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King Crimson To Release New 3CD Live Set, Live In Vienna

For Prog fans, there can never be a thing as too much King Crimson, While I would absolutely bemoan (rather loudly, of course) the quite evident and glaring lack of new and original music is glaring (their last studio was The Power To Believe from 2003), anything arriving from the internal DGM branch is welcomed indeed!

Since 2003, DGM has been consistent with excellent live sets. There have been four since 2003’s complementary EleKtrik: Live in Japan. All of them are marvels to enjoy,

On April 6, DGM will release a 3CD live set, Live In Vienna. Live in Vienna is from a December 1, 2016 show performed at Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria. As it were, this set was previously available as a limited Japan set in 2017, and which added a Live in Tokyo 2015 bonus disc (not on the new issue). See the track-list below.

Live In Vienna will feature the Vienna concert set on the first 2CDs, while the third CD will collect a set of encore and expansion performances including a 2016 live performance of “Fracture” (in Copenhagen), a track long omitted from any set lists since 1974. So yeah…anticipated is a good word to use.

The tapes from the show were newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes. The album will be presented in a four-panel digipak, with an included and descriptive 16-page booklet complete with photos, tour notes, and credits. The digipak is protected by a slipcase.

Pre-order prices for Live In Vienna are below twenty bucks.

Live In ViennaKing Crimson

CD1 (First Set:)
01 Walk On: Soundscapes: Monk Morph Music Of The Chamber
02 Hell Hounds of Krim
03 Pictures of a City
04 Dawn Song
Suitable Grounds for The Blues
06 The Construkction of Light
07 The Court of the Crimson King
08 The Letters
09 Sailors’ Tale
10 Interlude
11 Radical Action II
12 Level V

CD2 (Second Set):
01 Fairy Dust Of The Drumsons
02 Peace: An End
03 Cirkus
04 Indiscipline
05 Epitaph
06 Easy Money
07 Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
08 Red
09 Meltdown
10 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
11 Starless

CD3  (Encores and Expansions):
01 Fracture (Copenhagen, Denmark – 09/23/2016 at Falconer Salen)
02 Heroes
03 21st Century Schizoid Man
04 Schoenberg Softened His Hat
05 Ahriman’s Ceaseless Corruptions
06 Spenta’s Counter Claim

In Memoriam: John Wetton

Recently, we had another musical classic performer pass from us. While I hate being morbid, I believe 2016 has really opened the gates of mortality for those of us who have walked along the fence. We remember the bands and performers in our youth that gave us something special to hold on to. People that we’ll never, ever forget. One of those legends was John Wetton.

John Wetton has been in several bands. He began his journey with Mogul Thrash, a band that admittedly I still know nothing about. From there, he moved on to Family, King Crimson, a touring Roxy Music, Renaissance, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, UK, and Asia. His contributions to all of these bands are unforgettable. And for his stretch across the borders of Progressive Rock, we the fans have been the lucky ones.

But, as time will have it, John Wetton went from life as we know it to a massive band gathering. He passed on January 31.

Let’s remember the great music he left behind.

John Wetton

(With few exceptions, I will cease to write or post In Memoriam columns. I choose to be ignorant and feel as if they’re sill here. Without columns such as these, it can feel just a bit better. To me, anyway. I did not forget Butch Trucks, either! May he Rest In Peace, also!)

For K Kline, M Nichols, both who inspired this writing.


In Memoriam: Greg Lake (King Crimson/ELP)

The world turns. Time moves inexorably onward. And people pass on because of that. We age. We get time-worn. Yes, it seems unfair…and it is! But that’s the paradigm we have. That becomes especially difficult when someone who meant much to so many people reaches the end of their lifespan. Today, the thought is on Greg Lake, who helped power the greatness that was King Crimson (in their first album), and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Greg Lake was a talented person who created a wealth of songs that will carry him into infinity. Of course, his physical being has shed the mortal coil, but his spirit is exuberantly alive in every song he was a part of. Whether that is the first music of King Crimson, or the wealth of music created with ELP, including my personal favorite, “From The Beginning” from my equally favorite ELP album, Trilogy.

