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King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.02 | 346 ratings

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Fretlessbass
4 stars The majority of this CD was recorded at the Casino in Asbury Park, NJ on June 28, 1974. I bought this one for the improv "Asbury Park," as I have The Great Deceiver; Mainz, Germany; and the final show from Central Park also. Word on the street was that "Asbury Park" was worth having. The 30th Anniversay edition is nicely rounded out with Fracture and Starless, so we have a nice set here. The Schizoid man is allegedly from the Providence, RI show; I have yet to listen to that next to the version on Great Deceiver. But, I digress...

Asbury Park is a very powerful improv, but the best part of the disc is the LTIA II for an opener. The bit in the middle, starting just before and including the violin solo, and the sound of Wetton's bass being stuffed into a wood chipper, and Fripp grinding out that wonderfully choppy chord riff is one of those apocalyptic Crimson moments that we all wait for. One word of disappointment here, though. Eddie Jobson overdubbed the violin solo in studio, so we aren't getting exactly what was played that night (although I suspect it's close, as it is relatively true to other Cross LTIA II solos from this ERA, except you can hear it).

Not the best place to start for Crimso, but if you like their stuff, it's well worth it.

Fretlessbass | 4/5 |

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