Palais Des Sports Dijon France

The quality of some gigs in the DGM archives present Alex Mundy with significant problems when it comes to restoring them and making the music available. Alex explains what he was up against with this particular concert.

“I had transferred a 1/2" 8 track reel of this show, I had particular problem with the vocals on this show, but have managed to salvage them. What they had done was double up instruments on the 8 tracks, so I had to make copies of some of the tracks and isolate the sound source and EQ each one to get the best out of each instrument. There were only two reels of tape, and Waiting Man cuts in more than half way through, and the very end of a really good Sheltering Sky is missing. Neal and Jack and me is incomplete, and the very end of Heartbeat is missing, but don't get too despondent about these problems, as I think I managed to get a really good mix in the end, and what is here is of good performance quality.”

Alex is right about the performance. The band are in Dijon, touring with the Beat album, and are on amazing form. Adrian’s Belew’s solo on Thela cooks up a storm of swirling layers, whilst Fripp’s rhapsodic work on The Sheltering Sky sends shivers down places you didn’t even know could shiver! The fact that track is missing the final theme doesn’t detract or diminish from this rare moment. Frame by Frame also has a gorgeous pastoral sounding variation by Fripp just ahead of the last verse which brings quite a different feel to the track albeit briefly. There are points during Red where the tempo teeters on the brink of coming to a complete standstill as the drumming becomes extra spacious and abstracted, relying on Tony Levin to keep the pulse moving forward. Levin is also in a lyrical mood as he provides a lovely improv at the start of a wonderfully loose-limbed and fluid version of Elephant Talk.

Throughout the concert you’ll hear little variations on the parts which will make your head turn or bring a smile to your face. Although the set is familiar there’s a sense that the band are having fun with the music. Whilst it’s sad that there’s a few incomplete tracks here, and we suspect songs that are entirely missing from the gig (such as Satori and LTIA 2), there’s much to celebrate and enjoy here.

AUDIO SOURCE: 8 Track Reel To Reel

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

AVERAGE CUSTOMER RATING

TRACK
TIME
01
Waiting Man*
02:31
02
Thela Hun Ginjeet
07:36
03
Red
06:09
04
The Howler
04:52
05
Matte Kudasai
03:35
06
The Sheltering Sky*
08:17
07
Neal And Jack And Me*
02:11
08
Frame By Frame
05:35
09
Neurotica
05:06
10
Elephant Talk
05:34
11
Indiscipline
10:46
12
Heartbeat*
03:55

KC19820924Dijon - Gérard Bérilley

Written by Bill Zhou
Great Indiscipline
A pity that Waiting Man and Neal, Jack and Me is in complete 'cause the missing part of them is quite charming. Nevertheless, I enjoy the style demonstrated in Indiscipline, especially Bruford's improv percussions.
Written by Frank Hadlich
Astonishing
Thinking about and listening through what is currently (spring 2015) available from the beat-generation, the Dijon performance is remarkably astonishing. Anything said yet by Sid and the fellow commenters, I’d like to mention the battre extraordinaire of Billy B. Wow! As there are lotsa other excellent gigs available (e.g. NY Aug 2nd, the Cote d’Azur concerts, Oxford, Asbury Park) Dijon tops it whilst combining versatility, musicality and fun. The few licks missing of Sheltering Sky and Heartbeat are ok, more than a half missing of Waiting Man and Neal and Jack and Me creates some pain in the heart, but one may adhere the studio bits or pieces from other concerts on the tracks to provide continuity of tension and drama.Even after about 5 years since its first release, the tear and toil of Alex was it worth. Thank you!
Written by Gianluca Turnu
Brilliant !!
This concert is a real pleasure for fans of this incarnation of the band, especially for those people who like me, love the Beat tour. The best version of Frame By Frame eighties era is here!download it now!
Written by Kevin O'Sullivan
Dijon Letter
What an excellent set from the Beat Generation Crimson. As always, providence dictates that the best of the gigs is incomplete. What remains has indeed been wonderfully restored and presented and we have some tremendous performances of Sheltering Sky, Thela, Neurotica, indeed all tracks are outstanding and I am left wondering how Sartori might of sounded - if performed that night. Whatever, the eighties band has such syncopation and versatility that I will always shell out. Is there any more of the Beat tour out there? A warning - do not listen to Thela whilst on an exercise bike!    
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