.



Crim On The Box
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 11, 2014
King Crimson were mentioned several times on BBC4 last night during Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades. As well as the cover of Court being prominently featured in the background montage of album covers, Viv Albertine of The Slits cited her love of the first KC album to much nodding from the other guests.  LTIA and Red were also mentioned in recaps of particular years of the 70s, although pedantic train-spotters spluttered with apoplexy when Red's release year was cited as 1975.

At the end of the hour-long programme each guest was asked to pick an album that represented something special.  Viv Albertine chose a KoKoMo album (which of course contains Mel Collins) and host, Danny Baker picked up his treasured copy of Still by Peter Sinfield.


The show is available in the UK via the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.





Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 10, 2014
If you've wanted to hear Robert play some rock 'n' roll, well now you can in this fab selection courtesy of Mister Stormy. 


The Beatles, The Boss & KC
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Feb 10, 2014
This just in from noted Hellboy, Tom Redmond.

"Yesterday Joanne and I went to an all-day event at Monmouth University focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the US.  There were a variety of panel discussions and some live performances – overall a very good day supported by exceptional research and professionalism.
 
The final panel was made up of several musicians including the original (1972) drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s East Street Band.  A question to the panel regarding how much the Beatles influenced the original Springsteen line up. The drummer, Vin Lopez, responded, “We only listened to King Crimson”.  Joanne jumped out of her seat and threw an enthusiastic elbow into my side.  I must say that Vin’s comment and the flying elbow took my breath away."

 

 


Ain't Life Tweet
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 5, 2014
Here's a tweet from yesterday to get a Crimhead's pulse a-racing : @toyahofficial Picked Bill Rieflin up from terminal 5. King Crimson start rehearsals this week. And The Humans make plans xxx


Doing Something With All That Jazz
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 5, 2014
My thanks to Laurence for sending in this clipping regarding Sony's plans for its jazz catalogue and reminding me of the classic Ronnie Scott quip: How do you make a million pounds playing jazz? Start off with two million.  


Fripp's In The Bag
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 4, 2014
My thanks to Sean Hollenhors for the heads-up about this video of Dan Briggs of metal band Between the Buried and Me discussing what's in his bag at Amoeba Music. Check it out here.


Digital Royalties
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Feb 4, 2014
Here's a tale of Survivor and the difficulty they've had with some royalties. 


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