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King Crimson: The Road to Red

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Another massive King Crimson box, hot on the heels of the 15-disc, 40th Anniversary Series Larks' Tongues in Aspic: The Complete Recordings (DGM Live, 2012), which brought new meaning to the word heavy by collecting every known note--ranging from low to hi-fi--played by the then newly forged, five-piece edition of a group that, in addition to sole founding member Robert Fripp, also featured violinist/keyboardist David Cross, bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Bill Bruford and, most significantly, percussionist and all-around madman x-factor Jamie Muir? Absolutely, and for fans of this era of Crimson, the 21-CD/1-DVD/2- Blu-Ray The Road to Red is more ...

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King Crimson: Larks' Tongues in Aspic (40th Anniversary Series Box)

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King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set DGM Live 2012 (1973) The idea of a 15-disc box set to commemorate the release of what was, in 1973, a single vinyl LP clocking in at a mere 46 minutes might seem a tad excessive, but when you're talking King Crimson and the seminal Larks' Tongues in Aspic, it's a whole other story. Beyond being an important addition to the legendary progressive rock group's 40th Anniversary Series of new stereo and surround sound mixes from Crimson cofounder/guitarist Robert Fripp and guitarist/keyboardist/singer Steven ...

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King Crimson: Discipline (40th Anniversary Series)

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King Crimson Disciplne (40th Anniversary Series) DGM Live 2011 (1981) If King Crimson fans were shocked, stunned and grief-stricken when the seminal art-rock group was disbanded by its only original founding member, guitarist Robert Fripp, in September 1974--seemingly at the height of its power and prowess--then it's certain that many of them didn't exactly know what to make of Exposure (DGM Live) in 1979. After continuing to hone the tape-driven Frippertronics that he innovated with ex-Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno, on the equally seminal No Pussyfooting (DGM Live, 1973), Fripp had embarked on a series ...

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King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black (40th Anniversary Series)

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King Crimson Starless and Bible Black (40th Anniversary Series) DGM Live 2011 (1974) They may be rolling out slower than fans would like, but given the superlative work that Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson has been doing to bring the decades-old King Crimson catalog into the 21st century--creating vibrant new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, with Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's direct involvement and/or approval--he can be forgiven for taking the extra time to get them just right. So far, Wilson has managed to respect the original material, while creating more three-dimensional audio landscapes and ...

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King Crimson: In the Wake of Poseidon (40th Anniversary Series)

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Considered a poor cousin to In the Court of the Crimson King (DGM Live, 1969), 1970's In the Wake of Poseidon may possess superficial similarities to its groundbreaking predecessor, but as a 2005 All About Jazz review of an earlier edition suggested, ..."Poseidon also hints of changes in the wind." Part of the second round of 40th Anniversary Series CD/DVDA remasters/expansions of the King Crimson catalog along with 1971's Islands, Poseidon deserves reconsideration for its transitional music, Porcupine Tree founder Steven Wilson's remarkable remixes, and 50 minutes of bonus material which sheds light on the recording process.Sure, the ...

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King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Series)

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King Crimson Islands (40th Anniversary Series) DGM Live 1971 (2010) With iconic progressive rock progenitor King Crimson's first batch of 40th Anniversary Series reissues, sole remaining co-founder, guitarist Robert Fripp--and, perhaps more importantly, Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson--embarked on a program that will, over the next couple years, bring Crimson's catalog into the 21st century, with double-disc reissues featuring (for the most part) brand new mixes in CD and DVDA format, and a plentiful bounty of previously unavailable bonus features, ranging from studio outtakes and live performances in audio format, to the occasional video content. ...

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King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (40th Anniversary Series)

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King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King (40th Anniversary Series)DGM Live 1969 (2009)It was, quite simply, a sound that shook the music world. When King Crimson emerged from the dust of the considerably more oblique and largely absurd trio of Giles, Giles and Fripp--whose one release, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp (Deram, 1968), was aptly titled--nobody could have anticipated that this group would literally change the face of the pop world, and almost single-handedly define a new musical genre: progressive rock. Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp has, with a ...

