Written by Brad Wilmot
16 October, 2017
Chicago CD
Just opened the Chicago CD. I don't believe anyone has mentioned what a beautiful package this is. Twenty eightish pages of beautiful Levin and Singleton photos and insight from Robert and Dave. The music is amazing but I have had that since the download was issued. A little tip if you want to burn a CD from the download, if you can bear to part with the bell scape, you can add Indiscipline to disc 1 and the rest of the show will fit on disc 2. I also like this because all of the new material is on disc one which is where my listening was concentrated for the first few days. After thoroughly absorbing the new tunes I then was free to discover this set has (in my opinion) the best performances of The Letters, Cirkus, Pictures, and Schizoid Man to date. The sax and drums on The Letters is insane. It is a cliche to say that every Gavin Schizoid solo exceeds the last, but dammit, it does. Highly recommend the set.
Written by dave etheredge
16 October, 2017
Live In San Diego
Just received my copy of Live In Chicago and love it to death. Please keep the live stuff coming; a hot date with King Crimson is probably the hottest date on the planet. Unlike other bands of its era that play the same tired by-rote set lists,(I’m looking at you Deep Purple,) Crimso adds new material all the time while expanding on the old stuff. This album helps me relive my own concert experience several days earlier in San Diego. Thank you,Robert for touring as much as you have,lesser people faced with lesser music would have quit long ago….
Written by Peter Coulthard
14 October, 2017
Live in Chicago 2017 CD release
Adding up the track timings on the download it would seem that the 2CD release must be edited. Can anyone enlighten me before I commit to making my order?

Alex Mundy replied:

Dear Peter, There is no difference in the amount of music between the CD and the download. I was just able to leave the audiences running there full length on the download, which is why there ends up being a third disc. CD Disc 1 ends with Pictures Of A City, as there was room to fit it there, that helped make it a two CD set. The download Disc 2 starts with Pictures Of A City, which was the start of the second set. Best Alex
Written by Andrew Mather
13 October, 2017
Lizard & Live in Chicago 2017
One Friday night I recall leaving our Methodist Church youth club through the back door into a dark cobbled back street of 1930's terraced houses in the early 1970's. The North West of England was a very different place then, but the same place exists. I had few LPs then but to hear Cirkus as we left blaring out from a flat above our local greengrocers close by was very strange. To hear it outside the confines of our attic space was disconcerting. I have my t-shirt on and again Lizard is unsettling my Friday the 13th 2017......oh dear... I've been Crimsonized afresh by method 8.3. I have a seat booked for Church on Sunday.
Written by Serge Girard
13 October, 2017
Chris Gibson
Welcome to Chris Gibson! Serge
Written by Andrew Mather
12 October, 2017
Disk 23....clearly transparent feedback
Extremely prompt delivery of a replacement disc from Poland. So quick that I never checked my yellowed disc. Thanks for the new one......but the yellowing one least for now. My t-shirts came from the USA to the UK very quickly as well. Hats off to DGM admin then as well as the music deliverers alongside RF who has held on to his hat with great skill. Good luck on the upcoming dates.....should be wild. Never a better time to a fan of King Crimson.
Written by Waen Shepherd
Just when you think they can't get any better...
... along comes this astonishing set. I'm privileged enough to have seen line-up 8.x twice, different each time and always mind-blowing, but nothing prepared me for this. My undying love for The ProjeKcts and the Double Duo aside, I have to agree with Fripp's liner notes when he refers to this as the fourth definitive version of King Crimson. And this is by far the best of the discs they've released so far. Even though it ostensibly features fewer 'new' songs than the beyond-brilliant Radical Action set, there's something about the way the 'old' material is approached that almost makes Radical Action look like a cheap Greatest Hits cash-in. Not only are we hearing 40-plus-year-old material King Crimson played live for the first time (Fallen Angel is simply astounding), alongside material written specifically by and for this band and radical new interpretations of songs played to death by other line-ups (Indiscipline - specifically designed to be different every time it was played - has never sounded as different as it does here, and it's a wondrous thing), it's also apparent now that the songs this line-up have already been playing for the past few years are stubbornly refusing to become tired or stale. Whether it's the simple addition of permanent keyboards or the increasing coherence of the eight players I don't know, but this version of King Crimson somehow manages to be stunningly precise and incredibly powerful while still retaining a raw, experimental edge. I thought by now I'd heard all the live versions of Easy Money I ever wanted to hear, but this set has proven me wrong. Larks and Starless also refuse to rest, with new sounds and startlingly altered solos appearing when you least expect them. This band isn't simply revisiting old songs - it's taking those songs and evolving them to the next level, seemingly capable of knitting together every era, every line-up into one. They utterly OWN the music they play and I can't describe the utter joy I feel knowing that, as the Crimson King approaches His fiftieth year, He is finally finding a way to make Himself complete.
