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Though this particular line-up were edging closer to oblivion, listening to this full show 30 years after the event, the energy levels are astounding.[endtease] In his journal from the time RF described the show as "Tired. Lifeless. Lacklustre” Maybe Fripp’s estimation of the gig was informed by his recovering from mild food poisoning, the cumulative effect of prunes and a boil in his ear!

It seems nobody was happy this particular night. Sound engineer George Chkaintz had trouble with the sound in the recording truck, roadie Tex is frightened to turn down Wetton’s amp despite the discreet urgings of other members of the band and crew, Fripp is giving tour manager Dik Frasier grief,and the promoter isn’t best pleased because the band haven’t done an encore!

Despite all of this, the concert isn’t anywhere near as bad as Fripp and others judged it at the time. LTIA rips and roars like an angry beast, and the exquisite lead lines during Exiles compensate for the liberties taken with some of ithe timing. Fracture is a major event with Wetton and Bruford seemingly in a deathmatch race to see who can reach the end of the song first. Thankfully Fripp and Cross manage to keep up with them! The improvs are robust in character and prove that even with all of the problems and politics in the band, Crimso hit escape velocity: the second one in particular gives a gently-inclined Cross a chance to move out from under the overbearing rhythm section. Oh, and did I mention that Starless is a must-have belter?

Mixed directly from the multitracks, with the exception of those improvs, having been previously pressed into active service on The Great Deceiver box set, this is the first time the entire concert has been made available.
TRACK
TIME
01
Walk On
01:56
02
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt II
06:26
03
Lament
05:03
04
Exiles
07:22
05
Improv: Is There Life Out There?
14:14
06
Easy Money
02:22
07
Improv: Its For You But Not For Us
07:37
08
Fracture
10:54
09
Starless
15:44
Written by Frank Hadlich
BB drumming
The most unsettling disturbing drumming from BB recognized so far - a drummer’s pleasure, but yet a little bit hard for the bandmates to accompany.
Written by Jordan Clifford
Curious
It’s curious to me, as it should be to anyone, to see a 2 minute Easy Money followed by a long improv. Why do they separate this one as a separate and re-titled improv instead of just billing it as a long Easy Money, which it is. It is distinctly an Easy Money jam. I’ve often listened to it on its own and it’s impossible to not know what song it’s coming out of/still in. I’m not sure I’m complaining or saying it as a criticism. I don’t feel one way or the way other about it, but it’s just interesting.
Written by Darryl Dardenne
Fantastic
Not only is the performance wrought with tension, which means in this case the musicians are paying attention to each other, but the recording sounds as if the band is playing right in front of you in a small theatre. Its intimate and intense like few other recordings offered from this year. There’s a reason some of this was included in The Great Deceiver box set.
Written by John Krick
I was AT this show....
It was a very funny situation cause I wasn’t a fan of the earlier KC (the only thing I’d heard was "Court of the Crimson King") and I went because it still sounded like a cool thing to do and friends were going. The opening act was a one hit disco wonder named Gino Vanelli. The place was packed with frat and sorority kids there to hear him and when he was done, they all left. And good riddance. That left no more than about 150 of us freaks sitting cross legged on the floor of this gym, and mesmerized by the dual mellotrons and David Cross’s violin and of course Fripp’s guitar. It was utterly magical. Certainly among the best concerts I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a LOT of good concerts...
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