“Can we listen?” suggests Bill Bruford at the end of the take of Vrooom. Here’s a deep drill down into the worlds of the Double Trio. Metaphorically speaking, on one side of the room, we have Adrian, Tony, and Pat, while over on the other side, there’s Robert, Trey, and Bill. By isolating the two trios, Alex Mundy brings the listen up close to these respective performances. For each of the players, the sessions at Real World Studios were dogged with problems when it came to getting a decent headphone mix, just one of the challenges facing all six as they attempted to bring their different approaches and passes to create a unified and powerful whole. There’s much fun to be had to compare and contrast these isolated trios against the original version released in 1995 and the Jakszyk/Fripp remixes in 2015.
VROOOM Adrian,Pat And Tony
VROOOM Robert Bill And Trey
Written by Rainer Robles
Can't pick one over the other (and it isn't necessary!)
For the "verses" I stick to the Belew-Mastelotto-Levin one, because Pat was the time keeper, but for the arpeggiated sections, I root for the Fripp-Bruford-Gunn one of course, although it's awesome to appreciate Tony's melodies on the upright. The 2014 arrangement made me dig this piece for the first time, but these split mixes are wonderful!
Written by John Hilton
Rising to the Challenge
Again we see how KC does whatever is needed to achieve a vision, even if (or especially if) it was difficult. I was never totally convinced about this particular sonic vision, while also appreciating the energy and drive behind it. To hear how the trios worked inter- and intra-trio to achieve the end result just increases my enjoyment and interest in the end result. Thanks for making available.
Written by Chris Inguanta
Very interesting to hear VROOM separated into its 2 parts. Now I know how it comes all together. This one's a keeper and I enjoyed listening to it multiple times.
Written by Griffith Davies
Absolutely love this. After reading a review years (decades?) ago about how this track was originally mixed as two separate trios, I've always wanted to hear them truly broken out. Now here it is. The double trio was such a sonic assault that something can get lost in the mix, and with these releases, the attack is slightly lessened. I often find with King Crimson, when things are isolated like this, I appreciate them even more (see the Deja Vrooom DVD for example). Being the greedy basta...