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King Crimson


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2.45 | 378 ratings

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2 stars Raw and dirty doesn't begin to describe King Crimson's first official live album, which isn't even worthy of the description, "bootleg quality." Recorded on cassette tape in a Volkswagen truck in 1972, the presentation of these performances never had a chance. It also has some unwanted fades. The saving grace on an overzealous and histrionic "21st Century Schizoid Man" is Mel Collin's wild saxophone performance over Boz Burrell's energetic bass. "Peoria" is a pleasant bit of jazzy improvisation minus the horrendous scat vocals. "Sailor's Tale" is a fair rendition, but not as smooth as the original, though the guitar is at its most adventurous. "Earthbound" is also an improvisational jam, heavily reliant on Ian Wallace's drums and a funky bass line. As for "Groon," my appreciation for it has grown over time, and it appeals to those who relish the more avant-garde side of King Crimson.
Epignosis | 2/5 |


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