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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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Wine,Silence, Cups & Music
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 18, 2016
In the wake of birthday salutations, Reporters Notebook rolled out one of Robert Fripp's most quoted misquotes, namely “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.”

The actual quote is as follows:

Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.
Sound is that cup, but empty.
Noise is that cup, but broken.

The aphorism dates from the spring of 1980 when Fripp was playing in Paris with The League Of Gentlemen.

The origin of the phrase's popularity, albeit in a corrupted form, seems to stem from its misuse in a 2005 episode of the very popular  ITV detective series, Rosemary And Thyme entitled, The Cup Of Silence.

During the murder mystery show, writer Stephen Gallagher has one of the characters raise a glass and offer the toast, "Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence", even having the character attribute the phrase to Robert Fripp.

It seems likely that Gallagher found the quote via the internet where it enjoys a secondary life as an inspirational meme of sorts.
 



The mangled phrase also has its own page dedicated to explaining what it might mean.

The wrong quote even received a kind of municipal immortality when Southwark Council weaponised it as part of an anti-social behaviour strategy aimed at buskers. Who says irony is dead?



The Wine Of Silence was the title of the 2012 release by Fripp, Keeling and Singleton, an album of orchestral arrangements of Fripp's soundscapes.



All About Jazz's John Kelman said of the album "In collaboration with Keeling and Singleton, he's proven the continued relevance of his work on an album that stands alone in his discography, yet is the logical and inevitable consequence of a lifetime's work."

Coinciding with the launch of the album release, in May 2012 a special concert of the music was staged in Amsterdam with the Metropole Orchestra and the Crouch End Chorus under the baton of Jules Buckley. You can read my experience of the performance over on the blog and my take on the album here

The Wine Of Silence is available from Inner Knot and Burning Shed.


Happy Birthday Bill Bruford
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., May 17, 2016
Let's give a big shout-out to Bill Bruford who celebrates his birthday today. The man who stoked the rhythmic engine room in King Crimson during the 70s, 80s and 90s is 67 years old today.



In case you've not been there, check out Bill's website for all sorts of fascinating archived interviews and commentary on the highpoints of his career from the man himself.









Happy Birthday Robert Fripp
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
Raise a glass of your favourite tipple and send out your birthday wishes today to Robert Fripp, who in addition to being the birthday boy is also celebrating his wedding anniversary on the same day.

Here's Robert during King Crimson's 2014 rehearsals photographed by Scarlet Page



Burnin' Up Daryl's House
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 16, 2016
My thanks to Chuck Benz who writes "It's always fun to keep an eye on Daryl Hall's show Daryl's House to see when a guest wants to do something from Sacred Songs or even Exposure - the latest is Cheap Trick joining on You Burn Me Up..., and at least for the next few days, the video of the show is up on the Daryl's House web site"


Ade Amped Up
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., May 14, 2016
Adrian Belew discusses how he's gone post-amp and a lot more besides in this new interview. 


Theo's Guide To Good Sax
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 13, 2016
Theo Travis recently appeared on Cliff Pearson’s Live From Progzilla Towers internet radio show talking about some of his favourite sax moments in progressive rock.



The show, which includes King Crimson’s Ladies Of The Road, can be downloaded or streamed here.

Last month Theo and Robert Fripp got together. Theo’s Facebook update noted "Just had a wonderful lunch, catch up and discussion about possible future plans with Robert Fripp."



David Cross - New Album
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
The David Cross Band have a new album out soon.



Sign Of The Crow, the new studio album by the David Cross Band to be released on Noisy Records on 5th August 2016. The album can be pre-ordered from www.david-cross.com (all pre-orders carry a free and immediate previously unreleased DCB download).

More Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 11, 2016
My thanks to Will Cruttenden, bassist with New Accelerator, who says "there's a very good interview with Tony Levin on the No Treble Podcast. It's an inspiring listen." Check it out here.


Tony Talking
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., May 5, 2016
My thanks to Abunai for this link to an interview with Tony Levin wherein he discusses life on the road and a few other things besides.  There's also a short interview with Tony's Stick Men buddy, Markus Reuter here and check out this review of the team's recent appearance in Toronto.


Robert Fripp and the OCG Live In June
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists are playing four concerts in the US next month.


The full advertised dates are as follows.

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
 8PM (Doors 7PM)

Westwood Lutheran Church
9001 Cedar Lake Rd
St Louis Park, MN 55426

Tickets: $35

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 3, 2016 
8pm (Doors 7PM)

First Unitarian Society of Madison
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705

Tickets: $30

Robert Fripp and the Chamber Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Harvest Bible Chapel
935 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Tickets: $35


Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists:
Friday, June 10, 2016 8pm (Doors 7PM)

Ste. Anne de Detroit
1000 Ste. Anne Street
Detroit, Michigan 48216

Tickets: $30


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