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Absent Lovers Double CD, Live

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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • ASIN: B000007SHH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Entry Of The Crims
2. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part III)
3. Thela Hun Ginjeet
4. Red
5. Matte Kudasai
6. Industry
7. Dig Me
8. Three Of A Perfect Pair
9. Indiscipline
Disc: 2
1. Sartori In Tangier
2. Frame By Frame
3. Man With An Open Heart
4. Waiting Man
5. Sleepless
6. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
7. Discipline
8. Heartbeat
9. Elephant Talk

Product Description

KING CRIMSON Absent Lovers (2007 UK 18-track 2-CD album set - a recording of their second & final date [July 11th 1984] at the Spectrum Montreal drawing material from their three studio albums Discipline Beat & Three of a Perfect Pair with Red & Larks Tongues in Aspic II [pieces originally recorded by 70s band lineups and routinely performed in the 80s band concerts] also included picture sleeve DGM9804)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Talk about quitting at the top. After this show there was no more King Crimson for ten years! This double CD was taped at the final show of the 1980's version of King Crimson. Belew, Bruford, Fripp and Levin don't sound like they are at the end of a long tour. Everything is played to perfection - powerful, loud, soft, mellow, atonal, improvised, tightly rehearsed - everything you would want Crimson to be. Opening with an improv, the boys then tear into 'Larks' III' as if their lives depended on it. Later in the show 'Sleepless' is given it's best ever performance - Bruford sounding like at least five drummers. A storming 'Larks II' and 'Red' are the only concessions to Crimson's past - otherwise it's the 1980's material all the way. 'Elephant Talk' shows once again that Crimson can be a dance band when they want - I defy anyone not to dance to this track! This release virtually negates the need to buy any of the 80's studio albums, so convincingly does it stomp all over them. Every track is miles better here, proving that Crimson are best experienced live. And if you can't go see them, then this stonker of a CD is the next best thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Braddick on 17 Feb. 2011
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I've just recently purchased 'Red' and enjoyed it very much. Having read Bill Bruford's excellent autobiography where he rated this gig very highly, I took a chance and bought it (although not at Amazon's asking price). This is not background easy listening but rewards the listeners attention and Bruford, for me, is exceptional - I thought he was great in Yes but this is several divisions higher and it's hard not to get caught by the rhythm underlying Belew and Fripp's pyrotechnics.

I'm not going to do a track by track analysis because as a new person to the band, I feel under qualified, but if you like thinking man's prog then there is a lot of music here at a good price. I won't say I like all of the tracks, but I'm not sure 'liking' is the point with Crimson. There is a lot of excellent musicianship on show here and the composiions are clever, quirky, murky and lavish. Fripp's essay in the insert is also a fascinating read. I've already ordered more of the live recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2014
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The content of this 2-CD release from 2009 is taken from the final performance of KC's 1984 world tour, at Le Spectrum in Montreal on 11th July.

This is the Fripp-Bruford-Belew-Levin line-up of the 1980s, and the performance material is all from the `Discipline', `Beat' and `3 of a Perfect Pair' studio albums with the exception of `Larks' Tongues part 2' and a storming rendition of `Red' from the 1970s era.

Although the 1980s incarnation of KC is not the favourite of most diehard fans, `Absent Lovers' is a very good (and rare) professional-standard recording of this accomplished band live on stage. The material here is generally delivered louder and more energetically than on the studio albums, but sometimes lacks the dynamic subtlety and fine detail characteristic of the band's studio releases.

Highlights: the `3 of a Perfect Pair' song (from an otherwise rather weak studio album) performed here is superb, much better than the studio version. `LTiA3' is also top notch, and `Elephant Talk' proves the 1980s KC to be a great live-on-stage dance band. The 1970s numbers `Red' & `LT2' are also good, but somehow lack the power and dark energy of the 1970s band which composed them.

A 20-page booklet offers the usual high standard of writing from Bob Fripp: a lengthy, informative, literate essay on the band and its legacy, containing musings on live music performances. The ethical business philosophy which underpins Fripp's KC project and no doubt contributes to its perennial survival is also laid out in an intelligent, thoughtful manner.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "jamesbannon" on 18 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the first live set I have of this incarnation of KC. Overall, it's fairly decent, between 3 and 4 stars, but the quality is variable and sometimes lacks punch and freshness. The Entry of the Crims is the highlight for me & shows the kind of wild soundscapes KC could produce, but sometimes don't quite manage. For the remaining material, I think it is instructive to compare with the studio versions:
Three of a Perfect Pair. This is not my favourite KC material, but it comes across well here, especially Industry and Dig Me. Larks Tongue in Aspic III is reasonably good and is nicely set-up by the Entry of the Crims. Three of a Perfect Pair is surprisingly good, much better than the studio version. My one criticism is that there is too much material from the this album.
Beat! What there is of it on here works quite well especially Waiting Man. I was disappointed however that some of the best material on Beat! was missing (no Requiem, Neurotica or Howler for example) as in my view Beat! is much better than the comparatively weak Three of a Perfect Pair. I suppose this being at the end of 1984 tour accounts for this bias, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Beat! material is not favourite with KC themselves. Pity about that.
Discipline. Things are not so good here. The material overall has nothing like the edge of the studio version and much of its subtlety is lost. The best is Elephant Talk which just about captures the spirit of the studio recording (sounds a bit like Talking Heads on Remain in Light - Adrian Belew I suppose). Discipline itself is extremely disappointing, nothing like the tension or subtle variations of the original, though it's opposite (Indiscipline) survives quite well if a little lacking in verve.
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