Hyde Park London England

A gig that is not only an iconic moment of the sixties but one that announced Crimson’s presence on the international stage.[endtease] If you think about the rest of the music on the bill at Hyde Park that day, you get a sense why tracks like Schizoid Man and the solos on Get Thy Bearings were so powerful and utterly shocking. This is a band playing far beyond their years; nothing and nobody else sounded like it. Faced with a daring display of vibrant styles and influences compacted into a hurtling musical express, the assembled hippies had to make a choice and make it quick; get on board or get out of the way. If the boys sound a little hurried in places or the vocals a touch brittle at times, who can blame them; gigs don’t get much bigger than this one. When RF wrote in his diary “Mammoth success, of importance which will take time to appreciate. We’ll look back to see this day in years to come and fully realise its significance.” He was right on the button.

AUDIO SOURCE: Audience Bootleg

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TIME
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21st Century Schizoid Man
06:37
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In The Court Of The Crimson King
06:31
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Get Thy Bearings
09:41
04
Epitaph
04:28
05
Mantra
03:05
06
Travel Weary Capricorn
05:37
07
Mars
04:00
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21st Century Schizoid Man

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BROWSE SHOWS WITH PHOTOS

Written by Marc-andre Robitaille
Great for audience recording
Setlist 5, Performance 5, Sound 3. Great show, a must even if sound quality is average.
Written by Tony Fitzgerald
An Excellent and Historic Performance
It’s no wonder Crimso became a sensation after this stunning concert in Hyde Park.Imagine being in the audience, and this (then) little-known band saunters on stage and delivers a blistering version of "21st Century Schizoid Man" followed by a strong "In The Court Of The Crimson King". You’d be utterly blindsided and probably think these guys were Martians or something.The whole set is terrific, a great performance which also highlights some early versions of unrecorded tracks that will even please the most jaded of Crimsonites.The sound quality is a bit rough, but remains very listenable throughout (although there are a few seconds of microphone manhandling/ repositioning by the bootlegger that slightly mars an otherwise-stellar "Epitaph"). I guess Mr. Fripp could have gone back and overdubbed "corrections" and otherwise patched this up, but I’m glad he didn’t because it’s a historically important gig, sonic warts and all... and a solid treat for your ears. Definitely worth your time and money.
Written by Darryl Dardenne
Fantastic show, so so sound
The recording is an audience tape and so the fidelity is not all that good. Though everything is clear, there is some distortion on some of the louder passages and the microphone gets "handled" at some points which adds to the distortion. The sound is passable tho. If you’ve heard the Epitaph box set you’ll know what to expect. That said the band are terrific, putting in smoking versions of 21st Century Schizoid Man, ITCOTCK, Get Thy Bearings among others. Playing one of their first gigs in front of some hundreds of thousands of spectators, Crimson were an unknown commodity. After the gig they were stars and for good reason. The playing is five star, the sound maybe three so I give it a four. It’s well worth the download despite dodgy sonics.
Written by Tim Gainer
A piece of history
How different the world of music would have been had this concert not have happened for KC! Having about a quarter-million people having their senses completely flattened in a single afternoon is not only heard but felt in this stunning performance.From the opening bars of "Schizoid Man" to the final chilling chords on "Mars", the original lineup of The Beast blast through a set that not only made Rock n’ Roll History but set the bar for musicians for generations to come. Not bad for a 40-minute set of live music...not bad at all.
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