The Collectable King Crimson, Vol. 3: Live in London, Pts. 1-2 1996

The Collectable King Crimson, Vol. 3: Live in London, Pts. 1-2 1996

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The two-plus hour concert contained within this double-CD package serves up a most effective link from the King Crimson of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s with the double-trio resurrection that boasted the unified talents of Adrian Belew (guitar/voice/words), Bill Bruford (percussion/drums), Robert Fripp (guitar), Trey Gunn (touch guitar/voice), Tony Levin (basses/Chapman stick/voice), and Pat Mastelotto (percussion/drums). Both sets of their July 1, 1996 performance at the 2,000 seat Shepherds Bush Empire in London are offered in a superb stereo recording that bristles with the constant transfer between players and attendees alike. However, prior to the full ensemble even having the chance to make it to the stage, it is announced that Fripp will play a solo Soundscape in lieu of the support act -- the California Guitar Trio. The "Introductory Soundscape" spills from Fripp with a buoyancy that foreshadows the formidable program to follow. As the cover of Pierre Favre's "Prism" will bookend at the close, the likewise percussive "Conundrum" kickstarts the proceedings as the rest of the band ready themselves for battle. With over a year of active touring under their belts, King Crimson's set lists had evolved considerably. Newer material from their latest studio effort THRAK (1995) has begun finding its way more organically into the performances. That said, it is not until after the authoritative revival of '80s favorites "Thela Hun Ginjeet," "Neurotica," "Waiting Man," and a slash-and-burn take of the instrumental title track to Red (1974) that they concern themselves with the first rumblings from THRAK via "Dinosaur." Before the conclusion of the first set, the sextet dip deeper into the new pool of fresh sounds on "Vroom Vroom," Belew's brainy-as-ever "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" and the pairing of "Vroom" with the strident "Coda: Marine 475." Disc two contains the slightly shorter -- yet arguably more intense -- second set that begins with a raving update of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2," and a suitably frenzied and otherwise spot-on "Frame by Frame." Even the typically sedate "Matte Kudasai" takes on a heightened sense of exigency. "B'Boom" and the new LP's title composition "Thrak" lead up to what is, by all accounts, an epic unleashing of "21st Century Schizoid Man." Regardless of some old-school enthusiasts' devotion to the original 1969 lineup, even the most ardent supporter would be hard-pressed to find fault with the high degree of interplay, particularly between Fripp and Belew. The pair trade fiery exchanges, the likes of which make a rightfully indelible impression upon the listener. The methodical "Indiscipline" all but puts the wraps on the show -- sans the encore led by Bruford and Mastelotto's masterful rundown of Pierre Favre's "Prism" that is tagged by an energetic "Elephant Talk." In addition to this show, allows interested parties to download other full-length concerts in lossless FLAC and MP3 formats -- one of which is the previous evening, June 30, 1996 at the same venue, Shepherds Bush Empire.

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Release Date: 05/06/2008
Label: Dgm
UPC: 0633367500625
catalogNumber: 5006
Rank: 27961

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