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GC Down Mexico Way
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Feb 15, 2012

Robert Fripp will be directing an introduction to the Guitar Circle in Mexico in 2013. You can check out the details over on the Guitar Circle website

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Enthoven Remembered
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 23, 2016
There's an affectionate tribute to David Enthoven, who died last week, published today in Music Week. 

Curved Crimson
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Aug 23, 2016
Curved Air have a new album out that was directly inspired by Schizoid Men, the second disc from King Crimson's Ladies Of The Road.

Tapestry Of Propositions
, presents a special version their song, Propositions, and the improvs that usually follow.  Taken from several different gigs, the music has been woven into an hour-long suite of music.

Apparently the venture came after the Curved Air team listened to Schizoid Men, the extended version of 21st Century Schizoid Man, which seamlessly connected all the guitar solos from the parent track as performed by Boz, Mel, Ian and Robert. You can find out more about Tapestry Of Propositions here. 

KC Rehearsals - Looking For Map
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 22, 2016
More snaps from the KC rehearsals include this tantalising set from Robert.

For anyone lost in Neurotica, this morning's tie is also a street-map of Manhattan.
KC Rehearsals:
Sunday 21 August, 2016 at 10.24
Photographer: Deptford John

A different map: that of Gavin's arrangement for the Drumsons' participation in a KC classic.
What delight awaits those of innocent and generous ears?
Herewith a clue, c. 10.34...


More to follow.

KC Rehearsals Part Two
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 19, 2016
Here's some more pictures from yesterday's rehearsals.

KC Rehearsals:
Thursday 18th. August, 2016 at 10.32.
It's that time again!
Photographer: Deptford John

King Crimson on Wednesday 17th. August, 2016 at 12.49: photographed by Dean Stockings being photographed by Toyah Willcox...

King Crimson '80s Boxed Set Pre-order
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 18, 2016
King Crimson’s 1980s-era boxed set, On (and off) The Road is available for pre-order from today. Scheduled for release in October, it contains 9 CDs, 3 DVD-A discs, 3 Blu-Ray discs, 2 bonus CDs, and represents the most comprehensive account of Belew, Fripp, Levin and Bruford’s work together in concert and in the studio between 1981 and 1984.

On(and off) The Road contains:

3CDs feature Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp new stereo mixes of Discipline (2011), Beat (2016) & Three of a Perfect Pair (2016)

4CDs feature the final concert from each of the band’s tours: Japan 1981 – new to CD, Germany 1982 – new mixes for this edition, Canada [Absent Lovers] 1984 – remastered for this edition

2CDs feature additional studio recordings:  a CD newly edited & expanded from sessions for the ‘abandoned’ third album & a “making of…” CD featuring studio snippets & outtakes from across the studio recordings.

3 DVD-A discs (hybrid discs compatible with all dvd players & rom-drives, region free, ntsc) feature the three original studio albums in high-resolution stereo (new & original mixes), 5.1 Surround Sound mixes with additional audio & videos on all three discs.

3 Blu-Ray discs containing material as on DVD-A discs plus extensive additional video material including: Frejus live (Discipline), Alabama-Halle (Beat) – footage unseen since original 1982 broadcast), Japan 1984 (Three of a Perfect Pair) & additional hi-res audio options.

TOAPP blu-ray also features previously unseen footage from the final run of 1984 Japanese concerts + 2 sets of “single camera footage” recordings with shots focusing on each of the individual musicians

Absent Lovers concert is also included in a new Surround Sound mix on TOAPP BD.

12” box with booklet, memorabilia, new sleevenotes & eyewitness accounts of KC live

On (and off) The Road presents a complete overview of this enduringly popular line-up. All three studio albums are presented in remixed stereo editions on CD (Discipline in its 2011 mix), as are the final concerts from each year of touring. Two further CDs present newly edited & extended takes from the ‘Champaign-Urbana’ sessions for the band’s proposed third album & a ‘making of’ CD which provides a fascinating audio insight into the studio recordings. New Stereo, 5.1 Surround, original stereo editions & videos appear on the DVD-A discs.

The Blu-Ray discs bring full 24/96 stereo & 5.1 Surround sound plus extended video/concert footage including the Frejus concert, the Alabamahalle concert (unseen since its 1982 broadcast) an array of previously unreleased additional concert footage from the band’s 1984 Japanese concerts, along with audio only options for some of the footage. Two bonus CDs present the band’s first gig as Discipline, from an audio restored bootleg at Moles Club Bath & the unreleased live album that was prepared from the Frejus tapes, with the additional recordings from that concert also included, complete the audio & visual features.

With a wealth of previously unheard audio and/or upgraded audio – from the band’s first to final performances, newly issued stereo & 5.1 editions of two of the band’s studio albums – Beat & TOAPP, the classic Discipline album in stereo & 5.1, audio and video recordings of some of the best live shows the line-up played plus substantial new concert footage, all presented to the high standards that have been a staple of King Crimson boxed sets of recent years, this is an essential edition for the many fans of this era of King Crimson.

