A Unique Occasion February 25, 2012
Written by simkin_eden
So here I am nearly 40 years later reviewing a gig for a group of musicians some of which are still working, and I am still listening to (with probably even more enthusiam than at the time!)
My introduction to KC was through a school friend who was a drummer and had long admired Bill Bruford. How he knew that this gig was taking place (we lived about 15 miles away) I donít know but somehow he acquired tickets for us both.
Though the university had a students union venue, with stage etc., and a theatre the gig was held in the main lecture theatres (actually two with a dividing wall that could be removed) consequently there was no proper stage only a large podium where lecturers would stand - this meant that this was the space that the band would perform on and we in auidience could sit as close as possible to them.
As we queued to enter the theatre Robert Fripp strolled past us carrying his guitar in a very impressive custom made leather case that fitted the body of the instrument leaving the neck exposed. He then paused, we were close enough to speak to him, fear and admiration stopped us.
We managed to seat ourselves close to the podium and so a close-up view of the band, memorable was Bruford in white boiler suite (bib and braces) and bare chested and Jamie Muir in a fake fur cropped jacket! Even more memorable was Muirís íinstrumentsí a seemingly random collection of percussion items and junk! Fripp sat on a stool seemingly impassive and so our attention in the main was on Muir and Bruford!
The music was a revealation, we were both familir with ICOTCK (an LP whose impact on our musical tastes was in itself remarkable), but nothing prepared us for what was played that night, some of which would end up on LTIA.
Forty years on my actual memories of the music is vague (for which I apologise), most of my memories are are incidents such as Jamie Muir using a blood capsule (I thought it was real until my friend explained!)
This was a gig that would change my musical tastes and these years on I realise that I was very fortunate to see the line-up of KC that included Jamie Muir, when we saw them at the Rainbow in London nearly two years later he had moved on.
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|Of Stick And Slit Drum Tue., Mar 19, 2013|
Posted by: syncopatico
Iíd recognize that 17/16 pattern anywhere!
Wonderful to hear *just* the "rhythm section" especially the modulation in the second half of the piece when Bill switches the percussion from the more genteel slit drum accents to the heavier boobams, rototoms Read more
|A Testament to George Chkiantz Thu., Mar 14, 2013|
Posted by: syncopatico
Whenever I hear recorded evidence of King Crimson in 1973/74 Iím reminded of the superb audio recording/engineering talent(s) of George Chkiantz! Each instrument can be heard clearly in the overall mix: the guitar occupying its proper space, a full Read more
|More please... Wed., Mar 13, 2013|
Posted by: jeffoaster
Judging by this performance and the Atlanta one the following week, Crimso were really on fire at this point - moreso than usual. While the sound quality isnít pristine and has some occasional dropouts, it is certainly listenable Read more
| London, London, United Kingdom January 07, 1974|
Posted by: johnnypro
this heals my soul
|Lovely Sat., Mar 9, 2013|
Posted by: myshadow
Now we have around five minutes of music from Starless And Bible Black, and these ístudiesí are lovely. I too, am amazed these werenít added to the 40th anniversary edition. I know, often artists feel that the final takes are Read more
|Immensely beautiful Wed., Mar 6, 2013|
Posted by: orrason
A real gem this one. Outstandingly beautiful, I wish more of these ...
|Breathtaking Tue., Mar 5, 2013|
Posted by: microbunny
This should have been part of the 40th Anniversary release. Astoundingly beautiful to hear it stripped down like this...
|Beauty Mon., Mar 4, 2013|
Posted by: fhc339835
It is so wonderful! Pure beauty.
|Yayyyy! Mon., Mar 4, 2013|
Posted by: snufkin
No offense to the Vicar, but I missed these precious Crimso nuggets. Thanks for the return of the Mighty Crim!
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