My only wish of this September 15, 2010
Written by soveryfaraway
I reviewed this material before, still think it is most remarkable. I pull it up often to listen and reflect on the brilliance we have seen and heard in the past.
I wonder - would it be possible, like Mozart, or perhaps Beethoven, to assemble the proper musicians, and put all the parts of Larksí Tongues (4 so far) together as one studio or live package? We can hope, yes? I would pass them out as gifts for all occasions.
Still, love these live versions of 1 & 2 - always, I imagine.
Being there was grand February 4, 2010
Written by soveryfaraway
This was a superb experience to behold live. Fierce energy... but I also seem to recall RF having a rather bemused expression whilst observing club patrons on the floor trying to dance to some of this material (!). I fondly remember as well running across the bootleg vinyl in an old record shop and ripping the wallet from my pocket.
If you havenít heard this, you really should.
Crims' Eyes In Richards - Part I October 11, 2008
Written by Anonymous
This show is perfect...
Larksí was a great and succesful album with a blasting line-up and, to show this the tour was excellent...
This show shows the true Larksí line-up (except Muir) spirit with the possibly best Larksí Tongues In Aspic - Part I version ever played...
Although, the rest of the show is equally mind-blower. There are a powerful rendition of Easy Money, two dooming Improvs, a depressive Book Of Saturday, a mad The Talking Drum and a equally insane Larksí Tongues In Aspic - Part II...
Although no Muir, his mad played survived in the hands of Bill Bruford, who, with his great technique highlighted not only Crim songs, but songs of Yes, Genesis and other great bands and artists...
What a amazing show this is...
LARKS' LIVE: Muir-less noise first archive August 30, 2008
Written by DeVito
Wow, this is a fun set -- blasting, intense, quiet, rocking, loose, tight, and everything else. After Dr. D we get the entire Larks album (with a slightly different running order). This early version of Dr. D doesnít have the power and weight it would acquire after being rearranged (a smart move all around, given that at that time King Crimson didnít have close to the technical skills of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and were unwise to try to adopt their machine-gun style). We get the full-length Larksí I here -- by the fall, the middle section had been truncated (omitting the part where Wetton plays a sort of wah-wah bass solo).
It should be emphasized that, contrary to the previous reviewer, Jamie Muir is NOT present -- heíd left the band around 5 months earlier. Letís not shortchange Bill Bruford! He did a great job of keeping Muirís manic energy and hazardous uncertaintly in the music, while also playing some monstrous drums. --Chris DeVito
Muiresque Noise Last Archive August 23, 2008
Written by Anonymous
One of the best, if not the better archive of The Mighty Crim in 1973, this show is marked by the full energy that it has.
Itís clear that the band was in full form that night, and Jamie Muir, obviously perceiving that it would be his last show with King Crimson, put all his forces into this performance, with great results.
In first place, this bootleg version of "Dr. Diamond" is a buster and "Larksí Tongues In Aspic - Part I" is the best version Iíve heard, with all his old signatures.
Of course, both Improvs are true surprises, the first has a exotic feel , almost catching "Trio"ís sound and ideas, a great example of Crossís playing capacity and ability, and the second one is totally amazing and horripilant at the same time, having a king of horror movie soundtrack feel with both Cross and Fripp sitting in the mellotrons and surprising the whole audience with itís dark and spooky sound.
Unfortunately, following this show, Jamie Muir left the band, leaving a big empty place in Crimsonís sonority, that, with Brufordís capacity, was fulfilled.
This Night Wounds Time June 26, 2008
Written by creeplepeople
This show is a wonderful addition to the Wetton-era catalogue. Iím glad that the conversations of Richardís patrons were interrupted! This is another amazing performance from an amazing band. Thanks! I love it!
One for high rotation June 25, 2008
Written by JPrisco
Hereís another gem -- band, performance, and sound all top-notch. No caveats here, folks; this is exactly what you hope it will be & well worth the getting. Youíll wish it was longer, but thatís what keeps us coming back for more, eh?
One of the best bootleg remastered June 25, 2008
Written by octopus92
I was waiting for a long time to have spring 1973 shows : they are in my humble opinion very adventurous and powerful (the influence of Jamie Muir is still there) and the different exchanges between Cross and Fripp were still present (they disappeared later for a more rock energy than subtle musicality...)
This good sounded bootleg has been carefully remastered (even there is a big buzz sound during Dr. Diamond...) and is a good example of how a Crimson concert could be excited at that time !
Hope weíll see (and hear) now some March or April shows that were much more adventurous and had good snippets of the latter material ("Fracture" among them...)
From God's Mouth To Fripp's Ear June 24, 2008
Written by crimkingJim
I must confess to having two bootlegs of this show (in pieces!), and Iíve prayed for years that R Fripp would release a copy of it. My prayers have been answered, and then some! This show contains one of the most beautiful transition improvs between Easy Money and Exiles that Iíve heard in recordings. All three tracks are played with amazing intuition, but the gentle improv between the two standards is really first rate. Also a perfect example of R Frippís incredibly distinct "squeal", sounding like no other guitarist performing at that time. Probably like no other up until that time. Beautiful.
Additionally, the second improv leading into The Talking Drum has some absolute telepathic communication going on between R Fripp and D Cross on mellotron... Brilliant!
Astonishing.... June 24, 2008
Written by spindoktor
Is there a bum show from this lineup? The consistency and intensity are amazing!
Fantastic! June 23, 2008
Written by cuicawrangler
I have been hoping for a good representation of Diamond from this tour, as I was at the June 16 Berkeley show (unforgettable if only due to the fact the Boys opened, inexplicably, for The Eagles) and have never gotten it out of my head. A treat.
Have to agree on LTiA1 as well. Pretty spiky, and Bruford in particular is funky as all hell.
Great show all around. These guys were on to something.
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