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Written by Robert Wright-Stasko
20 January, 2017
Going to Rochester
I just got my ticket to see King Crimson on June 30 and I'm so excited. I saw them in Philadelphia in 2014, so hopefully I'll be able to see them one more time this year. That way, according to the criteria given to us, I'll be able to form a more substantial opinion of the band. I doubt my view of the band will get worse, and the Beast Crimson are already my favorite version. I guess I form my opinion about King Crimson they way I form it with Doctor Who. My favorite incarnation is the one I happen to be watching in the moment.
Written by Brad Wilmot
20 January, 2017
Vinylphiles
Phew. Thanks for the update Dave. I almost ran out and bought a turn table. Much as I love Great Deceivr I can't see getting away with that first line in 2017. I know. It supposedly refers to a falafel stand or something but try explaining it to Perez Hilton. I am so happy with the current repertoire I don't want to make suggestions. At this point things added have to result in things subtracted. I just can't wait to see what comes next.
Written by Michael Stubbs
20 January, 2017
KC 12" Single
Great news on the release of a KC 12" Single in April but are there any plans to also release it on CD (preferably) or download?? For those of us who who don't do vinyl any more (and I'm sure I'm in a majority here) then the extra format(s) would be most welcome.

David Singleton replied:

You will be able to download it, stream it, buy it on CD, buy it on big vinyl, buy it on little vinyl - and other formats yet to be invented...
Written by Claas Kazzer
19 January, 2017
RSS
Dear DGM-Team, I just noticed RSS feeds work again. Many thanks. However, the old RSS address followed the pattern http://www.dgmlive.com/feeds/news.rss (not sure if there were others) -- the new one has the pattern https://www.dgmlive.com/feeds/rss/news . This has the effect that former subscribers still don't get their feeds updated. It should be possible to redirect the old URL to the new one, I guess. Then, your former subscribers would get their feed list refreshed and might just hurry over to read all the news. My best, Claas

David Singleton replied:

Thank you for the suggestion. We passed it on to the developers, and it was implemented today.
Written by Mathieu Lacroix
19 January, 2017
1000 Club
Just bought myself a membership to the KC 1000 Club and I'm very much looking forward to everything that will entail. Perhaps a private forum for us where we can discuss musical issues and such? Either way, I'm more than happy to be able to support KC with such a membership. Finally starting my job as a music Ph.D candidate next week so I can finally afford to support the bands I truly love.
Written by Michael Meng
18 January, 2017
Great Deceiver
I know KC isn't a fan request sort of band, but this lineup performing an arrangement of Great Deceiver would probably melt my brain. It would be interesting to see what a four-drummer lineup would do with such a frantic drum track. Groups with variable-size lineups often seem to me more cumbersome with more members when compared to a smaller incarnation (e.g. Grateful Dead 1978 vs. 1972) in live performance, but this KC seems to defy convention.
LATEST REVIEWS
Written by Michael Meng
Wow what was that
I got this show with the Road to Red box set. If you are downloading select shows, be sure to give this one a try. Asides from being an overall great show, Improv II is one of the best I have heard from any KC incarnation; definitely in my top 5.
Written by Andrew Thomas
A real spine-tingler indeed
Fripp and Wetton are both spot-on in their assessment of this show. It is one of the best Crimson shows of any lineup, any time period. The fidelity sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, but the performance is crisp and intense, a show radiating confidence and energy. Particularly of note is how well David Cross is playing at this gig - often the odd-man-out after the initial Larks' quintet became a quartet after Muir's departure, he has grown tremendously by this point. He was never hired to be the foil to Fripp's playing, but at this gig he has really grown into the role. The opening "Schizoid Man" showcases this - Fripp's solo is a scorcher, perhaps his best showing from this time period, but Cross counters it with one of his finest offerings as well, melodic and exciting in a way that makes me wish he got do more work with the band. The evening's improv is extremely impressive - the band was so focused and confident by this time that they could just launch right into an improv that's heavy and direct, not a hint of noodling to be found. All of the established pieces are performed exceptionally well, and this "Starless" might be the best one you'll ever hear. This is easily a top-ten of all time gig from this band, perhaps even a top-five. It's this audient's favorite show from the Starless quartet, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Written by William Jenks
Must Have, even for those not that excited by Islands
The Islands period is not my favorite for KC. I doubt I will listen to this over and over. Nonetheless I'm very glad to have it and recommend this show to all serious fans. As alluded to in the description, the recording here is very good quality, as good as one could imagine for the period. There is venue noise, but it's quite intimate. However, what makes the sale here is this example of just how far "out there" this band was willing to go. The improvisatory parts and incorporation of jazz elements is something to behold. What others have noted with respect to the improv and later KC is all true. By this time of my life, I've heard 21stCSM about 4 million times. This is one of the few that will keep grabbing my attention.
Written by Andrew Thomas
Fearless and highly...thrakked?
A must-have show from the original Crimson, with quality fidelity and exceptional performance. All live recordings of this lineup can be a bit dodgy in terms of sound quality, but this one is better than the average. It's good enough that the subtleties of Lake's bass and Giles' drumming can be appreciated, and that's about as good as it gets from this time period. Even better, the mellotron stays in tune throughout! As for the performance, one can only marvel at how good this band was right off the bat. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is done at an awe-inspiring, blistering tempo, and the Donovan cover that follows is even more radical. Lake's melodic vocals drift atop very free, avant-garde arrangements that frequently veer into caustic improvisations (with some guitar playing that qualifies as early thrakking). It's aggressively abrasive but also exhilarating to behold - no other rock band from that year could do this kind of thing and keep it from dissolving into mush. This line-up was truly fearless, particularly in their willingness to use silence as part of the improv - they were not at all scared of venturing into unstructured territory, and the results are breathtaking. One of the best parts of the live shows from this line-up was the "Mantra/Travel Weary Capricorn/Improv/Mars" segment, which never got represented on a proper studio record (as much as I like "The Devil's Triangle" on the second album, it's no match for the live "Mars"). The guitar phrases of "Mantra" drift into more distorted areas than in some of the other '69 shows, almost feeling like a jazzier "Red" at times. "Capricorn" is a bit of a Giles, Giles & Fripp throwback (reworking some elements of "Wonderland"), but with more confidence and aggression, and the improv that it slides into is one of the main attractions of this show. And eventually it morphs into "Mars," perhaps the most terrifying and heavy thing happening in rock music at the time. Holst's piece is transformed into a bruising, gut-punching monster that's heavier than heavy metal and utterly scorching in its intensity. Those signature 5/4 riffs drift in like a stormcloud and grow more and more fearsome with every repetition, pummeling the listener with aural terror. As great as the debut album was, it only scratches the surface of what the original Crimson was capable of. Intellectual and visceral in equal measure, this show is a necessary addition for even the most casual of listeners.
Written by Zack Van Cleve
Plough Boy
It amazes me when men of a certain age can still create art at this level. Puts the boys in the same league as Miles Davis '68-74
Written by Waen Shepherd
Beautiful
Music just pouring like raindrops from their fingers
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