“Hello Tokyo!” says Belew on their last of four night run. A good quality audience recording and a more engaged band/crowd relationship is evident from the earliest moments of this gig. Perhaps this explains why it appears to have that elusive “something extra” about it?The set list is the same as on previous evenings, yet there’s something else in the air.

If you want tangible proof of this, then just take a listen to The Sheltering Sky: acerbic opening solo and then a beautiful dance between the guitar arpeggios, like moths fluttering around a flame, waiting for Levin’s slide down which usually ushers in Belew’s solo section. Except here they hold the moment, as though reluctant to break the spell the duo have created. Simple and beautiful. Then as Belew is soloing, Bruford moves to full kit and you have an extraordinary version of The Sheltering Sky with a grooving backbeat.

Manhattan has the band moving up a notch after an energetic Frame By Frame, played with a blistering urgency, as Belew and Fripp push the notion of guitar solo to extreme limits. Indiscipline maintains the ferocious momentum and comes with some additional Roland organ touches during Ade’s spoken sections, adding subtly to the slightly disconcerting air of the song itself.

It’s abundantly clear the team are flat-out having a great time - just listen to LTIA’s end-of-term-party atmosphere and extended ending. Brilliant stuff.

This gig marks the end the of what had been a truly incredible year in King Crimson’s history; the launch of a new band and the first album of brand new material bearing the Crimson moniker in seven years. The next time the band played in public would not be until February 1982.

AUDIO SOURCE: Bootleg Cassette

DGM AUDIO QUALITY

AVERAGE CUSTOMER RATING

TRACK
TIME
01
Frippertronics Walk On
03:34
02
Discipline
05:48
03
Thela Hun Ginjeet
08:32
04
Red
07:33
05
Matte Kudasai
03:45
06
The Sheltering Sky
12:40
07
Frame By Frame
04:58
01
Manhattan
06:46
02
Indiscipline
12:08
03
Neal And Jack And Me
06:50
04
Elephant Talk
05:55
05
Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt II
07:41

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BROWSE SHOWS WITH PHOTOS

Written by Jesus Rosales
Last show of 1981!
I'm reviewing the On And Off the Road version of this show, which I believe is almost complete except for the intro. Final show of the tour and the band is in top playing mode. I really love how Discipline gradually builds up and you can tell by the reaction of the crowd it was a special song to see live, it's a shame I wasn't even born back then to have witnessed this lineup live. Sheltering Sky is particularly special, as Robert Fripp starts soloing aggressively unusual for this song at the beginning and you get to hear versions of songs such as Manhattan and Neil And Jack And Me before their studio recorded versions which refreshing if you are only used to the Beat versions. Someone from the crowd screams a big "yeahhh" as Adrian introduced the song Red, and I do agree that this is the same reaction I had after listening to this concert. The energy and atmosphere of a last show of the tour is felt on this recording, I give it 3 stars for the sound (it's really unfortunate that we do not get so many board recordings from this period) and 5 for the performance.
Written by David Freshman
Crim deliver the tasty goods!
Just purchased this lovely little sucker today and cannot get enough of it. Crimson are in super-fine form at this Kokusai Hall show. The playing is extremely tight, with a very special aura of magic encircling the songs/players. Sometimes all the stars are in the right spot, and this evening must have had that magic. Of very special delight is "The Sheltering Sky", "Manhattan", "Lark’s Tongue Pt II, and "Discipline". The whole show is an extra special treat, as the playing on this gig is most transcendental. I saw this Crim at The Roxy in LA on Nov.23rd & 24th, as well as at Perkins Palace on Nov.25th 1981. This was a band that was so good, that words will always fail to convey the power of this group. Thank you again DGM and Robert for releasing another fine show! I have many of them, and always look forward to new ones! By the way, the Dec.16th,1977 "Exposure" CD is so amazing that it blows me away completely. This was form of KC moving into galaxies way beyond "Red". One word: "Breathless".
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