Masonic Temple

“Hang about,” says Robert to the boisterous and lively crowd in Detroit who insist on shouting out requests during his announcement on this decent sounding audience recording. “These kind suggestions are very well received but it’s rude for me to talk over you. So perhaps you should be quiet?”

The improv initially revolves around a searching solo from Robert around which other elements from the band accrue. As the pace picks up, Wetton adds a descending run which, several months later form the spine of Trio. Here, however, it’s the foundation for some mid-tempo rocking out upon which the band pours various rhapsodic runs. Then that rarest thing. A Bill Bruford drum solo. There aren’t too many times in the Crimson setlist where this occurs and though brief it’s a stand-out moment as he breaks into a super fast shuffle and the band rejoin and blast into the still as yet unnamed Guts On My Side riff. This is turbo-charged Crim at its best.

The short improv that emerges out of Book Of Saturday features a gorgeously melancholic solo from David Cross. It’s a moment of true beauty and in some ways the hidden gem of this performance. As the darker inclinations of the band take over, we are pitched into the setup for the simmering menace of Talking Drum and a truly scorching LTIA. How do they top that? Well, that would be Schizoid Man's job of course.
TRACK
TIME
01
Walk On ... No Pussyfooting
00:37
02
Doctor Diamond
04:51
03
Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part I
11:37
04
RF Announcement
02:48
05
Easy Money
08:59
06
Improv I
13:19
07
Book Of Saturday
02:31
08
Improv II
03:20
09
The Talking Drum
05:28
10
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:22
11
21st Century Schizoid Man
07:13
Written by Michael Meng
Fantastic!
Great show! Improv I is absolutely incredible, one of my favorite KC improvs ever. Worth it for this alone. Thanks so much for making these shows available.
Written by Jonathan Wilson
Another shining gem
A wonderfully cleaned up recording of this gig which Sid describes perfectly . This unexpected bounty arrived whilst I was working my way once again through the Larks box, and compared to most of those this gig is approaching soundboard quality. I am more of a Lark than a Sailor, so the recent availability of Turin, then the mighty Waterbury, and now this tick all the boxes for me. Thank you so much Alex for making these available. Have you got any more?!
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