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SIDE FOUR

Adrian Belew

 

Eclectic Prog

4.14 | 5 ratings

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victor77
4 stars After the great musical success Adrian Belew got with his latest solo projects, it was time to leave the studio and perform the new material live. And after some disappointments with rhytm sections, he finally discovered who were going to be their perfect side workers for what he has called "The Adrian Belew Power Trio".

It all started in Paul Greenīs School of Rock in Philadelphia, were Adrian Belew was invited for a seminar, where he could listen for the first time this incredible pair of siblings, two highly talented young musicians, Julie (bass) and Eric Slick (drums). After some rehearsals together, they finally joined Adrian Belew for touring together presenting Adrian Belewīs new material, along with some of his classic repertoire and some King Crimson tracks. The selection on the CD edition covers mainly the "Side One" album, in my opinion a bit overrepresented, provided that "Side Two" and "Side Three" offer a great amount of excellent music.

The powerful start with "Writing on the Wall" gives you an idea of whatīs coming next, a refreshed Adrian Belew rediscovering himself, bringing high energy to his music. It is quite interesting realizing the great effort to sound like a live band, staying apart from the overlooped studio arrangements, specially on "Drive". I really enjoy the middle section of the record, with the superb extended (almost 11 minutes) improvised version of "Beat Box Guitar", where the band reaches the peak of their creativity and originality, far from what you would expect from a King Crimson improvisation and that shows the great personality of the ensemble.

The other points of interest are the new versions of the classic hits by Adrian Belew. "Young Lions" is maybe a little conservative, but "Of Bow and Drum", quite different from the original, and "Big Electric Cat" are provided with a new energy that really updates them.

Of course, King Crimson had to be represented on a show like this, due to the great involvement of Adrian Belew with the band. You are missed in your expectations if you want to listen to King Crimson, because it is an Adrian Belew concert, leading on guitar without the continuous supervision of Robert Fripp from behind, and with the rhytm section trying to do something new, not only remaking Tony Levin's and Bill Bruford's sections. And they succeed on their efforts.

So then , although the record doesnīt offer the complete show (I had the great pleasure to see them live, and the setlist was larger), it brings you the opportunity to discover the new "side" of Adrian Belew with greater ideas than ever, far from the pop songs he was used to, and exploring new musical directions, accompanied by two great musicians who have a great career in front of them. I canīt rate this record with no less than 4 stars, but it should be essential for crimheads.

victor77 | 4/5 |

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