Written by Mitchell Lawson
This is THE release from the current lineup.
I don't even know where to start. There's so much "new" stuff here that sounds absolutely amazing, and everything familiar is presented definitively. The new arrangements of Neurotica and Indiscipline feature some really impressive drumming, and the addition of saxophone really fills out the songs and transforms them into something fresh. The Errors is a great blend of Jakszyk's jazzy/bluesy tendencies with the interlocking guitars (and now drums) that are now such a hallmark of the group. The Lizard material is performed so well that even I, somebody who doesn't favor the album, find it compelling and beautiful. Fallen Angel and Islands are genuine tearjerkers, changing just enough to make these performances feel unique, but not changing so much that they become unrecognizable. As for the tried and true material, oh boy. We have definitive recordings of LTIA1 and Level Five alongside a haunting rendition of Easy Money and what may be my favorite version of 21st Century Schizoid Man. The soloing and improving is a huge step up from other performances from this incarnation in my opinion, Fripp and Collins in particular sound like they're making more of an effort to add to the whole piece rather than just play what comes to mind. I also really have to commend the drummers for going out on a limb more often on this recording, as other performances have been tight as hell but lacking in the improvisational spirit that separate Crimson drummer(s) from the rest. Honestly, my one and only complaint is that Live in Toronto feels largely obsolete because of this. What Bill adds to songs like Pictures of a City and Construkction of Light makes a night and day difference, you can tell that "fairy dusting" is really keeping the rest of the band on their toes. There's a wonderful moment in the beginning section of Easy Money where he plays a silly melody that jars horribly with the rest of the band and it had me laughing out loud, in a good way. Radical Action still has its place as a virtual studio recording, but honestly this blows all other live shows out of the water. If you're new to the band, buy this. If you're a fan of the band, you've already bought this.
Written by Claas Kazzer
Extraordinary gig
This has astonishingly good quality for a bootleg! The gig starts off nicely but gets better and better even during the first song. The band seem to be enjoying themselves. Sometimes to the point of coming close to losing it, as in "Thela" at around 6:40 and in "Neal ... " at around 4 minutes mark. It has a fun version of "Red", "The Sheltering Sky" features some magnificent soloing, there is a very good "Manhattan", a lovey "Frame by Frame". "Elephant Talk" is very energetic, with excited Belew solos and great interplay. "Indiscipline" again features ferocious guitar, followed by an outstanding "Sartori" (again with an improv intro). The set closes with a great "Larks' II" with some more wild soloing. Extraordinary.
Written by Claas Kazzer
Superb (again)
Unfortunately, the sound quality on this is a little worse than on the first show of that day (more hiss, louder audience, hence the 4-star rating; the sound gets better after the first half of "Discipline"). Otherwise, like the other three New York gigs of 5th and 6th November 1981, this is a superb concert. I was originally looking for "out of this world" shows occasionally referred to by Robert Fripp in his diaries/interviews at the time. The four New York shows must be the same shows that in a 1982 interview with John McLaughlin Fripp referred to as "... two shows for two nights, one after the other and all of them were out of this world." (originally transcribed for Elephant Talk and recently republished on ... Like the other NY gigs, this has plenty of extra inspired guitar and it feels like the band are plaing at a faster pace than during other gigs. My highlights: "Discipline" starts out musically tight and fresh-sounding. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" features a ferocious Belew. "The Sheltering Sky" has some great and inspired playing. "Neal and Jack and Me" has some uneven-sounding bits but is very good. "Frame by Frame" once again features nice deviations from the interlocking guitar patterns, very energetic. "Manhattan" is very powerful. "Elephant Talk" grooves energetically along with the guitarists having lots of fun. There is a lovely "Sartori" starting out with some 2 minutes of improvised intro.
Written by Claas Kazzer
Brimming with ideas
While I greatly prefer non-audience recordings, this has an ok sound quality (hence the four star rating). "Discipline" starts out great, "Thela Hun Ginjeet" is very good, "The Sheltering Sky" absolutely magnificent. "Neil and Jack and Me" feels a bit uneven in places but has lots of energy. "Frame by Frame" sports some variations on the interlocking parts and great playing. "Manhattan/Neurotica" is very good and energetic, much like "Elephant Talk" and a very very good "Sartori". Overall, an amazing gig where the band seem to be at ease, having fun, with two guitarists brimming with ideas to try!
Written by Claas Kazzer
A fabulous Starless
I first listened to this as part of the "Starless" 40th Anniversary Box. As most of the box's gigs, this has very good audio quality (apparently, it originates from one of the fabled Blue Tapes). A very enjoyable gig. Energetic, fresh-sounding with an outstanding rendition of the song "Starless". Recommended!