The DGM HQ team got very excited when they heard this version of LTIA Pt1, with certain voices going so far as to suggest it to be the “best ever” rendition of this beast.[endtease] They have a point. As those spiky guitar arpeggios begin, the rhythm section sprint off ahead, leaving Fripp fighting to stay on the back of the tiger on a turbo-charged gallop. As Wetton turns in an astonishing bass solo, Fripp heralds his guitar break with a pre-echo of Industry’s doom and gloom theme. No really!
Doctor Diamond had been introduced earlier in the year as the new quartet KC took to the road in the UK and Europe. This early version of Dr. Diamond is notable as it contains a different arrangement with a section that appears to draw upon the jazzier style of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and for those with longer memories, East of Eden. The song would go through further stages of refinement on stage but with Wetton having to cram more words on the verses than your average Funk & Wagnall’s, it’s perhaps no surprise that the song (whose principle riffs had been around since the earliest times of the Larks’ quintet line-up) never made it onto an official studio or live release at the time. The Spanish modes contained within the first improv make for exotic listening and the second improv – a gloriously spooky ‘tron-fest – would surely have made a great horror movie soundtrack. Despite the presence of a notable lighting-rig hum in the early stages of this bootleg recording the band are on terrific form.
TRACK
TIME
01
Dr Diamond
04:05
02
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt I
12:11
03
RF Announcement
02:41
04
Easy Money
07:18
05
Improv I
04:57
06
Exiles
06:48
07
Book Of Saturday
02:55
08
Improv II
04:53
09
The Talking Drum
06:49
10
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:23
Written by Pablo Cordero
Exceptional
A superb soundboard recording, great sound and exceptional performance. The improvs are coherent and powerful, the early version of Dr. Diamond is fascinating, and it contains the single best performance of Book of Saturday I have heard.
Written by Jerry Smith
Fantastic!
I LOVE THIS SHOW! I don’t purchase downloads too much but I finally pulled the trigger on this one. Now if only Robert Fripp would release this one on cd. The early Dr. Diamond is not to be missed which is why it appears as a bonus track on the Starless & Bible Black 40th Anniversary edition, I guess. The Larks material is very well performed as are the two Improv sections.
Written by Roy Taylor
My only wish of this
I reviewed this material before, still think it is most remarkable. I pull it up often to listen and reflect on the brilliance we have seen and heard in the past.I wonder - would it be possible, like Mozart, or perhaps Beethoven, to assemble the proper musicians, and put all the parts of Larks’ Tongues (4 so far) together as one studio or live package? We can hope, yes? I would pass them out as gifts for all occasions. Still, love these live versions of 1 & 2 - always, I imagine.
Written by Roy Taylor
Being there was grand
This was a superb experience to behold live. Fierce energy... but I also seem to recall RF having a rather bemused expression whilst observing club patrons on the floor trying to dance to some of this material (!). I fondly remember as well running across the bootleg vinyl in an old record shop and ripping the wallet from my pocket.If you haven’t heard this, you really should.
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