Palace Theatre Providence United States

“We weren’t aware this was to be a final statement and when we were, we were wrong there too. But we did know we were knackered” [endtease]wrote RF about the last theatre performance for this incarnation of KC. Despite being somewhat road-weary this is nevertheless a durable set showing a band playing near the top of its game. Highpoints include the two improvisations which RF noted in his diary from the period as being “more spacey than before.” Whilst A Voyage To the Centre of the Cosmos structurally echoes Asbury Park, the second improv, Providence, comes from another place altogether; somewhere well off the musical map. An assertive and highly recommended gig. Please note that this concert is also available on CD as part of the Great Deceiver 4CD live set.
TRACK
TIME
01
Walk On
00:49
02
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt II
06:23
03
Lament
04:39
04
Exiles
07:16
05
Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos
16:44
06
Easy Money
07:11
07
Improv: Providence
10:05
01
Fracture
11:31
02
Starless
12:14
03
21st Century Schizoid Man
09:50
Written by Jack Floyd
False End by a Historic Band
Although not as powerful as they used to be, the band still keeps it’s destructive and fearsome force, presenting a surprisingly inventive set. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic - Part II begins by showing what King Crimson were still capable to do even with all the pressure in the air. Lament is a real beast, showing Wetton’s voice in awesome form, Exiles starts a little bit hidden, but quickly expands itself to it’s feral state. The Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos is a bit similar to Improv: Asbury Park in the beginning, but later turns into a radically different piece. Right after an esplendid rendition of Easy Money, another improvisation is born, Providence has some tension and mystery around it that refuses to vanish until the piece’s last part, where Cross show all of his violin skills over Fripp’s wah-wah distorted guitar playing. After tight and forceful playing, the band is still surpring with a violent Fracture and a chaotic Starless. As the last piece, 21st Century Schizoid Man ends the set featuring all the four members’ skills that made this line-up so historic. 
Written by paul duffy
Among the very best
It could be my ears or even better equipment, but I’d swear this sounds even better than the box set versions on TGD. As for performances, this is as superlative an effort among the four of them as any lineup of Crim ever delivered. As so many of the reviews have stated, this is one for the ages. Disc 2 in particular might be my favourite, maybe even more than Absent Lovers. Well done!
Written by Tim Joseph
On the other hand ...
Yes, both gig and The Great Deceiver boxed set are beyond excellent.  However, I’m buying this download so that after 16 years I can finally hear the end of Starless - I’ve never found a CD player that could play the end of my Virgin CD1!  I presume the DGM pressing is better :)) I haven’t had chance to check it yet, but I notice that all but one timings given for the download are quite a bit longer than those given on the CD.  (Easy Money is 3 seconds shorter for some reason!)  Has there been a change of speed, or was there quite a few small edits on the CD version?  Or are all the timings just wrong??! Nevertheless, if you haven’t got either version yet - what are you waiting for?  This is King Crimson at their absolute peak.
Written by Bernardo Quiroga
Extraordinary
This amazing show is a testament of the power of the Wetton/Cross/Bruford/Fripp lineup. Their music brought together power and beauty (an exotic variety of beauty, that is). This show has also stunning sound quality. This version of the song "21st Century Schizoid Man" (with new overdubs added by Eddie Jobson during postproduction, and absent here) was originally released on the album USA.To whoever is thinking about getting this download, let me provide a small piece of advice: Get the Great Deceiver set instead. You won’t regret it. The nice people from DGM/Innet Knot had the wonderful idea to issue that long-out of print box set in two 2CD sets (a very nice budget release, by the way, and with new PJ Crook artwork) for us poor souls who missed the original deluxe box the first time around. This show covers the first CD plus a couple tracks from the second. You also get a lot more of the amazing music by this amazing quartet. Get that release instead. If you download this set instead, you will be so amazed at the quality, that you will have to purchase The Great Deceiver anyway.
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