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Written by Emory Anderson
23 May, 2022
3 drummers IN FRONT
...and drummers are never "front men" so when Crimson's drummers come out they sit behind their drums, check their kit and then look up to see...the audience. A lead singer in a rock band is used to being the center of attention, or acting as a master of ceremonies directing your attention at a soloist or whatever. Drummers-in-the-mist admidst their forest of drums and cymbals can't really entertain, or at least it never occurred to any of Crimson's drummers to try to do or be that. In other words, this latest Crimson broke all the rules of how a rock band is supposed to be constructed on-stage and yet, somehow, it worked. Maybe that's WHY it worked, at least across such a wide span of music.
Written by Kilian Lee
23 May, 2022
Breathless
Just had an interesting and peculiar experience today which I thought would be worth sharing. I'm trying to learn how to play "Breathless" on the guitar by ear (I'm not a reader), playing along to the recording from Exposure. As I got to the modulating arpeggio section beginning at 2:04 I kept playing it wrong and repeating the first few seconds, trying to memorize the notes and reproduce them by rote. Eventually I accepted that I would have to just learn it section by section over a long period of time. But as I absent-mindedly played through the song a few minutes later, I played the entire section almost note perfect. When I think about what I'm playing, I get it wrong but when I look out of the window and focus my mind away from the music, the right notes comes out. It's as if the music has a logic which my subconscious mind understands when my conscious mind gets out of the way. I wonder if this is what RF means when he speaks about "getting out of the way of the music"...
Written by Greg MacLean
23 May, 2022
1981-4 vinyl box set
Is a box set of Steven Wilson-mixed1981-4 vinyl being worked on? Bit of a cliffhanger after 1969-72 and 72-74 have been done!

Alex Mundy replied:

Dear Greg, These will be released on vinyl but are not currently planned as a boxed set.
Written by The Prog Father
23 May, 2022
Re: 3 drummers IN FRONT
Emory, I suspect that the biggest difference (and possibly problem) with having drummers in front is not visual, but aural. When you a playing with a PA you can't hear what you are doing, and it is mixed for the audience, not for you. That's why you need the foldback monitors, mixed so you can hear yourself. With three drummers in front of you as well, I really wonder how that can work. I'm surprised they can do it without using headphones.

Alex Mundy replied:

Dear Prog Father, all of the band wear in ear monitoring, except Robert, who prefers the headphones. They are all able to adjust a personal monitor mix for who/what they want to listen to.
Written by Michael O'Shea McGoldrick
22 May, 2022
The cover...Still/Pete Sinfield
Of all I have collected, that cover is my very favorite. The painting is my favorite piece of art ever! I am still trying to get everything from everywhere regarding that LP! It is such an important LP in my King Crimson/related material! The music is so special! I just read the story...Thanks for all the Pete Sinfield information! I would love to send a photo of all my stuff. Thanks, Mike

Alex Mundy replied:

Dear Michael, please do send a picture in, I'm sure we can get it newsed on the site, send to me alex@dgmhq.com
Written by Owen Keenan
22 May, 2022
Montreux Festival 2003
I am listening to this notorious show, and up until Dangerous Curves, based on the audio alone I honestly have trouble detecting the major flaws described by the band. Things clearly went downhill after that point, and I understand completely why the festival footage of the entire performance is unlikely to ever be released, but is there any chance of the footage of the first two thirds of the show being released in some format, or at least uploaded to the DGM youtube channel (understanding licensing issues from Montreux fest may be prohibitive)? Footage from 2003 is scarce, and I would very much love to see more of it. Cheers!

Alex Mundy replied:

Dear Owen, This is something that could be considered for the future, I think I have even done some editing on this in the deep distant past. Quite incredible that it will be 20 years ago next year! In the meantime, I have made live (just audio) the rest of the Japanese 2003 touring, some shows of which are multi-track mixes that I have recently worked on.
LATEST REVIEWS
Written by Coleson Dilbeck
Great Start To A Great Leg
Krim's 2003 Tour of Japan is something I have been waiting to hear for a long while, and now that it's hear I am so happy. The tour is off to a great start already with a beautifully mixed and near perfect performance. The only wart might be the slightly rough VROOOM that ends the show but everything else about this gig is a must hear.
Written by Samuel Langer
Amazing concert from the Crim Crew!
Great concert, buy it! Damn shame Groon is cut off at the beginning. But nonetheless an awesome concert. Sound quality is great.
Written by Samuel Langer
Interesting. Goofy. Decent.
A decent concert. Crim seems dialled-back in this concert, and Ian and Boz are goofing around a lot, which I like! The sound quality is good, and I absolutely LOVE the encore improv, groovy as hell and has great scatting from Boz. And as a flute player I like Mel's flute improv. It's worth buying this concert only if you've already heard other Boz-lineup '72 concerts.
Written by Samuel Langer
Early Show Review: Great cassette soundboard quality
Review for the first show: Awesome performance, and great groovy renditions of the songs. Shame we don't have the beginning, but it's good nonetheless! The Groon is great and it's funny how Boz messes up some of the lyrics on Cirkus.
Written by Samuel Langer
Great show, great sound quality
What a good show. I absolutely love the Mars rendition with all the cool sound effects. And Court of BB King is great. Nice Groon as well!
Written by Robert Mitton
Father's Day, But Where Would They Play?
I had been waiting many years to see King Crimson in concert. Ever since 1981, I had expected to see them in concert, but they never toured where I was living. When they toured with Roxy Music I was so hoping they would play in Denver, CO. Eleven years later they finally played in Denver on Father's Day 1995. The thing is by then I was living in Knoxville, TN, and I had just bought a new E350 Powerstroke van, so I decided to drive out to Denver to see the show and visit with good friends. The show was originally booked and sold to be held at the Ogden Theater on Colfax, a general admission show with no seats except for in the balcony. For all the years I lived in Denver, I was known as the guy that was always there first when it came to the general admission shows. So I got there with my chair, snacks, and music at about 9 AM, fortunately, I was the first one there. The roadies with the equipment showed up a little bit later and as soon as I saw the size of their vehicles, I knew this was going to be a very tight stage. The Odgen's stage is not that big, nor is the venue itself. It only took a few minutes after the roadies got inside the venue and started to load up the stage that the main roadie came up to me and told me that it would be impossible to have the concert there and it has to be moved to a larger venue and would I know what venue would be close by and available that day. I told them the only possible place could maybe be the Paramount, just a few blocks away and a much bigger and nicer venue. I gave the dude a number to call and a few minutes later he came back excited, saying that they were able to secure that venue and they are moving the gear up there now. Still, I was the only one in line, so at the moment I was the only person with a ticket that knew this! The Paramount Theater is never general admission except for this show! As they were making some signs to tell everyone to go to the Paramount, I packed up my gear and was able to park directly beside the front entrance. It was Sunday, so there was free parking and I had the perfect spot. Then I started calling my friends to let them know about the change of venue and that I was at the door to be the first in. There was going to be eight or more friends showing up. A few hours later a couple of my friends were the next to show up. We now were assured of getting the prime seats in the front row. The performance that night was simply amazing, one of the very best of the 21 times I have seen KC now. Bruford was kicking ass that night, as were all the rest, but Bill in his yellow suit and tie was scary good. Once the concert was done and as the band was about to leave the stage, Bill came out to the edge of the stage to me and handed me his drumsticks, and told me, "thank you". That certainly made my night! I have included two links, one is an image of the drumsticks, and the second is the setlist for the show. https://mittmount.com/Bill-Brufords-Sticks.jpg https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/king-crimson/1995/paramount-theatre-denver-co-7bd88650.html
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