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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|A Question Sat., May 7, 2011|
Posted by: Carnamagos
Did this concert take place in the Casino, or in the Convention Hall? I know that the official designation is the Casino, but my impression from researching the subject is that rock concerts were held in the Convention Read more
|OMG..i was there !!! Wed., May 4, 2011|
Posted by: jonnymarz77
Donít want to be negative. I really donít want to be. I love Crimson & Fripp in many, many incarnations. I have been fortunate to have seen them on many occasions thru the years, and have been to well over 500 Read more
|A standout show! Mon., May 2, 2011|
Posted by: JPrisco
Nice to hear the band strong right out of the gate -- nice audience presence between songs, and the band is more than ready to flatten hairs. However: if your sole raison díetre is to be Fripped out, you may Read more
|Blimey Sun., May 1, 2011|
Posted by: jeansteinmann
A new whole new sub-genre on offer. This is gorgeous. We can all be Ade!
|Wish I Was There! Sat., Apr 30, 2011|
Posted by: aka_srp
The Double Trio is my favorite inkCarnation - arguably one of the finest bands ever - this blistering batch of well worn socks will surely be enjoyed by fans of all Read more
|OH LORD Sat., Apr 30, 2011|
Posted by: melvinc7
This is terrible.Gavin ,d pat are jive drummers getting over.No black drummers?Miles davis used white musicians.wake up Mr.Fripp."
|More of the not-same Wed., Apr 27, 2011|
Posted by: JPrisco
As with all ProjeKct shows, itís not so much what you expect as what you donít. In this show, the easy rewards seem to be mostly up front: the Soundscape is wild and unpredictable; the first Vector Shift Read more
|Fantastic!!! Tue., Apr 26, 2011|
Posted by: LouieB
"One Time" is one of my all-time favorite latter-day King Crimson songs. To hear it in its instrumental form is absolutely amazing. Iíll have to agree with the other person who would like to hear more Crimson Read more
|Crim Karaoke Collection Mon., Apr 25, 2011|
Posted by: ombass
Very nice; thank you! It would be great to hear an entire collection of these Crimson íKaraokeí versions. Or, better yet, an actual remixed Crimson Dub compilation. (In the same vein as reggae dub remixes) Now THAT would be extremely Read more
| Pforzheim, Germany March 31, 1974|
Posted by: chrisklenox
There must have been something in the air in Germany! This may be the most intense King Crimson recording I have ever heard. The enery level on this is through the Read more
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