This novel take on an old KC classic first appeared on Jakko Jakszyk’s last solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee Club. [endtease]In his sleevenotes for the record, Jakko explains how this unusual cover version came about.

“The first King Crimson album I owned was In The Wake Of Poseidon. Consequently it was the album I knew and loved best. One day, during the dull but necessary act of backing up computer files, I found myself messing around on my sitar guitar. I thought that Robert’s cross-picking parts on City sounded really good on the sitar. Running with the idea for no good reason, I called my old friend and colleague Pandit Dinesh I explained the idea and he came over with his tablas.

Dinesh has never heard of King Crimson or Progressive rock. It never really made it to India. Dinesh just thinks it’s all about music. And so he played this stuff with an open mind and just how he felt it. He began singing some of the drum parts so I recorded that too. I mentioned all of this to Pete Sinfield, the song’s lyricist. He suggested writing a new lyric all about Bombay or Mumbai as we now call it.

Meanwhile, I called Gavin Harrison who had played drums with Dinesh and myself in Dizrhythmia. He too had never heard the original recording and took it upon himself to edit the track and make a rock solid base on which to play in his own extraordinary fashion. The final icing on the cake is Mel Collins (who played on the original) who performs a stunning soprano sax solo.”




Pictures Of An Indian City
Written by Francisco Fuentes
Old dog learn new tricks
IThis track is so fun to hear and revealing to hear a new arrangement to it, it surelly breathes new life. Thanks Mr. Jakszyk for following the creative impulse and thanks to Mr. Mundy for sharing with us all.IIThe hetic middle wild crosspicking section is awesome beyond words. No doubt why Jakko felt that something was about to be discovered with this arrangement. IIIKeeping the drum part sung by Mr. Dinesh was a hit in the nail, his tabla work is beyond my musical knowledge about the instrument but only open ears and an open heart is needed to feel this, just like Mr. Dinesh when he first heard the song. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who felt this positive feedback loop of "not knowing but feeling" in the light of this release.IVMr. Collins participation on this one can only be attributed to cosmic awesomeness. The unheard sax line waiting to be given a voice was screaming to be heard this time.VMr. Harrison did a world class drum playing here, hiring him for Crimso would have been a no brainer for Fripp, but Gavin, dude, you really didn’t heard this before? DUUUUDEEEE, really? hahahahaha ;) ;) ;) <3 <3 <3VII feel a bit ashamed for making such a personal demand, but I’m not a native english speaker myself, so in behalf of the rest of the foreigner crimheads, I hope somebody would have the kindness of posting the new lyrics penned by Mr. Sinfield here somewhere, because as we all know, the marriage between music and words are an essential element of any KC song.Btw, just in the case somebody is trying to figure it out, the old dog is the song itself ;)
Written by Jeff Meyer
Love  it ,  Awesome 
Written by Gun Schill
Yes, I C, a bit taken aback: I love the version of "City", wherever it manifests itself. Bollywood.............somebody was doing some serious tuning. Sounds like "Gong" in the End ! Not, that I have anything against this marriage, as I know that Bob was jamming with Mister Hillage long time ago. Why must now derivates, like ................... Ahem..................anything U think off... Guitar playing should be more assertive. Switching from "Front" 2 "Back" was nearly as good as in "Gong". Makes me think.......   Best regards Gunnar   PS: "Gong" was a very respectable Band, introducing sounds never heard B4.     PS:      
Written by Timothy Benz
Pick your depot...
Great music lives, and travels. Pictures of any city, I say. This rendition works wonders for me. Thanks for this, and thank you Mundy for all the efforts and morsels for us faithful.