Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind [Deluxe Edition] [3CD/2DVD/1BR]

Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind [Deluxe Edition] [3CD/2DVD/1BR]

by King CrimsonKing Crimson

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD / with Blu-ray)

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When it comes to quality live material, there's never been a better time to be a King Crimson fan than the 2010s. In addition to the exhaustive 40th anniversary boxes, there have been multiple releases from the 2014-2015 seven-piece band culminating with Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind, a set that features every song performed on the tour in excellent audio and video quality. The vast majority of the set was recorded in Japan, with other shows filling in on the songs that weren't performed there. Every show was recorded in high-quality audio and video with a multi-camera shoot, so there's no difference in quality. While the band doesn't improvise as extensively as they have in the past, a comparison of the solos shows that they aren't phoning in their performances, either. The Blu-Ray presents the show (mostly) as it happened from beginning to end. The cameras were in fixed positions (for minimal distraction) but they effectively capture all the action. Sometimes the superimposed shots get a bit dense as they try to show as much musical action as possible, but on the whole, the footage and direction are excellent. You even see Robert Fripp smiling at times! If you just want to experience the show without the visuals, there's an option for that on the Blu-ray version. The CDs dispense with the running order of the show (and the audience!) in favor of slightly arbitrary thematic groupings: "Mostly Metal," "Easy Money Shots," and "Crimson Classics." These are different mixes than those on the Blu-ray set, specifically for audio-only. The different mixes and running order provide a different feeling to the sets, but both are equally powerful. This band is a juggernaut and hearing them tackle not just the '70s repertoire they hadn't performed in decades, but some '90s tracks as well, is something fans could not have dreamed of at the turn of the century. Rarely has a band that's been around for 45-plus years sounded so vital. This is essential for fans. [Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind was also released in a Deluxe Edition featuring three CDs, two DVDs, and one Blu-ray disc.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2017
Label: Dgm
UPC: 0633367786722
catalogNumber: 5001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Mel Collins   Flute,Saxophone
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Keyboards
Gavin Harrison   Drums
Jakko M. Jakszyk   Guitar,Voices
Tony Levin   Bass,Stick
Pat Mastelotto   Drums
Bill Rieflin   Drums,Keyboards
Michele Russotto   Bass,Drums
John Armitage   Guitar
Jason Birnie   Drums
Biff Blumfumgagne   Flute,Guitar,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
John Wetton   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Trey Gunn   Composer
Steve Ball   Logo
Claire Bidwell   Layout
Mel Collins   Composer
David Cross   Composer
Robert Fripp   Composer,Producer,Additional Footage
Michael Giles   Composer
Gavin Harrison   Composer
Jakko M. Jakszyk   Composer,Audio Production
Richard Palmer-James   Composer
Tony Levin   Composer
Pat Mastelotto   Composer
Ian McDonald   Composer
Jamie Muir   Composer
Bill Rieflin   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Composer
David Singleton   Producer
Mark Vreeken   Sound Design
Russ Wilson   Audio Technician
Hugh O'Donnell   Layout
Francesca Sundsten   Cover Painting
Sid Smith   Additional Footage
Ian Bond   Audio Technician
Neil Wilkes   Authoring
Ben Singleton   Artwork
Trevor Wilkins   Engineer,Video Editor,Filmmaker
Dave Salt   Tour Manager
Adrian Holmes   Merchandising
Jason Birnie   Stage Manager

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