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

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

AVERAGE CUSTOMER RATING

TRACK
TIME
01
21st Century Schizoid Man
06:37
02
In The Court Of The Crimson King
06:31
03
Get Thy Bearings
09:41
04
Epitaph
04:28
05
Mantra
03:05
06
Travel Weary Capricorn
05:37
07
Mars
04:00

21st Century Schizoid Man

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Written by Ned Warren
Undeniably Iconic Show, Not Entirely Honestly Presented
One of the things I really appreciate about DGM is the way they tend to be very transparent about the shortcomings of any recordings they make available and... unfortunately with this particular recording that is not the case. For instance, there's no mention in the description of the apparent gaps in the recording that have been crudely patched, most noticeably in the second verse of 21st Century Schizoid Man (where the three-note ascending pattern of the riff has been duplicated from its first iteration in this recording and the first few lines have been dubbed in from the much later Fillmore West recording with the addition of a cassette click sound effect) and the opening verse of Get Thy Bearings (which has been copied and pasted in from near the end of the song, again cutting in and out with the same cassette click sound effect). While editing like this isn't necessarily a bad thing, and does help restore some semblance of the musical experience (I'm reasonably certain there are some other patches in here well-hidden enough that I haven't spotted them), it does feel uncharacteristically dishonest to present this as a completely true and accurate representation of what the crowd heard at Hyde Park that day. The 21st Century Schizoid Man edit is particularly jarring given how different to the rest of the recoding Lake's growling end-of-tour vocal tone is in that clip, to say nothing of the way the pitch and timing jolt and make it feel as though the band collectively stumbled for a moment.
Written by Bob Ramstad
Surprisingly good sound for an audience recording of this era, released as CLUB12
WARNING: This has been previously released as King Crimson Club 12 i.e. CLUB12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Crimson_Live_in_Hyde_Park,_London Don't make the mistake of buying it again as my repeated emails to customer service have gone ignored, presumably because they won't refund erroneous downloads... I asked them to edit CLUB12 into the bottom of the main body text but that hasn't happened so I figured I'd lead with that. Surprisingly good sound for an audience recording of this era. I'm glad it survived. The introduction at the start makes me smile...
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.
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