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Absent Lovers Import

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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dgm
  • ASIN: B000V8MRBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Entry Of the Crims
  2. Larks' Tongues In Aspic
  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
  7. Discipline
  8. Heartbeat
  9. Elephant Talk

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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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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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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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