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This 4-CD set, now broken into two halves, will be a joy to any Crimson fan. It makes perfect sense to buy Volume 1 first, as it contains a complete concert from near the end of their run (and a good one). Think of most of its second disc and the whole of Volume 2 as bonus tracks in a way. Fripp and Bruford did make other great musics at other times, and some of what they did before and later is better than some of this, but this is what it is and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
The performances themselves are flawless, and full of moments of musical perfection. The quartet of Fripp, Cross, Wetton, and Bruford really shine in what is to be several of their last shows together, a realization that is true heartbreak for fans like me.
I would urge everyone who buys this cd to give the liner notes a read. A truly fascinating insight into the situation the band found itself in at the recording of this album. Here we read on Fripp's feeling regarding Bruford, Cross, and Wetton, and also the renegade Jamie Muir. The liner notes will put a new light on these recordings.
I look forward to listening to Volume 2. 5 stars!
`The Great Deceiver' features highlights from a series of live performances by the best-ever incarnation of the KC project, the Fripp-Bruford-Wetton-Cross era in the 1970s. The material is mainly from LTiA with a couple of early-era KC numbers (`Schizoid Man' & `Cat Food') and a few improvisational jams given typically Fripp-like titles like `A journey to the Centre of the Cosmos' and `Sharks' Lungs in Lemsip' thrown in for good measure. Each of the four disks in the GD1 package has its own title, these first two being `Things are not as they seem' and `Sleight of hand'.
Every incarnation of KC has been great live-on-stage, and here the virtuosity of these fine musicians playing off each other in extended improvisations shines in a way not evident on the tightly edited studio recordings. The band stretches out under full power with great dynamics, superb sound mix and fine production.
For my money the best available `official' recording of the 1970s band onstage is `The Night Watch', a single complete live concert at Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 23rd November 1973 with every minute a gem and no padding. TGD nevertheless runs it a close second by cherry-picking performances from Providence Rhode Island, Glasgow UK, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Toronto & Zurich in 1973-74.
For the KC devotee: indispensable. For the less dyed-in-the-wool fan who wants the seminal recording of the 1970s band, `The Night Watch' would be my recommendation.
What I just described does not begin to say how essential these concerts are. A lot of the tracks are repeated here, but the varriations make this extremely exciting. King Crimson were a band who changed tracks each night, and so the different dynamics that cover the same songs make each repetition a godsend. You can hear, as Fripp says in his notes, the material moving from jazz to a more condenced hard rock.
This was a band influenced by Beefheart, Mahavishneu, Henry Cow. This Crimson was definately the most esoteric incarnation of the band, as the long improvosations--tracks not on any of the studio albums-- here will show you.
But when you think of the context these shows were done in--all the bands who were probably listening to King Crimson and all the bands King Crimson was proabably listening to--it only makes the music more deep, more ressonent. The influances here are quite absorbed, but hearing these other bands deep in the Crimson makes the experiance that much richer.
Don't skimp. If you have the studio albums, these concerts have at least two or three differant approaches to this music. If you get one of these volumes, well..............
..........can I borrow one of your feet? I mean, you've got two.
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a treasure,if u r a fan of this lineup,get it,and vol 2 as well..fantastic.great sound quality...Published 13 months ago by kevin cavanaugh
Out of all of the live KC sets that I own this set (along with Part 2) is my favorite. They are incredibly tight sounding.Published on June 13, 2013 by Team Schreck
USA IS REALLY THE ONE TO GET, EVEN FOR A DECENT KC FAN LIKE ME. YES, I RESPECT ALL THOSE MILLIONES OF FANS OUT THERE THAT CAN BEAR WITH THE GREAT DECEIVER 4 CD MORE THAN A COUPLE... Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Ignaciocuev
Like most Crimson stuff I have to be in the mood and when that mood hits me nothing gets me out of it. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by P. J. Duffy