Tarrant County Convention Centre Fort Worth United States

Alex “Stormy” Mundy has skilfully reconstructed the third date in on what would be the last tour for this incarnation of King Crimson[endtease] from a well-known bootleg source and a soundboard cassette. It finds the band on slightly unsteady form in places during the early part of the concert as David Cross’s out of tune mellotron threatens to derail Easy Money, itself an unusual choice for the opening number.

Fripp’s solo begins with the “zero of the signified” type running lines pattern, sounding at times as though he’s trying to straddle the abyss-like differential that hangs between the tuning of the rest of the band and the wayward tron.

After a perfunctory Lament and a much-needed spot of tuning-up, Fracture is where the band begins to gel with Bruford excelling with some precocious percussion, and Cross turning in a wonderfully atonal vamp on an overdriven pianet.

The improvisation flirts with the opening lines of Exiles but oozes into a groove not unlike the stately ascending middle section of Sailors’ Tale. There’s a brief respite from all the density and busyness via what amounts to an exceedingly rare albeit brief drum solo as we transition into what is arguably the most intense Talking Drum the band ever performed.

To describe this version as frenzied doesn’t get close: LTIA2is almost an anti-climax here compared to the ferocity unleashed during Talking Drum in which Cross and Fripp’s interweaving lines are simply magnificent.

Connoisseurs of Clams Crimsonesque will appreciate John Wetton’s contribution around the two and a half minutes mark into an otherwise triumphant rendition of LTIA2. Not be outdone by his band mate in the brown moment stakes, David Cross momentarily forgets to engage the distortion pedal on a relatively rare keyboard solo in the climactic section. Such minor deviant moments cannot however detract from what is a fantastic addition to the DGMLive catalogue.

AUDIO SOURCE: Board Recording And Bootleg Cassette

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

AVERAGE CUSTOMER RATING

TRACK
TIME
01
Walk On
01:45
02
Easy Money
05:38
03
Lament
04:48
04
Fracture
11:14
05
Improv I
06:32
06
The Talking Drum
05:19
07
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
06:40
08
21st Century Schizoid Man
07:05
Written by Jure Humar
Astounding performance
An amazing concert, that gives us another unique version of Easy Money and a truly magnificent and extremely heavy Larks II. But as with previous shows on this tour, I must point out the heaviest improv the band has done. To think this concert dates back to 1974 is unbeliavable. Those who attended the concert must have thought they witnessed the birth of a new genre. An amazing gig with well performed songs and if one is undecided, one should get this for the improv alone. As with all the improvs of this KC era, it absolutely blows my mind.
Written by Wendell Hutchins
King Crimson - June 6, 1974 - Fort Worth
This concert occured right after I graduated high school in Fort Worth, and I recall how I wanted to attend but was unable to. My bitterness at missing what turned out to be the last local opportunity to see this lineup in concert is at long last relieved, having discovered this recording and IMMEDIATELY downloading it.The sound quality gets better after the first two tracks, and Easy Money suffers a bit since it’s one of those. Late Lament is better,  and Fracture finds the lads fully on their feet, so to speak; a good rendition. I am pleased that the improv that usually leads to Exiles led instead to a continued improv [Exiles being my least favorite song from this lineup]; decent but not as good as ’Voyage to Center of the Cosmos’ or ’Asbury Park’ as found elsewhere. The highlight of this concert for me is Talking Drum/ LTIA II, both of which are very powerful.All in all a very enjoyable blast from what should have been my past. Thanks for making this available. PS to Mr. Fripp; please UNRETIRE!!!
Written by Linus Robinson
Improvisitors...
Im not entierly sure if its apropos to mention a title bootleg cd of this on DGM’s guestbook, well anyway an all audience recording cd of June 6, 1974 was named "Improvisitors"... rather clever...
Written by Layton Payne
Trower/KC/TYA
I came to see King Crimson (for the first time) and left fulfilled.  They were touring on the strength of "Starless and Bible Black."  Robin Trower, the opening act, was really solid, too, especially his fine (now late) singer, Jame Dewar.  Ten Years After was simply the icing on the cake.  Everyone with me agreed, too.  Alvin Lee kept flipping his hair around like he was with The Sweet.I vividly recall that when "Lament" came to its abrupt end, there was a palpable pause in the southern audience, not knowing whether to applaud or wait to make sure the song was actually finished.
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