|Radical Action Is In The Building...
|:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Aug 26, 2016
The view earlier today.
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:
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
Pictures of a City
Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
Radical Action II
The Hell Hounds of Krim
The ConstruKction of Light
Scarcity of Miracles
Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
The Light of Day
The Talking Drum
Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
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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Gunn Goes Live With Security
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., May 4, 2016
Trey Gunn is going out on tour this month with the Security Project, Jerry Marotta's tribute to the work of Peter Gabriel. The full tour dates can be found over here. Meanwhile the group have a live album available for download or physical copy.
You can take a listen or grab your copy here.
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., May 2, 2016
Alex "Stormy" Mundy has been rifling through the multi-track reels and for his latest selection serves up a slice of Neurotica from the Beat sessions as you've never heard it.
You can download Stormy's remix of this KC classic here.
Happy Birthday Gordon Haskell
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 27, 2016
Please raise a glass of something convivial in the direction of Gordon Haskell, who celebrates his 70th birthday today.
Gordon, who contributed vocals to Cadence And Cascade from In The Wake Of Poseidon and bass and voice on Lizard, is now best known for the UK top five album, Harry's Bar and the single, How Wonderful You Are in 2001.
Check out Gordon's website and listen to him talking about his 2015 release, I'm Letting Everybody Know, here.
King Crimson Wins At Brighton
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 26, 2016
My thanks to Andy Fox who writes "Apparently, King Crimson won the 3:30 at Brighton today...
Smartly away, made all, clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, unchallenged!" For more details on the horse in question,click here.
P2 Tour Bundle Goes Live
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 25, 2016
There’s 13 shows of ProjeKct Two’s last tour available to download as a complete bundle thus making every P2 show available Some shows
There are 13 shows from P2’s last tour now available now for download. The arrival of this complete run of shows means that every gig P2 ever played in now online. The teams final tour began in Cincinnati May 30th and ended in Montreal, July 8th. You can grab all 13 performances for just $56 FLAC or $43 mp3.
If you bought a couple of shows from this bundle that were already available, you can get the 20th Feb P2 show for free, or if you’d prefer, a show from elsewhere in the DGMLive catalogue.
Judy Bought To Book
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Apr 22, 2016
Judy Dyble original singer with Fairport Convention, and collaborator with Giles, Giles and Fripp has an autobiography coming out soon.
You can find out more about the book and how to order by taking a look here.
Keeling Gets Weaving
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Apr 22, 2016
The new community opera composed by Andrew Keeling and Aluson Prince, Get Weaving, is being premiered at the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday at 6pm. You can find out more details here. Andrew's composition, Unquiet Earth, is also being performed at the Bridgewater Hall this Saturday. See here for details.
Jakko & Lenny Henry's New Song
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 21, 2016
The Cops Don't Know is the title of the latest release from Jakko Jakszyk's collaboration with UK comedian and actor, Lenny Henry.
You can read the backstory to the track and watch the animated video for the song here.
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