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King Crimson - The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 2 (Live in Bath, 1981 + Live in Philadelphia, 1982) CD (album) cover

THE COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON - VOL. 2 (LIVE IN BATH, 1981 + LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA, 1982)

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

2.88 | 43 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars I have a few problems with this recording.

First, this incarnation of King Crimson is the worst of all groupings. It isn't completely without merit, but Bill Bruford, who has stated that he occasionally rejoins King Crimson and Yes to pay for his solo projects, seems to be going through the motions, and the guitar parts mostly sound like practise exersizes layered over each other. Only Tony Levin consistantly plays interesting licks from song to song.

The two recordings, their first in this grouping, and the second, played during the Beat tour, shows one of the shortcomings of the band. They seems to play all of the songs almost exactly the same way from tour to tour.

And third, whoever judged the sound quality on the recordings was listening through rose colored headphones. The Live In Bath is listed as "fair", but sounds quite muffled throughout, and the Live in Philadelphie disk is listed as Excellent, but with the distortion, clipping, and other flaws, should not be rated thus.

There are better recordings of this band out there, making this, except for the historical importance of their first gig, superfluous.

Evolver | 2/5 |

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