Can any of this internal turmoil be felt within the music? As tempting as it may be to try and ascribe the ways in which the musicians approach their instrument this night, the truth is the group are professionals who deliver a very good gig. After a blasting LTIA Pt II and Lament, an improv that begins with a bass line that could almost be One More Red Nightmare, leads into a terse soundscape that is quickly abandoned and subsumed into the opening strains of Exiles.
A truncated Easy Money is compensated by the band going straight into an improvisation lead by Fripp’s arcing feedback, which then cools down into something of a soothing mood. Cross’s violin steps forward with Wetton maintaining the momentum as Bruford bides his time and exercises his well-known admirable restraint. There’s a point during Fracture when the guitar drops out of the moto perpetuo section as the band races through the piece but the ending has no such missteps with the Mellotron providing an extra chill. It’s strong stuff being served here by Crimson.
Next stop - Massey Hall in Toronto!
This concert was first released as part of The Road To Red boxed set in 2013