The Thrak tour had taken Crimson to South and North America as well as selected destinations in Europe and now it was Japan’s turn. Captured on the Taken the 8th day of their eastern tour, the Double Trio are sounding confident and well up for the job. Listen out after the finish of a fearsome Frame By Frame – shouts of “Yo!” and a long-standing warble of approval can be heard emanating from somewhere between the two drummersl.
Vrooom and its coda perhaps show the concept and potential of the band to its best effect. Bruford and Mastelotto constantly pass the baton of beat-keeping between each; Fripp and Belew swap lead lines; Levin and Gunn alternate melody and rhythm with Levin adding uber-texture on the upright. Fans of TLev will have a field day during Neurotica as the foibles of this particular soundboard mix put Tony right up front
The improvisation in the middle of Thrak could often exemplify the problems of the line-up i.e overcrowding. Tonight though, things are spacious and in a sense, gracious with the players giving each other plenty of space. The keen listener will spot that a section of this improv eventually found its way onto the spectacular toe-tapper Mother Hold The Candle Steady While I Shave The Chicken’s Lip from THRaKaTTaK.
A strong performance by everyone concerned is brought to a stunning conclusion with the gorgeous loop that finishes Walking On Air.
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Fripp Belew Levin Bruford Mastelotto Gunn
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