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5 stars If there is a reson to become a member of the KCCC, this is the one. Great from start to the end! Being a fan of jazz music, the 71-72 live lineup of King Crimson always had a little jazz fell that i really like. This one is Live Crimson from that area as perfect as it could get. Formentera Lady - Sailor's tale - Cirkus Wow!!!!! They switch into one another with the precision of a clock. Just listen to the ride played by Wallace in the intro to Sailor's tale or the kind of explosion done on the VCS3 at the end of Sailor's tale to make the perfect switch into Cirkus, very good. By the way, the effect made by Sinfield on the VCS3 are this time, well done and dosen't sound too strange in the mix. In the Court of the Crimson King on this one is played in a blues format, very strange!! The sound is very good on this release so, if your a fan of the live Crimson, whatever the period, try to get this one. 5 Stars well deserved.
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Posted Sunday, May 14, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars I have all of KCs official releases and wanted to experience more of the Boz lineup. I got Ladies of the road which wetted my appetite for more, so I purchesed this cd. Oh No! The short extracts on LOR were enough, to hear them crash their way through an abysmal blues Court of The Crimson King would test the patiience of a saint. It is loose, badly played and frankly awful. Some of the tracks are Ok, but even Mel Collins sax goes on and on, actually being cut on one track. Boz is a reasonable singer but when he tries to scream...stand back it is bad. To sum up, I hate this cd, the good parts are just obliterated by the bad and bot are they bad. If you really need this lineup of Crimson live, get Earthbound for an experience and ladies of the road for a better quality sound
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Posted Saturday, August 25, 2007 | Review Permalink
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4 stars There seems to be a good number of live recordings of this King Crimson lineup out there, a lot of them better than the Earthbound recording, which did not capture how good the band was. This one, while not perfect, is a very good set.

The recording sounds like it came directly from the mixing board. Therefore, Boz' vocals and Mel Collins' various instruments are all pushed a bit too far out in front. But other than that, the quality is pretty good.

The song selection is nice as well. This was the only King Crimson band that played songs from the first four studio albums. Many of those are documented on numerous of these KCCC releases. The rarities here are Formentera Lady, Groon (unfortunately, it sounds like the tape ran out in the middle, so there is a big gap in the song), a version of Mars, introduced as The Devil's Triangle, containing lots of now cheesy synth effects. But the gem is a version of In The Court Of The Crimson King, played as an encore because the audience kept requesting it (imagine grumpy old Fripp doing that in later years), and played as a fairly straight blues.

Four stars.

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Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Review Permalink

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