King Crimson – Live In Toronto

This is the first full concert release by the current line-up of King Crimson. This Official Collectors’ Bootleg captures King Crimson on a single night in the middle of the band’s Canadian tour in November 2015.

This is the first full concert release by the current line-up of King Crimson. This Official Collectors’ Bootleg captures King Crimson on a single night in the middle of the band’s Canadian tour in November 2015. With the exception of one small edit following an announcement before the band take the stage, the running time of this concert is exactly as it was heard in the hall by those fortunate enough to have been there. Even by the high standards set by King Crimson’s current line-up, this concert was agreed by all involved to have that extra special ingredient, making it the perfect choice when seeking an official release to counter the poorly recorded bootlegs that have begun to circulate.

Personnel: Mel Collins: Saxes & Flute, Robert Fripp: Guitar & Keyboards, Gavin Harrison: Drums, Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & Voice, Tony Levin: Basses & Stick, Pat Mastelotto: Drums, Bill Rieflin: Drums & Keyboards

 

 

 

 

Disc 1:
1 Threshold Soundscape
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I
3 Pictures Of A City
4 VROOOM
5 Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
6 Meltdown
7 Hell Hounds of Krim
8 The ConstruKction of Light
9 Red
10 Epitaph

Disc 2:
1 Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
2 Easy Money
3 Level Five
4 The Letters
5 Sailor’s Tale
6 Starless
7 The Court of the Crimson King
8 21st Century Schizoid Man

This autumn, they will be releasing their long-awaited and much anticipated first major album, a comprehensive live release, taking the best performances of each song from the extensive set list (which changes nightly) and also including footage of selected performances. It will be released to coincide with the band’s 2016 European tour, which begins in the UK with two concerts at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on September 4th & 5th, the band’s only UK dates for 2016.

 

King Crimson Returns

Progressive rock is vibrant to the core of my rock music self. The group King Crimson and its genius founder, guitarist Robert Fripp serve as prog rock bedrock foundation.

I can hardly contain my excitement as I share the news that King Crimson has reunited and will be performing concerts in North America this September.

Speaking to Uncut, Fripp said: “King Crimson is returning to active service. We are on-call to be ready for a live performance on September 1, 2014. Seven members. Four English, three American. Three drummers. It’s a different configuration of King Crimson than before. Some are familiar names, maybe more than others.”

This line-up – the 8th in the band’s history – will be Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk.

They are all former Crimson members, except Rieflin and Jakszyk who have been involved on the fringes of Crimson for a few years. Rieflin collaborated with Chris Wong, Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox in a project called The Humans, while Jakszyk played in Jakszyk Fripp & Collins, alongside Robert Fripp and Mel Collins.

There are no plans, Fripp says, for the new King Crimson to enter a studio. They will play “reconfigured” versions of existing Crimson material.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/node/19245#itkXbRfOH83fW698.99

King Crimson — 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA)

Here’s the full list of King Crimson tour dates:

9/9 & 9/10 @ The Egg – Albany, NY
9/12 & 9/13 @ Kimmel Center – Philadelphia, PA
9/15 & 9/16 @ Colonial Theatre – Boston, MA
9/18, 9/19 & 9/20 @ Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/23 @ Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI
9/25 & 9/26 @ The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/30 & 10/1 @ Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10/3 & 10/4 @ Warfield Theater – San Francisco, CA
10/6 @ Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA

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Steven Wilson – Prog Rock

I thought it proper to continue the prog rock series with Steven Wilson. The intersection with yesterday’s King Crimson blog post underlies Steven Wilson’s passion for the technological expanse of their music. He has done a superlative job remixing their catalog. Steven Wilson acknowledges that listening to Robert Fripps’s approach and the notes that he chooses has shaped his style of guitar playing.

I plucked this quote from Steven Wilson’s biography on Spotify.

Thanks to a prolific work ethic, self-taught producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has gradually become one of the U.K.’s most critically acclaimed artists.

imgI decided to stop off at Barnes & Noble to see if I could find a music magazine to fortify my research for this week’s prog rock series. I was searching for Prog Rock Magazine but little did I realize hiding with the jazz magazines would be a copy of Guitar Player Magazine‘s August 2012 issue. I smiled reassuringly to see Steven Wilson with his Gold Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 on the cover. The cover quote solidified my convictions, “Steven Wilson, Reimagining Progessive Rock”.

