Thursday, April 26, 2001
And they've got the archive going back to 1995....so I'm looking through for old things I wrote....
Subject: GIG REVIEW: King Crimson in Milwaukee [6/16/95]
I do remember one thing.
It is difficult to put a King Crimson live performance into words. I've
been listening to Crimson for seven years now, and it's my first chance to
see the entire band together live. One thing is for sure; the live
performance is unlike anything I've ever heard before, and is absolutely
miles away from what is on the album.
First of all, the California Guitar Trio was a wonderful opener. They
were clearly enjoying themselves, and it was an intense, unique
experience. I realized that I had talked to Paul Richards five or six
years ago after a Crafty concert in Madison, when one batch of new Crimson
rumors had just started. The sense of humor they have was quite evident;
and it's interesting to see how they have used the vocabularly they
learned from Fripp used to speak their own words.
As far as Crimson goes, what can be said that hasn't been?
The layout of the musicians were very interesting:
PM RF BB
TG AB TL
We had very good seats -- on the right aisle, about 10 rows or so back.
Close enough to get a very good view of everyone.
One thing I was interested in seeing was how the different "pairs" of the
double trio format worked. Bruford was clearly liberated by the chance to
not have as much of a responsibility as a time keeper, and it was also
very interesting seeing him send Mastelotto signals; at one point clearly
sending him a signal to quiet down. Mastelotto is *big*.
Fripp was very still, not moving for long periods of time. Not having the
spotlight on him has a very interesting effect, especially in the center.
I saw Fripp once with the Crafties years ago, and it was interesting to
see how he was in an electric context.
As far as the music goes....wow... The new material was much better live
then on the album, especially on songs like "One Time" and "People".
There was a thickness to the music that is difficult to describe. One
Time had a lot more going on in the background, Bruford filling in some
light percussive touches. The challenge of the band is to switch from the
vocal pieces to the long instrumentals. It's sometimes easy to ignore the
vocal pieces, but it's the contrast that makes it all the more rewarding.
Red was smoking, of course. Thrak was an immense pleasure, with a long
venture into musical exploration, unlike anything I have ever heard
before, and proved to be quite a free for all. I had hopes that this
would be a band that it would be often difficult to follow who was playing
what, and this was one place where that turned true. Talking Drum/Larks
Tongues PT II was a joy as well.
The absence of any Beat or Three of a Perfect Pair tracks was
interesting. I would be interested in seeing some other older tracks as
well; but then that may just be my tremendous desire to see "Starless"
Get the program. Very interesting thoughts from RF.
I like it!
Subject: A sign that it has been to long since a new episode
I'm not sure if I want to admit this; but I just woke up from the
strangest dream. I think it's a little disturbing; and probably a sign
that I can't wait for both the B5 episode and the soundtrack at the same
The primary image is a bizzare combination: Ivonova is flying one of the
Battlestar Galactica fighters, attacking a Star Destroyer (from Star
Somehow I also knew the whole scene was CGI as well...don't ask me how.
There were some other scenes as well, but not as bizzare.
I think the most embarrassing part of the whole thing is that my
subconcious took a piece from Battlestar Galactica....
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