A real spine-tingler indeed
Fripp and Wetton are both spot-on in their assessment of this show. It is one of the best Crimson shows of any lineup, any time period. The fidelity sometimes leaves a bit to be desired, but the performance is crisp and intense, a show radiating confidence and energy. Particularly of note is how well David Cross is playing at this gig - often the odd-man-out after the initial Larks' quintet became a quartet after Muir's departure, he has grown tremendously by this point. He was never hired to be the foil to Fripp's playing, but at this gig he has really grown into the role. The opening "Schizoid Man" showcases this - Fripp's solo is a scorcher, perhaps his best showing from this time period, but Cross counters it with one of his finest offerings as well, melodic and exciting in a way that makes me wish he got do more work with the band. The evening's improv is extremely impressive - the band was so focused and confident by this time that they could just launch right into an improv that's heavy and direct, not a hint of noodling to be found. All of the established pieces are performed exceptionally well, and this "Starless" might be the best one you'll ever hear. This is easily a top-ten of all time gig from this band, perhaps even a top-five. It's this audient's favorite show from the Starless quartet, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.