King Crimson: studio, live, audio & audio-visual 1981 - 1984
Following a seven year absence King Crimson returned in 1981 with a radically different line-up & sound. This ‘new’ version of the group was as different from the 1970s incarnation as the 1970s line-ups had been from the original 1969 band.
Taut songs were balanced with lengthier instrumentals, driven by complex interwoven guitar lines from Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford’s new armoury of electronic percussion & Tony Levin’s fluid bass and Chapman Stick lines.
Three studio albums and tours between 1981/84, built a considerable musical legacy which still resonates. This boxed set extensively covers the line-up’s live and studio work, including much unreleased and upgraded audio and video material.
Mixed and produced from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp (2011). Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp (4)
Live in Japan
Taken from an audience cassette recording at Kokusai Hall, Tokyo on December 18th, the final concert in 1981. Audio restored & newly mastered at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy 2016. (1)
Mixed and produced from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson and
Robert Fripp (2016). Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp (4)
Live at Alabamahalle
Recorded September 29 in Munich, the final concert in 1982. Remastered and
recompiled 2016 by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy with six tracks from new audio sources. (2)
Mostly recorded January 17-30, 1983 at C.V. Lloyd Music, Champaign, IL
Recording Engineer: Gary Platt. Produced by Robert Fripp and David
Singleton. Two new bonus tracks 2016. (3)
Three of a Perfect Pair
Mixed and produced from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp (2016). Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp (4)
Discs 7 & 8:
Live at The Spectrum, Montreal, July 11th, the final concert of 1984. Mixed by David Singleton & Robert Fripp from the original multi-track tapes for the DGM release "Absent Lovers" (1998). As newly recompiled in high-resolution for inclusion on Disc 15
Are You Recording Gary?
An insight into the inner working of the band, and the familiar heard in an unfamiliar way. Edited & assembled by David Singleton from original album session tapes, with additional downmixes by Alex R. Mundy
Audio content: 5.1 surround mix; original mix; 2011 mix & additional tracks in 24/96 and Album rough mixes in 24/48. Video content: Old Grey Whistle Test (4)
Audio content: 5.1 surround mix; original mix; 2016 mix & Alternate Album in 24/48. Video content: Heartbeat promo; two tracks live in Munich (4)
Three of a Perfect Pair
Audio content: 5.1 surround mix; original mix; 2016 mix in 24/48. Video content: Sleepless promo (4)
Contents as Disc 10 (audio 24/96) plus:
Moles Club French TV interview
Live in Frejus 2016 audio & video transfers
Contents as Disc 11 (audio 24/96) plus:
Complete Alabamahalle TV broadcast (widescreen format).
Three of a Perfect Pair
Contents as Disc 12 (audio 24/96) plus:
Video content: Three of a Perfect Pair - Live in Japan (Widescreen format).
Japan April 29th 1984 Part Show;
Japan April 29th 1984 (single camera);
Japan April 30th 1984 (single camera).
Audio content: Absent Lovers
High resolution and surround sound
Bonus Disc 16:
Live at Moles Club
Taken from an audience cassette recording of April 30, 1981, the very first performance by Belew, Fripp, Bruford & Levin, while still called "Discipline". Remastered and recompiled 2016. (2)
Bonus Disc 17:
A newly discovered unreleased live album. Mixed by Brad Davis & Robert Fripp in 1983. Taken from the concert in The Arena, Frejus, August 27th 1982. Plus four bonus tracks from the remainder of the concert
Bonus Disc 18:
More Neal and Jack and Me
Video content: The Noise - Live in Frejus as previously released on the DGM DVD Neal and Jack and Me (2002). Plus Three of a Perfect Pair - Live in Japan - re-assembled from newly discovered master reels with previously unseen footage. Both in their original 4:3 standard definition format.
Bonus Disc 19:
The Town and the City
Audio content: Live in Philadelphia, Asbury Park, Cap D'Agde, Frejus 24/48 high-resolution stereo, Europe1982, previously unreleased live album 24/96 high-resolution stereo
Alabamahalle TV broadcast in its original
4:3 standard definition format.
40-page album-sized booklet with previously unpublished photos by Tony Levin, and sleevenotes incorporating Robert Fripp’s diaries, new interview material with all band members written by Sid Smith and David Singleton
2 concert posters, concert, programme, setlist, concert tickets, press releases, promo photo and other memorabilia
1) Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com
2) Released in an earlier format in King Crimson Collectors’ Club.
3) Partly released in earlier format in King Crimson Collectors’ Club.
4) Available in King Crimson 40th Anniversary Series