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5 stars And this is marvellous concert. Recently I've been listening to all concerts from this line- up and I think they're really great. This incarnation of KC played was very jazzy on-stage (much more than on "Islands" album) and generally I start to think that it was more interesting version of Crimson than the 1969 line-up... Fripp as a guitarist is far better, and the whole band sound more powerfull. Live versions of "Schizoid man" played by this line -up, and sung by Bozz (his distorted voice sounds really demonic) seem to me to be the best live versions - best of all KC incarnatoins! What else? It surprises me that song like "Cirkus" (tremendous, really) is as good as on "Lizard". listening to studio version I could not imagine, that they would manage to re-create it on-stage, not loosing it's power, mystery and all the rest... Biggest surprise here is an early (pre-"Islands") 15-minutes long version of "Sailor's tale", very different from the later one. We also have "Lady of the dancing water" and "Get thy bearings" (which is in fact rather an improvisation, with a slight hint to "get thy bearings"). Later on they delated "get thy bearings" and played "groon" instead. But in fact both are very free- form improves. Sound quality is very good. Highly recommended.
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3 stars If only I could get past the sound quality, I could enjoy this much more. The performance is great. Mel Collons really steals the show. And where else can you hear live versions of Cirkus, Cadence And Cascade and Cat Food? But the recording renders the bass into an indeterminate rumble through most of the songs. Ah well, at least we have the recordings, raising my opinion again of what I thought was the worst King Crimson lineup.

They play relatively few of the songs from Islands. Only A Sailor's Tale, The Letter, and an even more bluesy, smoky version of Ladies Of The Road. The rest of the set comes from Crimson's first three albums, plus Get Thy Bearings and Mars. And Collins once again proves that he was one of the best reed players ever in prog.

Three stars, only because of the sound quality.

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