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It's amazing that any creative endeavour, let alone one as important as this, should be able to be documented in as much depth as this. Such a treasure trove.Another fine, well informed review, John. Of course, as a major Crim-head from the start, I have nits to pick but only because of the wealth of material that you have provided.Coincidently, I'm reading Andrew Keeling's wonderful 'Musical Guide to Larks Tongues in Aspic' on my iPad right now. Anyone interested should get along to their Kobo app and lay out the $1.99. How can you not:-).
On the run at the moment, Laurence, but thanks, as ever, for the overly kind words and taking the time to write. If you'd like to discuss your nits, anytime after tomorrow I'll be back online albeit in a different time zone... ;)Best!John
Hi John, As scheduled, my copy of Larks 40th (CD/DVD) duly landed on my doormat this morning. I immediately ripped the package open and went straight to the DVD to watch the Beat Club video of The Rich Tapestry of Life, over my breakfast cereal. I was utterly transfixed! As you say, John, almost hi-fi sound quality, and the great film work allows us a close up view of the legendary Jamie Muir. It was particularly instructive to be able to SEE Jamie at play here, ranging over his battery of percussives, as from just listening to audio alone one can't always tell exactly what was playing at a given time. You can also see him listening to the other band members, ever alert to opportunities to punctuate the flow of the music here and there with a brush, tinkle, slap or smash, sometimes hovering over a particular implement as if about to strike, sometimes holding back and often going for it. It's also interesting to note David Cross (who I always felt was under-rated) staring fixatedly at the others to locate his place within the music, while Wetton is in heads-down mode, perhaps listening into the others, but more often absorbed in his own gestures and less concerned with where Cross is – which is prophetic of future developments within the band. Thanks for your extensive review here, John, it's hard to bring fresh perspective to such a well-known album, but you have done in it spades. I wasn't going to go for the box set, at £95, but you've given me a real dilemma now, and I kind of wish there was a slimmed down four-CD alternative that didn’t demand so much commitment, but I also feel that with so much content and insight that, aaarrgggh, I might just have to go straight ahead and fork out for the job lot now!Cheers, Stephen
Hi Stephen, thanks for taking the time to write, and with such kind words. It's a tremendous box, and while it is a little dear, it's worth every penny. If you want it, I'd advise grabbing one now as it's closing in on sold-out, and I was told they'd not be repressing....Thanks again!John
I hope to see a pic of the inside of the box soon....before I decide if it's worth buying the Japanese mini set: diskunion.net/progre/ct/detail/PGL-25005L Hideously expensive, but beautifulThanx for the enjoyable review, John.Cheers,Wim
Thanks for the kind words, Wim. As for expensive? Well, 15 discs with so much material seems quite reasonable to me, especially when you consider it against Peter Gabriel's So Immersion edition, and the Pink Floyd Immersions. You get waaaaay more music here for about the same price. Are you talking about buying the Japanese because the European edition is sold out? You can still find here: https://www.burningshed.com/store/kingcrimson/product/313/4114/ - i suspect cheaper, at 75 GBP + Shipping, than the Japanese....Meanwhile, you can see some non-pro pix of the box at Crimson biographer Sid Smith's recommended blog: sidsmith.blogspot.se/Again, thanks for the kind words on the review...and for taking the time to write in!Best!John
£95 for 15 CDs works out at little over £6 per disc, so that is very fair value for money. Okay, John you've convinced me and an order just went thru Amazon and is due to arrive next Monday. This Crimhead trainspotter is now like an overexcited little kid anticipating a Hornby model train set for his birthday! Given the volume of content, and the possibility of tracing the band/album's development both live and in studio it should give pleasure for months. At times, Fripp's trenchant battle with Universal et al has seemed a futile David versus Goliath rearguard battle, but if, as David Singleton says, one result is the release of all this material (pickled in aspic, as it were) that would otherwise have stayed in the record company vaults, then it's a valedictory of sorts for Fripp Esq.
Hey Stephen...welcome to the dark side :)It's funny that I've heard some folks complain about the price, when other special editions from Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull have been just as expensive for far, far less material. I think this is a bargain. Sure, some may already have some of the KCCC material (I had Beat Club, for example), but that's fine....I'll just find a new home for it.Enjoy the box when it arrives; my wife told me, last night, that mine had arrived...but I'm in Europe until November 10, so am gonna have to just hold back on my excitement 'til I get home. I reviewed the box based on digital files, so am just as eager to see the real deal :)Best!John
"21st Century Schizoid Man"-the one and only track from a previous Crimson recording to make it into this group's repertoire".Not accurate. This incarnation played "Cat Food" and "Peace, a theme", as documented on The Great Deceiver box-set.
Yes, Caron, they did....but i am referring, when I speak of 'this incarnation,' to the Larks Tongues' in Aspic band, which is the quintet including Jamie Muir. By the time they played those two tracks, which did, indeed, show up on The Great Deceiver box set, Muir had left, and they were the four-piece that would continue on for the next two years.So sorry, but yes, my statement was entirely accurate :)But thanks for writing...you're not th first person to question that statement.Best!John
I read this with so much interest, being a happy KC old lover and... boxset buyer :-). Thanks John for your lovely expertise.
Thanks, Antonio, for the very generous words, and for taking the time to write in....Enjoy the box!John
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