As time changed, the power of ELP lost its charm. Of course, that charm depends on how long you stayed with the band’s output. But regardless of how far you went with them, and how long you hung with Greg Lake as a solo performer, the fact remains, the world is less a concept of continuity with the loss of Greg Lake.

But, while I am sad that he is gone from this world, I am pleased that, until the day I pass myself, I have the music of King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and the fluidity of Greg Lake’s performances of his original material after the fact with which to console myself with. And that is a timeless offering that he has left behind.

Now, go listen to some of his music from whatever source you find most comforting to you. For me, it’s “From The Beginning”. I’ll be listening to that a lot.

Greg Lake


Steven Wilson Remix Updates (Yes, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Tears For Fears, XTC)

Yes Tales From Topographic OceansThere has been a slight date change for the upcoming Steven Wilson remix of YESTales From Topographic Oceans that was originally scheduled for September 26. The new date is now October 6. If you were anxiously awaiting this bliss, you’ll have to wait a week longer. His other project works in release planning are King Crimson 40th Anniversary of the Adrian Belew-era titles (Discipline, Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pair) are still scheduled for October 20, XTC‘s Skylarking, which is on the calendar for October 13, and the upcoming Jethro Tull remix of Stand Up, planned for November 18.

Of interest are the finished but unreleased remixes of the Roxy Music debut, and Tears For FearsSeeds Of Love. It’s crazy that the Roxy Music debut has been finished since 2012!

Of even more interest is the discovery of another set of XTC tapes from the Virgin era. Speculation of which title it is is anyone’s game.

Steven Wilson has also stated in a post that he intends to continue work on he extensive Jethro Tull library, and mentioned This Was, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, and Stormwatch in particular. ‘he also states that he’s not interested in ’80s Tull output so it looks like Stormwatch may be the end.

Finally, he obviously is very interested in doing up Kate Bush titles. Keep your fingers crossed.

Personally, I DARE him to consider (then do) Wishbone Ash‘s Argus. OF course, I’d like to see others but if anyone of these might get his attention, it will be Argus.


On (And Off) The Road 1981-1984 Reviews King Crimson ’80s Work, Live and Studio

King Crimson On (And Off) The Road 1981-1984King Crimson represents several intense periods of Rock and Roll history. The one best known is, of course, their late ’60s and the early ’70s. That period not only employed Greg Lake, John Wetton, and Bill Bruford, but contained the entire energy of one Robert Fripp. That period created much loved albums that include In The Court Of The Crimson King, Lark’s Tongue in Aspic, Red, and Starless And Bible Black, to name a few. After that lengthy period of inactivity that allowed Fripp to be Fripp with a series of solo classics (Exposure – 1979, Evening Star (w/Eno) – 1975), his work with The League Of Gentlemen, and a lot of collaboration and session work, Fripp re-energized King Crimson with a post-punk edition that boasted Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and a continuing Bill Bruford. Their studio output includes Discipline (1981), Beat (1982), and Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984). Unfortunately, after Three Of A Perfect Pair, the band went into hibernation before awakening for their next period.

However short-lived that second period band was , it left behind plenty of usable live and studio material, the like of which is unearthing in an upcoming 17-disc Box set called On (And Off) The Road 1981-1984. This set is a complete overview of that lineup and their live presence. The Box will offer 11 CDs, three DVD-Audio, and three BD-Audio discs. It is scheduled for October 21.

The CDs will offer the following:

  • Discipline – New Steven Wilson stereo remix
  • Beat – New Steven Wilson stereo remix
  • Three Of A Perfect Pair – New Steven Wilson stereo remix
  • Final concerts from each album’s tour that include Japan ’81 (new on CD), Germany ’82 (new remix), Canada ’84 (new remaster)
  • Two CDs filled with additional studio recordings including a ‘making of’ and outtakes

The DVD-Audios are hi-rez stereo (24-bit/96KHz) and 5.1 Surround mixes of:

  • Discipline
  • Beat
  • Three Of A Perfect Pair

The Blu-ray Audio discs are hi-rez Stereo and 5.1 Stereo and 5.1 Surround mixes of:

  • Discipline
  • Beat
  • Three Of A Perfect Pair
  • PLUS, extensive video material extending from all three albums, AND more audio options than found on the DVD-Audio discs.
  • The Absent Lovers concert is included in a brand new 5.1 Surround mix on the Three Of A Perfect Pair BD-Audio.

