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King Crimson


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Cygnus X-2
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2 stars As fellow reviewer James Lee puts it, Earthbound is the definition of a collector's only album. The sound might be way below par, but what is there is a raw energy that foreshadows what would soon come to be as the Larks' Tongue in Aspic era of the band, the experimental years. Beginning with a rousing version of 21st Century Schizoid Man (with a subpar vocal performance from Boz, who seems too into it and loses the feel). Mel Collins is a joy and is the most consistent on this album. Fripp has strong leads and blocky rhythmic sections, and his crunchy sound again foreshadows what direction he was taking. Ian Wallace takes a stab at the drums and succeeds with cohesive and technical beats that never get too out of control. Peoria is a nice little jam with some nice work from Fripp and Collins, and some "shout outs" from Boz telling the crowd to get into it. Sailor's Tale and Earthbound are both mostly instrumental and are varied in sound. Stand out performances on those from Boz and Fripp. The finale to this album is Groon, which is a jazzy number that has incredibly complicated rhythms performed very well from the group. Fripp and Wallace are the stars of this track. Overall, if you can get past very dodgy sound, there is something to like about this "bootleg". If you haven't listened to King Crimson before, then don't even dare pick this up. If you haven't heard live King Crimson before, find another album of the era that's live (you can get it through the King Crimson Collector's Club), I'd recommend checking one of those out. But if you want raw energy, go with this. Me, I give it a 2/5.
Cygnus X-2 | 2/5 |


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