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King Crimson


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3.62 | 28 ratings

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3 stars Mick Jaggers introduction of King Crimson on this gig was prophetic, you have to say......

This was the free gig Rolling Stones did in Hyde Park. It was first meant as just a free gig. But the death of Brian Jones some days beforehand gave the whole gig a new meaning. Mick Jagger unleashed some white doves - or was it butterflies ? - before the gig and the gig became a very important part of the rock'n'roll folklore, to be talked about until the end of this planet.

King Crimson was one of the warm up bands. Maybe they were the first warm up band too. In fact, I believe they were that. Bottom of the bill too. Mick Jagger was right though. We were going to here a lot from/about this band in the future. Thanx for the warning.

The sound here is a bit bootleg quality, is the first thing that really hits me. It is pretty foul, in fact. The brilliance of the first two tracks is difficult to drown out though. 21st Century Schizoid Man and In The Court Of The Crimson King. Talk about starting on a high..... Epitaph also comes along on this album. The other tracks is good too. The interview and the instrumental version of 21st Century Schizoid Man is bonuses and good historical material too.

This is first and foremost a documentation of their breakthrough gig from one of the most legendary happenings in the history of popular music. Much due to the passing of Brian Jones, it has to be said. The sound is pretty foul, but the historic significance and the brilliance of the three above mentioned tracks lifts this album up to a weak 3 stars, in my humble opinion. If you are a King Crimson fan, you will treasure this album though.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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