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    Olympia    Paris, France

 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 starsTerrific show, horrible sound   November 16, 2012
Written by DarrylDardenne

Yeah this show is a bootleg quality audience recording that is saved from the garbage can of irrelevance by the excellence of the performance. Jamie Muir had just left the band and the instrumental adventurism that he brought is still very much in evidence. The improvisations are both long and outstanding, and little like the improvs the band would later create in that they are both more dynamic, looser and less dominated by the rhythm section. The songs too are looser with lengthier and different instrumental solos than later versions. Fripp for example blows the guitar part in Larksí Tongues Part 1 and rather than wait to insert his part into its proper place, he decides to improvise and just goes for it, turing a mistake into a positive extemporization. Also in LTIA P1 the band still plays the percussion jam before the violin interlude. Fripp stretches out quite a bit on Easy Money and shreds in a jazz fusion manner, something he didnít do that often. Heís not the only one that is in an improvisatory mood. The whole band takes chances both during the songs and the three lengthy improvisations and the results are stellar. This show is a snapshot of a band in transition from the Muir experimental days into the muscular Crimso of late í73 to í74 and despite the awful sound itís absolutely worth downloading. If the show were better recording it would rank in the top five of shows from the Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Wetton version of KC.


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KING CRIMSON 1970   Sat., Nov 2, 2013
Posted by: DrRobert
These fine fellows were my tripiest tunes from the wide-open red-faced album forward~~~ Back in 1970, we used to drop acid and drive around in the snow in our VW bug; just jamming while doing circle-drifts in the Read more

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Terrific show, horrible sound   Fri., Nov 16, 2012
Posted by: DarrylDardenne
Yeah this show is a bootleg quality audience recording that is saved from the garbage can of irrelevance by the excellence of the performance. Jamie Muir had just left the band and the instrumental adventurism that he brought is still Read more

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Great snapshot of the band in transition   Wed., Oct 10, 2012
Posted by: jeffoaster
Okay, first off, this concert only gets four stars because there are many more concerts available with better sound quality. Itís certainly listenable - but the sound is a bit ropey, dodgy, clunky (or whatever other made-up words you feel Read more

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It should be soundboard   Wed., Sep 1, 2010
Posted by: Radiolux
Iím surprised we only have a bootleg cassette source for that one. Why ? Because that show was professionally recorded. It was part of the "Musicorama" concerts, broadcasted in France every sunday night by a radio (Europe 1), and I Read more

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   Paris, France   April 09, 1973
Posted by: melvinbcollins
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE 73-74 BAND BRILLIANT. Read more

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Powerful Power of a Beastly Beast Lurching.....upward?   Thu., Oct 1, 2009
Posted by: harmonicscarf
I think this is the version of "Easy Money" that really starts to spiral into this towering monster((not sure if it is labelled for some reason,no time to confirm now)......Fripp is playing dizzingly for a while, i imagine a pair Read more

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Olympia '73 review in Best   Sat., Apr 18, 2009
Posted by: calyx_AL
There was a review of this concert in the French magazine Best, by prog-friendly journalist Herve Picart. Evidently he was given some sort of setlist to base his account on, since he names two otherwise "untitled as yet" Read more

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   Paris, France   April 09, 1973
Posted by: harmonicscarf
I love this show, it is a good portrait of the transition from the muir-era improv style into a new one.  the crystallizations are morphing slightly and it seems like the improv before talking drum is a prelude atmosphere which it Read more

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LTIA1 is a wonder   Mon., Oct 20, 2008
Posted by: dubhthaigh
The sound is a little dodgy, but there is no denying that this lineup blistered the paint off the walls whenever they took up the cause. And they take it up with passion here in Read more

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April 9, 1973   Sun., Oct 19, 2008
Posted by: jehu56
    We all love Crim. At what point do we say these recording   are not worth distributing?? The quality of sound is awful, the   performance was good. Read more

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