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King Crimson


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3.65 | 125 ratings

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3 stars As I see reading reviews, it's not only me who have problems with this album. Of course still it's the level that very few bands can reach (dead ancient organisms such as Yes or even Jethro Tull cannot even dream of that quality). But compared to other KC live albums this one is a bit dissapointing. Why? Sound: sometimes strange, as if it was too compressed or what. Versions of songs from "Construction of Light" are not surprising, don't differ enough from studio versions. Songs from "Thrak" sound less powerfully than they should - composed for the double trio not for a quartet. But still, what they do here in "Sex sleep" or "Vrooom" is realy impressing. Improves from Bonn and Munchen are the highlights here - in my opinion. Very energetic and sharp - they give a good impression of this line-up's improvising possibilities. The big problem here is that the album is too long - and 3 or 5 minutes of audience's enthusiasm is really boring even at first listening. I know - "it creates the atmosphere af the live performance", but it only annoys when listened from the cd. What i like and dislike the most on "HC" the most is the third cd - with improvised music. Music itself is really good - even if sometimes a bit odd (a kind of "rubber music"). But the CD in such form is somehow unlistenable. First - long sequences of clapping are annoying; second - what sense of putting here second version of "Deception"? Third - I think, too - that one part of "Lights please" would be enough. If it was made as "thrakattak" - without breaks between pieces, with good sense of dramaturgy - it would be really good (even if not as great as "thrakkatak" itself). 3,5 stars in fact.
kajetan | 3/5 |


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