Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind (3 CD/1 Blu-ray set)
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'This is King Crimson....re-imagined.' - Robert Fripp, June 2016.
A comprehensive and immersive account of the 2015 live incarnation of the ever evolving entity that is the mighty King Crimson.
It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is 'a way of doing things'. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015 s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2 CD set earlier this year to great acclaim. Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realized audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio-only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.
The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band's inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up.
Featuring a 20-page booklet and presented in two mini-vinyl style gatefold sleeves in an outer slipcase, Radical Action includes:
* Three CDs - presented as individually themed 'virtual studio albums' with no audible audience - featuring a representative example of every song/piece performed by King Crimson on its 2015 tours of the UK, Canada and Japan.
* One Blu-Ray featuring a complete concert performance in high-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround audio, complete with 'picture off' mode allowing the music to be heard independently in pristine, lossless audio. (24/48khz as per original recordings).
Robert Fripp: Guitar & keyboard
Mel Collins: Saxes & flute
Gavin Harrison: Drums
Jakko Jakszyk: Guitar & voice
Tony Levin: Basses & stick
Pat Mastelotto: Drums
Bill Rieflin: Drums & keyboards
'This is as comprehensive an account of the current incarnation of Crimson as you are likely to find. It's been superbly put together, both musically and in the way it's packaged.
Here we have the tour edition of this package in all its glory... Each performance is as it was recorded on the night, but with all audience noise removed. The performances have been sequenced to flow over the three themed CDs: 'Mainly Metal', 'Easy Money Shots' and 'Crimson Classics'.
They include representative performances of every piece played by the band during the 2015 shows, and as such cover all eras of the band's existence from 1969 to the present. Needless to say, the musical dexterity is peerless, and the performances, sourced from a variety of shows, are simply stunning in their intensity and prowess...' --The Afterword
'Radical Action is the definitive live Crimson release from the definitive live Crimson lineup; more than enough to bolster the suggestion that Fripp is, indeed, the Miles Davis of the progressive/art rock world...and, considering the full breadth of his career, other arenas as well. And for that reason alone (and there are many others), 'Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)' is a landmark recording from a group whose discography is filled with them...' --All About Jazz (John Kelman)
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This may be the best Crimson release in decades -- and, yes, I know that that's saying a lot.
To me, this is how a live album should be done. It is almost perfect in every way.
There is a perfectly filmed/edited video of a single show, and the accompanying CDs are not a copy of the video, but a collection of the best of the tour. This is how it should be done!
The three CDs are perfect in covering the complete concert tour. All the songs played during the tour are included in the 3 CD set and the best performance of each song is used. During this tour, the group played exactly 2 hours a night, including the encore. Most of the setlist was the same from night to night, but there would be a few songs that were changed every night. Here you get all the songs done during the tour!
The video is from a single night. It was one of the best filmed/edited concert videos. Most concert videos are done cheaply, with constant pan and scanning and zooming in and out. The videos rarely capture the musician who is doing the solo. In the video, what is shown on screen is exactly what should be highlighted at the right time. There are overlays and camera angles that are perfect. The video does seem a little sterile, but that was the look Fripp was going for in the concert.
As far as the music goes, most of it is very good, but not up to the best of King Crimson. To me the music is too rehearsed and too perfect. It does not seem to have the jamming, loose and exciting quality of earlier incarnations. To hear what I mean, listen to the wonderful 4 CD set, Great Deceiver from the Starless and Bible Black tour. Many songs from that tour are repeated here, but I like better they way they were played back then. (I also saw them on that tour and this one, and I liked them better back then. They were more audience friendly and Fripp even talked, telling some interesting stories).
I have given derogatory reviews about some of the stuff Fripp puts out for sale. At the beginning of this tour, back in 2014, he put old a 40 minute live album called Live at the Orpheum. I wrote that it was another Fripp rip-off....a sampler until he finally put out a full CD and video. But, I bought it anyway because that is the kind of fan I am. Then he put out a full concert CD, Live in Toronto. This time I held off, because I was sure something better was coming. And, here it is.....
Fripp repackages and resells his music more than anyone I know. He is worse than Ian Anderson. His last 5 full length albums have been preceded by samplers. Much of what was on the samplers was then put on the full length album...but not everything...so if you wanted everything you had to buy both (it is like when a group releases a greatest hits album but includes one new song so those fans that already own everything by the band have to also buy the greatest hits albums). And then Fripp has done multiple remasters and reissues of albums like Red. Which one is the one to get?
If he would just put out one definitive package, I would buy it and be happy. And, I am very, very happy with boxset!
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There were some comments about the video FX in the concert: IMHO - they had to do something, it's not like KC does a wild, built up stage...Read more