King Crimson Live at Summit Studios: Denver, 03/12/1972
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- Released: February 7, 2020
- Originally Released: 2020
- Label: Dgm
- 1.Pictures of a City
- 2.Cadence and Cascade
- 4.21st Century Schizoid Man
- 5.Improv: Summit Going On
- 6.My Hobby
- 7.Sailor's Tale
- 8.Creator Has a Master Plan, The (Including Improve: Summit & Something Else)
Personnel: Boz Burrell (vocals, bass guitar); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron); Mel Collins (flute, saxophone, Mellotron); Ian Wallace (drums, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Ian Wallace.
Recording information: Live, Summit Studios, Denver, CO (03/12/1972).
Fripp and Co. once again beat the boots with a sonic overhaul of an in-studio performance originally aired live March 12, 1972 on KFML in Denver, CO. As one might anticipate, the sound is infinitely better since it is derived from a pre-broadcast multi-track tape rather than the myriad of bootleg titles boasting this date. Likewise, this disc is more complete than FM tapes, as it contains music performed after the allotted broadcast window had elapsed. The meat of this show includes frenetic readings of several typical 1972 Crimson staples: "Pictures of a City," "21st Century Schizoid Man," and "Sailor's Tale." However, the soul of the disc lies within the improvisation. "Summit Going On" is a mid-tempo jazz/funk groove that allows bassist Boz Burrell and percussionist Ian Wallace plenty of sparring room. However, the cover of Pharaoh Saunders' "The Creator Has a Master Plan" will garner the most repeated spins. King Crimson weaves a hypnotic jazz groove that drops dead into a nasty 12-bar blues lick before gliding back into the reprise of "The Creator...." One notable variation in favor of the sonically challenged FM broadcast is Fripp's verbal derision in having to debase his craft by linking the Crimson name with a corporate sponsor. As usual he is tremendously funny. His rap includes the following remark: "...(W)hen I said that I wished to inform people that I think Pepsi is harmful and very nasty, they said that they'd press a button to cut that out because one couldn't obviously denigrate one's sponsor." The liner notes booklet contains Wallace's fascinating "From the Drum Stool" essay. Potential consumers should be aware that the DGM discs contain more music than the pricey Japanese import versions on the Pony Canyon label. Additional information on the King Crimson Collector's Club is available online at disciplineglobalmobile.com. ~ Lindsay Planer
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