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Great Live Crim,
This review is from: Absent Lovers (Audio CD)
This 2CD set is a great live album. Recorded really well. All but 2 songs (Red, Lark's Tongue in Aspic Part II) are from the 1981-1984 period. The music is robust, wild and amazing. It really rocks but, of course, in a very intricate and interesting way. Musically, some of this sounds like the Talking Heads "Remain in Light" album which came out in 1980 - an album that Adrian Belew played on.
Highlights are "Red", "Lark's Tongue Part 2", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Waiting Man", "Sleepless", "Frame By Frame", and "Discipline". These versions are better than the studio album versions. They have a raw freshness, a real kick to the percussion and the guitar playing is spectacular.
In comparing this kind of rock to other forms, I would say that if AC/DC is like a good cold beer (or whiskey shots!), then KC is like a fine, dry Cabernet. Interesting, complex, meaty - ultimately deeply satisfying.
Very few downsides to this set. Could be longer (only 52 minutes on each CD). Each side ends with the audience cheering abruptly cut off instead of a slow fade - but this only happens on the last song on each side. My CD set has the discs labeled incorrectly. The disc that has a number 1 painted on it is actually Disc 2, and vice versa. Also, the liner notes are truly over the top bad. When I saw that a good thick booklet was included I thought we would be treated to some really detailed insight on each of the songs by R. Fripp or other band members. No so! Instead we get extended meandering musings from Fripp about the record industry, critics of prog rock, the challenges of making a live recording, etc. And the musings go on and on (12 pages worth in very small font), very disjointed, boring and tedious to read. There is nothing about the songs on the disc except a note as to which album they were originally on. What a shame and a missed opportunity.
None of this would cause me to reduce the rating of the music here, however. A great buy.