Palais D'Hiver

Roll up, roll up for the Krimson karaoke! Taken from a half-inch 8-track reel and mixed for this release by Alex Mundy Crimson is hot to trot tonight. Sadly for us, the feed for the vocal microphone failed to make it to the tape. Every now and then you hear Adrian picked up by the overhead microphones but that’s as close as you get. On the plus side, the absence of vocals means that you can sing along to your heart's content with the added bonus of not having to play ornery chords, motifs, and tricky metres on guitar at the same time.

The band is nearing the end of the tour so there's no hiding the fact that they are tired. That said there’s more than enough juice in the tank to keep the show on the road. It’s always fascinating listening to these gigs in the cold light of hindsight and obviously without experiencing firsthand the heat generated on the night in question. All the moving parts of the band are well-oiled and hitting the mark. However, here and there, there are small slips in concentration. During Frame By Frame for example Adrian loses his place and the tight structure becomes a little loose around the edges they part company from the usual plan. Don’t worry. It’s the sound of the band thinking on their feet and coming up smiling. And of course, the audience, even if they had noticed, wouldn't have cared. The star of the show award goes to a smoking version of Neal And Jack And Me. Phew!
TRACK
TIME
01
Waiting Man
09:24
02
Thela Hun Ginjeet
07:14
03
Red
06:01
04
Matte Kudasai
03:45
05
The Sheltering Sky (Incomplete)
06:49
06
Discipline
05:08
07
Neal And Jack And Me
05:35
08
Frame By Frame
05:50
09
Neurotica
04:57
10
Elephant Talk
05:09
Written by Stephen Rowling
Highly recommended – a fascinating insight into this version of King Crimson
Daniel is right, don't let the lack of vocals put you off. In fact, this is what drew me to download this gig. Sometimes technical problems lead to a new insight and a new way of listening to well-known and loved music. I love the Stormy Monday selections for the way they reveal the hidden details and fascinating aspects of King Crimson and this feels like a gig-full of them in one go! Highly recommended – a fascinating insight into how this incarnation of the band worked.
Written by Daniel Bukszpan
Don't let the lack of vocals put you off!
I enjoyed this a lot more than I would have expected. The sound quality is really good and while I'm sure there are a few "clams" in the performance like they said, I didn't notice them. The absence of the vocals, which I would say are gone most of the time, actually makes this performance really compelling because you can hear all these little details in the instrumental performances that gets missed when there's a vocal over them. It's a good chance to see the band from a different angle.
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