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5 stars It's short, and it's the only disadvantage. But this is in my opinion one of two best KC concerts from eighties, published so far (along with Live in Philadelphia). sound quality is good. Most osngs are much better than studio versions. Especially "Neal and JAck" and "Waiting man" are exellent. Highly recomended!
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Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars If you like the 80s-era King Crimson, then this is a must-have for your collection. Not only is the band in top form, the quality of the recording is astounding. The sound quality rivals that of the 'mainstream' release "Absent Lovers" (from the 1984 Three of a Perfect Pair tour). Truly it is one of the best live recordings of ANY era of King Crimson.

One needs only to listen to the blistering version of "Thela Hun Ginjeet" to recognize the power of this CD. "Thela" is usually a ho-hum Crim song, but once you've heard the Cap D'Agde version of "Thela", your opinion of the song will be changed forever.

I can't say enough positive things about this CD - well worth the purchase and will bring your ears enjoyment for many years to come.

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Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Despite my feelings about this King Crimson lineup, this is a good recording. The show, unless it was edited down, was quite short, but the band played as well as I've ever heard them. For a King Crimson group that usually played everything in precision, this concert actually shows a lot of spontaneity. There are variations and flourishes in many of the songs, but mostly The Sheltering Sky and Elephant Talk, that I don't recall hearing in any of the other live performances from that time.

One question, though. I do recall seeing Adrian Belew playing a drum kit along with Bill Bruford in some of these concerts. Yet I never see him credited for that on any of the albums. Curious.

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Posted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars A decent live release from the 1980s King Crimson lineup made up of six tracks from the titular Cap D'Agde show and three tracks from the following show at Frejus. This will be redundant for anyone who owns the On (and Off) the Road boxed set, which includes both shows in their complete form, though that set reveals why the Cap D'Agde show needed editing down a little for this release (on the full recording some tape errors creep in here and there). The Frejus set from the box is superior to this one, and the lack of any material from Three of a Perfect Pair means that this set will never encapsulate the 1980s King Crimson as perfectly as Absent Lovers does, but it's pretty good for what it is.
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