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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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Total Toronto
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 20, 2016
More kind words regarding Live In Toronto from the pages of Total Music magazine.



The Appeal Of Peel
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 20, 2016
Here's a review of David Cavanagh's biography of John Peel, Goodnight and Good Riddance, in which Fripp and Eno make a cameo appearance, both in the book and beyond it. Check it out here.


Stick Men Streaming Gig
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Apr 19, 2016
This week Stick Men are streaming a live concert via Daryl’s House. The concert is Wednesday April 20th and starts at 7.00 p.m. NY time and is available to watch on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Check out the details on how to log in and buy your ticket here.  

CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE:

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20
7:00pm in New York, NY
6:00pm in Chicago, IL
5:00pm in Denver, CO
4:00pm in Los Angeles, CA
8:00pm in Brazil & Argentina
12 Midnight in the UK

THURSDAY, APRIL 21st
1am in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid and across the Europe
3am in Moscow, Russia
6am in Jakarta, Indonesia
7am in Singapore
8am in Tokyo, Japan
9am in Sydney, Australia
11am in Auckland, New Zealand


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 18, 2016
Have you ever wondered what it might sound like if Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin and Keith Tippett got together to play?



Well, wonder no more.  Alex "Stormy" Mundy has created a remarkable mix that places all four musicians from three different points in time in one place. You can download it here.

KC In Drummer UK & On RNZ
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Apr 18, 2016
King Crimson’s Live In Toronto is well received in this short review from Drummer UK magazine.



The album was also recently reviewed on Radio New Zealand's The Sampler show, hosted by Nick Bollinger. The piece on Crimson starts around 13.43 and you can listen to it here. 





21st Century Basil, Man
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Apr 16, 2016
Spotted in an Isle of Wight garden centre this very day!



Stormy Listens!
:: Posted by Buddy on Fri., Apr 15, 2016
Never let it be said that here at DGMLive we don’t listen, well sometimes we do! Come on point_moot, put your money on the table. The Zoom club 1971 shows are now available as a bundle. The shows, available here to download


45 Years Ago This Week
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 14, 2016
45 years ago this week, the new line-up of Boz, Mel Collins, Ian Wallace and Robert Fripp  were playing their first series of gigs in Frankfurt's Zoom Club. It was the first time Fripp had played on a stage in front of the public since December 1969.  



The shows, available here to download, capture the band in a somewhat liberated mood, clearly enjoying themselves with older material and finding their own voice and sound on new tracks such as Sailor's Tale.

Melody Maker's Richard Williams talked to the group after their return from the Zoom Club and was impressed by what he heard.

"AFTER MORE than a year off the road, King Crimson slid quietly back into public performance last week with a hush-hush four-day stint in Germany.
The gig was a warm-up for the band's 12-date British tour, which takes place in May. It was their first live appearance since Ian McDonald, Mike Giles, and Greg Lake left the group following their American trip in the winter of 1969.
The new personnel consists of Bob Fripp and Pete Sinfield plus reedman Mel Collins, drummer Ian Wallace (formerly with The World), and singer Boz, who also plays bass guitar.

In fact Fripp taught Boz to play bass from scratch, starting two months ago, because they couldn't find a suitable bassist.

They played eight sets at Frankfurt's Zoom Club, all of which were taped, purely for reference. The recordings show that the band has grown together in a remarkably short space of time, and is already developing its own personality, despite the fact that its repertoire is mostly songs also performed by the old band: 'In The Court Of The Crimson King', 'Schizoid Man', 'A Sailor's Tale', and so on.

It's a very strong-blowing band, with particular emphasis on Collins's extraordinaryily confident alto and tenor. Abetted by Wallace, he's never afraid to go "outside," and the tapes convey many moments of superb free playing.
Pete Sinfield's use of the VCS3 synthesiser is unusual and highly creative, and the way he mutates the sound of the drums will amaze many listeners. Wallace is not as precise as Mike Giles, but he has perhaps more fire, and makes intelligent use of space and silence. Boz's singing is ebullient and generally controlled, while on bass he's learning how to hold down the time and tonality of Fripp's immensely complex compositions.

In short, the new band will be every bit as satisfying as the old, and the possibilities for growth appear limitless. Bob Fripp was almost bubbling over with joy, after having confessed to extreme nervousness after such a long time away from audiences."


Keith’s Kickstarter Update
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Apr 14, 2016
A Kickstarter campaign launched to fund a new Keith Tippett album has just 13 days left to go. Martin Archer of Discus Music, who will be releasing Tippett’s recent composition for octet, The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogan, said "I need only 15 more subscribers to nail this release, yes, just 15, so if so far you've been 'oh, yeah, I'll get round to that' - then NOW IS THE TIME."

You can find out more by visiting Keith's Kickstarter page here.



One of the very best players and composers of his generation on British jazz scene, Tippett will be known to King Crimson fans for his work on In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands.

He was also the animating force by Centipede, a large scale jazz and rock orchestra. Produced by Robert Fripp, their 1971 album, Septober Energy, featured KC alumni including Ian McDonald and Boz, and players such as Mark Charig, Nick Evans and Harry Miller, who variously appeared on Lizard and Islands.

Meanwhile, Keith Tippett’s latest solo album, Live In Piacenza, recorded in 2012, is now available from Dark Companion Records. Check it out here and you can also get my take on it over on the blog.





Claymont Court Course - 1985
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Apr 13, 2016
Here's an account by writer Jamie Malanowski of his weekend spent at Claymont Court, West Virginia back in 1985 from the archive of New Yorker magazine.  




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