DGM Live

Warfield Theatre

San Francisco has always had something of an appetite for King Crimson ever since the band’s first appearance in the city back in 1969. 26 years after that debut in a three-night run at the Warfield, the Double Trio presented repertoire that occasionally nodded in the direction of the mid-70s and 80s but was largely focussed on brand new, paint-still-wet material.

In its review of the first night, the San Francisco Examiner noted how KC had kept moving forward unlike some of progressive rock’s more famous exponents, and in doing so ensured that the prospect of a reinvigorated Crimson, “wasn't as frightening as other dinosaur cash-ins. It was guaranteed that the new, extended Anglo-American lineup of Fripp, guitarist-singer Adrian Belew, bassist Tony Levin, drummers Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto, and Trey Gunn on stick (a huge, many-stringed guitar) would offer a wealth of excellent musicianship and a minimum of nostalgia.” Later in the piece, the reviewer observed “The set was in keeping with the band's ever-changing tradition: Little sounded dated.”

25 years after this review was published it’s easy for today’s listeners, who know the way this incarnation played out and where it would ultimately go, to forget how dazzling and exciting the Double Trio was. However, even a cursory listen to this performance is enough to pin your ears back such is the velocity and impact of Crimson’s momentum.
TRACK
TIME
01
Improv Intro
03:51
02
VROOOM VROOOM
05:24
03
Frame By Frame
05:23
04
Dinosaur
07:14
05
One Time
05:51
06
Red
06:24
07
BBoom
06:11
08
THRAK
05:54
09
Matte Kudasai
03:43
10
VROOOM
03:57
11
Coda Marine 475
02:46
12
Sex,Sleep,Eat,Drink,Dream
05:09
13
People
06:11
14
Improv 2 Sticks
02:42
15
Elephant Talk
04:17
16
Indiscipline
08:34
17
Prism
02:17
18
The Talking Drum
03:02
19
Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two
08:11
20
Walking On Air
06:54

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