King Crimson The Night Watch (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: February 15, 2019
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: DGM
- 1.Easy Money
- 3.Book of Saturday
- 5.The Night Watch
- 6.Imrprov: Starless and Bible Black
- 7.Improv: Trio
- 9.Improv: The Fright Watch
- 10.The Talking Drum
- 11.Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Pt. II
- 12.21st Century Schizoid Man
This archival live recording of King Crimson has enchanced CD-ROM features and comes with a 20-page booklet.
King Crimson: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron); David Cross (violin, viola, Mellotron); Bill Bruford (drums).
Recorded live at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on November 23, 1973. Includes liner notes by Robert Fripp, David Cross & David Singleton.
Digitally remastered by Robert Fripp & David Singleton (July 1997).
In the '90s, much to fans' delight, Robert Fripp began overseeing the release of archival King Crimson concert recordings. The 1973 Amsterdam performance that makes up THE NIGHTWATCH was previously tapped for a 26-minute segment of STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK, but this two-disc set includes the concert in its entirety. The 1973 Fripp/Bruford/Wetton/Cross version of Crimson is widely regarded as the most creative and was undeniably the most adventurous. As seen here, the band ventures far afield on their lengthy improvisations, interacting with a seeming telepathy.
NIGHTWATCH includes both ominous, angular instrumentals like "Fracture" over which Fripp, Cross and company work their improvisational magic, and soaring, melodic ballads such as "Lament" and "Exiles," where Wetton's smoky baritone carries the emotional load. The band even leaps back to their debut on a bone-crunching "21st Century Schizoid Man." THE NIGHTWATCH offers a unique chance to hear vintage Crimson's instrumental might flow, unfettered by studio constraints. Fripp's extensive intellectual-but-humorous liner notes are a particular joy for KC fans.
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