May 9, 2009
Written by cysarrafha
Simply a Must-Have.
Never ending discoveries... April 7, 2009
Written by alemo01
This gig is really awesome: itís an early set for this line-up but the enthusiastic band is already on top form, creating a lot of exploratory material. The wav files are stunning and I agree with a previous reviewer that this could be the essential KCCC 71-72 release with Detroit & Summit Studios. The double versions of "Sailorís Tale" & "Get Thy Bearings" are so different & welcome! "Bearings" on cd2 includes some amazing free-form moments with a hidden presence of a masked Groon! Another Robert/Boz/Mel/Ian essential performance and recommended download.
Good stuff January 5, 2008
Written by JPrisco
I originally bought this download in mp3 format, and soon had it in high rotation -- it may have been the first 1971 show I heard. Now I count it right up there with Detroit, Plymouth and Summit Studios, and Iím buying it again (on flac files); that should say it all.
Best of the four 1971 Zoom Club shows June 8, 2006
Written by dwimer1
To me this show rivals the excellent Summit Studios and Detroit 1971 releases as the best live release of this underrated lineup. I have also downloaded the1st show from this four night run (April 12th, 1971) and Iíve heard parts of the latter two shows and I believe that this performance is the best of the four. This show has more jamming than the others, and the opening version of "Sailorís Tale" is awesome. Another reviewer praised the second rendition of "Get Thy Bearings" and I must agree. Donít be wary that there are two versions of "Sailorís Tale" and "Get Thy Bearings" because each version is quite different. $10 for two discs worth of excellent music with crystal clear sound quality is an absolute steal!
Awesome Bearings March 15, 2006
Written by Jonathan
Excellent gig with superb sound quality. The second "bearings" in the set is awesome!
Finding their feet January 7, 2006
Written by rhammill
An interesting set in contrast to the night before. Musicians will often tell you that the first night of a tour isnít the worst, itís the second or third when the adrenaline and excitement has lessened that you start to make mistakes. While the band is beginning to come together a bit more than the night before, it doesnít have quite the same edginess as opening night. But from a historical perspective itís great to have these back-to-back shows to hear how the music grows (or not).
You want to know something funny? Over the holidays it occured to me that the Islands-era Crimson is actually some of the most accessible Crimson ever, at least live.
Iíll explain - most Crimson is well rooted in an approach outside the mainstream of the general musical territory, especially at the time itís released. This wasnít entirely the case with the Islands-era band - especially live. This is more evident after touring the US and slowly dropping the older material from the set to be replaced with more blows. My brother-in-laws both know of Crimson and have some albums, but they both appreciate either jam-bands or jazz and jazz-fusion more than Crimson or í70s era progressive rock. Boz, Mel and Ian fill that territory extremely well, with Robert adding a unique edge and approach to the music. This occured to me when we were listening to some Roland Kirk and Coltrane Christmas tunes that were mixed in with all of the other stuff we were listening to on their iPod. So I recommended they check out some of the live material from that time period.
In fact, due to the heavy leanings of this band this in that direction, it may have been the one Crim lineup that was somewhat of itís time in the musical landscape, although probably well outside of what most rock audiences would have been exposed.
A Slight Downturn December 23, 2005
Written by GrassySound
Surprisingly, this show seems to be laden with more mistakes than the debut performance the night before. Opening night has an intense energy and enthusiasm, which I suppose is inevitable when performing to the public for the first time. However, this second performance by the Islands band seems less focused, less driven, and less integrated as a whole. There are wonderful moments, to be sure, but overall it seems a bit anticlimactic to opening night. With this being said, itís still very much worth downloading and hearing, as itís by no means a subpar performance. The sonics are beautiful, and Mel and Ian continue to impress with their versatility, with Mel really shining on flute. Ian shows his skills with double bass drums to skillful effect (though he was to later revert to a single bass drum as the band evolved.) In short, Iíd suggest opening night first, and then this gig.
Bursting Out November 26, 2005
Written by wildea
A fantastic performance by the Islands group. Very inventive and
playful. All of the songs are played with abandon which makes the
entire performance enjoyable. Mel and Ian seem to be having a lot
of fun stretching out and Robert seems to be playful as well.
Frankfurt Zoom Club April 13 1971 November 24, 2005
Written by ChewChewGumChew
Excellent sound quality (and I got the MP3 version!). These Zoom
Club shows are as important to the Islands band as the 72 Zoom Club
shows were to the Larks band. Lively show, with a few musical
variations, most notably on Sailors Tale. I love this era of KC, and I
highly recommend this to anyone else who does as well. Itís better
quality that many of the KCCC shows from this period (to these ears).
Now on to download the Double Trio 94 shows...