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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|Wrong artwork Thu., Jul 7, 2011|
Posted by: SoftCorrea
The concert is excellet but the artwork is wrong.
|Delightful Mon., Jul 4, 2011|
Posted by: wildea
This is really a poerful version of this song where you can hear all of the players adding touches to the music. Outstandingly beautiful
|My first KC show. Fri., Jul 1, 2011|
Posted by: bperkins
Front row balcony for this show was a real treat. My brother and I stopped on the way home at Tower records and bought LTIA. We each bought a copy even though we lived in the same Read more
|wonderful Thu., Jun 30, 2011|
Posted by: melvinc7
this is simply wondereful.can we get the show from hells kitchen?DGM KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!"BLESSINGS FROM TIM COLLINS.
|A real gift Wed., Jun 22, 2011|
Posted by: gasmrv
This is a wonderful version of an often overlooked KC song. I think I may prefer this over the already excellent original version.
Thank you Mr Stormy!
|Another Fine Release Sun., Jun 19, 2011|
Posted by: ebubier
This latest in the series of Frippertronics release is another fine entry. Sound Quality is much better than the old cassette Iíve had for years. If you enjoy the solo Frippertronics, donít hesitate, snatch this 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" (Iím paraphrasing Read more
|Just... Fri., Jun 17, 2011|
Posted by: HarryPipco
...love this Improv. parts.
Here they are absolutely fabulous...
|I was AT this show.... Wed., Jun 15, 2011|
Posted by: JackK777
It was a very funny situation cause I wasnít a fan of the earlier KC (the only thing Iíd heard was "Court of the Crimson King") and I went because it still sounded like a cool Read more
|Performance Question Tue., Jun 14, 2011|
Posted by: MarkSullivan
This is a lovely recording--Iíd have given it 4.5 stars if I could have--and itís wonderful to hear the synced solos. You donít get the full effect of a Frippertronics performance with just the Read more
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