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King Crimson: Lizard (40th Anniversary Series)

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King Crimson Lizard (40th Anniversary Series) DGM Live 1970 (2009) Often forgotten and sometimes maligned, Lizard is a King Crimson classic that's waited to be found for nearly 40 years. When it was first released in 1970, it was quickly overlooked as a transitional album between the group that recorded/released/toured its seminal debut, In the Court of the Crimson King (DGM Live, 1969) and the Crimson incarnation that would hit the road in support of Islands (DGM Live, 1971) a little over two years later. Lizard was never toured, but with copious overdubbing and the ...

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King Crimson: Red (40th Anniversary Series)

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With numerous “definitive" editions already out, what can one more kick at the can of progressive rock progenitor King Crimson's discography offer? Plenty. With the entire Crimson catalog being remixed, remastered, and offered as CD/DVD-A sets that include stereo and 5.1 surround remixes in MLP Lossless, PCM Stereo, and DTS 5.1 formats, based on the first two 40th Anniversary Series releases--1975's Red and 1969's seminal In the Court of the Crimson King--they've simply never sounded this good. With added audio and video bonuses, it's safe to say that, even for the most cynical fan, these will truly be the definitive ...

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King Crimson: KCCC #39: Live in Milan June 20, 2003

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It might seem that King Crimson co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's mail order-only King Crimson Collectors Club (KCCC)--an ongoing series of live performances in either CD or download-only formats-- might be overkill. But for the committed Crimhead, “enough" and “King Crimson" don't belong in the same sentence. Fearlessly and perennially looking forward with each new incarnation and taking risks each and every night, some shows are undeniably better than others. But every show made available has something distinctive to offer the committed fan. KCCC #39: Live in Milan June 20, 2003 captures the last commercially recorded incarnation early into its final European ...

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King Crimson: KCCC #38: Live in Philadelphia, PA August 26, 1996

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Following on the heels of the definitive The Collectable King Crimson Volume Three: Live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 1996, Live in Philadelphia, PA August 26, 1996 (the 38th mail order-only King Crimson Collectors Club edition) is a touch anti-climactic. Despite a fine sounding board mix, it's not as sonically dynamic as Volume Three, nor is it as strong a performance as the Shepherd's Bush show, which came midway through the Crimson Double Trio's final tour of Europe and America. Volume Three may be the definitive Double Trio live performance for casual Crimson fans, but there's still plenty to ...

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King Crimson: Park West, Chicago, Illinois August 7, 2008

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King Crimson Park West, Chicago, Illinois August 7, 2008 DGM Live 2008 When it was announced, in late 2003, that touch guitarist Trey Gunn was leaving perennial art rockers King Crimson, to be replaced by returning bassist/stickman Tony Levin--a member of the group during its 1980s and 1990s runs--anticipation was high. Gunn's strength was as a virtuosic melodic foil for guitarists Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew as well as holding down the bottom end, but Levin has always been considered Crimson's ultimate groove-meister. When Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison was recruited in 2007 to work ...

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King Crimson: The Collectable King Crimson Volume Three

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King CrimsonThe Collectable King Crimson Volume Three: Live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 1996DGMLive2008Recorded half-way through a forty-date tour across Europe and North America, Live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 1996 isn't the first live document of progressive rock group King Crimson's mid-1990s Double Trio. But this third volume in the double-disc Collectable King Crimson series--following the 1972-74 configuration's Volume One (DGMLive, 2007) and 1981-84 Crim's Volume Two (DGMLive, 2007)--which makes some of the best of its previously mail order-only live shows available on a larger, commercial scale, represents a ...

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King Crimson: Live at the Pier, New York, August 2, 1982

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Live at the Pier, New York, August 2, 1982 is the 37th entry in a series of King Crimson Collectors Club releases from DGM Mail Order which, along with the download-only DGMLive, has been documenting King Crimson's five touring incarnations from 1969 through 2003 with archival live releases (a new line-up is preparing for a brief tour in August, 2008, celebrating Crimson's 40th anniversary; what's to come, however, is anybody's guess). With sources ranging from lo-fi audience to close-to-commercial soundboard and multi-track recordings, some of the KCCC titles are definitely only for Crimson enthusiasts--and in some cases, true die-hard ones ...



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