Terrific 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.
Great snapshot of the band in transition October 10, 2012
Written 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 the need to use)
However, the performance is brilliant - they open up with Dr. Diamond and then tear through all of the LTiA material. The band still seems to be feeling their way after Jamieís departure, and not having tons of material to draw from (The SaBB material wouldnít debut for a few months yet), they are still improvising quite a bit - itís fun to pick out some developing themes for future material.
Iíd also like to see some more concerts from this tour. Iíve heard a few bootlegs, with similar sound quality, that features improvs that almost morph into "Sailorís Tale" and embryonic improv versions of Fracture. Iíve long-since deleted them from my collection in hopes that they will see an official release.
It should be soundboard September 1, 2010
Written 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 clearly remember listening to this King Crimson concert when I was a kid. So the soundboard tape should still be somewhere in Europe 1 vaults, waiting for DGM to get it. Some of these Olympia / Musicorama shows have been released already : Soft Machine 72, Miles Davis 73, Jimi Hendrix 68...
April 29, 2010
Written by melvinbcollins
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE 73-74 BAND BRILLIANT.
Powerful Power of a Beastly Beast Lurching.....upward? October 1, 2009
Written 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 or serpents awrithe in some sort of spell all winding in and out.....but then it gets to that transition into the final push, similar to the album version.....and this builds and builds, i was mowing the lawn just a few moments ago listening to it and I was just held in thrall by this powerful power, nearly psychotic but guiding toward a heavy ripping dream at surging full throttle. Wetton brings the voice in to signal Recapitulonzo, then the break....but this listen, Frippís descending cascade notes were like, tearing into my fibres....all like ílectric shimmering........nice, írealí nice
Olympia '73 review in Best April 18, 2009
Written 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" pieces. He states that the concert began with an unreleased song entitled "Daily Games" - it is in fact "Doctor Diamond", but itís interesting that he identifies is as such, since this was the original title for "Book Of Saturday". More interestingly, the improv after "Easy Money" is identified as "Vista Of Apprehensive West Country Bodies Under Art Lights". I assume this somehow came from Fripp, as itís the same kind of title he used on the KCCC releases...
November 16, 2008
Written 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 would continue to be over the next whatever 16 months?. the other improvs are quite exciting, at one point Fripp sounds much like he does on heavenly music corporation, getting dreamy space lazer tones to spray the audience with inner revelations. actually i thought the larks1 was a little brown, like bruford and wetton were just going TOO fast, to the point that it became inappropriate. this leads to, in my opinion, the guitar part ceasing for a few seconds and maybe getting flustered...the only real sound quality issues for me are during larks2, the cymbals are just eating the face of everything els in the building, which, on this fidelity level, just donít cut the biscuit.
for fans of the exiles solos by fripp, donít get too excited.....i always love those moments, because sometimes if the mood is just right, one can have a tingling spine sensation or the hairs may stand on end.......but this one is just nice, pleasant and tasteful, yet not such much bristling with subtle mysterious powers.
one more thing, the ending of DD is like, outta site, that last little speed lick they used to use. itís real nice, but iím glad they switched to the slower more demonic middle section
LTIA1 is a wonder October 20, 2008
Written 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 Paris. What is a very special treat is LTIA1. You just donít hear that enough these days. This rendition is thrilling! If KC hits the road again, it would be worth considering dusting this one off for the punters. For me it is an inspiring track and takes flight over all manner of soundscapes then discovered and some on the near and distant horizons.
April 9, 1973 October 19, 2008
Written 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.
Maybe 2.5 Star Sound? October 18, 2008
Written by Tadream
Performance is fine, just like most of the time. Sound is a bit rough, but overall, Iím glad it was released.
Paris 1973 October 17, 2008
Written by osbiefeel
mixed feelings about this show. the content is notable but the quality of the recording is so-so. the band sounds so far away
I have so many of the better 73-74 releases recording-wise and rather hear them, like Glasgow
Paris 1973 October 15, 2008
Written by kevski2
Hmm. The music hear is amongst the best of the occasional series, with improvisations making up a higher percentage of the running time than usual. The band are on cracking form fairly soon after Jamieís departure although the whole show sounds closer to the five piece than the four piece. All the Bruford/Wetton period is Crimson at their best in my humble view and the value for money is awesome. I was staggered to learn there are only 770 or so KC faithful but with material like this one that figure really should be more.
Robert Fripps playing is as robustly outre as usual (if that is not an oxymoron) and we are incredibly lucky to get these old gigs (and the new ones) for about six quid.
Long may it continue.
Lord Kevski of Horsham
Worth Getting October 14, 2008
Written by Ornate_Coal_Man
OK, as someone who already owns all the associated studio albums from this period, the 4 CD Great Deceiver box set, the 11/10/72, 11/25/72, 3/20/74, 6/29/74, 10/6/73, 10/23/73 downloads, the Live in Kassel and Live in Mainz CDs, the Nightwatch 2 CD set, and the Live in Central Park 7/1/74 CD set, I wowed a strict Roberto Duran derived policy of "No Mas, No Mas" policy with regard to any more material from this period.
So, go ahead, call me weak, then. Iím digging this former bootleg as I write, and I donít generally get into bootlegs, the Benidetti Mosaic Bird Box excepted.
The reason to purchase this if you have (almost) everything else? The improv sections.
On Fire October 13, 2008
Written by jblock
Itís great to see the Spring 73 tour get its due. The band is on fire and the amount of improvs is a pleasant surprise having only been exposed to the US shows that offer a compressed set list. The sound is bootleg quality but quite listenable. Go for it.
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