Palau Dels Esports Granollers Barcelona
Despite the less-than-optimal sonics, it’s obvious the Crims are having a good show. When the band goes into the heavy slashing riff in the second part of Fracture the crowd burst into applause. Given that they would be hearing this track for the first time did they think it was LTIA Pt2? Well, no, as it happens. The audience frequently shows their appreciation at what's going on if you listen across the set suggesting they are well tuned into the gig.
With a graceful Night Watch and a robust reading of Lament the other new, paint-still-wet item is the improv following a lovely Exiles. The quiet atmospheric introduction suffers somewhat because of the overall murkiness of the tape but after some gentle chording, Wetton breaks out his thunderous snap-bass and the team enter into a stop-start interlude. Cross can be heard on electric piano with Fripp providing some Mellotron voicing. Despite the audio shortcomings, this is an intriguing excursion for the Crims. The short version of all the above? The band is cooking!