The booklet is a solid inclusion with new notes, memorabilia, content listings, and an assortment of essential photographs. It’s a pricey purchase at around $150, however, it’s important to note that you not only get plenty of definitive live material, you also get the original albums on CD, BD-Audio, and DVD-Audio. If these were purchased separately, well…you get the picture.

The seventeen discs of On (And Off) The Road 1981-1984 are housed in a 12″ Box. This Box is a Limited Edition availability.


[UPDATE] Two King Crimson Steven Wilson Remixes Cometh (Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pair)…And A KC Box!

It’s a post that many of us have been anxiously awaiting for. The announced arrivals of the Steve Wilson Stereo and 5.1 remixes of two Adrian Belew-period King Crimson classics, Beat (1982), and Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984).

Those two have been completed by Steve Wilson for some time just awaiting the decision to release by DGM. DGM recently went on record as saying that these two will arrive during October of 2016. The date is now being listed as October 14.

King Crimson Three Of A Perfect PAirThree Of A Perfect Pair will be richly presented with not only the 2016 stereo remix of the original album from original tapes, but also six bonus tracks from the sessions, and 5.1 Surround mixes by Steve Wilson and Robert Fripp that will be found on the DVD-Audio and BD-Audio (Lossless 5.1, and  DTS 5.1). In addition, the DVD will provide high-resolution Stereo mixes, and the original album mix in high resolution. Finally, the a promo video for “Sleepless” is included.

Three of a Perfect Pair – King Crimson
CD: 2016 Stereo Remix

01. Three of a Perfect Pair
02. Model Man
03. Sleepless
04. Man With an Open Heart
05. Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds)
06. Industry
07. Dig Me
08. No Warning
09. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part III
Bonus Tracks:
10. The King Crimson Barber Shop
11. Robert’s Ballad
12. Shidare Zakura
13. Industrial Zone A
14. Industrial Zone B
15. Industrial Zone C

DVD-Audio/BD-Audio: 2016 5.1 Surround (Lossless/DTS), High Resolution Stereo

– 5.1 Lossless surround sound, DTS 5.1 surround sound album remix (including 2 bonus tracks)

– stereo album remix in high resolution audio (including bonus tracks)

– original stereo album mix (including bonus tracks from 30th anniversary edition) in high resolution audio

– Promo film for Sleepless

King Crimson BeatBeat will enjoy the same richness that Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp has supplied with Three Of A Perfect Pair. The CD will offer the expected 2016 Stereo remix of the original album. There will be one bonus track, an instrumental of “Absent Lovers” on the CD. The DVD-Audio and BD-Audio discs will provide the expected 5.1 Surround mixes (Lossless, DTS) as well as the expected high resolution Stereo, both new remixes and of the original album mix, an inclusion of the complete album in original rough mix. To complete the bonus offerings on the DVD-Audio, and BD-Audio discs will be three extra audio tracks, two live performance tracks, and a video promo for “Heartbeat”.

Beat – King Crimson
CD: 2016 Stereo Remix

01. Neal and Jack and Me
02. Heartbeat
03. Sartori in Tangier
04. Waiting Man
05. Neurotica
06. Two Hands
07. The Howler
08. Requiem
Bonus Track
09. Absent Lovers (instrumental)

DVD-A/BD-Audio: 2016 5.1 Surround (Lossless/DTS), High Resolution Stereo

– 5.1 lossless surround sound, and DTS 5.1 surround sound album remix

– stereo album remix in high resolution audio

– original stereo mix in high resolution audio

– rough mixes of complete album

– additional stereo audio tracks; Absent Lovers, Neil and Jack and Me (alternate take), and Absent Lovers (live).

– promo film for Heartbeat

– film of two live tracks from Munich

DGM will soon be releasing a new King Crimson Box, On And Off The Road 1981-1984. Both Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair – with the entire content of both packages – will be included in the Box, as likely, Discipline (1981) will be (I’m assuming).

