Drum Magazine have run a brief appraisal of King Crimson’s drummers from Michael Giles to Jeremy Stacey and all those other lovely folks in between.
King Crimson related sightings can pop up in the most unexpected places. Jakko says “I play football on Tuesday and head off to the pub afterwards
Last night I noticed the guest ale...
it was only later that I noticed the other beer emanating from the pump next to it!"
Now there's a double bill to conjure with!
With much of the material from In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands now being performed by the current King Crimson line-up, it is only in recent years that the wider world has begun to realise what fans have always known: this era’s recordings are as vital as any other segment of the King Crimson catalogue.
Recorded between the dazzling impact of In The Court Of The Crimson in 1969 and the startling reinvention of the band in 1973’s Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, this boxed set documents a crucial period in King Crimson’s history and shows it to be brimming with innovation, experimentation, and boundary-pushing energy.
With a wealth of previously unheard studio recordings from band rehearsals to full alternate mixes and a vast array of live material, much of it on CD/Blu-Ray for the first time and including four recently found, never before released concerts, this set presents the complete King Crimson recorded history of the period in the best quality audio possible.
A full tracklisting for the discs will be available soon but in the meantime here’s a summary of what Sailors’ Tale (1970 - 1972) will include.
21 CDs of studio & live material from 1970/2, 4 BD discs of studio/live material (audio), 2 DVDs of live material (audio),
12” box with booklet & memorabilia, bonus downloadable concert
The complete 1970-72 King Crimson boxed set: 21CDS/4Blu-Rays/2DVD – all audio.
3CDs feature Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp stereo mixes of In The Wake Of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970) & Islands (1971) + additional tracks.
6CDs feature the Islands line-ups early concerts from Germany (new to CD) & the UK (1971).
9CDs feature live recordings (several new to CD and/or previously unreleased in any format) from the 1972 US tour, including a new stereo mix of Summit Studios & an expanded Earthbound.
3CDs feature auditions for the Islands band & two further, as yet, unidentified concerts from 1972 (all previously unreleased)
3 Blu-Ray discs contain the main studio albums in 5.1 Surround Sound & recent stereo editions mixed by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp + 30th anniversary masters of the original stereo albums mixes (all in 24/96 hi-res), plus extensive additional material with each disc also featuring a complete alternate album + a further selection of additional, related studio/live material in hi-res.
Lizard Blu-Ray: also contains the audition material from CDs19/20
Islands Blu-Ray: also contains the following concerts in stereo Zoom Club (4 shows), Marquee Club, Plymouth, Glasgow, Detroit all from 1971.
Earthbound Tour: Blu-Ray features an expanded version of the original album, Summit Studios gig in Stereo & Quadraphonic (newly mixed), the Schizoid Men sequence from the Ladies of the Road album, 2 newly discovered concerts in hi-res stereo & every existing soundboard concert recording from the 1972 US tour: Wilmington, NYC (2 shows), Chicago (2 tracks only), Detroit, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Peoria, Indianapolis & Denver (2 shows).
2 DVDs feature the expanded Earthbound, Summit Studios, Schizoid Men, New York 1972 & the recently discovered live concerts.
12” box with booklet, memorabilia, a further downloadable concert, new sleeve-notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk & David Singleton
Theo Travis is interviewed in the latest edition of Prog magazine and says there's some more Travis & Fripp in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, Open Air, Theo's latest solo album has been released to great acclaim. Initially a vinyl-only release it is now available to download...
Music Aficianado website have profiled KC's Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind.
Hardly a day goes by without a mention of King Crimson in an interview or on a list in some corner of the interweb. Here’s a some of the recent ones we’ve seen.
First up Phobos Anomaly are asked who they’d like to share a stage with. Click here to find out.
In an interview with Guitarist Sarah Lipstate she mentions some of the music that provides her with inspiration. Read all about it here.
Everyone loves a list and when it comes to judging who the best 15 prog-rock guitarists are, well, anything goes. See who made it here.
Composer/guitarist Patrick Grant is known on these pages for his Tilted Axes performances but his latest album, A Sequence of Waves is reviewed here.
And speaking of reviews, new band Filthy Friends features Bill Rieflin and their debut album has a write-up here.
The debut album by Gizmodrome, the new self-style ‘supper group’ featuring ex-Crim, Adrian Belew gets a mixed review here and a more favourable hearing over at Prog magazine. Meanwhile, you can listen to it all and read a track by track guide by the band themselves here.
Charting a path that took him from Watford Town Hall in 1971 to Mexico City in 2017, Jakko talks about King Crimson in this short but sweet interview.
King Crimson have won Video of the Year at last night’s Progressive Music Awards for their cover version of David Bowie’s Heroes. The award was voted for by readers of Prog magazine and Jakko Jakszyk was on hand to accept pick up the trophy.
Jakko wasn’t just picking up awards at last night’s ceremony. He was presenting them as well, specifically to his ex-boss, from Level 42, bassist Mark King. King who is now playing with ex-Crim Adrian Belew in Gizmodrome won the Outer Limits category.
A full list of last night's winners can be found here and thanks to everyone who voted for Crimson this year.
And just in case you missed it here is that award-winning video...
Mel Collins’ dates in Japan earlier this year with Stick Men have not only been released as a 2-CD set but they are also soon to be available as a limited edition, 3 LP edition. Here’s what the blurb says...
TRIPLE LP BOX SET, CLEAR 180 GRAMS VINYL, MADE FROM THE HD MASTER SPECIALLY MADE FOR THE VINYL RELEASE. Each album is inserted in differently colored heavy cardboard single sleeves and packaged inside of a superbly looking rigid cardboard slipcase. - DeLuxe Package, Collectors Item.
This fabulous album was recorded in Japan at Tokyo's premier venue Billboard Live, earlier this year in February, and features, besides STICK MEN's core members TONY LEVIN, MARKUS REUTER and PAT MASTELOTTO, also the legendary sax/flutist of the King Crimson hall-of-fame MEL COLLINS (whose curriculum includes live performances and recording sessions with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, The Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Camel, Dire Straits, The Alan Parsons Project, 10CC, Brian Ferry, Tears For Fears, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Page, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Climax Blues Band, Gerry Rafferty, Roger Chapman, Marianne Faithfull, and many more.). This box-set was manufactured at the premier European vinyl and CD manufacturing plant Takt, based in Krakow, Poland. Takt's C.E.O and MoonJune's friend, supporter and strategic partner via his own company Audio Anatomy - Andrzej Mackiewicz, handled the very first copy of this beautiful release to STICK MEN's drummer PAT MASTELOTTO, who was performing in Poland in recent days with KTU.
Only 200 copies were made of which only 150 available for sale. Your purchase includes instant download in any or all formats: FLAC, WAV, M4A, MP3-320.
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