What the audience thought when they heard The Golden Walnut back in 1974,one can only imagine. I, for one, upon hearing it just a few years back, experienced sheer joy and awesomeness. This show is a total beast and one of the most important performances of the 1974 tour. Larks II is monstrously delivered, followed by the never tiresome Lament and the melancholic Exiles. Then the band ventures into the before-mentiones improv, in which all members absolutely lose themselves. Robert's guitar appears to be on fire, John's bass transforms into a volcano, Bill's drums make me wanna run and scream and David's violin adds a godly flavour to the whole thing. The Night Watch is always welcome with it's poetic violin and Fracture is a beast (as always). Then we come to another very interesting and very different improv from the first one. An eclectic piece as only King Crimson can make it, it's very experimental and odd. But maybe even more rewarding than The Golden Walnut. Finally, the band closes with an outstanding Easy Money, and equaly fantastic Starless and Schizoid Man.
June 24th1974 must have been a hell of a day for Toronto, as King Crimson played a show that shows the true power of music.
If undecided, get this show just for the improvs. They are worth the price alone. I have absolutely no doubt.