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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|Ft. Worth '74 Tue., Apr 27, 2010|
Posted by: kc6674
Hello Craig, This is the entire setlist. I was at this show and Robin Trower opened, followed by KC then 10 Years After as the headliner. Funny thing is, each band’s current release on the charts reflected the exact Read more
|Fort Worth Tue., Apr 27, 2010|
Posted by: cheyler
Does anyone know why this set is so short? And why Exiles and Starless are missing? Was this set an ’opening’ set for some other band? Or is there a missing reel or Read more
|the original boot Tue., Apr 27, 2010|
Posted by: crimson_king22
There is some funny audience banter on the original bootleg recording of this concert. During the improv, a lady says, "They’re too loud!"....also, a man says, "Chuck it! Hell, chuck Read more
|Good upgrade. Mon., Apr 26, 2010|
Posted by: myshadow
Thank you, this is a very good upgrade. It is great to listen to ’Fracture’ without all of the conversation. My recording of this has a brief improv before ’Fracture’. Stormy did a great job with the bootleg recording, the Read more
|New Artwork ? Sat., Apr 24, 2010|
Posted by: octopus92
I had bought this concert some 10 years ago when it was available as a reel CD but lost it rcently ! So, I was happy that I could buy it again as a downlad but the DGM Team has decided Read more
|Ochre Mon., Apr 19, 2010|
Posted by: norwoodgolf
This sounds a lot like "Ochre" from the League of Gentlemen album.
|A Hot Night in a Cold City Tue., Apr 13, 2010|
Posted by: adbass
I was at this show and while I enjoyed it, I was, for one reason or another, disappointed that I wasn’t as overwhelmed by this gig as I had been by ’la place des arts’ show ~18 months Read more
|I wish I had been there Tue., Apr 13, 2010|
Posted by: becarmi
Wow! I have suggested this as a download just of few weeks ago after reading about it in RF’s On This Day diary. Really, I did not expect such a quick response from Read more
| Quebec City, Canada March 10, 2003|
Posted by: Elyoskin
Amazing tape of good concert!
|Zoinks ! Sat., Apr 10, 2010|
Posted by: microbunny
Wow...tons of ideas crammed in here ! This could have easily made it into the setlist. I could hear all sorts of ways to piece these fragments into a coherent piece of Read more
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