|| October 23, 1973
|| Apollo Glasgow, Scotland
Another Amazing Revelation!!! December 18, 2006
Written by LouieB
Like their June 1974 gig in Asbury Park NJ, King Crimson’s gig at the Apollo in Glascow, Scotland on October 23, 1973 has gained legendary status. Part of this concert was used in the band’s classic 1974 release "Starless and Bible Black" while years later, a hefty amount of this material was used in the 1992 box set "The Great Deceiver".
Now, thanks to DGMLive, the complete concert as it was captured in Glascow on that glorious night is now available for the first time ever and I must say, this entire concert is amazing. The entire band was on an all time high during this particular gig and you can definitely hear it in this download. Standouts include razor-sharp renditions of "Larks’ Tongues In Aspic pt.1" and "Easy Money" as well as a fresh performance of "Lament". "Fracture" was still in its working stages here as it includes an additional passage that would later be omitted and later included as a part of the track "Starless" (with a slight difference in variation).
The second half of the concert is where the stops really get pulled out. Beginning with the mellow "Book of Saturday" and gradually building through the "Tight Scrummy" improv which is built around a clever drum machine rhythm. A dramatic "Exiles" follows which leads to another improv that paves the way for a no-holds-barred "Talking Drum" and "Larks’ Tongues in Aspic pt.2". The audience was definitely enthusiastic as it can be clearly heard in the five minutes that follows. For the encore, the band throws in another surprise by first beginning with "Peace-A Theme" and then slamming into the rarely performed hit "Cat Food". John Wetton definitely makes the song his own as does Bill Bruford. A great way to end the concert.
Hats off once again to DGMLive for yet another treat into King Crimson history. Like the Asbury Park and Amsterdam gigs, this is the 1973-74 Crimson at their very best. It’s great to finally be able to hear ALL that went on during this legendary concert including Robert Fripp’s speech getting cut off because "George had to change the reel". As for the music, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Fripp, Wetton, Cross and Bruford at the height of their powers!!!
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|part two of review Wed., Mar 15, 2006|
Posted by: mikeh69
I also wanted to say that yes I like audience recordings to a point. The sound of this show is defintely very good. But audience recordings when it’s total muffled city or loud and arghhhhh or too distant or just Read more
|Scour the Bins! Wed., Mar 15, 2006|
Posted by: acampo
The more soundboards available of this incarnation the better! For those of us fortunate to witness this combo in action this show is an excellent representation of the fall ’73 tour set list and will serve until the Read more
|Staggering Stuff Wed., Mar 15, 2006|
Posted by: MikeDickson
A quite unbelievably good performance. Never mind the sound quality - the music quality will carry you through this without any problems at all. Wetton is on top form throughout. I’ve had this one on tape for years now, but Read more
|Great Performance! Wed., Mar 15, 2006|
Posted by: mudfish55
While I appreciate and respect the comments and concerns of listeners who would prefer only produced soundboards of shows, I have found that there have personally been many wonderful musical experiences I have enjoyed throughout my life which I would have Read more
|Soundboard Recordings, Please Tue., Mar 14, 2006|
Posted by: nasmformyzombie
1973-74 Crimson recorded many (if not most) of its gigs via soundboard. Given the fact that there are dozens of unreleased gigs recorded in this manner---and that demand for product from this incarnation of the band is still high---why release a Read more
|Going For Broke Tue., Mar 14, 2006|
Posted by: mikeh69
Hi I was wondering are all the 1973 live soundboard and multitrack live recordings all used up. Those should be released first ( if theres any left) than you can profit off these cheap cassette tape recorders with built in Read more
|Flaming Hot Tickle Tue., Mar 14, 2006|
Posted by: vrooom
This is not a review of the whole concert per se, but I had to say this about the Hot Tickle: "Whiskey Wow Wow!" Just when cynical old Darren thinks he’s heard it all, you go Read more
|DGM Live's Diary
Tue., Mar 14, 2006|
When asked about the drum machine on the improv, and possibly twitching at the memory of it all, Bill replied “Bloody hell--the drum machine. It never had a name--other than the drumbox--and no identifiable Read more
|A Superior Release! Wed., Mar 1, 2006|
Posted by: LotusP
On the back cover of the Starless & Bible Black album the card reads "This Night Wounds Time". This version of the USA album not only wounds time, it also goes in for the Read more
|Yikes!!! Thu., Feb 23, 2006|
Posted by: djscomics
Man, I love this stuff......mayhaps it makes my review a bit biased, but then again, I think it makes me a bit more subjective. If this sucked, I would say Read more
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