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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|This band had Mon., Feb 8, 2010|
Posted by: clintbahr
This release is worth it if just for the track "Guts on My Side".
A very interesting tune from the Gents.
|great Mon., Feb 8, 2010|
Posted by: mjboyce
lovely great guitar sound that still goes straight to my nervous system and makes my head go sky
|Sadness has his own intent. Mon., Feb 8, 2010|
Posted by: Armand
There are more waves with a sorrowful timbre than usual in other soundscapes, and that makes this download so beautiful. The soundquality is also very good, and the little disturbance on some places is not irritant at Read more
|simply great Mon., Feb 8, 2010|
Posted by: heavenly
I only hope the concerts will be packed and for myself, living in Aisia nowadays, I only hope that a full concert will be available for download at some point. I just got The Humans’ first album from last year Read more
|Excellent music, fantastic value! Fri., Feb 5, 2010|
Posted by: AndyFox
Ethereal, with an edge! The Q&A was a welcome bonus.
A fantasitic bargin at six quid (ish)
Sound quality was excellent.
| Chicago, IL, USA January 12, 1998|
Posted by: jfitzgerald
living in the chicago area, i consider myself privilaged to have been able to see crimson 4 times at the park west theater. my first concert ever was seeing crimson on the first thrak tour at the rosemont theater, with Read more
|Asbury Park Thu., Feb 4, 2010|
Posted by: 40yearKCfan
Wow! I was at that concert, and remember shouldering my way right up to the front of the crowd. Drove to Asbury Park from Bethlehem, PA (where some time earlier I’d caught Lizard/Islands-era KC at a gig at Lehigh University) with Read more
|Being there was grand Thu., Feb 4, 2010|
Posted by: soveryfaraway
This was a superb experience to behold live. Fierce energy... but I also seem to recall RF having a rather bemused expression whilst observing club patrons on the floor trying to dance to some of this material Read more
|extremely interesting Tue., Feb 2, 2010|
Posted by: cube_monkey
I just love these behind the scenes kinds of things that you would never be aware of in 1981 or whenever. Thank you for going through the trouble to post Read more
|Very good indeed Tue., Feb 2, 2010|
Posted by: paulwelsh
I’ll second Mr Flaherty’s comments on the sound. The most noticeable distortion is on the most violent sections of the music towards the end and to me it actually adds Read more
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