City Hall Sheffield England
After the serious subject matter of The Letters (and this is a pretty good rendition with a smouldering middle section), Fripp sweetens the pill by appending a sugary coda that ends with a jokey flourish and in doing so punctures the mood which Crimso have spent the last five minutes or so building up. It sounds odd now but it was for a while his standard operating procedure when they played the track. It’s Collins who once again steals the show on Get Thy Bearings, delivering a torrent of twisting choruses that touch on Charles Mingus and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll. After a rather perfunctory Ladies of the Road, and a bit of bicker/banter with the punters, an impatient crowd get an angry-sounding Schizoid Man. Difficult to listen to but there’s some gems to be found lurking in the aural murk.