Following a short jaunt around the UK coinciding with the release of LTIA, Crimson took off for Europe.[endtease] Nine days into their tour they rolled into Paris and gave an astonishing show. Although we are all familiar with the music now, you have to remember that this would have been the first time Continental audiences had the chance to hear the new quartet in action. Opening with Doctor Diamond, the assault continues with a fearsome rendition LTIA pt 1. Just this sequence alone is worth the price of the download.

However if that doesn’t convince you then in addition to the album songs themselves, there’s over half an hour of full-blooded improvisations in this show. The first is based around the themes and motifs that would later be clarified (although ultimately abandoned) in Guts On My Side – yet more evidence of Crimson’s policy of throwing song ideas around on stage and seeing how they stand or fall. The whole band is storming through the show although special mention should be made of the guitarist who frequently exceeds all expectations – even those of seasoned Fripp-listeners in the DGMLive team!

David Singleton and Alex Mundy have restored this concert from two separate bootleg sources and even the truncated Schizoid Man makes this the most complete version of this concert now available.

AUDIO SOURCE: Bootleg CDR And Cassette

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TIME
01
Walk On No Pussyfooting
00:39
02
Dr Diamond
04:44
03
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt I
12:48
04
RF Announcement
02:55
05
Easy Money
08:31
06
Improv I
14:47
07
Exiles
07:18
01
Peace A Theme
01:22
02
Improv II
09:35
03
Book Of Saturday
03:29
04
Improv III
07:34
05
The Talking Drum
05:58
06
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:27
07
21st Century Schizoid Man*
05:02

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Written by Robert-Terrance Mullane III
KING CRIMSON 1970
These fine fellows were my tripiest tunes from the wide-open red-faced album forward~~~ Back in 1970, we used to drop acid and drive around in the snow in our VW bug; just jamming while doing circle-drifts in the beetle! 21st century schizoid man was always my fave rave tune, baby! I don’t analyze music like a crude critic; no, rather I just listen to it, and like what I like. Period. King Crimson set a standard for decades to come from 1969 forward here in the U.S.A. Thanks lads!
Written by Darryl Dardenne
Terrific show, horrible sound
Yeah this show is a bootleg quality audience recording that is saved from the garbage can of irrelevance by the excellence of the performance. Jamie Muir had just left the band and the instrumental adventurism that he brought is still very much in evidence. The improvisations are both long and outstanding, and little like the improvs the band would later create in that they are both more dynamic, looser and less dominated by the rhythm section. The songs too are looser with lengthier and different instrumental solos than later versions. Fripp for example blows the guitar part in Larks’ Tongues Part 1 and rather than wait to insert his part into its proper place, he decides to improvise and just goes for it, turing a mistake into a positive extemporization. Also in LTIA P1 the band still plays the percussion jam before the violin interlude. Fripp stretches out quite a bit on Easy Money and shreds in a jazz fusion manner, something he didn’t do that often. He’s not the only one that is in an improvisatory mood. The whole band takes chances both during the songs and the three lengthy improvisations and the results are stellar. This show is a snapshot of a band in transition from the Muir experimental days into the muscular Crimso of late ’73 to ’74 and despite the awful sound it’s absolutely worth downloading. If the show were better recording it would rank in the top five of shows from the Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Wetton version of KC.
Written by Jeff Oaster
Great snapshot of the band in transition
Okay, first off, this concert only gets four stars because there are many more concerts available with better sound quality. It’s certainly listenable - but the sound is a bit ropey, dodgy, clunky (or whatever other made-up words you feel the need to use)However, the performance is brilliant - they open up with Dr. Diamond and then tear through all of the LTiA material. The band still seems to be feeling their way after Jamie’s departure, and not having tons of material to draw from (The SaBB material wouldn’t debut for a few months yet), they are still improvising quite a bit - it’s fun to pick out some developing themes for future material. I’d also like to see some more concerts from this tour. I’ve heard a few  bootlegs, with similar sound quality, that features improvs that almost morph into "Sailor’s Tale" and embryonic improv versions of Fracture. I’ve long-since deleted them from my collection in hopes that they will see an official release.
Written by Philippe Doro
It should be soundboard
I’m surprised we only have a bootleg cassette source for that one. Why ? Because that show was professionally recorded. It was part of the "Musicorama" concerts, broadcasted in France every sunday night by a radio (Europe 1), and I clearly remember listening to this King Crimson concert when I was a kid. So the soundboard tape should still be somewhere in Europe 1 vaults, waiting for DGM to get it. Some of these Olympia / Musicorama shows have been released already : Soft Machine 72, Miles Davis 73, Jimi Hendrix 68...
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