The opening improvisation at this show is worth the entrance money alone with a stirring intensity that eventually takes us to the strident violin introduction of LTIA Pt I. As might be expected that track is delivered with a devastating attack. “Good evening ladies and gentlemen how exciting it is to be in Boston once again,” says Fripp in the aftermath, going on to remind the punters of King Crimson’s long association with the city going back to their appearance at The Boston Tea Party venue in 1969.

It is interesting to hear Crimson working through their new composed material in this show. Fripp’s solo in the Nightwatch is beautifully eloquent and Bruford’s light cymbal work and rim shots add a special sparkle in the final verse.

Fracture is given an especially good reading here with the piece not yet entirely fixed into its final iteration with a spacious blowing section which Fripp takes full advantage of before the biting chords section kicks in. The end section with the furious distortion between electric piano and the guitar with Wetton’s descending bass is hair-raising stuff. If that wasn’t good enough after the punchy bombast of Lament, yet another track that would have been unfamiliar to the audience that night, Fripp then announces “We are about to venture into uncharted territories” and off they go into another improvisation.

Against the backdrop of the rhythm box various members of the quartet dart and dive across the beats with a variety of interjections. David Cross turns in an especially robust violin solo in between Fripp’s spiky jabs and Wetton’s funk-driven rumbling broadsides. When Bruford kicks in with a righteous backbeat after some eight minutes the effect is not unlike the ecstatic release of the title track of Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way. It’s a stunning moment.

The sound quality varies throughout this concert because it was reconstructed from varying sources which originally ran at different speeds and pitches by Alex ‘Stormy’ Mundy. Nevertheless Alex has essentially crafted a spiffy recreation of a great night.
TRACK
TIME
01
Improv Intro
02:27
02
Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part 1
08:35
03
RF Announcement
01:16
04
Easy Money
06:59
05
The Night Watch
04:54
06
Fracture
14:55
07
Book Of Saturday
03:00
08
Lament
04:20
09
RF Announcement
01:14
10
Improv
13:04
11
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two
09:27
12
21st Century Schizoid Man
08:02

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Written by LUIGI GIUGLIANO
Improv worth the price of admission
Great restoration job by Stormy. Excellent to hear the earliest available performances of "Night Watch", "Lament" and "Fracture" (with extra sections later to be excised). Love hearing the quartet's nod to Miles Davis' "It's About That Time" in the feel and spirit of the improv. Great stuff!
Written by Mike Dowd
Orpheum Bummer
At this show there were sound problems with the mellotron mostly which was a bummer. Drove down from New Hampshire had seen them at the Sunshine Inn that summer.
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