Roxy audience May 16, 2010
Written by wakefan
I was at this show, and the fans were loud. One guy shouted "Asbury Park" too much. One guy got Frippís attention by shouting "King Crimson making history!" The best was when someone said, "Hey Billy, you forgot your Hi-Hat"
The Definitive 1981 Concert! September 2, 2008
Written by Anonymous
The Mighty Crim shows itself again with this perfect concert, and, this time, presenting songs that would be presented on the next album, like a longer version of "Neal And Jack And Me" and a wordless and demented version of "Neurotica", then called "Manhattan".
"The Sheltering Sky" is delivered in a dazzling way, with the band going slowly and sweetly and Robert Fripp on a keyboard intro to his guitar solo, which is typical from the Discipline Tour.
This concert presents King Crimson on a great form and perfectly on...
...Truly a must-have.
Best live Discipline I've heard (since 1981) August 27, 2008
Written by DeVito
I saw this group about 2 weeks before this concert, in New York. If you like the Discipline KC, this concert is essential -- the playing is intense throughout, with wild, relentless versions of all the Discipline songs and loose, almost jamming renditions of some of the about-to-be-Beat songs. Plus the majesty of Red and the menace of Larksí II. This is the best (and the best-sounding) concert recording from í81 that Iíve heard yet. --Chris DeVito
Ooh la la! November 15, 2007
Written by KC_1980s
Worth ten bucks for Adrianís introduction to Neal and Jack and Me -- which is great, and plays off the audience member who shouts "ooh la la" once Ade mentions Paris. But he does the introduction for the wrong song! The band quickly recovers, and someone shouts "KING CRIMSON IS MAKING HISTORY!" as the brand-new song begins. The three not-yet-Beat songs are unique versions, especially Tangier. Worth listening just for them. If this is from an audience bootleg, it sure sounds good. You can hear the
wonderful interplay with the audience.
But they donít talk over the songs. I guess after
being bludgeoned by Thela and Red back to back, they were pretty docile. So the quality of the recording is outstanding. The show has really rocking versions of the Discipline songs.
EXUBERANT! November 10, 2006
Written by tylewno
Iíve always looked back at this - my first King Crimson show - as the best concert Iíve ever attended. Such an energetic presentation of the new line-up and new material to eager L.A. fans. Iíd only heard Red before this show. I was impressed by the clean, crisp deliberate playing and this recording captures it well. Itís a small club, like they are in your living room, confident youíll like a fresh direction in rock. The Discipline material is brilliant. Many Thanks.
This is the one! October 30, 2006
Written by cubist
For me this is the best live set by this line-up Iíve heard. I think it PULVERISES Absent Lovers - absolutely slays it. The reason is because the band is still comparitively young and the pieces all fairly new and still being worked around and the reception of the audience is really enthusiatic. Its an EXCITING listen and is refeshingly free of that irritating electric drum sound thats blights Absent Lovers and some later released recordings of this line-up. This is the definitive set Iíve been looking for - a performance similar in feel to the Moles club set (KCCC10?) but with really good sound. I canít believe this is from a cassette - sounds superb.
Good addition to the 80's canon September 24, 2006
Written by timohara
This is a very welcome release for fans of the Discipline line-up. The sound quality is a bit unbalanced and inconsistent, but is quite good for an audience recording. The enthusiasm of the crowd actually adds to the performance.
Interesting to contrast the group at this point with the group heard on Absent Lovers. The songs are less settled, less balanced and less concise here...this can be a good thing. The early versions of Neurotica and Satori in Tangier are clearly highlights. Sheltering Sky is great too, and Indiscipline may be my personal favorite version.
All that said, I would still recommend the KCCC 82 Philadelphia release and Absent Lovers as the best live documents of this lineup because of the sound quality. If youíve already got those and want more, pick this up; itís worthy.
Wow! September 17, 2006
Written by jimbugtm
Now here is an another outstanding performance by the 80s lineup. This is truly not to be passed up, not only for the live treatments of the Discipline tracks, which by that time were known quantities, but also for the unknowns, the soon-to-be-Beat-era pieces, which were still in their formative stages.
And to boot, a top-notch restoration.
Nice job all around! Thanks so much!
A Nice Treat September 16, 2006
Written by cuicawrangler
Having been lucky enough to enjoy the San Francisco shows a few days later, itís very nice to have such an excellent recording of the band at this stage. This is already essential! My wife also particularly enjoys this recording, as this is by far her favorite version of KC. Thanks for making it available.
I Wish I'd Been there To See It! September 15, 2006
Written by paulwelsh
How much fun is this? Not worth umming and ahhing over-buy it. The studio recordings donít come close to conveying the humour and energy of gigs like this. Almost everything that can be conveyed by a recording is present here-wonderful!
SATORI TAKES THIS DISC AWAY September 15, 2006
Written by dubhthaigh
I suspect that the reason I am so enamoured of this lineup (well and the double trio as well) is that I was thoroughly and completely unprepared when I walked into the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby with my best mate to see what had evolved in the Court of....
It was one of the most earth shaking experiences of my life. Frippís quintessential "virgin" reference if you will. Heydoctor and yers trawling came out of the experience not at all sure what we heard, but as the Man himself intones "I LIKE IT!" Indeed. This show is shortly thereafter the Tower, I think. It was cold. And I am over the moon to hear this fire re-lit. There is a great line from Teilhard de Chardin that seems most appropriate: When Man learns to harness the power of Love and direct it in compassion, then he will, for the second time, have discovered fire." Aye. That is what I got most out of this music - a re-discovery of Fire, of giving oneself over so that Music may take you into its confidence. I never heard Music the same after this experience, well you wouldnít anyway, eh Heracleitus - but you get the drift: this changed how I prepared myself to listen. And what I have heard since has carried me through days of apathy. It has washed over me. It has given me the power to .......
Thus, I am very grateful to these four men, to the chap with the tape recorder, and to the DGM Team for bringing this up to such a wonderful experience. Maybe you can be a virgin again....
11/21/81 roxy September 14, 2006
Written by doug1956
listening to the samples an free tickle,i find this to sound like a average fm tape rather than an audience. in other words you should buy this asap as i find the quality an restoration awsome. do not be swayed thinking this is just another half assed audience tape,plus how can you beat the price? thats right you canít. thank goodness for the dgm live series!