It’s March 1971 and down in the basement of the Fulham Palace Road Café, the new line-up of King Crimson is still hard at work tackling the back catalogue. With less than a month before unofficial unveiling of the band in Frankfurt’s Zoom Club, the team are tackling Pictures of a City.

OK, so it’s as rough as a badger’s behind in places, and although Fripp and Collins are relatively circumspect on this outing, we get to hear Ian Wallace in his role as agent provocateur cajoling the performance along via his natural exuberance and some top-notch drumming.

Written by Fripp, an early instrumental version of track had initially been entwined with an Ian McDonald piece, collectively known in October 1969 as Trees (available on KCCC1). By the time the original line-up began touring America in November 1969 it had been disentangled from McDonald’s writing, and completed with lyrics provided by Peter Sinfield.

It’s clear that Boz was still finding out what his nascent bass-playing fingers could do as his mouth got to grips with Peter’s words, and though both go awry at various times, both this and the versions the Boz-era band would play a month later in concert, have an expressiveness the 1969 bad never quite found.

This track is available for download as part of a bumper collection of Mr Stormy's Monday Selections - his first year of random romps through the murky, cavernous DGM archives, torch in hand, fedora upon his head.

AUDIO SOURCE: Quarter Inch Reel to Reel Tape

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Pictures Of A City
08:35
Written by Dan Buxbaum
early studio glimpse of a City
Cool to hear this early rehearsal: an embryonic studio snapshot of this sturdy K.C. showcase. Boz’s vox and bass(!) sound quite nice & rubbery even at this early stage of development. The ’spacey’ jam part (before the final verses) is also unique and interesting, with Mel’s usually dynamic soloing in this section sounding faint and eerily, squeakily distant. Ian’s drumming & exhortations are as robust as ever. Add a star (since it is a freebie!) if you want, plus I’ve enjoyed all the various permutations of this track, from the earlier live versions at the Fillmore West (for instance), with Mike Giles’ more jazzy approach to the structures, through the ’heavier’ run-throughs by this line-up at Summit Studios, etc., etc. Definitely a number that was best live, imo.
Written by Alexander Myers
Wow!
My first download from DGM Live ... And I have to say, what a great start! Excellent audio quality... Superb performances from every instrument, including the vocals, which are marvellously passionate and clear.
Written by Luca Merletti
Great
Many other band put this king of songs in the new remaster cd called them bonus track. King crimson give them at their fan for free because is the best group in the world!!!  
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