My inherent sixth sense of music had led me to find a validated discovery. Steven Wilson has forged a major link  in the chain between the 70’s electric fusion of Miles Davis and King Crimson’s Robert Fripp. This linkage is forged by the the fact that Steven Wilson chose King Crimson’s Lizard as the first remixing effort. Steven Wilson states that he realized how integral jazz was to Lizard and King Crimson. Lizard was made with musicians from the British jazz scene in a very analogous fashion to Miles Davis process with Bitches Brew.

I have listened throughout the day to Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson’s solo efforts. I didn’t intend to over look his other work with No-Man, I.E.M., Bass Communion or Blackfield. It was a capacity issue for me to try to assimilate all of his group projects in a day 😉

I found the Porcupine Tree recordings mesmerizing, equally wildly chilling as they were rich in innovative tonalities.

I became further intrigued by Steven Wilson’s Insurgentes, part documentary/part surreal road movie.

Steven Wilson said this about his second solo album, Grace for Drowning:

‘Insurgentes’ was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create “journeys in sound” I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz –inspired piece. I’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records”[8]


Get All You Deserve, is a new high-definition audio-visual set from Steven Wilson. Directed by long-time visual collaborator Lasse Hoile, Get All You Deserve was filmed in Mexico City during the recent Grace For Drowning Tour. The set captures the spectacular live experience that Wilson and Hoile created for the tour on Blu-ray, DVD and 2CD.

The progressive rock chain link will continue tomorrow when I write about the prog rock sub-genre progressive metal and the collaboration between Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson and Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt on Storm Corrosion It has been described as being “the last part in the odd trilogy of records completed by (Opeth’s) Heritage and Steven Wilson’s brand new solo album Grace for Drowning.[21][22]

King Crimson – Prog Rock

The focus of the Music of Our Heart blog shifts with electronic music to the genre of progressive rock (Prog Rock).

Prog Rock week commences with a look at the foundation group, King Crimson.They have been active in three different incarnations, 1969-1974, 1981-1984, and 1994-2009. Each nucleus had Robert Fripp as a core member. Robert Fripp along with Steven Wilson(Porcupine Tree) are primarily responsible for the remix of the 40th anniversary archive series.

Discipline Global Mobile (DGM, or Discipline GM) is an independent record label that was founded in 1992 by Robert Fripp. The business model for DGM precludes King Crimson product from being available on iTunes, Spotify or anywhere else digitally.

DGM aims “to be a model of ethical business in an industry founded on exploitation, oiled by deceit, riven with theft and fueled by greed,” according to Fripp.[1] Its policy is that its artists retain all copyrights; consequently, even DGM’s “knotwork” corporate logo is owned by its designer.[2] DGM’s aims were called “exemplary”, and DGM was credited with having expanded “the possibilities of experimental music” and having improved the environment for King Crimson.[3]

In The Court of the Crimson King stands out as the masterpiece in the collection.
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King - 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD-A)

When “In The Wake of Poseidon” was first issued in 1970, Melody Maker ran the unforgettable headline: “If Wagner were alive he’d work with King Crimson”.  For an album that shouldn’t have been recorded by a band that didn’t exist, “In The Wake of Poseidon” continues to intrigue and delight King Crimson fans 40 years after its initial release.

King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon - 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD-A)

Lizard, is even by today’s standards, a remarkable and extraordinary album. King Crimson’s third studio album still has the capacity to polarise opinion amongst enthusiasts, and even those who helped make the record in September and October 1970.

Islands, the only studio album from the second performing lineup of King Crimson.  This release fully vindicates the claim that this lineup – short lived though it may have been – had as much to offer musically as any of the more well-known King Crimson incarnations.

King Crimson - Islands - 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD-A)

Starless In Bible Black has often been overlooked. Yet even a cursory listen reveals this to be a powerful record, brimming with confidence borne out of the band’s increasing mastery of the concert platform.

King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black - 40th Anniversary Series(CD/DVD-A)

Released in 1974 after King Crimson had “ceased to exist”, Red remains a remarkably powerful document of a group quitting at the top of its game.

Released in 1981, Discipline was a startling reinvention with a new line-up performing radically different material that managed to delight fans, confound critics & pick up a substantial new audience along the way.

30 years on, Discipline remains one of the key albums of the early 1980s and one of the most popular and influential in King Crimson’s catalogue.

King Crimson - Discipline - 40th Anniversary Series (CD/DVD-A)

The descriptions of the CDs in the series is courtesy of King Crimson and Robert Fripp.   (© 2009-2012 Robert Fripp)

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