We Were There February 26, 2012
Written by rabbimeyer
"Our drummer, Bruford, would like to thank the two guys from Baton Rouge from two years ago ... and all the rest of you, too." And with that, KC launched Red. I just downloaded this show, I hope the banter is on there! Dave, Brian, Geo and cousin Russ were there, too, that strange night 28 years ago ... and thanks Auntie Grace, for letting us crash on your floor. I know you didnít expect a bunch of heads at your place at midnight, but you were a trooper! Poplar Creek had sold "packages" that summer (four or five different shows grouped together and sold at a "discount") and, by my recollection, they packaged KC with Rick Springfield and some other pop acts to make for a strange collection (whoíd you pair them up with to begin with?). So there were a number of folks there because they had the tickets, but no experience with the band. I trust Entry -> Larks Tongues ->Thela was a nice introduction. Elvis Brothers opened and having seen them as "just" a party band in Madison, I was quite impressed with their show, even having fun with us by "playing to type" (not). Fire in the City indeed. I was able to trade for this bootleg right when classes started in Madison that next fall (and thanks to the clerk at Wazoo Records in Madison for trading!) When friends who saw the next KC show (in Milwaukee) heard the tape, they were disappointed that they hadnít gone to this show. And I am pleased that I am able to support the artists by purchasing the download here. If you have Absent Lovers, you donít "need" Poplar Creek (and vice versa, I guess) but I think the Poplar Creek show was "better" and Iím trying to judge by quality, not because I was there.
Absent Crims August 14, 2008
Written by Anonymous
This show is the true spirit of the 1984 King Crimson with all his strong and weak points, full of energy, rhythm and power.
In first place, the violent, brutal and powerful "Entry Of The Crims", an altered, modified and energyc version of "No Warning" but with more ear-busting sense, leading in a perfect and astonishing "Larksí Tongues In Aspic - Part III" and a superb "Thela Hun Ginjeet".
As noted, this setlist is almost the same as on "Absent Lovers", except for a different positioning of "Frame By Frame" and the addition of a particular and amazing version of "The Sheltering Sky".
This show is truly a must-have and a essential bootleg to all Crimson fan.
This is King Crimson...
Discipline and Thrakking November 17, 2007
Written by KC_1980s
The violently creative Entry of the Crims lead-in makes Thrakattack sound like an Air Supply album, combining the Dionysian influence with a lot of noise.
I was reluctant to get this download at
first because it is a duplication of
Absent Lovers. While AL is sort of
the definitive "discipline" version of the band at this time, this download is the "thrak" version -- raw and powerful. Itís different enough that itís worth adding to your library. The recording quality isnít as good as AL, but the mix lets you hear the raw power.
I'm very pleased November 3, 2007
Written by octofish
I was also a member of this audience. Although disappointed I was not old enough to veiw the band at the Park West -Discipline tour, not being 21 years old, I was delighted to obtain tickets for the Beat tour at Poplar Creek in 1983. Upon arrival at the venue, we were turned away by securtiy for a reason not known at the time. I was a bit angry. This show was significant at the time. Now 22 years old, having outpatient surgery the same day as the show and having ended a very nasty relationship with a young woman, decided to pay for three surprised friends all being big fans. One, my late friend Emmett, bless his soul, a kind and gentle man and a genius, that was beside himself this night. Earlier in the year, Bill and Ade were in some record store in Skokie, IL. I woke Emmett up early, we drove in and met them. Emmett was beside himself. KC just had released "Three Of A Perfect Pair". When I told Emmett of the record and one tune being named "Larks Tounges in Aspic III", he was too anxious to describe.
This recording although the quality is hurting a bit is a very significant part of my memory and I am very happy to find this here. If you were at this event, I wish you too to purchase this file. This night was special. All four of us, three never having witnessed the mighty Crim, were left with our mouths open.
There were people sitting just behind us, having told us they never heard of this band and asked us if it is going to be any good. I suggested to the two young men to "fasten your seatbelts". They were no less than blown away.
Thank you very much Uncle Bobby. If youíre ever in Chicago, your money is no good here.
Dinner on me.
Oh, My God!!! August 22, 2007
Written by spfldbuffalo
8/22/07: Without sounding brash, I truly believe I was one of the first audients at this particular show, at a venue that I always thought had great sound. The show was magnificent, and KC was really on it that night. To remember something that terrific from so far away in another universe at my age must have been remarkable, and it was. Crim had all of the "Discipline: album down pat and "Beat" was out as well. I remember Robert coming out at the start of the show, with the song that appears on one or the other album, I forget which one. Iím too damned old and grouchy to care. Anyway, if those of you who were there as I was, Robert had on a sweatshirt with the KC Monster "Red" (off the 1st album, whom I christen "The King") emblazoned. Where can a fanatic like me get said sweatshirt? I know not. Perhaps DGM can re-issue it? So, back to the audient portion...a drone thing in the background, and Robert playing a blistering solo with that scorching sound that allows sustain and breathless crunch, íbuckers on fire!...Just him and a spotlight of soft blue...then, Adrian comes out and bows, and then Tony, and then Bill...My God, they were hot. One of the best live shows I have ever seen, and believe me, I have seen nearly everyone. Thanks be to God I have had the pleasure of actually meeting and talking to Robert and Tony and Adrian, all consummate players and gracious gentlemen. A real treat, not to be missed, and fuck the sound. You get what was there, my friend! From a bootleg, nontheless, but fabbo in its own right. Go for it and enjoy!
-James in Rockford-
Wow, no what I really mean is WOW! July 13, 2007
Written by gsweeden
About 1/2000th of the audience noise is me enjoying my first Crimson show and wow what a show it was. I credit this night with changing my musical tastes forever and opening up a whole world of "not played on the radio" type of music. I think the 3 star sound rating is a bit harsh, but considering that 5 stars is studio grade I guess I canít disagree too strongly. Thanks DGM for making this available.
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