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 – 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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|Fruit Of The Fripperboard Sun., Feb 5, 2012|
Posted by: happypig
This is the essence of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Work, for me, at least. The interlocking stuff, the complex-timed constructions, the Soundscapes, I wait (and sometimes suffer) through all of that to get the smidgen of Read more
|AH...THAT SOUND! Wed., Jan 25, 2012|
Posted by: SSImuse
If there is such a thing as a perfect electric guitar sound, it has to be that of Fripp’s sustained overdrive. Love it....just plain love it.
| London, London, United Kingdom May 20, 1981|
Posted by: iansturgess
Presumably it was Record that the engineer hit!
Ha - absolutely Ian! Sid
|excellent stuff Thu., Dec 22, 2011|
Posted by: harmonicscarf
the sheltering sky here is great, Belew gets some REALLY menacing moans during his middle section. the more i hear this song, the more i understand that playing it was a sort of tribute to the awesome beauty of earth Read more
|A japanese first date Tue., Sep 27, 2011|
Posted by: becarmi
I am glad to see that my boot of December 9, 1981 made it to the official bootleg series. When the Japanese tour came out in August, I was surprise to learn in Sid comments that no recording of December Read more
|griffinsfire Thu., Sep 1, 2011|
Posted by: griffinsfire666
I saw this tour in Syracuse,N.Y. and the show was fantastic! The whole band shined, surpassing my already high expectations.
|Oxford Sun., Aug 28, 2011|
Posted by: arrcee
Bootleg source, nice performance.
|Crim deliver the tasty goods! Mon., Aug 1, 2011|
Posted by: freshlet
Just purchased this lovely little sucker today and cannot get enough of it. Crimson are in super-fine form at this Kokusai Hall show. The playing is extremely tight, with a very special aura of magic encircling Read more
| San Diego, CA June 08, 1984|
Posted by: eviLMGD
Love this show. Missing here is the bit near the end which sounds like an overenthusiastic/ stroppy SDSU official cut the power and Ade telling the audience "We came here to play for you, and play we will" (I’m paraphrasing Read more
|Good Times Sat., May 7, 2011|
Posted by: joshemery
This show was a blast. The band was full of energy and clearly enjoying themselves. The story I heard at the time was that Fripp wanted Bruford to stay off the Read more
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