New to this lineup August 10, 2009
Written by BobLuciani
Iím more familiar with the 1970 to 1974 version of King Crimson than I am with this line up but I bought this CD based on what I read about the show and I must say Iím quite impressed.The songs Iím not used to hearing was a great ear opener.I particularly enjoyed The Waiting Man,Thela Hun Ginjeet and Frame by Frame. By the way I donít know if itís me but I thought I heard an awkward edit at the 2:13 mark of the song Frame by Frame. Anyway great CD I will have to look more closely to this line up.Bob.
Wonderful September 9, 2008
Written by rmauro
Iím reluctant to review any type of artistic work, itís all subjective and opinions are like..., well we all have one. You get the idea.
However, of all the many shows Iíve downloaded off of this site this has to be one of my very favorite concerts. Great setlist, inspired playing and fantastic sound make this an experience to enjoy time and time again.
Highlights for me, the opening soundscape, a very loose and funky Sex, Sleep, Eat, Dream and a very powerful Frame By Frame. BíBoom aint too bad either. What am I saying? Itís all weather and noise; just the way I like it.
This isnít my favorite Crimson line up, but this may be one of the best shows any line up of Crimson have played. Download and enjoy!
RJM - lost and found in the greater SF Bay Area
Worth checking out June 29, 2008
Written by DocBobster
If, like me, you have many many versions of most of these tracks, then, like me, you might have groaned when this one was released. With respect to set list, recording quality, and performance, Vrooom Vrooom is still the best release from the double trio. And still no double-trio Sheltering Sky; sigh! But this turned out to be worthwhile. Whatís new: A lengthy and very distinctive soundscape (a colorful tropical paradise), the "Improv 1" string quartet, and an amazing version of Waiting Man. (THRAK also has a wonderful improv section.) And even where this overlaps Vrooom Vrooom, the percussion is consistently fresh and exciting -- even Thela Hun Ginjeet sounds fresh here, because Bill and Pat were rethinking everything.
June 10, 2008
Written by JPrisco
Boy, can you hear everyone - thanks to the self-absorbed íaudientí near the soundboard, we get all the best & worst aspects of KCís soundboard / audience mix. On the other hand, we also hear every member of the band, and certainly louder than the punter(s). Everyone appears to be in fine form, and Robertís introductory Soundscape is worth a disc all by itself. In fact, this show as a whole is quite noteworthy, with its unique setlist and red-hot performance (special kudos to Adrian for his 21SCM solo). 4/5 stars for sound quality - very good yet not quite excellent - and for the guy near the soundboard who needed a muzzling, but is now preserved for all posterity as part & parcel of this performance (as if on equal par with the musicians).
Hmmmm.... June 5, 2006
Written by millingt
1996 tour King Crimson rocks. Each and every track intense. If I were making a playlist of the best of the Double Trio, most of these tracks would make it on there. With that said...this performance is only four stars. Not because of the sound, I think the sound is fine. The audience chatter isnt that unlike being sitting next to an annoying fan. But there is something about this performance that isnt as genuine as other Crimson performances. Dont get me wrong, Red, Neurotica, and especially Waiting Man are killer, but something about this performance doesnt flow. Someone else said it best when they said this is too much of a "best of" Crimson. Every song sounds like short poppy snippets of Crimson. I would say that my favorite recording of the Double Trio is the Collectors Club: Live at the Wiltern. That show is just as intense but much more intimate I think. Im still glad I downloaded this though, dont be discouraged.
A killer show May 4, 2006
Written by Ram4472
I want to say thank you to DGM for finally putting out a 1996 show. This did not disappoint. The performances are amazing and the highlight for me without a doubt was Waiting Man. I had never heard the Double Trio do it and I long had hoped it would come out. The setlist is really on the hard rock side, and I love Neurotica at the top of the set. The crowd can be a little annoying, but isnít that how many shows can be? Sometimes there are a few drunks that wonít shut up! Of course we are still waiting for The Sheltering Sky to appear from that tour as well...
A very nice start April 23, 2006
Written by naowre843
At long last DGM has released a complete show from 1996! Until now we have only been teased with parts of shows from Mexico City. Versions of songs are generally better from Mexico City, so I still eagerly await a full release of that. In the meantime this is a great download to have for the Improv, a full, unedited version of Dinosaur, Waiting Man, and a Fripp soundscape as the opening act. Iíd be happy to have this even if a complete Mexico City (or Ventura or Hollywood, which I saw) show was already available. This definitely would have been better without hearing so many buffoons from the crowd. One hopes this is just the beginning for the concerts from 1996. Hopefully future releases can include One Time, The Talking Drum, and The Sheltering Sky.
