The Roxy Los Angeles United States

“Moonchild!” somebody shouts on this audience recording. Of course he hasn’t a hope in hell.[endtease] For his trouble he gets a mesmerising almost meditative performance of Frame By Frame. With the Discipline album still only a couple of months old this performance has a remarkable authority to it, catching Crimson as it does on a classic night in which they manage to both swing and rock with equal abandon.

Despite our hindsight and familiarity with the set there will be lots here that will surprise and delight even the longhaul Crimheads amongst us. If The Sheltering Sky was meant to start with the trumpet theme nobody has told Fripp, who just starts letting rip like he can’t wait to get going. Bruford’s percussive intro to Indiscipline doesn’t sound a million miles removed from the electronica textures of ProjeKct 4 no less!

The new material that would later feature on Beat positively smokes; a still worldless Neurotica (then called "Manhattan") burns between blistering mutant metal jazz and ruminative math rock. The cascading lines of Neil And Jack And Me are still shiny new with a rockier than usual arrangement. And how about that Fripp solo at the end?

Sartori In Tangier features Fripp on his trusty Roland organ and Belew making monster noises along the stage make this a surging, raging version you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.

Loving restored by DGMLive regular Daniel Loretangeli, this gig is a welcome addition to the official archive and one you should grab with both hands asap!

AUDIO SOURCE: Bootleg Cassette

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TRACK
TIME
01
Frippertronics
02:43
02
Discipline
06:05
03
Thela Hun Ginjeet
08:55
04
Red
07:42
05
Matte Kudasai
03:50
06
The Sheltering Sky
11:46
01
Neal And Jack And Me
09:11
02
Frame By Frame
05:20
03
Neurotica
06:12
04
Elephant Talk
05:47
05
Indiscipline
12:13
06
Sartori In Tangier
07:11
07
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:28

KC19811123LosAngeles - Peter Dervin

BROWSE SHOWS WITH PHOTOS

Written by joe ventress
Was at all sets for this show
Hi, my first time up in here. I was at this show and the 24th, 25th at Perkins, including he perkins palace set. Adrian Belew was very kind to me and spoke with me on the third set, 2nd night Roxy and next night at perkins he saw me from side stage and waved me over to say hi, so kind. My buddies thought I was something. I was a dumb high school kid, but we chatted. He told me he had a kidney infection and was feeling pretty bad, never could tell. All pro that guy. I had just returned from England and had seen, what I think, was the second gig? They were called Discipline. I have a marquee poster from it still. I was very lucky, wandered into a ticket shop and saw this crimson like band was playing. Huge KC fan and figuring I'd never see them and then. GD if Magik didnt happen and I got to see it re-boot! @Roxy, I remember Fripp, getting up off his stool, briefly, tmm, during Red. Just shredding.
Written by Richard Deem
Roxy audience
I was at this show, and the fans were loud. One guy shouted "Asbury Park" too much. One guy got Fripp’s attention by shouting "King Crimson making history!" The best was when someone said, "Hey Billy, you forgot your Hi-Hat"
Written by Bruno Ferreira
The Definitive 1981 Concert!
The Mighty Crim shows itself again with this perfect concert, and, this time, presenting songs that would be presented on the next album, like a longer version of "Neal And Jack And Me" and a wordless and demented version of "Neurotica", then called "Manhattan". "The Sheltering Sky" is delivered in a dazzling way, with the band going slowly and sweetly and Robert Fripp on a keyboard intro to his guitar solo, which is typical from the Discipline Tour. This concert presents King Crimson on a great form and perfectly on... ...Truly a must-have.
Written by Christopher DeVito
Best live Discipline I've heard (since 1981)
I saw this group about 2 weeks before this concert, in New York. If you like the Discipline KC, this concert is essential -- the playing is intense throughout, with wild, relentless versions of all the Discipline songs and loose, almost jamming renditions of some of the about-to-be-Beat songs. Plus the majesty of Red and the menace of Larks’ II. This is the best (and the best-sounding) concert recording from ’81 that I’ve heard yet. --Chris DeVito
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