“If we are looking for a KC live (show); Chicago was exceptional” – Robert Fripp
“One of our best” – Tony Levin
King Crimson evolves, changes, morphs as relentlessly as the Soundscapes which open each concert. Since the 2016 tour of Europe, the band has become a double quartet line-up with Bill Rieflin’s return from sabbatical as keyboard player & Jeremy Stacey’s confirmation as a permanent member/third drummer. This allows for the inclusion of an ever more complex & compelling array of material, far more than can be contained in a single concert. With options for up to three keyboard players in the current line-up – Fripp & Stacey both have setups alongside their respective guitar/drum rigs - the majority of Lizard is performed live for the first time ever, likewise Fallen Angel from Red is making its first ever concert appearance/live recording, Cirkus envelops the listener in sound, the beautiful title track from Islands closes the first set, while staples from the 1980s line-up Indiscipline and Neurotica appear in very different arrangements. New piece, The Errors makes its recorded debut & current audience favourite Heroes appears in the encores at the end of Disc Two. Add to this list of concert newcomers & returnees, live staples of the recent tours such as Starless, Easy Money, a recording of Level Five described as the “best ever single performance” of the piece by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith & a storming ending provided by the evergreen 21st Century Schizoid Man & it’s easy to see why the band was so pleased with this gig & the audience went home happy.

King Crimson continues to re-invent & re-imagine both itself & its music; the kind of thing that once would have been called a “progressive” approach. It’s an approach that has benefited band members and listeners alike from January 1969 to the present – September 2017.
TRACK
TIME
01
Bellscape And Orchestral Werning
02:29
02
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt I
09:28
03
Neurotica
04:54
04
The Errors
04:53
05
Cirkus
07:34
06
The Lizard Suite
11:21
07
Fallen Angel
06:00
08
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:10
09
Islands
09:49
01
Pictures Of A City
09:59
02
Indiscipline
08:02
03
The ConstruKction Of Light
06:19
04
Easy Money
09:34
05
The Letters
06:44
06
Interlude
02:24
07
Meltdown
04:23
08
Radical Action II
02:28
09
Level Five
07:04
10
Starless
14:37
01
Heroes
04:50
02
21st Century Schizoid Man
15:54
Written by Jordon Cohen
Great Sound and Representation of Tour! Missing Proper Tags.
My perspective is that I had seen the Double Trio a number of times but for the current lineup I listened to Radical Action before seeing the band in Raleigh which was beyond my expectations. The back catalog was represented well with Jakko on vocals and the keys and brass and winds in the mix with the entire band behind 3 giant drumkits kits manned by probably the best progressive drummers on the planet. The current lineup is much different from the double trio I knew live in many ways but it was incredible to hear perfect picks from the entire back catalog. 1. EXCELLENT SOUND: I have decades of listening to recording of live concerts and this “audience” recording was of the upmost quality and a vastly better reproduction of the event compared to say the sound of Radical Action... The live sound production in person while it can never be reproduced, this recording is probably as close as you can get if listening on high quality headphones or stereo. There was almost no light production this tour so you are not missing anything in that area (small critique but it was great to be up close and easily see all of the musicians) . 2. Representative Set of the Current Tour: Although not all of the current tour numbers are present specifically Epitaph, ITCOTCK and Red (which perhaps are part of the PT 2 2017 tour) to name a few, it does have many gems including a fierce breakdown in Easy Money, frippy The Construction of Light, a beautifully “Mello” Starless as well as a very couragous Indiscipline and many other delights from the spectacular back catalog such as Pictures and Fallen Ange but in general everything was spectacular! 3. FLAC Files do not have Proper TAGS: On the only negative, for people who download digitally, tags in digital media are very important. Tags in the FLAC files were not proper. I had to take some time to fix up the tags so that they displayed properly in my library. I will send a note to DGM about this they should be proper. All in all very very happy to have this. I hope they release a full night of PT2 of the tour as well to include some of the pieces not on this night.
