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King Crimson


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3.75 | 127 ratings

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3 stars Level Five is a live record which originally was only available at King Crimson's shows during their tour in 2001, in which they were featured as TOOL opening act.

According to KC spirit and way of working, live shows have always been considered as a "research moment", or to say it with Fripp's own words: an occasion to "play what we don't know".

This 45 minutes long EP shows us some classic musical statements by the Fripp-Gunn-Belew-Mastellotto line-up, offering a sort of preview for their next studio album "The Power To Believe", released in 2003, two years later, which would have featured two of these songs: "Level Five" and "Dangerous Curves".

"Virtuous Circle" is a standard KC improv., not one of their best, to be honest, while the "The Deception Of The Thrush" on this record is brilliant....more interesting than the original one, featured on the Projekct 2 album "Live Groove". In other words: this record could be considered as the definitive rehearsal for "The Power to Believe".

A negative aspect could be the choice to insert a version of "The Construkction Of Light", sadly quite boring, and for this reason, the whole project results less fluid than how it might have been without this track, which moreover doubtlessly shows KC song writing reborn after their 2000 album with the same name, one of their weakest works.

Honestly speaking: Level Five is a good live EP, but it doesn't catch the DEFINITIVE essence from a KC live, just a number of average performances.

A good live record, not their best.

Malve87 | 3/5 |


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