False End by a Historic Band April 8, 2009
Written by Slipstream
Although not as powerful as they used to be, the band still keeps itís destructive and fearsome force, presenting a surprisingly inventive set. Larksí Tongues In Aspic - Part II begins by showing what King Crimson were still capable to do even with all the pressure in the air. Lament is a real beast, showing Wettonís voice in awesome form, Exiles starts a little bit hidden, but quickly expands itself to itís feral state. The Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos is a bit similar to Improv: Asbury Park in the beginning, but later turns into a radically different piece. Right after an esplendid rendition of Easy Money, another improvisation is born, Providence has some tension and mystery around it that refuses to vanish until the pieceís last part, where Cross show all of his violin skills over Frippís wah-wah distorted guitar playing. After tight and forceful playing, the band is still surpring with a violent Fracture and a chaotic Starless. As the last piece, 21st Century Schizoid Man ends the set featuring all the four membersí skills that made this line-up so historic.
Among the very best January 4, 2009
Written by dubhthaigh
It could be my ears or even better equipment, but Iíd swear this sounds even better than the box set versions on TGD. As for performances, this is as superlative an effort among the four of them as any lineup of Crim ever delivered. As so many of the reviews have stated, this is one for the ages. Disc 2 in particular might be my favourite, maybe even more than Absent Lovers. Well done!
On the other hand ... January 3, 2009
Written by mrsnowman
Yes, both gig and The Great Deceiver boxed set are beyond excellent. However, Iím buying this download so that after 16 years I can finally hear the end of Starless - Iíve never found a CD player that could play the end of my Virgin CD1! I presume the DGM pressing is better :))
I havenít had chance to check it yet, but I notice that all but one timings given for the download are quite a bit longer than those given on the CD. (Easy Money is 3 seconds shorter for some reason!) Has there been a change of speed, or was there quite a few small edits on the CD version? Or are all the timings just wrong??!
Nevertheless, if you havenít got either version yet - what are you waiting for? This is King Crimson at their absolute peak.
Extraordinary December 27, 2008
Written by bfquirog
This amazing show is a testament of the power of the Wetton/Cross/Bruford/Fripp lineup. Their music brought together power and beauty (an exotic variety of beauty, that is). This show has also stunning sound quality. This version of the song "21st Century Schizoid Man" (with new overdubs added by Eddie Jobson during postproduction, and absent here) was originally released on the album USA.
To whoever is thinking about getting this download, let me provide a small piece of advice: Get the Great Deceiver set instead. You wonít regret it. The nice people from DGM/Innet Knot had the wonderful idea to issue that long-out of print box set in two 2CD sets (a very nice budget release, by the way, and with new PJ Crook artwork) for us poor souls who missed the original deluxe box the first time around. This show covers the first CD plus a couple tracks from the second. You also get a lot more of the amazing music by this amazing quartet. Get that release instead. If you download this set instead, you will be so amazed at the quality, that you will have to purchase The Great Deceiver anyway.
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