Pictures is taken at a medium pace, and after an uneven beginning, Crimso find their feet, with an assertive solo from Mel Collins that really stakes out their presence and makes punters sit up and take notice - a neat trick if, as KC often were, you’re sandwiched between bands as diverse Humble Pie, Ten Years After or Yes. On this leg they are headlining and in a decidedly take-no-prisoners state of mind.

Certainly a belligerent-sounding Ladies will have not only caught punters attention but pinned back their ears as well. The same can probably be said for a tumbling and extended improvised section on the transition from Formentera Lady and Sailor’s Tale.

Up until Sailor’s Tale the concert had been dominated by Collins’ formidable presence. Now it’s the guitarist’s turn to drop some jaws. The solo maps out a different space from anything preceding it; a deeply emotional outpouring that sounds as though the notes are being squeezed from deep within the psyche as much as the fretboard. It’s one of Fripp’s best moments, and the end theme where Fripp’s weaving laser-beam tone is being chased by the Mellotron brass setting is utterly thrilling as they hurtle over the edge and disappeared into Wallace’s exuberant drum solo.

However it’s Schizoid Man that steals the show here. The way in which the seemingly anarchic titanic forces unleashed by both Fripp and Collins are suddenly marshalled into precision-guided weapons of shock and awe is what gives Crimso such an edge that made other bands just stand back in amazement. The fast-running notes at the end of the tempestuous soloing sections are delivered with exquisite attention to detail in what is a phenomenally powerful reading of the piece.

An edited version of Sailor’s Tale from this concert also appeared on Earthbound, first released in 1972. This gig was chosen as the second disc in the King Crimson Collectors Club series and was first released in 1998.

AUDIO SOURCE: Soundboard Cassette



Pictures Of A City
Ladies Of The Road
Formentera Lady
The Sailor's Tale
21st Century Schizoid Man
New Artwork ?
I had bought this concert some 10 years ago when it was available as a reel CD but lost it rcently ! So, I was happy that I could buy it again as a downlad but the DGM Team has decided to present the original artwork (8 pages) who was for the CD : impossible to print with a normal printer, sorry guys ! I was hoping for a simple art like all the downloads that are on this site but it has never be done by the DGM Team ! Too bad but perhaps one day, it will appear !  
Written by Joe Prisco
great band
Back in the subscription days of the Collector’s Club, I passed over this one as I had not yet learned to appreciate the Boz band. This has been since rectified: they prove to be a fine band playing fine material, and making it sound easy. This show is no different, and I can’t add anything to the previous review about the music.Caveat: Jacksonville suffers some distorted sound - enough that I thought there was something wrong with my earphones or stereo (strange that so many dismiss Brighton’s tubby sound, but no comment on Jacksonville’s distortion). I wonder if this was chosen as the first Boz-Ian-Mel CC so that our expectations would not be as high as if (say) Summit Studios had been the first release. And anyone who hears that is bound to buy all the Spring ’72 releases anyway :-)
Written by Tom Brantseg
Worth the wait
Having missed this concert the first time around (*you* try scraping together 96 bucks while in junior high), I was awfully curious to finally hear it. There isn’t much in the way of surprises in the first three songs - they’re good (Pictures in particular), but the band really starts to flex its muscles in the second half of the show. Formentera Lady is awesome, probably my favorite live take. On the evidence of Islands, Pete Sinfield was referring to Sketches of Spain when he said he wanted this version of KC to be a Miles-Davis-with-vocals sort of thing - this sounds more like Live-Evil or Jack Johnson with vocals. Mel swoops all over the place, Ian and Boz really get funky and down, and it sounds great. Robert’s gorgeous, anguished solo on Sailor’s Tale, which was the highlight of Earthbound, still gets me every time, and it’s even better in the context of the whole piece - terrific drum solo from Ian on this one, even if the ending is a bit strange. Schizoid Man - wow, did they do some barn-burning versions of this on the spring ’72 tour. Maybe not quite as amazing as the Wilmington, Orlando, or Milwaukee (qv) takes, but still really powerful. Robert and Mel tear it up again. Keep these Islands-era shows coming - this band continues to surprise.