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4.47 | 79 ratings | 4 reviews | 61% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1: (62:34)
1. Threshold Soundscape (4:00)
2. Larks Tongues in Aspic Part I (10:29)
3. Pictures of a City (8:32)
4. VROOOM (5:18)
5. Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind) (3:20)
6. Meltdown (4:51)
7. Hell Hounds of Krim (3:31)
8. The ConstruKction of Light (6:44)
9. Red (6:47)
10. Epitaph (9:02)

CD2: (64:10)
1. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle (1:43)
2. Easy Money (8:33)
3. Level Five (7:04)
4. The Letters (5:38)
5. Sailors Tale (6:56)
6. Starless (15:18)
7. The Court of the Crimson King (7:17)
8. 21st Century Schizoid Man (11:41)

Total Time: 126:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar, keyboards
- Jakko Jakszyk / guitar, vocals
- Mel Collins / saxes, flute
- Tony Levin / basses, stick, backing vocals
- Gavin Harrison / drums, electronic percussion
- Bill Rieflin / drums, electronic percussion, keyboards
- Pat Mastelotto / drums, electronic percussion

Releases information

2CD Discipline Global Mobile DGM5013 (2016 US, Canada & Europe)
2CD Wowow Entertainment, Inc., Discipline Global Mobile, Panegyric IECP-20252/253 (2016 Japan) (UHQCD, gatefold cardboard sleeve)

Recorded live at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, November 20th, 2015.

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KING CRIMSON Live In Toronto ratings distribution

(79 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(61%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
Collectors/fans only (1%)
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Review by Neu!mann
4 stars Forgive my skepticism, but I have to ask: why bother releasing a live album recorded less than one month before the more comprehensive "Radical Action" CD/Blu-ray package, and featuring an almost identical song list? It looks like pure, mercenary redundancy, but after hearing it the reason should be obvious: on a chilly autumn evening in Toronto, the Crimson King put on a red-hot show.

Consider this one the undoctored live flipside to the 'virtual studio album' of "Radical Action", with all the arena ambience missing from the "Action" tapes restored, including the pre-concert No Photos request, very politely extended by Robert Fripp himself in a recorded announcement. It's hard not to smile when hearing the 69-year old gentleman rocker from Wimborne invite the audience to "please join in and have a party with King Crimson", like he's introducing a Parliament-Funkadelic dance act or something.

What should be immediately apparent, in contrast to the more perfectly mixed "Radical Action" set, is the raw energy of this recording, totally appropriate to the Beat the Bootlegs motivation behind it. The rhythm section is especially loud, almost to the point of audio distortion at times, hardly surprising with three drummers attacking their kits in precise unison and/or counterpoint (all of them ace players, but it still seems like a gimmick).

I won't repeat the commentary/chit-chat/criticisms of my parallel review on the "Radical Action" ProgArchives page (it's only talk, after all)...except to note again how close the older songs stick to the original studio versions, sadly without any uncharted digressions, a Crimson hallmark in its glory days. Nostalgia is back in style for the new band, as heard in the walk-on tape for this gig: the old "Islands" album coda, with a young Fripp directing the string orchestra at Command Studio in London. That rose-colored intro sets up the nervous opening notes of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One", a juxtaposition that would have been more shocking in 1972 but still holds a lot of residual power in 2015.

A convincing argument is made in that first track: even with its cutting edge dulled by age, the new Crimson King sounds pretty darn sharp. The set-list is mostly Golden Oldies, but the performances are tremendously vital, and the songs themselves more relevant than ever (yes, even "The Letter"). Note the dramatic transition from the instrumental alarm-call of "Red" to the passionate eulogy of "Epitaph", together functioning like a musical barometer for our troubled times. And the 45-year old "Pictures of a City" has never sounded quite so urgent, rising to a climax approaching Holy Sh!t levels of intensity.

In the end your own preference for this set or "Radical Action" will likely depend on how polished you expect a live album to sound. Or, on an even more basic level, which album you happen to hear first. Either way, it's a vital snapshot of a surviving Progressive Rock giant flexing a few timeworn but well-toned muscles.

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5 stars I started listening to King Crimson my sophomore year in college 2006-07 and by then there was no active Crimson and wouldn't be for quite a while longer. Certainly, I never thought that any future lineup would give an airing to the classic 70s material, but when this band formed, it was one of t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1824391) | Posted by thesameoldfears | Saturday, November 18, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "WOWOW!" -- Japanese label, which released this Live album in UHQCD format. This review is for Japanese Mini LP 2 UHQCD release compared to Regular 2CD version. "UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality CD) is an upgraded version of HQCD, a high fidelity CD format developed by Memory-Tech, Japan. [Idea is ... (read more)

Report this review (#1602793) | Posted by toilet_doctor | Sunday, August 28, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The hottest of all hot dates so far on this King Crimson tour. Which tour is that? Why, the 2014/2015 nostalgia tour, of course, whereby North America as well as other continents will be touched down on by a truly on-fire incarnation of this band. A band that is no doubt too intimidating to o ... (read more)

Report this review (#1591617) | Posted by CapnBearbossa | Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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