When Robert Fripp declared in 1974 that King Crimson had ‘ceased to exist’ nobody could have foreseen that the band would return in 1981 with a radically different line-up & sound, elements of which had, perhaps, more in common with the then current post-punk new wave than the band’s notional progressive rock past. 

Returning initially under the name Discipline for low-key gigs & then as King Crimson proper with an album called ‘Discipline’ & as different from the 1970s King Crimson, as the 1970s line-ups had been from the 1960s band, the new quartet of Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew (Zappa, Bowie, Talking Heads) and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel/Paul Simon), rapidly established itself as a force on the live circuit. The longer songs of the 1960s & early 1970s & the extended improvisations of the live performances from the earlier touring bands were replaced with a series of  short taut songs & instrumentals imbued with a minimalist aesthetic that featured complex interwoven guitar lines from Fripp & Belew, (coined ‘rock gamelan’), Adrian’s distinctive vocals & sharply apt lyrics, Bruford’s new armoury of electronic percussion & Levin’s fluid bass & Chapman Stick lines.

With ‘Discipline’ charting in a number of countries including the UK & USA, the clamour for the band’s tours was further enhanced, often to a greater extent than could actually be fulfilled – not for the first or last time with a King Crimson line-up – due to the other time demands made on the individual musicians. Despite such pressures a further album ‘Beat’ appeared & charted in 1982 & when ‘Three of a Perfect Pair’ hit the UK Top 30 upon release in 1984, it was clear that King Crimson had managed not just to retain a large percentage of its original fanbase but had successfully reached a completely fresh audience also. However, three albums and a number of tours in as many years, for a quartet all of whom had substantial non-KC musical commitments, strained the line-up beyond its natural limit & King Crimson was again retired from active service, not to return until the mid-1990s.

King Crimson Rehearsals Begin
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Aug 17, 2016
Full band rehearsals started today ahead of King Crimson’s extensive European tour which starts next month.

Robert noted this evening, "King Crimson formally enfisted on Wednesday 17th. August, 2016 at 12.30. Rehearsals followed."

Earlier in the day, Jakko took this photo...

and this from Pat Mastelotto...

More from Robert:
King Crimson formally enfisted on Wednesday 17th. August, 2016 at 12.30: herewith visual proof.
Bill Rieflin, KC’s Eighth Man and currently on Sabbatical, is viddy-enfisting on RF’s iPhone clasped in the HRVL’s right hand.

Photo Credit: Toyah Willcox

More to follow in the next few days.

Richard's Easy Money
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Aug 15, 2016
David Cross has uploaded some footage of the gig his band shared with Richard Palmer-James, lyricist for King Crimson from 1972 - 1974. In the video, Richard performs an acoustic version of Easy Money. Check it out here.

Enthoven Obituary
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Aug 13, 2016
David Enthoven is remembered here by ex-Melody Maker Journalist and Island A&R man, Richard Williams. 

David Enthoven
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 12, 2016
David Enthoven, the co-founder of EG Management, has died. He was 72.

Enthoven, along with his business partner, John  Gaydon, was absolutely essential in helping King Crimson achieve international success in 1969, with David mortgaging his house to finance the recording of In The Court Of The Crimson King.

David, along with John and Robert, pioneered the forward-looking, artist-friendly business model whereby the artist licensed their work to the record company, which in 1969 was something relatively unknown.  

Enthoven and Gaydon were on hand to bring TRex, ELP and Roxy Music to the world stage and in its early days EG stood out as an innovative company within the music industry of the day.

In later years David fell foul of alcohol and substance abuse. Despite many personal setbacks he came back to establish IE Management with business partner, Tim Clarke, with Robbie Williams as a client.

It’s no exaggeration to say David Enthoven’s involvement in the story of King Crimson was pivotal and decisive.

Enthoven reconnected with Robert Fripp and the world of King Crimson several years ago,  offering advice and support on various projects and undertakings. This morning, Robert Fripp commented, "David Enthoven was the heart of EG."

The BBC have covered David’s passing as have The Daily Mirror.

Sample Dizrhythmia Too
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Aug 11, 2016
Dizrhythmia Too, the new album featuring Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk, has a few samples online for your listening delight.   

You can listen to some of the album here.

Dizrhythmia is the collective name adopted in the 1980s by Jakko Jakszyk (guitars,keyboards, vocals) Gavin Harrison (drums and percussion), Danny Thompson, (double bass) and Pandit Dinesh (percussion, vocals). The quartet released their first album in 1988.

An eclectic mixture effortlessly blending jazz, rock, pop and elements drawn from Indian music, Dizrhythmia Too highlights the first-class playing expected from musicians of this calibre and showcases the unique chemistry that happens when they work together.  Ex-Bruford keyboard legend, Dave Stewart also plays piano throughout the album.

The new album will be released on September 2nd but is available for pre-order over at Burning Shed.

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