Mel Collins is a beast October 11, 2012
Written by jeffoaster
The performance on this one is certainly a five star, and except for the audience portions of the concert (i.e. the first 2:30 or so of Get Thy Bearings are almost unlistenable before a jarring return to the SB portion), the sound is probably at a five star level as well.
Itís no secret at this point that Collins was a dominant force - possibly the best soloist ever in the Crimson lineup - and he is on fire for this concert - heís channeling Coltrane in the aforementioned Get Thy Bearings.
Weíre also treated to what is likely the debut of The Letters (unless if you count Drop In as a version of it) and Ladies of the Road, which seems to remind me a bit of Cat Food at this point.
And while I always like hearing Formentara Lady preceding Sailorís Tale, these embryonic versions with drastically different arrangements and solos are a real treat to listen to.
Audio Source: Soundboard enhanced with audience bootleg
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