Not essential - but interesting enough October 10, 2012
Written by jeffoaster
My guess is that most people visiting this site have a pretty fair amount of Live Crimson, and numerous versions of all of the songs included here with the exception of the improvs (of which there are only two brief ones on this set). The sound is pretty good, and the performances are as expected.
The real reason to pick this one up, as others have alluded to, is to hear Wetton cover for David Cross when his violin fails during the Night Watch, which is then followed up with a very amusing Robert Fripp announcement to buy the Roadies some time. So, in other words, there are other more worthwhile concerts available here but it is pretty cool to see Wetton pick up his bandmate.
I Was There! February 7, 2012
Written by sfstinson
Too bad the recording of the April 28, 1974 concert is incomplete. I was in attendance that night, along with my band mates. The concert was opened by Aerosmith, which we all found to be a rather strange coupling.
My recollection is that, right after Bob asked the dude screaming down front to "... curb your enthusiasm, sir...", as evidenced by the "RF Announcement" track here, Crimson ripped into "Larks Tongue in Aspic - Part 1" and topped off the night with an encore rendition of "21st Century Schizoid Man". There may have been another song in there somewhere, but is was nearly 38 years ago for me, and, while the excellence of that nightís performance is as fresh a memory as if it had been only last week, memorizing set lists has never been my strong suit.
Refreshingly Raw May 24, 2008
Written by Nokie2
The sound quality from the cassette, as youíll notice from the samples, is significantly better than the cassette that was the source of "Earthbound". Its still short of a high speed reel recording and youíll hear some hiss in the quiet passages of "Fracture" but the performance is so good, your ears canít help but focus on the music.
I like the fact that this recording was not carefully assembled from multi-tracks and given post-production fix-its. What we get here is what they played and the best the sound engineer could capture on the fly. The mix is surprisingly good and the limitations of the 2-track cassette keeps íem honest!
Groovy December 19, 2007
Written by DoctorNerve
Awful? Yikes. Thatís a bit harsh me thinks. Anything that I can get my hands on from this band is worth the price. I remember years ago starving for material from this era and now its all over me. LOVE IT!
Incomplete show - full price December 17, 2007
Written by pilotkameleon
Another incomplete show.... But full price.... I donít understand that!!!!
Track 1-4: awful, but track: 5-9: very good.
In my opinion: nothing special.
KC LIve Columbus OH 1974 December 17, 2007
Written by osbiefeel
Lovely snippet of late 73-74 Crim--Fripp is very playful on this show--Easy Money and Lament, in particular. Bruford is manic and always interesting (how many drummers to you actively tune into when listening to a rock group--many provide a backbeat for sure but it becomes part of the mix. Not so with BB)
Poor Cross--how annoying for your instrument to be suddenly silent--and knowing this band, itís easy enough for Wetton to pick him up. Speaking of, this release suffers from Wettonís mike or something--his voice is strong but the normally beastly bass is somewhat muffled throughout the recording.
in any case, a couple of lovely improvs, particularly the second--kudos to Cross on that one.
Finally, I think we can say we all love Frippís witt up there under arclight. This period was apparently tough for Fripp-he, however, didnít seem to let it effect his sense of humor. Blessings that he made it through.
can't beat any performance with this line up! December 16, 2007
Written by markabauer
For me, this was the finest incarnation of Crimson. I equate their performances with the finest live jazz (ie Miles, Coltrne, Evans, etc.) and you canít go wrong with any of the fine DGM releases from this era. This Columbus, OH show gives us a solid set with, as usual, interesting variations on a familiar song set. My only obection is that the tape ran out after Robertís witty time filler, and recording wise, the bass register of this show is diminished compared to most other releases. The recording might lack Wettonís punch, but very well worth getting.
Nice release December 16, 2007
Written by Tadream
Nice worthwhile release, thanks for offering it!