Central Park

“Looks like Larks’ Tongues In Aspic first,” says an enthusiastic fan next to the microphone of this specially restored audience recording. However, as the strains of Fripp and Eno’s, The Heavenly Music Corporation fade away, the band burst forth with a heavy-sounding Doctor Diamond. Not for the first time, King Crimson has wrong-footed the boisterous, sell-out crowd who nevertheless give a piece they've never heard before a standing ovation. Not a bad way to get the gig underway.

The group is 42 dates into a lengthy and gruelling North American campaign with only another three to go. Given this, you might expect the band to sound somewhat road-weary but there’s plenty of energy in evidence on stage. The second improv that oozes out of Exiles has Wetton’s bass set at stun with some of the most malevolent roars ever to be summoned on the bass guitar. Afterward, David Cross’s violin solo on The Talking Drum is bordering on unhinged as he weaves in between the howling surge of Fripp’s lead guitar. Following a brutal Larks’ Two they charge off into a bulldozing 21st Century Schizoid wherein Fripp’s solo is ‘off the fricken charts,’ as someone in the audience might well have said.

Sourced from a rather grainy bootleg tape, Alex ‘Stormy’ Mundy has worked his sonic magic on it and deftly inserted the audio from the TV footage from the same gig for Easy Money and the following improvisation - part of which would later be recycled by the band for Guts On My Side - thus making this the very best version of this particular concert.

TRACK
TIME
01
Walk On - No Pussy Footing
03:25
02
Doctor Diamond
04:33
03
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One
10:38
04
RF Announcement
02:29
05
Easy Money
06:18
06
Improv - Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet
05:10
07
Exiles
06:18
08
Improv II
02:15
09
The Talking Drum
05:44
10
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two
07:16
11
21st Century Schizoid Man
07:12

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Written by Chris Inguanta
Definitely listenable
A bit murky and muddied at times, but an excellent listen. The Crims were in fine form and it was fun to listen to the crowd comments. To Mr. Stormy, thanks for cleaning up Easy Money and the following improvisation. I enjoyed it a lot.
Written by Kelli Lehrling
Always Great in Central Park!
Alex has done a great job cleaning up a rather subpar bootleg into something a lot nicer to listen to, thank you Alex. The Crims are firing at full force this night, opening with one of my favorite versions of Doctor Diamond (after the unusually long walk-on of course). Easy Money and the improv afterward, as previously seen on video, are another amazing point to note. It is well worth listening to even if the audio quality isn't exactly top tier. Happy to see it on DGM!
Written by Daniel Bukszpan
Great performance, SQ is not terrible
Like most of the recordings of this lineup of the band, it's an audience recording, so audiophiles may want to pass this one up. As audience recordings go I actually thought it was a bit better than I'm used to, and not just in the part where they were able to use audio from the TV footage. As far as the performance, it smokes. "The Talking Drum" in particular is completely nuts. DGM, please keep making these recordings available. I never get tired of them and they're always worth hearing.
Written by Samuel Langer
Crimson on FIRE!
Performance: 11/10 Audio quality: 5/10 I own the bootleg for this concert and wow, Crimson is ON FIRE. This is also the concert that was partially taped, with the full Easy Money on video. This concert includes a three-minute long No Pussyfooting intro in which on the bootleg that I own you can hear someone shouting "What is this shit?" Funny indeed. Anyway, some purely awesome renditions of the songs. Definitely worth checking out and DGM should make this purchasable officially! Tracklist: - Walk On...No Pussyfooting - Doctor Diamond - Larks' Tongues pt. I - Easy Money+Improv I - Exiles - Improv II - The Talking Drum - Larks' Tongues pt. II - 21st Century Schizoid Man
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