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King Crimson


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2.47 | 404 ratings

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3 stars It deserves a short review, because it's the least interesting KC album (including all of their officialy edited live material). I wonder if it was the only live material Fripp had in his archives at the time. If compared to "Ladies of the road" or any of collectors club concerts from this line-up, "Earthbound" proves to be the worse. Sound quality is weak. What's more "Sailor's tale" - really great in live versions -is abridged. We can hear that Fripp plays a really great solo here, but in this form the track is dissapointing. Three improvised tracks seem a bit weird. I could hardly guess that for example "Peoria" is played by King Crimson... And to tell the truth all this jamming - seems at some moments as played by some simple bluesy band from that period. But then Fripp solo appears, really great solo, as in "Earthbound" ... and it gets even more strange. Just as if there was some division between Fripp and the rest of the band. And I don't find much of the same problems on other live albums by the same line-up. What else? Final drum solo is really rather boring... But stil, it's King Crimson and it's worth listening every now and then. Specially because of "Schizoid man". This version is one of the best among KC enormous live recordings. Boz Burrel's distorted voice fits here really perfectly and makes the whole thing quite different from original version. And then very good Fripp solo and nice cacophonic ending.
kajetan | 3/5 |


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