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This is it--what you've been waiting for
on December 13, 2012
This is what we've been waiting for. The 5.1 surround mix of this awesome album. Steven Wilson says in the liner notes that he was not as constricted in remixing this title as previous titles in the King Crimson catalogue. Regarding the former titles he felt that he had to remain faithful to the original sound of the album but with LTIA he was able to approximate the live sound of the band. The soundstage screams power-power chords, power mellotron, power bass and power drums. I've listened to this title hundreds of times since it's original release in 1973 and I am hearing things I never knew were there. The texture of Fripp's acoustic guitar work, the electric finger picking, the sound of David Cross' violin and flute(!), the incredible percussion work of Jamie Muir has never sounded this good. Bruford's drumming has never sounded this precise. A listen to the textures brought out in "The Talking Drum" will have you shaking your head in amazement. Believe me, you've never heard that drum "talk" like this before. Incredible.
Another vast sonic improvement is the presence of John Wetton's backing vocal work-now brought out fully in this mix. Wilson has some fun with the surround mix moving instruments around the soundstage which will have your ears immersed in sonic candy. Additionally, there is a full album of alternate takes and mixes in Lossless Stereo. If you wondered why this one was held back and not released in chronological order, it is because this is the pinnacle. No matter whether you originally preferred this title or Starless or Red I will bet sonically that you will find this the most improved of the recent releases.