Palais Des Fetes

Despite the very best efforts to bring this audience recording back to our world from the sonic limbo in which it has hovered somewhere between life and death, this is a difficult listen. Even under all that murk and muck, there are several highlights still discernible.

No matter how many versions of Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One that one hears from this period, the speed at which the group takes the hairpin bends of the tune is just phenomenal. The velocity is highlighted by the precipitous contrast as they drop into the violin section.

Fracture is an absolute barnstormer and includes a moment where the Crims get so excited one half keeps going after the other half stops and then they all rush back to put it all together in the nick of time. Exhilarating stuff.

The first improvisation of the night has a kind of We’ll Let You Know vibe to it in the early stages. At around the ten-minute mark, after sustaining a funk-driven groove of increasing intensity, they all come to a dead stop. Even what follows, moving into more atmospheric territory, manages to command interest despite the dodgy audio.

Had this show been professionally recorded with engineer George Chkiantz there’s no doubt a substantial section of this improv would have appeared on the Starless And Bible album. Utterly breathtaking, it’s a fine example of the Crims at their improvising best.
TRACK
TIME
01
Improv Intro
03:30
02
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part I
08:33
03
Tune Up
00:43
04
Peace A Theme
00:55
05
Cat Food
04:45
06
The Night Watch
05:05
07
Fracture
11:02
08
Book Of Saturday (Incomplete)
02:04
09
Lament (Incomplete)
03:46
10
Improv I
15:32
11
Easy Money
07:22
12
Exiles
06:38
13
Improv II
05:21
14
The Talking Drum (Incomplete)
06:18

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Written by Daniel Lincoln Jr
Actually pretty bad audio but a good preformance
Usally bad audio i can deal with but this sadly almost makes david cross entirely unlistenable the entire gig even during his solo spots like on larks pt 1. Other than that glaring difficulty the entire show as a whole is absolutely great! High energy show with wetton and fripp coming in clearest but even they’re sounds are still something of a difficulty to listen to for unseasoned ears , wouldn’t reccomend as first listen to larks era but for a collector or want to listen to every KC concert it’s definitely worth it to be added due to energy and the second imrpov which if it was properly recorded could’ve been replaced for starless & bible black improv on the album it’s that good!
Written by Chris Inguanta
Murky indeed
I give it 5 stars for the playing, a 2 for the sound. Yes, it is a difficult listen (I listened to it twice so far), but there is much good playing in the murkiness. The Crim's were at the top of their game at this show. Thanks for providing us with the fine artifact.
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