Written by Waen Shepherd
Just when you think they can't get any better...
... along comes this astonishing set. I'm privileged enough to have seen line-up 8.x twice, different each time and always mind-blowing, but nothing prepared me for this. My undying love for The ProjeKcts and the Double Duo aside, I have to agree with Fripp's liner notes when he refers to this as the fourth definitive version of King Crimson. And this is by far the best of the discs they've released so far. Even though it ostensibly features fewer 'new' songs than the beyond-brilliant Radical Action set, there's something about the way the 'old' material is approached that almost makes Radical Action look like a cheap Greatest Hits cash-in. Not only are we hearing 40-plus-year-old material King Crimson played live for the first time (Fallen Angel is simply astounding), alongside material written specifically by and for this band and radical new interpretations of songs played to death by other line-ups (Indiscipline - specifically designed to be different every time it was played - has never sounded as different as it does here, and it's a wondrous thing), it's also apparent now that the songs this line-up have already been playing for the past few years are stubbornly refusing to become tired or stale. Whether it's the simple addition of permanent keyboards or the increasing coherence of the eight players I don't know, but this version of King Crimson somehow manages to be stunningly precise and incredibly powerful while still retaining a raw, experimental edge. I thought by now I'd heard all the live versions of Easy Money I ever wanted to hear, but this set has proven me wrong. Larks and Starless also refuse to rest, with new sounds and startlingly altered solos appearing when you least expect them. This band isn't simply revisiting old songs - it's taking those songs and evolving them to the next level, seemingly capable of knitting together every era, every line-up into one. They utterly OWN the music they play and I can't describe the utter joy I feel knowing that, as the Crimson King approaches His fiftieth year, He is finally finding a way to make Himself complete.
Written by Mitchell Lawson
This is THE release from the current lineup.
I don't even know where to start. There's so much "new" stuff here that sounds absolutely amazing, and everything familiar is presented definitively. The new arrangements of Neurotica and Indiscipline feature some really impressive drumming, and the addition of saxophone really fills out the songs and transforms them into something fresh. The Errors is a great blend of Jakszyk's jazzy/bluesy tendencies with the interlocking guitars (and now drums) that are now such a hallmark of the group. The Lizard material is performed so well that even I, somebody who doesn't favor the album, find it compelling and beautiful. Fallen Angel and Islands are genuine tearjerkers, changing just enough to make these performances feel unique, but not changing so much that they become unrecognizable. As for the tried and true material, oh boy. We have definitive recordings of LTIA1 and Level Five alongside a haunting rendition of Easy Money and what may be my favorite version of 21st Century Schizoid Man. The soloing and improving is a huge step up from other performances from this incarnation in my opinion, Fripp and Collins in particular sound like they're making more of an effort to add to the whole piece rather than just play what comes to mind. I also really have to commend the drummers for going out on a limb more often on this recording, as other performances have been tight as hell but lacking in the improvisational spirit that separate Crimson drummer(s) from the rest. Honestly, my one and only complaint is that Live in Toronto feels largely obsolete because of this. What Bill adds to songs like Pictures of a City and Construkction of Light makes a night and day difference, you can tell that "fairy dusting" is really keeping the rest of the band on their toes. There's a wonderful moment in the beginning section of Easy Money where he plays a silly melody that jars horribly with the rest of the band and it had me laughing out loud, in a good way. Radical Action still has its place as a virtual studio recording, but honestly this blows all other live shows out of the water. If you're new to the band, buy this. If you're a fan of the band, you've already bought this.
Written by ELIZABETH DINSMORE
Fabulous sound. I was at the show and this is fabulous.
All great. I just need to make time to sit and listen to the show start to finish. It was an incredible show. I bought the download after not having the patience to wait for the CD version I ordered. I wish the download would have been in a higher resolution other than 16/44 but it does sound very good and not ruined by compression. I wish the tags had been better. After the download I had to re-do them all for playback on JRiver. Again a wonderful show and if you're on the fence............don't be...........buy this show!! Keith
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