Heraclitus states, “All things come into being by conflict of opposites, and the sum of things (“The Whole”) flows like a stream.” This is King Crimson in 2016. Sheerly masterful, the epitome of virtuosity, and the contribution of a lifetime: King Crimson is King Crimson is King Crimson. Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a virtual studio album and edification of the endless inner knot as a whole that has entwined generations into the fold for almost half a century now.
David Singleton’s flawless mix down and representation of the live stage presence is delivered in syncretic, jubilant, and generous spirit. The Vicar, with attention to every detail, bestows a well-mastered release that delivers us unto King Crimson in the purest sonic clarity - a clarity unexplored until now. The DGM Audio Quality becomes apart of the virtual studio album’s essence and can no longer be envisaged in any other way. History has been made and what a bright future lies ahead!
The virtuosity explicated in good will by Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastellotto, Bill Rieflin, and Gavin Harrison distills the enterprise of the ProjeKcts, days of Discipline, and the origin story - In the Court of the Crimson King - as a new index of alchemical possibilities. A keen listener can hear the range of distinct elements from all eras of King Crimson in this 2016 recording. Alas, the inner knot is revealed to have no beginning and no end.
King Crimson captures the eternal moment perfectly in the clinches of live performance. Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a true gift to nostalgists of every era, but even more so to listeners who are radically unseated by King Crimson. Be advised: “Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.” So please enjoy with ears wide open and as a (wo)man with an open heart!