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King Crimson Record Store Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 18, 2015

It's Record Store Day and my thanks to Lutz Stahlhofen for alerting me to this arresting image celebrating the occasion.



You can find out more about how Natalie Sharp, aka The Lone Taxidermist set about re-creating this and many other album covers here.

Don't forget that King Crimson has its own Record Store Day related releases.

Available for a limited period of time only these albums represent some of the most exciting and interesting dates in the Crimson calendar. Please note these releases are CD only. There’s no extra material on these new editions so if you already have these as KCCC releases then you don’t need to buy ’em!



On July 5th, 1969, King Crimson played to upwards of 500,000 people on a bill topped by The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, London. It was a pivotal point for the band. The next evening, King Crimson played their regular club date - a crammed Marquee Club in the same city. Recorded by an audience member, the original tape of the concert found its way to Robert Fripp & DGM many years later. Extensive audio restoration was applied & though it’s still never going to be a ‘hi-fi’ experience, as one of the earliest live recordings of the band, it has been a consistent seller for DGM for many years. Pre-dating the release of “In The Court Of The Crimson King” by more than three months & showcasing material from that album, the tape captures the raw power that had already made Crimson London’s hottest new band. Also included is the only known recording/performance of ‘Trees’ from October 1969. While the audio quality of this recording is poor & no amount of restoration can improve upon that, its rarity earned it a place as a bonus track.    



One of the more pleasing outcomes of the ongoing King Crimson 40th anniversary releases was the reception & re-evaluation that was afforded to 1971’s “Islands” album. Long over-shadowed by the live reputation of the 1969 line-up that preceded it & the 72/74 line-ups that followed, the band had, up to that point, been under-appreciated. This soundboard recording, discovered in the DGM archive in 2012, confirms that the 1971 band could match any King Crimson line-up before or since for a quality live show. In the middle of the recording sessions for the “Islands” album, the band returned to the legendary Marquee Club for two special concerts (quickly extended to a third night). Taken from the second night, this recording captures a relaxed performance featuring material from all three of King Crimson’s released albums & early live recordings of much of the “Islands” material. This is the only line-up in King Crimson’s long history that has, to date, performed material from the first four studio albums. It’s a key recording in the King Crimson catalogue of live releases. 



The reputation of the 1972/74 King Crimson line-ups comes from shows such as this soundboard recording of the band. Having formed in July of 1972, the band played three nights at the Zoom Club in Frankfurt & recorded a TV performance for Beat Club Germany in October prior to embarking on a full UK tour. This was the fourth concert of that tour & features material from the album that would become “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” when recorded the following January, alongside one of the band’s fiercest (& longest) improvs. This is the best known concert recording of the short-lived, legendary, quintet line-up.






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Jakko's On The Radio
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
In addition to being interviewed in the January edition of Guitar player magazine, Jakko Jaksyzk is set to appear on radio this week.



He'll be talking things Crimson on Team Rock's Prog Magazine Radio show on Sunday 1st February with host, Phil Wilding.

The KC guitarist has also recorded his own one hour 'Take Over' edition of the show where he chooses the music and talks about his influences, though no transmission date has been fixed yet. Stay tuned for further details. 

Gavin Harrison - Cheating The Polygraph sampler
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
You can hear samples from Gavin Harrison's Cheating The Polygraph album due out in April, right here.  


How To Be A Hero For More Than One Day
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 27, 2015
There are three types of hero and Robert Fripp will be talking with his sister Patricia about which one you might be at the Lady and the Champs 2015 Speakers' Conference on  February 28th and March 1st. Click here to watch Patricia tell you all about it. The workshop will be streamed live  and subscribers get one year's worth of video replays. Check out the Lady and the Champs website for details.


Four Go Forth For Five
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
Last year bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera released an album entitled Fourth Dementia (which you can sample here). Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer.



The dates are:
27 Jan - Gypsy Sally’s, Washington DC
28 Jan - 8x10, Baltimore, MD
29 Jan - NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
30 Jan - Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
31 Jan - Spectrum, New York City, NY


Fripp For Homework
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 25, 2015
My thanks to Sean H for sending in this link from The Guardian in which Robert Fripp's music is recommended as an aide to studying and homework. "The whole idea is not to let the head drop. Brian Eno may be an obvious choice, but let’s throw in his one-time collaborator, the magnificent Robert Fripp as another option. His At The End Of Time album is a masterstroke: he creates a symphony in sound, and takes you on a trip intense enough to get any piece of work rocking in the right direction. Check out Cerys Mathew's piece in full here.


David Cross Talks Starless Starlight
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
You can watch David Cross talking about the background and inspiration of his forthcoming album, Starless Starlight, right here. The music for the new album, David explains, was inspired after hearing the download of  Robert Fripp's appearance at Blueberry Hill, in St.Louis in 2006. It was here where the guitarist unexpectedly played a variation on the Starless theme amidst his usual soundscapes concert. If you've not heard it, do yourself a favour and take grab this concert.


Crimson On The Menu
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 23, 2015
My thanks to several folks who spotted this tasty but tangential sighting in the UK press this week. 


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."



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