Palazzo Dello Sport

A boomy but very listenable audience recording, complete with a little coating of fairy dusting courtesy of Mister Stormy, provides a pretty comprehensive account of the Crims in Rome.

With every track of the recently released Larks’ Tongues In Aspic being performed live, the real surprises come from the inclusion of Peace and Cat Food in the setlist. A particular favourite of John Wetton, who was the prime advocate of resurrecting the 1970 track, there can’t have been many people during this tour expecting to hear it performed live.

As if that wasn’t enough the set also finds the Crims road testing The Night Watch, Lament, and Fracture, the latter being particularly well-received despite its unfamiliarity.

The first mid-set improv occupies a sonic space that’s cut from cloth similar to We’ll Let You Know performed 13 days earlier in Glasgow while the second improv, preceding The Talking Drum, amasses scary strings and the blunt trauma from bass and percussion.

A powerful gig from King Crimson ending with a high-octane performance of 21st Century Schizoid Man. Containing some hair-raising soloing from Fripp, there’s and chordal duet with Wetton prior to the final verse in which he gives the guitarist a run for his money.
TRACK
TIME
01
Improv Intro
01:50
02
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt I
07:35
03
Peace A Theme
00:57
04
Cat Food
05:10
05
The Night Watch
04:59
06
Fracture
10:59
07
Book Of Saturday
02:49
08
Lament
04:06
01
Easy Money
07:01
02
Improv I
06:01
03
Exiles
06:24
04
Improv II
05:25
05
The Talking Drum
06:08
06
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
06:33
07
21st Century Schizoid Man*
09:24

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