Improvscapes February 15, 2011
Written by Otohiko
This is a record Iíve been coming back to often over the last few months, largely because itís so free-flowing and exploratory. There is a lot of long, sorrowful sweeps here, but theyíre not intense - they come and go at leisure, and Robert does his share at convincing the audience relax and take it as a natural background to whatever theyíre doing. The result is music that doesnít hurry to say anything directly, instead winding its way through textures and harmonies freely. For poignancy and power, you may be best advised to look elsewhere in soundscapes, but if you just want to hear Robert happily at work in an improv setting, you canít do much better than this. Oh, and the Q&A, along with Robertís rather amusing introduction (which actually comes almost a third of the way through the performance) are a fun bonus - the guitarist is seems to be in good spirits and the audience likewise shows lots of respect. This is probably a unique recording if you are interested in soundscapes recorded with responsive audience - on other releases, this response is usually omitted. Here, meanwhile, you can definitely get a glimpse at what was definitely a very interactive and productive evening.
Sadness has his own intent. February 8, 2010
Written by Armand
There are more waves with a sorrowful timbre than usual in other soundscapes, and that makes this download so beautiful.
The soundquality is also very good, and the little disturbance on some places is not irritant at all.
Excellent music, fantastic value! February 5, 2010
Written by AndyFox
Ethereal, with an edge! The Q&A was a welcome bonus.
A fantasitic bargin at six quid (ish)
Sound quality was excellent.
February 4, 2010
Written by jfitzgerald
living in the chicago area, i consider myself privilaged to have been able to see crimson 4 times at the park west theater. my first concert ever was seeing crimson on the first thrak tour at the rosemont theater, with the california guitar trio as the support act. now, granted that being my first live concert, and as i was 15 years old at the time, it is indelibly etched upon my being as a magical night.
but this show, which fell a month after my 18th birthday, and attending with my father, a lifelong crimsonhead, who was kind enough to give me his original vinyl KC collection when i was twelve, was beyond special. we arrived early and took seats at the tables right at the stages end, and right in front of robert. alternateing between watching him at such a close distance(ive been a guitarist since i was ten so i was very curious to see him play and bleep and drone) and closing my eyes(i didnt feel like walking around as per robertís suggestion) and taking the music in with out visuals, i was forever changed as a player. THAT was really the first time music, even tho i was not the one playing it, felt like it took me into its confidence. and what a wonderful place it was. so thank you DGM live and thank you robert for finally releasing this performance. the music is without peer, and actually just as i remember it, yet somehow new all the same. plus, the q and a is priceless and worth the price alone! altogether, with an appreciative and respectful audience(save for the dolt who felt it necessary to take two flash photos which not only affected robert but also the audience, i know i was), magnificent, soaring, gut-wrenching soundscapings, and the fripp stand up routine( i jest of course), this is an important addion to DGM, and should be an important additon to the collection of all who frequent this site. i cant recommend this highly enough.
Very good indeed February 2, 2010
Written by paulwelsh
Iíll second Mr Flahertyís comments on the sound. The most noticeable distortion is on the most violent sections of the music towards the end and to me it actually adds something. The opening scrapes are as beautiful as any Iíve heard with interesting sonic choices. There is wonderful melodicism here. This made me chuckle; a little while in Fripp announces that the audience may get up and walk about etc. with impunity, then issues. forth with music more likely to make you run away or cower in a corner!
A Special Night February 2, 2010
Written by mflaherty
In a recent piece for DGM, I mentioned how wonderful this particular evening of soundscapes was. I am, of course, delighted to see this same performance become available.
In honesty, I actually expected, after 12 years, to be disappointed. After all, at the time the released CDs were all I had heard, so surely the impact, after hearing so many performances, would be lessened, right? If anything, itís better than I remembered.
This is one of the darkest, yet most hauntingly beautiful soundscapes yet available; for me, the Park West show joins NYC 2000 as the top pick of soundscape downloads. The use of voice, echo, drone, etc, his never been better.
I also want to add that, while not at the level of more recent tours, the sound quality is VERY good. Perhaps less than perfect, but I wouldnít want anyone to think this show has bootleg level sound.
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