Her Majesty's Theatre May 10, 1981
Written by Russell Whitworth
I was being very careful to control my expectations. I'd read the Fripp interviews. I had no idea if he was going to exert his "right to be boring", or quite what he was going to do. Having Bruford in the line-up made me suspect that it wasn't going to be entirely Frippertronics, though. I'd heard of Levin (from Peter Gabriel), but Belew's name didn't mean anything to me at that time.
It's hard to remember the set-list after all this time, but I think they opened with "Frame by Frame". I clearly remember hearing that inter-weaving introduction for the very first time, along with an entire audience that was hearing it for the very first time too. Incredible. Instantly every other concert I had been to paled by comparison. Every note was etching itself into my conscious and sub-conscious mind. Normally it is very difficult to enjoy music on first hearing, but this was something entirely different. The impact on me, and everyone else, was almost tangible.
There were so many new ideas to take in. The interlocking guitar work, in the style now known as "crafty". This new front-man with the ability to produce beautiful, ugly, and even animal sounds from his guitar. The bald-headed chap with a strange-looking instrument - it must be a Stick - I've heard of it, but never seen it - how on earth was it producing all those sounds? And of course the first hearing of that distinctive Fripp Roland Guitar Synth sound. Even Bruford, previously well-known to me as a "drummer", was suddenly on unfamiliar territory, introducing all sorts of melodic ideas. All of these elements were new to me - so much to take in all at once!
I clearly remember the second number. It was what I now know to be
one of the first live performances of "Red". If the opening number had impact, this was the knock-out blow. Those crashing, rising opening chords have never sounded better. All of a sudden, this was a King Crimson concert! I don't know how many others in the audience were expecting it – I certainly wasn't - and I was stunned beyond belief. I remember thinking "how are they going to do the strings?", and then in came the now-familiar Levin version of the middle section. Outstanding.
All of the "Discipline" album was there - I do remember one thing - Indiscipline was played with no opportunity for the audience to answer back - we'd never heard it before. (I'm listening to Indiscipline as I write this). The Sheltering Sky also had a tremendous impact on first hearing.
Later in the set we had the second KC treat - LTIA Pt.2, of
course. Bruford seemed to enjoy the audience's recognition of this one, in particular. And finally (I think) Discipline in all its complexity.
remember cycling home that night in a state of bliss, replaying every number in my head. Months later, I could still "hear" each song even though I'd only heard them once (or twice, for the encore numbers). I've never experienced this before or since - almost total musical recall based on a single listening. Intense? Yes, you could say it was intense.
Some months later, still carrying the performance in my head, I came home one evening and turned on the radio. Capital Radio, Alan Freeman (yes, he was on Capital at that time). I turned it on in the middle of a track - Discipline, I think. Note for note as I remembered it in my head, but cleaner.
Fantastic - at last "Discipline" had put out an album! I would rush out and buy it the next day. Then Fluff's voice: "That's from the new album from King Crimson, called 'Discipline'"
King Crimson? What does he mean King Crimson? You mean they're not called "Discipline" any more? Yippee!!! I've seen King Crimson live, and I didn't even realise it at the time!!!
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|Thank You! Fri., Jun 1, 2007|
Posted by: drumdog
I did not have the oppurtunity to see the Crim during this time period, but thank you to Mr. Fripp for making this download available. I really feel that this is the future with artists having complete control over Read more
|Can't believe the luck! Wed., Apr 11, 2007|
Posted by: bobzilla77
I also attended this show - and got in for free! I was hanging around the venue, with no money for a coke much less a ticket inside, and somebody at the front of the line just gave Read more
|8/13/82-berkeley Thu., Mar 29, 2007|
Posted by: doug1956
First of all a mighty thank you for this free show. Very generious of Mr.Fripp.I was always partial to the 73/74 line up,but after seeing the live material from this line up in 1981,i was Read more
|Amazing!!! Thu., Mar 15, 2007|
Posted by: toclaraju
But talking about a hard working band with a lot of Crimson influence: UMPHREY’S MCGEE!!! Shows coming up soon with Belew in March. Check it Read more
|A good year... Tue., Mar 13, 2007|
Posted by: piikea
...& show from my fav KC lineup. Always loved the "electronic percussives, twin-guitar synth-noise terror, the whole rock-gamelan groove" of 81-84 & miss it in the KC since. There was an "energy", maybe even "joy" in the Read more
|I was there early... Sat., Mar 10, 2007|
Posted by: FredFata
I was there and it was an amazing show. The images are my scans of the free brochure that was available at the gig. But the best part of the gig for me and the group of friends I was Read more
|I Love It! Fri., Mar 9, 2007|
Posted by: gvancleef
I wish I could give this 6 stars! The sound quality is impecible. I went to the second show on the pier a few days later (Aug 2nd if I recall Read more
|first hand account Sat., Mar 3, 2007|
Posted by: poorboyontheline
those who had tix are already aware, but the show was actually scheduled for the previous evening. after having made arrangements to get the day off from our various jobs, a few buddies and i packed it Read more
|Two primary colors in one. Thu., Feb 22, 2007|
Posted by: theoldman
Discipline and Beat. Now all I need is a 1984 show for some TOAPP and I’m in HEAVEN!!! When, oh when, will we get to see Robert, Tony, Adrian and Read more
|thank you Mon., Feb 19, 2007|
Posted by: robert_veloz
Discipline is one of my favorite albums and I am so grateful that you allow me to obtain a free copy of this amazing live set, and from the year i was born no Read more
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