In his unswerving devotion to plunder the extensive DGMLive vaults, Mister Stormy has opened up a doorway onto an alternative reality! Well, not quite but hyperbole aside, if you ever wondered what the Discipline/King Crimson line-up crossed with a bit of the Bruford band might sound like, then wonder no longer.

Taken from a reel to reel recording of a rehearsal, bassist Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp can be heard finding their way through some tricksy cross-rhythms and elusive pulses.

We're not sure where this is recorded: guesses include Bill Bruford's house and a rehearsal room in London.

However, what we are sure about is that with this tape
pre-dating the 81 line-up proper by a good couple of months, what we’ve got here the missing link between the League of Gentlemen and Discipline. Although it may be short you’d have to have cloth ears not to think “sweet!”

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

AUDIO SOURCE: Reel to Reel Tape



Bill Jeff And Robert
Written by Steve Parkinson
Birth of an era
What is fascinating for me here is listening to the beginnings of the guitar sound for ’Discipline’ Using the Roland GR300 guitar synth and the G303 guitar we start with the classic Roland synth chords, then after a couple of aborted fuzz type sounds it breaks into the equally classic chorus synth for the soloing. Sublime. I’m off to break out my Roland rig and try to find those sounds...
Written by John Adams
Good, maybe even great, but not my thing
This music, while great, shows that RF would not have been a very effective fusion guy (assuming that "fusion guy" was a title to which he would have aspired).To me personally, I now understand why 81-84 Crim rarely goes six weeks without getting some play in my home, while Bruford’s One Of A Kind gets the once a year treatment, and the answer is most emphatically NOT that the latter is anything less than fantastic music performed by musicians who mean it. The key difference, IMO, is originality. 81-84 KC has it to the extent that the music does not lend itself to categorization. BB’s work with Jeff Berlin, on the other hand, is fusion.
Written by Tim Collins
i remember mr.fripp talking about playing with jeff and bill he tought they played well togther but  felt jeff wasn"T quite right and he was right.i like the track but at the same time in 1980 i was in a band called red and we were playing the discipline album live @ keg partys tony levins work is tight for that style jeffs isn"t when i heard the track i understand why fripp choose levin i was 18 fresh out of high school using no high hat 14 inch roto tom (no dragon drums)i used roto toms tuned lower to get the dragon drum sound and i had the mounted gong tom (silver like bruford from my frist drum set which cost me 50.00 from a friend @ elementry school in the 5th grade).so hearing this  im glad fripp choose levin i can take or leave it with the berlin sound.
Written by Scott Steele
guessing, but . . .
I have a dim recollection of Fripp mentioning the workout with Jeff Berlin in his series of articles for Musician Player & Listener magazine - if we could dig up that article, it might lead to some clues about where this rehearsal/jam took place.     - S.