Written by Paul J Contos Jr
17 February, 2017
2016 European Tour Downloads
Thanks DGM for the free mp3's of one song from each night of the tour. I was disappointed that some of the newer tracks in the set didn't make it to download. I hope that we can hear some of those soon in the form of a full concert release. My question for anyone out here is how much of Dawn Song was played? Just the short part the Gordon Haskell sings in the beginning or did the band play some of the great instrumental after?
Written by Emory Anderson
16 February, 2017
Isn't it amazing that when "it" is present (whatever "it" may ultimately be), everyone can sense it, and what they sense has a similar character for everyone present? I have experienced this in a variety of contexts, such as the black churches in Brooklyn in the 80s or in an inner-city dojo in the 70s, or in the best musical performances I've been present for. During theme 1 I felt a beautiful, touching sadness --a good sadness -- no doubt tempered by the knowledge that my brief time (3.5 years) with the Guitar Circle would soon draw to a close. And I also remembered how, at the beginning, I struggled for many months (hours a day) just to plain the basic theme, and hearing the higher twinkly "glider" part (as I think of it) figured I'd never be able to play it. And yet, here I was playing it: a small full circle of sorts, though a rung higher (so, a helix?). And I think it is safe to say that this extended moment would not have been possible without the oncoming formal end of Guitar Circle. Indeed, when I first heard that GC was "ending", this seemed a little nutty to me, but I went with it, and now I'm glad for it: It means halting a sort of production-line, "this is what we do and how we do it" feeling, that extends from some time in the past and recedes into the future in a cloud of exhaustion and mechanism. Which is not to say that something else can't come next, but it seems to honor the endeavor by allowing it to end.
Written by David Freshman
16 February, 2017
Tour dates for West Coast please
I too am looking to travel to the West Coast to see King Crimson again. Please post dates for the West Coast part of the tour and links to where to purchase tickets. Thank you so very much! David Freshman
Written by Larry DAmbrosa
16 February, 2017
Crazy Fan Idea
I understand that King Crimson, with just a couple of exceptions, does not do covers. However, that does not stop a fan from thinking about what songs Crimson could do as covers that would sound good and fit them if, in an alternate reality, they actually did covers :-) I've always thought that the Adrian Belew-era Crimson would have done a great job covering Joe Jackson's "Just Because". Fripp and Belew would do a bang-up job covering the violin and cello parts, and the lyrics could very well have been written by Belew. {Just a note for those that only know Joe via "Is She Going Out With Him", I can only say "give him a fresh listen". Especially those albums with violin and/or Sue Hadjopoulos}. For the 2015-17 incarnation, my first thought was "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller. Not quite as applicable, but not too bad. Then I was listening to "Blue Rondo a la TurK" and thought, 'that's it!". How cool would the opening piano part be, played on guitar (if possible, not being a musician, only a drummer myself). Given also that many of the band members have some connection to or a background in jazz, i think that tune, in my alternate universe, would go over quite well!
Written by Abhi Taranath
16 February, 2017
Philadelphia calling
I am thrilled about Crimso returning to the US. The Philadelphia show I attended in 2014 was out of this world. I’ve seen the band countless times since the ProjeKcts, and that show was by far the most dynamic, inventive, edge of the cliff performance. Mel Collins may have been the secret to reinvigorating some of the classic warhorses. And it never once sounded like there were too many people on stage.
Written by Harry Spade
15 February, 2017
2016 tour downloads
I'm currently at 41 song files totaling over 4.5 hours of music, so a big thank you to the fine folks at Discipline Global Mobile for making these tracks available. The most recent pair, from Paris, are quickly becoming favorite versions of those particular songs. With plenty of recordings available from 3 years of tours, it's a treat to hear how the band has grown. I'm looking forward to hearing more and with any luck will catch a show later this year.
Written by James Moore
Not Yet...But Soon...
I downloaded the mentioned jam, but have not played it. I am saving it for a full day to devote to John's music. Instead, I have listened only once to Volume I of his Anthology and ask that persons who enjoy Wetton's body of work give it a listen as well. Wonderful stuff. Right now, when daily guitar practice ensues, I play an acoustic version of "Heat of the Moment." Such fun! Keep John's music alive, please. Great player, wonderful man. You can seen John on "Live in Japan" with Steve Hackett and his band, and also Steve's "Live at Royal Albert Hall," also featuring John on some tunes. Just great to see him singing and having fun. I miss him terribly. -James-
Written by Orn Orrason
The band enjoys playing this song
It is obvious that the band enjoys jamming with this song, it´s funky jazz-rock fusion in a way and perhaps the band should explore that path more since they are very good at this. I just wanted to add that the upper end is a bit harsh on my hi-fi which is a kind of in the audiophile class (even a tube amp) more then usual. The recording is open but the cymbals are not recorded with the same quality like say a 1973 analog Revox recording. It is not pleasant for the ear. So perhaps a sound treatment or other microphones can help. I buy sometimes a FLAC if Iike the piece but here (Easy Money) a MP3 softens the cymbals in a nice way. Just a word of advice here. But thank you in a big way for these downloads, very much appreciated.
Written by Orn Orrason
Easy Money
Good version, loose and exploring the other world. I never get enough of Easy money. Perhaps the drummers should listen better to the song since they almost destroy the song at the end
Written by William Jenks
ProjeKct Groovy
This ProjeKct has a sound quite far from P1, P3, and P4. It's open and melodic and accessible. Adrian plays a stripped down but groovy percussion and triggers base (from drum? from keyboard?). Over this, Fripp has lots of room to play, and he chooses to do it in more of a rock (jazz?) style than purely soundscape (though there are elements of that). Over the course of the four shows, there are basic "songs" that the performers work from, more like P3 and P4 than P1. It's not King Crimson as EDM, but it may be the closest to that you'll hear. The two Time Groove tracks on this show could be played on an adventurous jazz radio program or perhaps some kind of alternate adult contemporary...which I mean in a good way, not as a demeaning statement of simplicity. Queer Jazz is clearly more experimental. Strut, I believe, is an example of the caution alluded to in the description. I would hardly describe this version of End Time as mournful. These four shows are a very worthy addition to anyone's collection. Of the four, this one is a bit more conservative than the last two.
Written by Mark D Gaines
Magical and transformative
Of all the concerts I have attended in 50 years this ranks as one of my all time out of body musical experiences. Simply put, King Crimson at the peak of their powers. You could hear a pin drop on the quieter moments while the powerful moments of those involved became moments of a total unit as one. Amazing and I feel for those who missed this incarnation of the Fripp traveling show.
Written by Brad Wilmot
Great show
This was my first time seeing the band though I'd been a fan since the beginning. I, too, regret being too much of a prog snob to stick around for the Eagles. At the time Dr Deeds blew me away, although it didn't stand up to my first impression when I heard it again on Great Deciever. Lark's One is amazing. The thing with this period is the band tries so hard to create the illusion that Muir is still there. It's not just banging on sheet metal and wood blocks. Bruford's fills have the same controlled frenzy bordering on chaos that Jaime brought to the band. At the beginning of Wetton's fuzz/wah solo Bruford erupts into a kick ass hard rock beat. No artsy fartsy stuff here. This is stand on your chair pump your fist in the air rock and roll. Fripp adds a horror movie soundtrack over the top of it. This is probably the hardest rocking minute you'll ever hear from King Crimson! This leads into a sublime David Cross violin break and of course the big finish.Easy Money features little Robert Fripp pickin' and grinnin' like he grew up in Nashville. The rest of the show is all top form concluding with an amazing Schizoid Man. All in all an excellent show to pick up.