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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Caroline Records/Emi
  • ASIN: B000000HSJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Walk on...No Pussyfooting
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2
3. Lament
4. Exiles
5. Improv: A Voyage to the Centre of the Cosmos
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Disc: 2
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
2. Walk Off from Providence...No Pussyfooting
3. Sharks' Lungs in Lemsip
4. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1
5. Book of Saturday
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Disc: 3
1. Walk on...No Pussyfooting
2. The Great Deceiver
3. Improv: Bartley Butsford
4. Exiles
5. Improv: Danïel Dust
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Disc: 4
1. The Night Watch
2. Fracture
3. Improv: Clueless and Slightly Slack
4. Walk on...No Pussyfooting
5. Improv: Some Pussyfooting
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The recording quality is variable, but generally of a very standard for the era.
J. F. Cantrell
The members of this band jell so brilliantly live that they sound more like a full orchestra and compare well to any top notch jazz band.
If you are a fan of the "Lark's Tongues / Starless / Red" period King Crimson, then you MUST HAVE THIS.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By allismile0 on June 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an astonishingly amazing box set of live King Crimson all recorded between 73 and 74. The songs covered here are from albums Larks Tongue in Aspic, Red, Starless and Bible Black, No pussyfooting, and couple of early tracks like 21 century schizoid man.
To me this is the place to start with King Crimson- I think that their studio tracks do not compare to the live raw power this box set contains. Although I certainly think that the individual albums are essential (especially Larks Tongue in Aspic) the don't give a glimpse of how exciting the songs can be in the raw.
The sound of these cds are itself something to marvel at. You compare it to other live albums from that period and it makes Great Deciever sound like it was recorded in the 90's. I think it shows great insight into Robert Fripp's vision that he thought to document these shows so well. Infact it's so well documented that as I recall, he gives some day to day stuff in the booklet.
The line up for these shows is Fripp= guitar, mellotron/ David Cross- violin, mellotron/ Bill Bruford (ex-Yes) percussions/and John Wetton (ex- Family) bass and vocals. The members of this band jell so brilliantly live that they sound more like a full orchestra and compare well to any top notch jazz band.
One of the many things that make this box set worth while is the improv performances that sometimes goes eleven minutes long and sometimes segways effortlessly into another song. Sometimes it works brilliantly, making true magic, sometimes it get a bit dull- but none the less fascinating.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If only all archival live releases were assembled by someone with as much insight into the mentality of the hardcore fan as Mr Fripp. This is what we've been waiting for, for decades in some cases. A document of the 1973-74 band refining and developing their core repertoire - and freely-improvising A LOT! I can't recommend it highly enough.
In the `core repertoire' category, highlights include "Larks Tongues Part 1" from Disc 4, with its unusual violin solo; the effective reworking of "Cat Food" on Disc 2; the first version of "Easy Money" in which Wetton laughs and drifts out of tune on the first verse; a rare chance to hear the title song performed live; Disc 3's "Starless" in which Cross and Bruford play ferociously; Disc 4's "Fracture" in which the tuned percussion is upfront in the mix (at last!)...and a previously unreleased song, "Doctor Diamond". Bootleg collectors will know that this song evolved quite a bit during its lifetime - fortunately, this box includes the best version, the one with a slow, largely-composed, middle section.
As to the improvisation - it goes without saying that those who can't handle it had better not buy this box, but, frankly, what are those people doing listening to King Crimson? "Outside" improvisation was practically King Crimson's raison d'etre during their first phase of existence - and their ability to carry it off, especially during 1973-4, was the thing that most set them apart from the rest of the so-called prog-rock genre.
The David Cross-dominated pieces are my personal favorites - "Clueless and Slightly Slack" is marvellous (no matter what the band-biography says!). The incredibly sinister "The Law of Maximum Distress" really takes flight when Cross re-enters on violin for a ferocious exchange of ideas with Bruford.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is from the group that put out Lark's Tongue in Aspect, Starless and Bible Black, Red and USA. The group consisted of Fripp, Cross, Wetton and Bruford (although Cross dropped out near the end).
This is a 4 CD set that comes in one of those 6 inch by 10 inch boxes. Each disc has a separate jewel case. As with any of these King Crinsom releases, there is an extensive full color booklet with lots of commentary from Fripp. The boxset is currently out of print, but copies can be found (Amazon won't let me tell you where). It should be rereleased within the next few months.
Since it is a 4 CD set from one concert tour, a number of the songs are repeated several times. There are some songs that didn't need to be repeated. But, for the most part, the songs are done differently enough each time that it doesn't get repititious. It may have been possible to cut this down to a 3 CD set without losing anything. The music is the loosest, and most energetic and imaginative that King Crinsom has ever put on record. The earlier material (Epitath) comes close but the sound quality is too poor to really enjoy the flow of the music. The material from the eighties (Absent Lovers) seems stiff (although I wonder if this concert was the best representative of the band from this era-I remember them sounding much better in concert). The most recent material isn't as melodic.
There were two other live albums from this same time period. "USA" was an LP released in 1975. It was rather disappointing and didn't come close to giving a clue what King Crinsom sounded like in concert. It was more of an attempt to capitalize on another live recording of 20th Century Schizoid Man. I haven't seen it available on CD and there is probably a reason for that.
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