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 don’t 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 Muir’s ’instruments’ 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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|much fun Wed., Oct 6, 2010|
Posted by: Severance
The bass seems much more vivid , punchy, and natural on this than the album. Or is it just me. The Beatles reprise is funny. I always thought Adrian was a closet Beatle.
|Wow, Beautiful Sat., Oct 2, 2010|
Posted by: FrankQ
This a wonder to hear, absolutely beautiful! I hear something of Three of a Perfect Pair in the rhythm. A totally unexpected delight. Thanks!!!
| Málaga, Spain April 30, 2010|
Posted by: taraso
Absolutely stunning! I want this on vinyl real soon!
|Why Edit? Tue., Sep 28, 2010|
Posted by: anonymous
In reply to fhc339835
This download was sent to me from Pat, so I only used what was sent, no editing going on.(not from this end anyway)
| Málaga, Spain April 30, 2010|
Posted by: lotusspray
Two voices speak as one. Simply beautiful.
|Why edit? Sat., Sep 25, 2010|
Posted by: fhc339835
I am a happy fan having this little arrangement downloaded some years ago from P@s homepage. This version available is a little bit shorter, as the "slowing down" main theme of red at the end of the piece was edited Read more
|tim collins Fri., Sep 24, 2010|
Posted by: tim7777
traps @ buttons not my cup of tea @all.will bill come back stay tuned.its like bruford said press a button @the micheal jackson show starts.
|Sweet and Low Fri., Sep 24, 2010|
Posted by: desol81
This has been available for a long while over on Pat’s website and it never fails to elicit a smile on my mug.
|cover Mon., Sep 20, 2010|
Posted by: thebridgebetween
Thank you for the updated version, which I promptly downloaded. Is there any plan for an updated cd cover too? Kindest regards, Enzo
|My only wish of this Wed., Sep 15, 2010|
Posted by: soveryfaraway
I reviewed this material before, still think it is most remarkable. I pull it up often to listen and reflect on the brilliance we have seen and heard in the Read more
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