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King Crimson


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3.93 | 79 ratings

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4 stars Three disciplined beats!

It surprises me that the last collaborator review about this DVD was written four years ago, it may be because it is pretty difficult to find it, like it happened to me, but now I fortunately managed to get it and of course, want to write the review. "Neal and Jack and Me" was released in 2004, though what you will find here are a couple of concerts from the 80s, one from Frejus recorded in 1982, and the other from Japan performed in 1984.

The main set has to be the one from Japan, featuring sixteen songs from the Discipline- Beat-Three of a Perfect Pair era (except Larks Tongues in Aspic Part II), so the line-up consists on Belew, Bruford, Fripp and Levin, four exceptional musicians. So since now I warn you, if you don't like King Crimson 80s era, then don't watch this DVD, on the other hand, if you like it, then you will have a smile with this concert.

There is something I'd like to say, no matter which King Crimson era they are performing, the concert is always good, but we are talking about one of the best bands ever, we know their quality is inherent in each and every member. The concert is exquisite, they are four crazy members creating outstanding music and actually enjoying what they are doing, and that is transmitted to both, the crowd and the people watching the DVD.

Despite the concert is almost flawless, the subjectivity enters here, because there are a couple of tracks that I simply don't like, like the one they chose to finish this performance: "Heartbeat", is a song I've never dug; and besides that, what I did not really like was the decision of putting some extra-concert images, of the band sight-seeing in Japan.

But well, now on the positive side, a terrific version of "Indiscipline" can be appreciated here, along with other precious moments like the performance of songs such as "Dig me", "Waiting Man", "Frame by Frame" or "Sleepless". Now the concert from Frejus is much shorter, with just a seven-track set, with five songs that were also included in the Japan show, but here "Neal and Jack and Me" and "The Sheltering Sky" were played, the latter was a song I did not expect to see, and left me impressed, because the atmosphere they created is simply amazing.

At last I got this DVD, and am really happy with it, though it is not a masterpiece, I highly recommend it. My final grade is four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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