This 2-CD release is the second half of the original 4-disk boxed set from 1992 featuring performances from 1973-4 King Crimson tour. The 1970s band was for most fans the seminal KC; the summit of this endlessly rejuvenating musical project.
The Fripp-Bruford-Wetton-Cross quartet delivers some stunning performances from concerts in Pittsburgh, Penn State, Toronto and Zurich recorded variously between November 1973 and June 1974. The titles of these two disks are `Acts of Deception (The Magic Circus, or Weasels Stole our Fruit)' and `But Neither are they Otherwise'. Highlights include 2 different takes of `The Talking Drum' (each a David Cross tour-de-force), a live version of LTiA1 from the Zurich gig, and `Doctor Diamond' never released on a studio recording.
This line-up of KC was best heard live on stage, where the virtuosity of these great musicians playing off each other in extended improvisations has to be witnessed to be believed. Normally only great jazz musicians can throw away the rule book and go off script in this way, and if you are familiar with the band's studio output (like `Larks' Tongues in Aspic') from this period, the onstage performance is going to be a revelation.
Still for my money the best available `official' release of the 1970s KC onstage is `The Night Watch', a single complete live concert at Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 23rd November 1973. TGD nevertheless runs it close, and is indispensable for genuine fans of this extraordinary music.