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5.0 out of 5 stars Vindication for artists control of material, 11 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Great Deceiver - Live '73-'74: Part 1 (2 CD) (Audio CD)
With this release and the companion Vol 2 what is obvious is that King Crimson from this era were primarily a live band and that the 3 studio albums from this period(Larks Tongue in Aspic,Starless & Bible Black and Red)were in comparison rather muted affairs.

The material from this era had a lot of improvisation which is why the live format is/was a much better representation of this incarnation of the band.

Over the last 15 years Robert Fripp has overseen a fantastic re- appraisal of Crimson ouput via a variety of formats many thru the Collectors Club.Now previously hard to obtain recordings are becoming widely available-somethiing that would never happen on a major record label.

All of the releases by King Crimson over the last 15 years have been subject to the same high quality control standards and continuity is provided via the superb artwork by PJ Crook-an oft overlooked area which is also misunderstood by many record labels.

In conclusion these 2 releases are a testament for artistic integrity and artistic control (as well as awesome material!)and should be seen as an example for all serious recording artists to aspire to.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2008 16:01:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2008 16:15:43 GMT
M. R. Witney says:
Absolutely spot-on appraisal of the situation and (and more indirectly) of the music too.
Fripp is an artist with rare integrity. This not only shows in his music but in his approach to his audience as well. He requires and deserves support from all like minded artists of whatever field. His commitment to live music and his honest approach to the "creativity ownership" principle - not to mention the quality of any material released from the D.G.M. stable needs to be applauded very loudly..........a bit like how any Crimson should be listened to really............VERY LOUDLY INDEED ! ! !
One point of contention though...........I would hardly say that either "Starless" or "Red" were muted affairs given the technology that was available when these albums were first recorded and even digital remastering wouldn't be able to get rid of ALL the percieved flaws.
Imagine if artists of gravitas like the Beatles, Pink Floyd or King Crimson were going into the studios to record their masterworks now with todays gizz-mo's, toys and computer wizardry.............just imagine !

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2008 01:49:27 GMT
Although i think Red sounds just nice the 1974 way , instead of trying to better it up w remastering or similar aproaches . But i see your point

Really , many recordings i tend to enjoy the original instead of the mega remastered and HD versions that are available now . Everyone has their own respectable preference

Cheers to the excellent DGM CC releases . As they give us an absolutely High view of what the band was up to in performance delivery at the point in time in question . Thanks to RFripp for that and to his DGM company . -

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2008 17:12:43 GMT
Hi-Many thanks for your kind words-as you may see from my other reviews my main music interests are from the Punk/Post-Punk era -but I believe Crimson along with Can were the best Rock Improv bands (of the 70s) bar none-(Miles Davis for Rock/Jazz fusion)-the live medium always the best for this type of music but I would concede that Red-in particular the title track-has an unbelievably heavy sound-if only more recording artists were able to have more control of their material.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2009 19:45:14 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2009 18:19:31 BDT
you need to lock yourself in a dark room with some tissue

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2010 14:10:52 GMT
I do on a regular basis Mr Duerden - and I find Starless the ideal romantic sympathetic music to accompany me. No offence intended dude - I respect your taste greatly. Miles...a fantasy, that never occured, Miles and Hendrix...that would have been fascinating. By way of an apology can I refer you to a film soundtrack -0 a por film The Hot Spot - but an interesting track - Miles, with Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker - moody bluesy stuff with Mr Davis alongside.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 16:59:43 BDT
Thank god they didn't have the 'gizz-mo's' of today, these albums shine now because they had to utilize what they had to the maximum effect and weren't distracted with digital mush.
Digitally recorded albums rarely come up to the same standard as quality recorded analogue ones.
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