Recommended April 21, 2006
Written by Magritte
This show is full of energy but the sound is not as good as on Vroom Vroom.
Instrumental tunes are great but most of the Thrak and Discipline songs are better played on Vroom Vroom too. Red, Indiscipline, Improv1, LTIAII, Matte Kudasai and Elephant Talk are probably the best versions you can find.
So I recommend it
all music and songs April 18, 2006
Written by dingetje
When I saw the track list, I saw that it was all good, but every time a littel different, thaan the time before
I know almost all your records, but nut the one ís from the Club.
I hope to have some in the near future.
A Rocking' Performance April 17, 2006
Written by aronson
In a word... I love this show. The performance is rockiní and it is great to welcome in a í96 show to DGMLive with this one (one of my favorites).
With that said... There is way too much of the audience recording mixed in to the matrix.
Best? April 15, 2006
Written by GregK1
This may be the best Double Trio show yet released. The string quartet improv is fascinating, the version of Waiting Man is intense, and the "usual" songs in the set list are different enough to keep it interesting. Specifically, check out the beginning of Belewís guitar solo in Three of a Perfect Pair. The whole show has a level of intensity that I havenít noticed in other Double Trio shows, so I am eagerly anticipating other í96 shows
Scorch the Earth April 13, 2006
Written by vargan
The 1st of July has been quite a íhot dateí for Crimson, from the final Central Park performance in 1974 to the skid-marking surprises at the Wiltern in 1995, this day of the year is something to celebrate. The second of two shows at Londonís Shepherds Bush in 1996 is no exception, packing not only a mean VROOOMish punch, but vicious neurotic upper-cuts, lower bíbooming jabs and a devastating knock-out: Schizoid Man, the heavyweight champion of the world.
This concert begins with a Fripp soundscapes, unique in the fact that this is the only double trio presentation featuring such a lengthy warm-up of live bleeps and drones. This simmering soundscape is quite relaxing in comparison to the boiling double set that precedes it which includes blazing versions of Red, Sex, V.Vrooom & Larks II.
The availability of this download also marks the official debut release of "Waiting Man" as performed by the triple duo. The 90ís Crimson delivers this piece with weeping wonderment and Belewís solo is nothing less than a gifted pleasure to listen to. This gig also includes one of the final live appearances of Matte Kudasai, which was performed only a few times more during the August HORDE tour.
Most of the double set covers familiar territory; however something peculiar is an Improv: String Quartet, which possesses a haunting subtlety to it and much like Trio, the absence of drums contributes to its floating eeriness and creepish endeavors. This string quartet piece would again take stage 4 weeks later as a tailpiece of THRAK at Berkeleyís Greek Theatre.
Although the inclusion of audience mics adds an energetic atmosphere, some of the intoxicated crowd noise is just non-sense; the worst examples being the presence of Ďsuper clapí during the build-up of Indiscipline and the wailing screams heard throughout, most notable during Waiting Man. Criticisms aside, these distraKctions appropriately capture what itís like to sit in a public house of Crimso devotees.
All in all, a great performance, a great recording and a great opportunity to enjoy a Crimson line-up that is unlikely to return. Those of us who are still eagerly waiting to hear the double trioís version of The Sheltering Sky may be in luck. This piece was performed at Shepherdís Bush the previous night, so perhaps that gig has potential interest.
very lively April 13, 2006
Written by alexdrumoff
...yes, this is in fact a performance with quite a lot of live feeling. I personally prefer the 1996 dates to those from 1995 since they are much more filled with energy. I saw the band both times and they developed quite a lot.
This is a great example of that plus a bonus soundscape performance by RF since CGT were not playing that night - thanks heaven :-)! A must have for fans of the 90īs Crimso.
B'BOOM!!! April 12, 2006
Written by Clavius
This is an incredible show packed with alot of energy; the band is tight, consistent, and poised. This downoad is a perfect example of how live music (for an audience) can take studio material to another level. The passion and intensity of this show only makes me more hopefull of another Crimson tour. If you can get past some of the "crowd noise," which is pretty minimal, I highly recommend this download. I probably would have paid the same $$ just to hear the double trio or any Crimson incarnation past the 70ís play Schizoid man. Also, if you play drums, get this album ASAP; incredible sinergy between Pat and Bill.
wow April 12, 2006
Written by mikeh69
What a tour this was. This show and all Im sure all the shows in 1996 were like this one. Im glad to see a complete show from this tour. Time is messsin with my head. ten years ago. It seems like the show I saw in nj was 10 days ago. whats the next ten years going to be like 10 minutes.