USA Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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USA was the final release before Fripp put to rest this incarnation of the band. For Crimson die-hards it includes some essential material. In particular, the improvisation based piece “Asbury Park” is outstanding. Though the basic ideas for this were investigated by the band on earlier improvisations, it all came together on “Asbury Park”. Bruford starts things off on his trademark tight snare, setting up the rhythm for Wetton to join in on crunching bass together with Fripp’s recognisable sustained guitar. But the whole piece is an ensemble marvel, with Fripp particularly searing throughout. This track has never lost it’s power and ability to make the hairs stand up on my neck. Also inspired is Fripp’s solo during “Easy Money”. This is one of his best, with Fripp at one point strangling the notes out of his guitar. Disappointingly, the track still fades out on this CD after the solo. The readings of “Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part 2”, “Lament” and “Exiles” are powerful, with “Lament” in particular bettering the studio version.
This remaster is as per the album, apart from the inclusion of the extra tracks “Fracture” and “Starless”. Eddie Jobson’s overdubs also remain intact.Read more ›
This is King Crimson at their heaviest - Asbury Park, Schizoid Man, but also at their most melodic - Exiles. With all the compilations that Robert Fripp has put out in recent years, this is still the definitive live album for them from the 70's, before they went into hibernation until 1982.
USA is a fantastic concert with all the band in fine form. The sound here is a bit more raw than the studio versions which I like a lot. Brufords drumming is more 'out there' as is Fripps guitar work, he seems to be on fire here with some exciting solos. John Wetton is in fine voice as well.
The sound of this concert is also extraordinary, considering its from the mid 1970s this sounds very fresh and vivid.
I am surprised this was not remixed into 5.1 as all the other re-issues were, however the 2.0 mix on the DVD is superb.
This is a great example of prog rock at its peak in the 1970s.
A latter-day revival of interest in this mould-breaking music from a new generation of fans has led to other live-performance releases in recent years from the Fripp archives, including the mammoth 4-CD collection `The Great Deceiver' and the seminal `The Night Watch' recorded at Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Now as part of Bob Fripp's rolling program of updated releases from the Crimson archives, we have this 2013 `40th Anniversary edition' of the original `USA'.
The CD/DVD package is in line with the other 40th anniversary series, ergo `Larks' Tongues', `Starless & Bible Black' and `Red' plus the first four albums, and the 1980s-Crim line-up's `Discipline'. You get a classy box-sleeve containing a quality gatefold disk-container, with the blue-labelled CD on one side and the red-labelled DVD on the other in robust plastic inserts. The usual finely-produced 16-page booklet details all the music and lyrics, and includes intelligent and thoughtful essays from Bob Fripp and Sid Smith on the band's development during the period. All are themed on the 1975 album artwork: front cover based the Statue of Liberty's torch-bearing right hand and rear cover showing a Kirlian photograph (very trendy in 1975) of the auric radiation from a human hand.
The music is classic Wetton-Cross era Crim.Read more ›
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USA is a very strong live album recorded by one of my favourite rock bands King Crimson. I feel that at this time the group were at the height of their powers and it features... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Harris
The extra tracks on this CD (compared with the original vinyl) are wonderful. Especially Schizoid Man. John Wetton's vocals evoke the right amount of fear in the listener.Published 18 months ago by John Connell
Nothing else to be said. Best live album ever made. Now sounding like never before AND two extra crim toons. It's a no brainer just buy this and be happy for ever more. Read morePublished on 30 April 2014 by RUNTLESTUNT