- Audio CD (3 Sept. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live
- Label: Iceni
- ASIN: B000BK0VRG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Live In Italy Live
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The excellent King Crimson offshoot band recorded live at The Naima Club, Forli, Italy on March 25th, 2003. Features original members of the band and classic tracks such as Court Of The Crimson King, Ladies Of The Road and a studio version of Catleys Ashes exclusive to this release.
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I bought this cd, licking my chops at the idea of hearing Collins and McDonald on stage together. Jaksyck has Robert Fripp's licks down cold, and adds a bit of slick guitar tapping of his own. The band enters to an ambient "walk-on" tape in emulation of the "other" Crimson, and it sounds as if they used the beginning of the "Moonchild" improv on the "Court of.." as a jumping off point for this intro. They then plunge into a version of "Pictures of a City" that is the original McDonald arrangement. The next few tunes feature McDonald, including "Let There Be Light" from his solo album "Driver's Eyes". After that, they segue into songs from the Ian Wallace "Islands" era band.
Appropriately, the bonus track "Catley's Ashes" (written by Jaksyck) is a great vehicle for Wallace to show off on drums. It sounds like something that might have resulted from a union of Robert Fripp and "Bill Bruford's Earthworks". It's a wonderfully arranged piece with several tricky turnarounds, and it will make you wish that the band had recorded a studio album. Wallace's contribution was made solo in his Nashville studio, and he does some very intricate double-bass drum work. As the instrumental ends, you hear the sound of Wallace divesting himself of his sticks. It's great to hear all these terrific players proving themselves once more, revisiting the Crim catalogue.
This is the best Schizoid Man I've heard. The other music is great. This CD is a treat.