Her Majesty's Theatre May 10, 1981
Written by Russell Whitworth
I was being very careful to control my expectations. I'd read the Fripp interviews. I had no idea if he was going to exert his "right to be boring", or quite what he was going to do. Having Bruford in the line-up made me suspect that it wasn't going to be entirely Frippertronics, though. I'd heard of Levin (from Peter Gabriel), but Belew's name didn't mean anything to me at that time.
It's hard to remember the set-list after all this time, but I think they opened with "Frame by Frame". I clearly remember hearing that inter-weaving introduction for the very first time, along with an entire audience that was hearing it for the very first time too. Incredible. Instantly every other concert I had been to paled by comparison. Every note was etching itself into my conscious and sub-conscious mind. Normally it is very difficult to enjoy music on first hearing, but this was something entirely different. The impact on me, and everyone else, was almost tangible.
There were so many new ideas to take in. The interlocking guitar work, in the style now known as "crafty". This new front-man with the ability to produce beautiful, ugly, and even animal sounds from his guitar. The bald-headed chap with a strange-looking instrument - it must be a Stick - I've heard of it, but never seen it - how on earth was it producing all those sounds? And of course the first hearing of that distinctive Fripp Roland Guitar Synth sound. Even Bruford, previously well-known to me as a "drummer", was suddenly on unfamiliar territory, introducing all sorts of melodic ideas. All of these elements were new to me - so much to take in all at once!
I clearly remember the second number. It was what I now know to be
one of the first live performances of "Red". If the opening number had impact, this was the knock-out blow. Those crashing, rising opening chords have never sounded better. All of a sudden, this was a King Crimson concert! I don't know how many others in the audience were expecting it Ė I certainly wasn't - and I was stunned beyond belief. I remember thinking "how are they going to do the strings?", and then in came the now-familiar Levin version of the middle section. Outstanding.
All of the "Discipline" album was there - I do remember one thing - Indiscipline was played with no opportunity for the audience to answer back - we'd never heard it before. (I'm listening to Indiscipline as I write this). The Sheltering Sky also had a tremendous impact on first hearing.
Later in the set we had the second KC treat - LTIA Pt.2, of
course. Bruford seemed to enjoy the audience's recognition of this one, in particular. And finally (I think) Discipline in all its complexity.
remember cycling home that night in a state of bliss, replaying every number in my head. Months later, I could still "hear" each song even though I'd only heard them once (or twice, for the encore numbers). I've never experienced this before or since - almost total musical recall based on a single listening. Intense? Yes, you could say it was intense.
Some months later, still carrying the performance in my head, I came home one evening and turned on the radio. Capital Radio, Alan Freeman (yes, he was on Capital at that time). I turned it on in the middle of a track - Discipline, I think. Note for note as I remembered it in my head, but cleaner.
Fantastic - at last "Discipline" had put out an album! I would rush out and buy it the next day. Then Fluff's voice: "That's from the new album from King Crimson, called 'Discipline'"
King Crimson? What does he mean King Crimson? You mean they're not called "Discipline" any more? Yippee!!! I've seen King Crimson live, and I didn't even realise it at the time!!!
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| Berkeley, California August 13, 1982|
Posted by: tombstone
First, Iíd like to say thank you to RF & co. for this free offering; very generous. Iíve spent the last week (January 1-5 2007) listening to the 7.30.82 show from Club 26 and, as I listen to this performance from Read more
|Thanks for helping my memory too Thu., Jan 4, 2007|
Posted by: jmclion
I love to find recordings of shows I have attended. It helps keep the memories strong. Almost been 25 years since this performance. This is going stright to the top of my listening Read more
|Thank You Wed., Dec 6, 2006|
Posted by: millingt
First and foremost, thank you to DGM Live for giving us a free download. To me, 80ís Crimson was one of the most interesting times. In my opinion, with maybe the exception of In the Court, Discipline is Read more
|Thanks Sun., Nov 26, 2006|
Posted by: DeusIrae
One of the fundamental aspects of human nature is the desire and need for creative work/ expression. Thanks for sharing this work with us.
|Another thing to be thankful for! Thu., Nov 23, 2006|
Posted by: acampo
Thanks for the chance to upgrade my worn out 3rd gen tape of this show. Excellent sound of a good show played at a treasure of a Read more
|1981 vs. 1982 Thu., Nov 23, 2006|
Posted by: stevesull
I attended this presentation as well... In fact, I attended all KC presentations at the Old Woldorf in 1981 and each performance at the Greek in 1982... What do I remember Read more
|Great, Great Fun! Wed., Nov 22, 2006|
Posted by: cuicawrangler
I was fortunate enough to attend this show, and quite happy to hear after all these years that my memories are supported by the evidence. The Greek is my all-time favorite venue, and this was a wonderful Read more
|EXUBERANT! Fri., Nov 10, 2006|
Posted 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 Read more
|This is the one! Mon., Oct 30, 2006|
Posted 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 Read more
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