1st Avenue Entry

“Welcome to the King Crimson 1984 tour of North America,” says Adrian Belew in Minneapolis on the 11th date, going on to ask the audience, “You don’t mind if we take our time and have fun tonight, do you?” Turns out they don’t. Sounding looser and more fluid than it ever did in the studio, Larks’ Tongues Aspic Part III ploughs its distinctive furrow through the centre partings of the heads in the audience, effortlessly displaying that special balance of tight control and sheer abandonment.

The energy of the overall gig here is clearly running high and it especially seems to benefit the six tracks of new material from what Belew describes as “our very, very yellow third album.” The thrusting dynamics of Industry really spark and catch alight here with Belew commenting at the end of it, “You like that stuff, huh?” Dig Me’s twisted shards and atonal scrabbling welded to what amounts to a glorious pop song chorus shouldn’t work at all but it positively races away, with Bruford absolutely revelling in his role as agent provocateur percussionist.

After completing a truly thunderous Larks’ Tongues Part II and taking the applause of a clearly ecstatic crowd, there’s a lengthier than usual pause. “Just a moment, folks. My amp has just frazzed out,” Adrian explains. “We’d love to play some more, and we will if you give us a chance to fix this problem.’ Turning a disadvantage into an advantage, this equipment snafu provides Fripp with an impromptu opportunity for an 80s-style Frippertronics with some subtle underscoring from Levin. With some brain-shaking soloing from Robert against the delicate backdrop, this is lovely stuff. As Adrian said near the top of the show, the band are indeed taking their time and having fun.
TRACK
TIME
01
House Music
02:38
02
Entry Of The Crims
04:58
03
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part III
05:14
04
Thela Hun Ginjeet
06:04
05
Red
05:37
06
Adrian Announcement
01:00
07
Frame By Frame
03:59
08
Matte Kudasai
03:43
09
Industry
07:09
10
Adrian Announcement
00:26
11
Dig Me
04:11
12
Three Of A Perfect Pair
04:27
13
Indiscipline
11:10
14
Sartori In Tangier
04:25
15
Waiting Man
06:07
16
Adrian Announcement
00:27
17
Man With An Open Heart
03:31
18
Sleepless
06:14
19
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II
07:18
20
Adrian Announcement
00:25
21
RF Improv
04:16
22
Adrian Announcement
00:48
23
Discipline
05:21
24
Heartbeat
04:37

KC19840620Minneapolis - Mark Newstrom

Written by Alex Mundy
Missing Track
Dear Richard, This track was not from the same show. The audience sound is very different, (A more outdoor larger event, rather than the club audience of 1st Avenue Entry) and in fact it comes from another version of the Poplar Creek show.
Written by Richard Kolke
Missing a Track?
I downloaded this show (as I always do) and am very happy with the purchase (as I always am). However, I previously had a different, illicit, download of this show. And while the DGM version is slightly better audio quality, my other copy ends with The Sheltering Sky (8:12) after Heartbeat. Was this not on your copy of the tape? I'd be happy to provide you with this track if you tell me how.
Written by Sean Barnes
Very good audience recording of a great performance
This is a very good quality audience recording. Audience is enthusiastic and chatty, but not obnoxiously so. Band sounds energized and fiery. Adrian seems inspired by the audience; interacting with them on Indiscipline. Lark 3 is a definite highlight. Also the impromptu Frippertonics while Belew's amp is out is a nice surprise. Overall, this one of those very rare audience recordings I will listen to more than one. Well worth the download.
Written by Michael Flaherty
Life Changing
For me, this concert, along with a Miles Davis concert a year or so previous, changed how I approached live music, and in some ways even how I listened to music on record. They were tight and loose at the same time, fun yet serious about their task. Adrian was understandably unhappy at his technical problems, but because of it we were treated to the Frippertronics piece. The laugh you hear at the beginning was in response to Fripp pointing to his head after an audience member let out a loud yell. I will add that Adrian takes an unscheduled solo during 'Heartbeat'--it was then Robert who had lost sound. This group always responded well to club crowds (check out the recently added Toad's date from '82). I would have seen them anywhere, but I was very fortunate that they played First Avenue (the club the 'Purple Rain' music scenes were filmed at). I will admit that I have owned the bootleg of this show for quite some time, and have been surprised that it was not included as the sound is better than some from '84 that have been up for quite awhile. I thought perhaps it was because of the equipment problems. I'm glad that now everyone can hear it.
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