Concert Review March 25, 2009
Exceptional performance! The band sounds refreshed, tight, well rehearsed and a good chemistry already exists here to boot. King Crimson is unique and IS NOT pro rock. What King Crimson is? a ísound experimentí?? which finds its origins in the late 1960íS. I suggest this KC lineup find their groove in a way that is balanced & unprecedented. I once was of the opinion that the 1973-74 King Crimson live performances were the best available to the listening audience but I now subscribe to the notion that this 1994-97 period is superior to all the rest. Less raw and more refined.
Revisiting my first meeting with the King... November 11, 2008
Written by avakashitar
An amazing coincidence about this show being made available by DGM - Iíve been thinking of writing in and asking them to make it available, but just hadnít. And now, thirteen years to the day since this show, Iím now listening to it (again) for the first time.
Lots of things stand out about this show - it seems as if edges were encouraged and frays were left exaggerated on purpose. Soundscapes sang out in stark relief to the jagged slabs of sparking metal that the Double Trio flung to all and sundry. And lots of laughs, chances, bursts of extraneous inspiration, and occasionally gleeful glitches in the autopilot system made themselves known and felt. As a punter in the last row almost in the last seat, it was an awe-inspiring event - the audio was pristine and the lights and visuals were bold and colourful. My favourite of the evening turned out to be "One Time" - unlike Sid, I have to say I loved the choirs and string sounds that Robert injected into the choruses, and the sheer sense of space and atmosphere, there and in the Silence of "THRAK", were spine-tingling. And it still comes through on this recording. When I heard "THRaKaTTaK", I was convinced that part of this show went into the composition of the piece; Iím glad to hear that my memory of the event was correct, as Iíd been wondering about that all this time.
This is a distinctive show in at least one other way - this is probably the only gig of the tour(s) in which the Double Trio DIDNíT play "Larkís Tonguesí In Aspic, Part Two"! I wondered why! Though I missed it on the night (and finally got to hear it live this year), I have to admit - even without it, this show was breathtaking. Itís strange to re-experience a show you attended this way, but Iím fairly happy to find that my mind does indeed recall most of the detail thatís flying by me again - and some things within the music that I didnít hear before I hear now thanks to the familiarity of the pieces that I have - other details explain themselves and finally make themselves known to me. Very intriguing to hear.
The group I came with wanted to stay in Atlanta the next night and hear that nightís show, but we hadnít planned ahead and would miss it; now, thanks to the DGM team, I have the option of checking out what the following night had to offer!
Still, I wouldnít trade this experience of Crimson for any other. My thanks to the DGM team for making it available at last.
For all who werenít there, this one is a stunner, and well worth hearing. Even with errors, glitches, and laughs galore, I felt the Music walk into the hall at a few different points; I still smile to think of these.
Double Hung November 11, 2008
Written by vargan
Another impressive addition to an already bulging colleKction, thanks Alex. I will however stick to my original observation that 2min & 15secs of Roxy THRAK was included in The Slaughter.
For inquiring basement dwellers: The debut Improv Stick/Indiscipline shuffle first occurred on June 10th 1995 at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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