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King Crimson Record Store Day Releases
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Mar 6, 2015

Previously only available as part of the KCCC mail order series, three titles are being reissued for general retail to tie in with the forthcoming Record Store Day on April 18th.

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 there's no extra material on these new editions so if you already have these as KCCC releases 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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The Plot Thickens
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
Over the holiday period, the following email arrived in Patricia Fripp's burgeoning in-tray. "Did you know that your brother is referenced in a novel called "The Matzo Ball Heiress", as a progressive rocker who followed the ideas of Gurdjieff? I almost fell over when I saw his name." Here's a review of the novel by Laurie Gwen Shapiro from the New York Times, and here's a screenshot of the page in question.



Starless In Situ 7
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
Marc Carlton in Edinburgh writes "The box set has arrived, attracting the interest of Rubedo the cat - unfortunately, my other cat Bruford cared little for this document of his namesake and remained shyly out of shot."



Starless In Situ 6
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Dec 30, 2014
My thanks to Per Christian Hansen in Copenhagen for the following: "According to Google, “Big data is an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using traditional data processing applications.”I think the enclosed picture shows a good example of big data (^_^)"



Happy Birthday Peter
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
Please pour a convivial libation of your choice and raise your glass to Peter Sinfield who celebrates his birthday today.



Very best wishes to Peter!

Tony's Talk
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
There's an interview with Tony Levin where he discusses life with three drummers and his choice of bass in the new outfit. Read all about it here. 


Roll Your Own Waveforms
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Dec 27, 2014
Singer songwriter Norman Lamont invites folks feeling the stress of the festive season to chill out a moment or two and roll your own waveforms. Norman writes " I thought visitors might be interested in playing with this generator for soundscapes (with a small ’s’)which I built many years ago. It’s very obviously and explicitly Fripp-inspired and he described it as ’lotsa fun’. I hope it gives pleasure to some of you and I would recommend it for stressed moments. It can give you a breathing space in the midst of it all. " Roll your own here. 


KChristmas Day With The Crims
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 26, 2014
First up, Robert & a certain rabbit of this parish...





Robert writes "WillyFred would also like it to be known that his Christmas lunch was all that he hoped it to be...





The Old Goat himself...



Meanwhile on the other side of the pond, Trey Gunn tries on a T-shirt that confers instant Xmas spirit upon the wearer...



Elsewhere, looking remarkably sprightly for a man whose just notched up 41 gigs and 15, 000 miles on tour, Adrian Belew with added Xmas twinkle...



Early Samplers
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Dec 26, 2014
Some thoughts on those early sampler albums which included you know who. 


Merry KChristmas
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Thu., Dec 25, 2014
Seasonal greetings and best wishes from everyone in the DGMLive team to all our visitors. We’ve dusted off this Xmas offering created for us by a certain Jamie Muir!



Kchristmas Has Come Early
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Dec 24, 2014
Christmas has come early for this person listening through to a test pressing of the forthcoming Live At The Orpheum.



This is the first new KC vinyl to sport a gatefold sleeve since Starless And Bible Black (excluding double LP compilations lest anyone be feeling pedantic).

Here's a shot of that interior gatefold plus a shot of the CD/DVD-A edition...





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