The debut show for Mel, Boz, RF and Ian and what a fantastic atmosphere this soundboard recording has! The band are incredibly animated, clearly delighted to be away from their basement rehearsal room [endtease]and obviously enjoying the liberation of being onstage. The shouts of encouragement and approval being exchanged – often in mid-song – give this recording an astonishing intimacy. Highlights include Fripp’s razor-sharp lines in the chorus section of Cirkus. There's an enchanting version of Lady of The Dancing Water with winsome backing vocals from Ian, trimmed with some rich baritone sax. And listen out for the running lines and slashing chords from LTIA pt1 as they make their debut during a radically different and experimental Sailor’s Tale.
TRACK
TIME
01
Cirkus
05:19
02
Get Thy Bearings
12:00
03
In The Court Of The Crimson King
08:21
04
Lady Of The Dancing Water
03:42
05
21st Century Schizoid Man
08:33
06
Pictures Of A City
08:21
07
The Sailor's Tale
15:05
08
Cadence And Cascade
05:59
09
The Devil's Triangle
09:57

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Written by Robert A Wright-Stasko
Resistance Is Useless
While it seems like opinions are split over the sound of the VCS-3, I enjoy it very much. At times I could swear the drum solo sounds like an invasion of gen 1 Cybermen from Mondas. If your only exposure to this version of Crimson is "Earthbound," give this show a listen. It is a much better representation of this amazing collection of musicians.
Written by Marc-andre Robitaille
Another jewel!
Setlist 5, performance 5, sound 4. Another new addition to my collection after 2/3 years. And just like my Chesterfield pleasant surprise, this show is solid, the sound is very good and the performance for a new line-up is pretty much amazing. Cirkus is awesome (probably my favorite version), my only live rendition of get thy bearings of this line-up is probably my favorite also being so jazzy and for a rare time lady of the dancing water live is very clear, jazzy and nice.
Written by Martin Hasenauer
Essential
Absolute essential download! These early warm-up shows at the Zoom Club show how much potential this line-up actually had, especially with Mel Collins and Ian Wallace. Unfortunately they didn’t had somebody like Jamie Muir who’d taken them on a plane and jump out of the cockpit in mid-flight, so when the "real" tour got on its feet, somehow the real potential never evolved. But at the Frankfurt shows you can hear more Crim in this band, as fan-written history would attribute to this line-up over the years.If I’d keep only one KC show for an island, this would be a strong contender.
Written by Peter Vandermost
exquisite
i was really looking for one particular early 70s KC show that hit all the bases in terms of the early repertoire, and for me this historical first-ever live performance from the Islands line up is it. Odd to think that Boz (according to Sid Smith’s book) was so demoralized after this debut that he nearly quit.  Odd because in a way, this assured, well-rehearsed performance is rapidly becoming my favorite-ever KC recording.  The performance of "In the Court..." here with dead-on harmony vocals is arguably the finest ever captured, and the 15-minute version of "Sailor’s Tale" is astounding.  Sound quality is excellent too...you can’t miss.  if this had been released as a bootleg in the 70s it would have been spoken of in hushed tones over blocks of lebanese hash and incense...
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