Title - 'Live in Vienna (December 1st, 2016)'
Artist - King Crimson
For those not in the know, King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968.
In fact, King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and numerous contemporary artists.
Indeed, the band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since October 2017 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey and Bill Rieflin.
Nowadays, Fripp is the only consistent member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force and with the band having earned a large cult following, they were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
The just released Earthbound was the twelfth release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series, but this three (3) CD new Live in Vienna release is a stand alone work of musical art; of this there is no doubting.
Featuring the complete concert from Vienna on December 1st, 2016 and mixed from the original multi-track tapes, the CD's are presented in concert sequence with discs 1 & 2 featuring the complete first and second sets. CD 3 features Vienna encores plus the long awaited live recorded debut of Fracture by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen.
CD3 also features a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces. Drawn from the introduction music (composed/improvised afresh for each night) and featuring Robert Fripp, Mel Collins and Tony Levin, this essential component of current live KC shows also receives it's most complete presentation to date.
Presented in a 4 fold-out digifile package with a 16 page booklet it features expansive tour photos and notes by David Singleton and comes housed in a glorious slipcase.
1. 'Walk On: Soundscapes: Monk Morph Music of the Chamber'
2. 'Hell Hounds of Krim'
3. 'Pictures of a City'
4. 'Dawn Song Suitable Grounds for the Blues'
6. 'The Construkction of Light'
7. 'The Court of the Crimson King'
8. 'The Letters'
9. 'Sailors' Tale'
11. 'Radical Action II'
12. 'Level V'
1. 'Fairy Dust of the Drumsons'
2. 'Peace: An End'
6. 'Easy Money'
7. 'Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row'
10. 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two'
3. '21st Century Schizoid Man'
4. 'Schoenberg Softened His Hat'
5. 'Ahriman's Ceaseless Corruptions'
6. 'Spenta's Counter Claim'
Simply put, the Vienna performance is stunning. Recorded with the clarity not often seen in live offerings from other like-minded bands, this release may well be similar to their Live In Chicago release, but features enough differences to make it a worthwhile purchase.
Particularly so if you're a King Crimson enthusiast/devotee much like myself, of course. And whereas Chicago had 'The Court of The Crimson King' on the set list, sadly it did not get performed here in Vienna.
But, that's ok as Live in Vienna takes care of that omission, by included such greats as 'Red,' 'Cirkus',' the stunning 'Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row,' and a simply awe-inspiring 'Fracture' (actually from Copenhagen, but included here on Disc 3).
King Crimson continues to re-invent and re-imagine both itself and its music; the kind of thing that once would have been called a “progressive” approach.
It’s an approach that has benefited band members and listeners alike from January 1969 and continues with tours of Europe and Japan in 2018, the band’s 49th year.
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