Two King Crimson Steven Wilson Remixes Cometh (Beat, Three Of A Perfect Pair)…And A KC Box!

King Crimson BeatIt’s a post that many of us have been anxiously awaiting for. The announced arrivals of the Steve Wilson Stereo and 5.1 remixes of two Adrian Belew-period King Crimson classics, Beat (1982), and Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984).

Those two have been completed by Steve Wilson for some time just awaiting the decision to release by DGM. Yesterday, DGM went on record as saying that these two will arrive during October of 2016. No date has been set as of yet other than October. What’s worse, we don’t know (yet), other than the original album, what the other content is going to be.

What we do know additionally is that DGM will also be releasing a new King Crimson Box, On And Off The Road  1981-1984. Both Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair – with the entire content of both packages – will be included in the Box, as likely, Discipline (1981) will be (I’m assuming).

The content of all three packages (Beat/Three Of A Perfect Pair/On And Off The Road 1981-1984) will be revealed in a few weeks by DGM.

Be patient. I will update when I get notice!

King Crimson Three Of A Perfect PAir


Possible New Steven Wilson Remixed Gentle Giant Album Later This Year?

Just a quick pop into this dream state with a bit of potential news. Over at the Gentle Giant FB page, a photo is posted with the cryptic notation of “Thinking about a new Steven Wilson remix this year!!” Whether that means that one is in the works, or that one will be released (as many of Steven Wilson’s remixes have been finished for years before being released. Roxy Music debut is one that is finished by not released (done in 2012). Others include Beat, and Three Of A Perfect Pair from the Adrian Belew period of King Crimson (finished “a long time ago”), and Seeds of Love by Tears For Fears (possibly finished by now).

As of today, only Octopus, and The Power And The Glory have been remixed. With the new post, we have a speculation that one is bieng released later this year. We know that the multi-tape masters for In A Glass House have not been located. It’s one that Wilson has been keen on remixing. But there are others so, while we wouldn’t know which title is being referred to, all we can do is wait for news of a more concrete nature.

Nevertheless, this bit of “noise” is definitely welcomed! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more news.

Gentle Giant


King Crimson Classic, THRAK, To Get Definitive 16 Disc Box In October

King Crimson THRAKKing Crimson has a life and mystique all its own. Despite having been home to some of the great Rock musicians of our time (Greg Lake, John Wetton, Adrian Belew, Boz Burrell, Bill Bruford, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, and a host of others), it’s largely Robert Fripp that makes up the heart and soul of the band. He’s also the first name that comes to mind when King Crimson is mentioned. But it’s King Crimson – the band – that everyone knows (or have heard of without the ability to name member names).

King Crimson has released a wide variety of eclectic album sets. There are the timeless legends of In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969), In the Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lark’s Tongue In Aspic (1973), Red (1974), as well as the great Belew-fronted trilogy of Discipline (1981), Beat (1982), and Three Of A Perfect Pair (1984).

But the mystique of King Crimson is woefully discounted if we do not mention the post-hiatus release, THRAK. THRAK is a classic set that featured not only Fripp, Belew, Levin, Gunn, Bruford, and Mastellotto, but that also delivered in its promise of a great King Crimson set. With its fifteen songs, THRAK easily resides as a ‘must own’ album in the King Crimson canon.

From this point forward, it is essential that you be a hard-core King Crimson fan as well as a lover of THRAK, which was officially released in 1995. That’s more than a full decade since Three Of A Perfect Pair.

On October 16, DGM Records will unleash a 16-disc Deluxe Box set of THRAK that will be as definitive as it can get. This loaded Box will contain twelve CDs, two Blu-ray discs (one BD-Audio, the other a BD), and two DVD discs (one a DVD-Audio, the other a DVD). This Limited Edition set will contain a wealth of previously unreleased studio and live pieces in addition to the original material. For this set, Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp have remixed the album for a bonus re-imagining. Also included is the out-of-print mini-album, VROOOM from the same period. Most of THRAK is being presented in new 2015 remixes in Stereo and Surround Sound 5.1.

