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2 stars Two stars don'tmean that music quality here is low. Music is great, it's just one brilliant KC concert more. But the whole problem is sound quality, which makes this album not very listenable. Main reason for releasing this album could have been song "Islands" (IMHo - one of two ot three greatest KC achievements) - which You won't get anywhere else in live version. I thought this song is absolutely not to be played live but here it sounds good, even if not as PERFECT as in studio version. The other reason could be "Letters" which we can only find in one more live version (you'll find it on "Ladies of the road" and on "Live in Plymouth 1971" - but this is one and the same, I think). This version here is also (as far as I can hear) played and especially sung very impressing. But it still doesn't make me want to listen to this concert. Sound quality is really too low. Having about 9 other concerts from yhis line-up I'd rather put this one aside. I'm not very sure if it was worth publishing at all. Version of "Islands" could be edited on some other cd as a bonus or something like that. Does it mean that there's no more good-sound-quality concerts from this KC era in Fripp's archives?
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