Greens Playhouse

For an opening number, Pictures Of A City is performed in a remarkably relaxed fashion. Indeed there are moments where the band de-construct the piece almost to the point of collapse. It’s a fine line between chaos and brilliance yet rather than easing themselves into the set, Crimso opt to walk that particular highwire straight away.

A jazzy guitar interlude on Sailor’s Tale appears as it did in Plymouth only tonight it is completely unaccompanied. Aside from a couple of atonal swipes it’s a remarkable opportunity to hear Fripp play in a traditional style which he would only very rarely revisit after this tour.

It’s always interesting to hear a good quality recording of In The Court of the Crimson King and you can’t help but notice the cheer that goes up from the appreciative Brummy crowd at its announcement. Speaking of announcements, although we hear Boz saying they’re going to play The Letters the tape sadly cuts directly to an incomplete version of Cadence and Cascade.

Ian Wallace is on great form throughout and clearly enjoys his solo spot during Get Thy Bearings after the rather jazz-rock style head from which it thunders. Fripp also provides a hair-raising sustained guitar solo which includes a liberal quote or two from Prince Rupert’s Lament.

A great show in strikingly good soundboard quality makes this is must even though Cirkus frustratingly cuts out before the end verse.
TRACK
TIME
01
Pictures Of A City*
07:51
02
The Sailors Tale
14:28
03
The Court Of The Crimson King
08:43
04
Cadence And Cascade*
02:00
05
Get Thy Bearings
13:29
06
RF Announcement
00:45
07
Ladies Of The Road
05:41
08
RF Announcement
01:55
09
21st Century Schizoid Man
09:27
10
The Devils Triangle
09:56
11
Cirkus*
04:17

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Written by Bob Ramstad
Particularly nice recording, solid performance
The recording is excellent. The very high end (treble) might be slightly muted but it's extremely high quality for the era. The band seems more confident than the Zoom Club gigs, they've grown a lot. I sense a certain willingness to play with the material, either that, or a bit of comfort at being closer to home and in an environment and with an audience they understand. In a word, this is musical, and well worth the time to listen.
Written by Herve Marchetti
An(other) unknown gem !
People tend to glorify the previous Plymouth show, but this soundboard recording from Glasgow is also of high interest ! First of all the sound quality is really something remarkable. It's not a multi-track recording but it almost sounds like one. I don't know if it's the remastering that is doing wonders or if it was already very well recorded in the first place, but here on a good hifi system with nice speakers, I'm really enjoying the sound. And even at a very high level of listening you don't get ear fatigue. Then there's the performance, and this one is astonishing. Many shows happened since the Plymouth gig and the band has progressed even more. The slow passages are quieter and slower than before, in a relaxed manner, while the wild moments are even more savaged. I think this recording has the definitive live recording of "The Devil's Triangle", with Peter Sinfield's effects garanteed to scare your neighbours away ! And hearing "Robbie McFripp" playing a "normal" (and efficient) jazz solo is something indeed. (Please note that this recording -along with many more live shows from 71 and 72- is also included in 24/48 quality on one of the bluray in the Sailor's Tale box set - I cannot recommend enough to treat your ears with this set if you can.)
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