The following is a cut ‘n’ paste of the fullness of the box (it does much better justice in the recounting of content than I could):

* Blu-Ray 1: The most comprehensive Hi-Res audio only disc yet assembled features three complete albums with 5.1 Surround Sound mixes: THRAK, ATTAKcATHRAK and Kcensington THRAK. These three albums also appear in Hi-Res stereo – THRAK in both its original and new stereo mixes – plus a further three complete albums are included in Hi-Res stereo, JurassiKc THRAK, THRAKaTTAKand& the official live bootleg of the double trio in Argentina: B’Boom.

* Blu-Ray II features an audio/visual feast: A complete concert filmed live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco from 1995 – previously unreleased – with all footage newly transferred from the original tapes, mastered for high definition and 5.1 Surround Sound.

* The live footage from the 1995 Live in Japan performance – all footage newly transferred from the original tapes, mastered for High Definition with the original 5.1 Surround Sound remastered.

* Tony’s Road Movies – The band on the road as filmed by Tony Levin – all footage newly mastered for High Definition and featuring a soundtrack of previously unreleased material drawn from the band’s earliest rehearsals in 1994 up-mixed to Surround Sound

* The EPK of the making of the THRAK album at Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld Studios with newly mixed Surround Sound audio.

* Additionally, this disc is being built to include a further unique feature whereby, with a press of a button, the disc will function as a pure audio disc for all audio material featured in the audio/video section.

* Both blu-ray discs set new standards for what can be done with this format.

* DVD-A 1: features THRAK in 5.1 surround & 24/96 High resolution stereo mixes of the 2015 mix by Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp & the 2002 master of the original stereo mix.

* DVD 1: Features the Warfield Concert & Tony’s Road Movies films

* CD 1 JurassiKc THRAK – an assemblage of material from the recording sessions for the album – placing the listener in the studio with the band as the material was composed and recorded including seven pieces that didn’t make it onto the final album.

* CD2: Max VROOOM – features the long-unavailable mini-album VROOOM, augmented with tracks and edits from the KC Club release: The VROOOM Sessions. All material re-compiled & remastered at DGM.

* CD3: THRAK – is the 2002 remaster of the original album

* CD4: ATTAKcATHRAK (The Vicar’s THRAK) is a sort of sequel to THRaKaTTaK insofar as it’s assembled from live improvs, but is also very different. One of David Singleton’s best pieces of production, the editing process for the new improv album provides more form and function to the material without compromising the spirit of the original improvs. Unlike THRaKaTTaK, which was based on stereo board recordings, this album is newly mixed, in both stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, from multi-track tapes.

* CD5: THRAK – is the transformative 2015 Jakko Jakszyk/Robert Fripp remix of the original album, described by Robert Fripp as a “Re-imagining of stereo in the early 21st century.”

* CD6: Byte Size THRAK – is a compilation of singles edits, live tracks from promos, a 12″ mix edit – some of which are making their debut appearance on commercially available disc and extracts from writing sessions from the final Nashville rehearsals in 1997.

* CDs7/8: Kcensington THRAK -is a newly mixed release of the band’s London concerts in 1995. Mixed from multi-track tapes by Jakko Jakszyk, and mastered by David Singleton and Robert Fripp (“To make it rock even harder”). Other than video releases, it is also the first live show from this band available in surround sound.

* CDs 9/10: New YorKc THRAK – features a complete setlist from the 1995 run of shows in the city, some material previously released on VROOOM VROOOM (now deleted) and the KC Club release On Broadway. Drawn from multi-track tapes, mixed by Adrian Belew & Ken Latchney. All newly remastered at DGM.

* CDs 11/12: AzteKc THRAK – features a complete setlist from the Mexico City concerts in 1996 – released, in part, on VROOOM VROOOM – mixed from the original multi-tracks by Robert Fripp, R Chris Murphy and David Singleton, and recently remastered at DGM.

* Album-sized booklet with rare/unseen photos, new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, plus memorabilia.

* Limited to a single pressing run.


This pricey ($159.98) Box ties everything together! But, if you don’t want the whole thing, there will be a CD/DVD-Audio set with just the basics.

King-Crimson-Thrak Box