Although they only had five gigs under their belt, Discipline entered Manchester sounding confident[endtease] and ready to take on all-comers. You can almost hear the brashness in this line-up as they launch into a set that just four weeks previously did not exist.

There’s a palpable joy in the bouncy rendition of Elephant Talk (reprised also as an encore) and Frame By Frame’s incorporation of Steve Reich’s phasing patterns sounds as hair-raising now as it must have done at the time.

Red, being played in public for the only the sixth time since it first appeared on Crimso’s 1974 album of the same name, receives a rapturous welcome. In the post-punk era during which this concert took place, it’s interesting to note that a call for 21st Century Schizoid Man from a member of the audience is met with significantly less enthusiasm. That said, the reception given to Larks’ Tongues In Aspic borders on the ecstatic.

To some extent the material that had been fashioned during the Discipline rehearsals the previous month are still fluid and not everything is fixed in place. The Sheltering Sky, originally born from an improvisation, is being moulded and shaped onstage at Manchester. Fripp’s solo towards the end of the piece dramatically incorporates the introductory ascending lines from Red.

Restored from a bootleg source, Alex “Stormy” Mundy has breathed a fiery life into this recording which captures the excitement of the night both on and off the stage.

AUDIO SOURCE: Bootleg Cassette



RF Announcement
Thela Hun Ginjeet
Elephant Talk
Matte Kudasai
The Sheltering Sky
Frame By Frame
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
Elephant Talk
Written by Frank Hadlich
Very essential
I concur in full with Sid’s notes and the earlier reviews. This is a must have and must be download.
Written by Andrew Mather
Recalling Discipline (& The Lounge Lizards)
Its taken sometime to decide to download this, but my Oblique Strategy for 3May2014 read ’Faced with a choice do both’ so I and purchased Bill Nelson’s newly re-issued ’Getting The Holy Ghost Across’ and decided to invest in the M/c 1981 Discipline bash as well.I was there (with brother and buddies) and boy I am so not disappointed!The enthusiasm leaps from the sound and the hairs on the back of my neck positively stood to attention, both at its realisation and the energy when Red powers its way into the space. None of us had ever heard Red live, so to have this record is a personal joy. The rest of the material is equally great.I also went to the next gig in Liverpool ...would be nice to compare if this document ever turns up. As maybe typical for KC lovers over the years I went to this place on my own. A more lonely affair and a more sterile environment I recall. It was good and I had a better view of the band but less well attended I think. I was also very jealous of an attendee who wore a LarksTIA t-shirt, a huge rarity at that time. Only 20odd years later did I get mine.One nice personal adjunct to the Manchester Poly gig is that after the gig the rather great Discipline poster I spied on the opposite side of the stage, close to Tony Levin’s position, was still on the wall. I asked one of the roadies/team clearing the equipment if they would reach it for me. He graciously walked over, fending off someone who was making an attempt to rip it from the wall, kindly rolled it carefully (and it is rather large) and gave it to me. I sheepishly offered him my last fiver which he again graciously declined. Meeting my mates waiting outside they told me humorously that I had missed the band coming out offering their autographs, which my buddies disinterestedly declined!.....what a wind-up... I have always believed. The Lounge Lizards were also in support. Astonishingly different and strange, with angular soaring sax and guitar sounds in a band resplendent in smart cool New York suits. Their first album on EG is cool and juxtaposed with Discipline its clear now how amazing this conjunction was in May 1981.
Written by Christopher DeVito
Gimme a few more stars to throw on this one
Back around 1976 or ’77, as a 15-/16-year-old, I started listening to Crimson. Unfortunately Crimson had broken up a couple years earlier, and the various surviving “progressive rock” bands were stepping all over their dicks in their rush to sell out. Punk held no interest for me (still doesn’t, although I can appreciate it on a conceptual basis). I mostly lost interest in rock and was getting into Coltrane and Miles, Oregon and Old & New Dreams, Ravi Shankar and Balinese Gamelan, and just generally trying to sample (or in some cases devour) a half-century of recorded music. But Larks’, Starless, and Red were staples that carried me a long way too. When Discipline came out, I don’t remember what I thought it would be like, or if I was expecting any particular kind of style or thing; all I remember is dropping the needle on the record and being hooked -- listening to it over and over and being obsessed with it. I love the Discipline Crimson. It was the first King Crimson lineup I saw live, so it holds a special place for me in that regard, but it’s more than that; the feel of this group was just so different. It was unique then and it’s almost more unique now, if that’s possible. The opportunity, so many years later, to hear these early recordings is just beautiful -- and I don’t give a rat’s ass about the lo-fi sound, or any of that; it’s just beautiful. To hear Creation is a special privilege in any context. If you’re concerned about audio fidelity I’d say the audio here is similar to that on the Moles Collectors Club release (that is, listenable bootleg). So what. The music is thrilling. For me, “The Sheltering Sky” is the pinnacle of this set -- I love this tune and always have. I’ve been alternating listening to this and the 8/15/2001 concert for the last couple of weeks. What a breadth of perspective. When I was young I didn’t expect to live very long, or particularly want to; but I’ve grown to appreciate what this world has to offer. I hope I can hang around for a while. --DeVito
Written by Simon Calkin
Manchester fun 1981
Much life has been breathed into this ol’ boot; and a must-have it is, too. A few clams here and there (it was only the sixth (?) gig of this team after all).That said, the atmosphere’s wonderful, and the sheer exuberance of the band is very infectious indeed. Love it. To use an RF-ism : "Lotsa fun". Download it now.