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KC Have Done It Again With A Truly Superb Box!,
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This review is from: The Road To Red [Limited Edition Box Set] (Audio CD)
PREFACE: I work on the assumption that anyone reading this/contemplating purchasing this box is familiar with the band and the music /original album(s).
I find it hard to imagine a better box could be produced celebrating a single album (OK 2 if you include USA (30th Anniversary Edition)) as here we have everything they could put out. The box contains the recordings from their North American tour combined with remixed Red album and loads of other goodies. What you get is:
CD1 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum Columbus 28/4/74
CD2 & CD3 - Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh - 29/4/74
CD4 - Hofheinz Pavilion Houston 6/6/74
CD5 - Tarrant County convention Centre Fort Worth 6/6/74
CD6 - Fairground Arena Oklahoma 7/6/74
CD7 - Civic Auditorium El Paso 8/6/74
CD8 - Coliseum Denver 16/6/74
CD9 - Performing Arts Centre Milwaukee 22/6/74
CD10 - Aquinas College Grand Rapids 23/6/74
CD 11 & CD 12 - Massey Hall Toronto 24/6/74
CD13 - Convention Centre Quebec 25/6/74
CD14 - Kennedy Centre Washington 27/6/74
CD15 & CD16 - Casino Arena Asbury Park - 28/6/74
CD17 - Penn State University University Park PA 29/6/74
CD18 & CD19 - Palace Theatre Providence 30/6/74
CD20 - Central Park NYC 1/7/74
CD21 - RED 2013 Stereo Mix
DVD - Casino Arena Asbury Park 2013 Mix; Casino Arena Asbury Park 2005 Mix; USA 30th ANNIVERSARY REMASTER; RED 2013 Stereo Mix
BR1 - The Stanley Theatre, Penn State, Massey Hall & Palace Theatre all in stereo.
BR2 - RED in 5.1 Surround sound; Asbury Park in stereo; USA 30th Anniversary Remaster; USA original vinyl transfer; RED 30th Anniversary Remaster; RED 2013 Stereo mix + a couple of bonus tracks.
Many of the recordings are taken from cassettes taken from the soundboard with only one (CD20) being taken from a bootleg. As a result the overall sound quality is good and is superior to much of what was released on Larks' Tongues In Aspic (40th Anniversary Limited Edition). The new remaster of Red sounds superb to these ears and whilst the 5.1 recording is crystal clear, it is a matter of personal taste as to whether you like this modern take on classic albums.
The overall package follows that of "Larks" with each of the four compartments holding two triple disc cardboard foldouts with the only plastic being the tray that holds them - well done again guys. There are full size prints of the original Red and USA covers, a wallets with photos and sets lists, a 40 page soft cover book and a couple of other bits of memorabilia. The book contains Fripp's diary which hold some interesting or telling comments and it would appear that Bill Bruford caused him some concerns at times, but there again he was not happy with his own playing all the time.
So there you have it, a marvellous box if you want it, and a fine companion to the previous two - surely they will never top this one!
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2013 04:41:51 GMT
Randolph Von Dingleton says:
Good review. Well done.
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