More please... March 13, 2013
Written by jeffoaster
Judging by this performance and the Atlanta one the following week, Crimso were really on fire at this point - moreso than usual. While the sound quality isnít pristine and has some occasional dropouts, it is certainly listenable (B quality would be my rating). The version of LTiA1 is one of the finest Iíve heard, ranking up there with Brescia from March 74, the aforementioned Atlanta concert and the Oxford show with Jamie Muir. Fripp and Cross really shine on Exiles - I wish the intro improv was a bit longer but I have the feeling the band was on a a tight schedule. Bruford totally dominates on percussion during the lead-in to Talking Drum. All in all, a really terrific performance from start to finish. I hope that more of the spring/summer 1973 concerts get released at some point. Oh yeah, itís also worth mentioning that Frippís announcement prior to Easy Money is among his best ever, as he attempts to work the audience into an "incredible pitch of excitement" as he Fripp can.
My first KC show. July 1, 2011
Written by bperkins
Front row balcony for this show was a real treat. My brother and I stopped on the way home at Tower records and bought LTIA. We each bought a copy even though we lived in the same house! We couldnít stop talking about this show all the way home. I had been a KC fan since 1971, but this was the first chance to see them perform live. I was 13 then, and have been a lifelong fan ever since, attending every tour except the last one since they didnít come out west. I shouldíve stayed to hear the Eagles, I guess, but really couldnít under the circumstances.
West Linn, Oregon
Are You Okay Children? November 5, 2009
Written by chipster61
Great show! I have heard several audience tapes/bootlegs of this show and it has always been one of my favorite KC performances of 1973. In general the recording sounds a little fast, much like the "Astral Navigation" boot. I have always preferred both the mix and the speed (brighter and a little more than a cent slower) of the "Berkeley 1973" bootleg.
This is a "must have" show.
One of the more complete and best sounding Dr. Diamonds on tape. This is Wettons song and he does an amazing job belting out the lyrics with its varied dynamics of fast and slow delivery.
Robert serves up a delicious solo in the middle of Larksí, Pt. I. This whole recording is very nearly soundboard quality as evidenced by the soft spaces afforded the section of Cross/Bruford interplay toward the end of the song. Very little interruption/participation, by this respectful audience.
Wonderful introduction and sales pitch by RF, make sure you turn up the volume during this one so that you donít miss any of it.
Easy Money is too short in my opinion, Robert never really cranks up a sustained solo on this one, very subdued for the most part as he nimbly plays off and around the beat.
Exiles starts off slowly, David Cross carries this one. The first RF solo is very fluid, second solo very heartfelt and aching befitting this lonely Exile.
The Improv is a short feedback/drum/tron exercise which slides into The Talking Drum. DC cranks this one up gently at first and then more maniacally as RF joins the fray, ever increasing the tempo and volume until the final screeching climax is reached and Larksí, Pt. II is begun. The staccato guitar riff, echoed by the bass line and punctuated with the marshal drum beat is nailed beautifully with a great violin solo masterfully soaring over the power beneath.
Robertís solo in Schizoid Man, is very refined as he gets those tube amps just to the edge of feedback and then finally pushes it all over the top with the buzzsaw guitar riff that shreds it all to pieces.
A Beast of a Performance November 4, 2009
Written by 5phil8
I have this boot and love it. One of the all time great LTIA 1 performances and an overall stomper, corker, and howler of a show. I submitted my copy (with good-for-a-boot sound quality) to Mr. Sidney Smith just as DGM Live was getting off the ground. Wondering if Mr. Stormyís version is taken from that. I would be very pleased if it were. Either way, this is the under-represented 1973 KC, so go get it.
Outstanding! November 3, 2009
Written by krimzep
Having listened to this show for over 20 years on bootleg cd I must say that its about time DGM release this outstanding performance!!. This is my all time fav Kc show due to the fantastic performance. Larks p1 is amazing, Fripp and whetton are on fire and with probably the best violin solo Cross had done to date. Bills work with his bass drum is outstanding!. Easy Money is tight, then an improv that can only be described as truly haunting builds into a sublime Exiles. after that a mind boggling Talking drum leads us into a wonderfully punchy Larks,p2 which is as perfect a version as one could ask for. Also Schizoid man does not disappoint the jam in the middle is a perfect example of what prog should be as is the entire performance.
If you have not heard this show then you must add this to your collection it is a must have for any Kc fan.
A must November 3, 2009
Written by gasmrv
For anyone who appreciates the í72-í74 live Crimson, this is a must-have performance, even if Fracture and/or Starless are not included in this set. From start to finish this is most definitely a "hot date" and not a "love letter". Even Schizoid Man, which isnít one of my favourites when performed by this line-up, is superb.
memories November 2, 2009
Written by myshadow
Talk about a booking mismatch. I was among the Crimheads who saw this gig. This was a hot show. After we were treated to the coordinated intensity we loved from this band, the idea of hearing ítake it easyí was almost comedic. The eagles were treated with some ironic ambivalence, the crowd was 50/50. Conversely, you could imagine the Eagles fans enduring King Crimson. The Eagles were íthe headlinerí and pretty much played to get off the stage. I have had this gig for years and now will buy the Stormy enhanced version. Thank you for another great memory.