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Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, October 23, 1973

1. Improv: Sharks' Lungs in Lemsip (Improv) (David Cross, Robert Fripp, John Wetton, Bill Bruford) (3:33)
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Jamie Muir) (8:02)
3. RF Announcement (2:00)
4. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Richard Palmer-James) (6:41)
5. Improv: We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (4:55)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:41)
7. Fracture (Fripp) (14:07)
8. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:12)

Disc 1 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton
at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. Previously released in part on "The Great
Deceiver" (1992). Balance of tracks available as a download from www.dgmlive.com
(2006). Freshly assembled & remastered from the original "Great Deceiver" mixes
by David Singleton at DGM SoundWorld (2014).

Disc 2: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, October 23, 1973

1. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (3:27)
2. Tight Scummy (Improv) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (8:25)
3. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:43)
4. Improv: Loose Scummy (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:00)
5. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:07)
6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (12:42)+
7. Peace - A Theme (Fripp) (1:03)
8. Cat Food (Fripp, Peter Sinfield, Ian McDonald) (4:55)

+ - length including a 6:09 encore break
Disc 2 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton
at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. Previously released in part on "The Great
Deceiver"(1992). Balance of tracks available as a download from www.dgmlive.com
(2006). Freshly assembled & remastered from the original "Great Deceiver" mixes
by David Singleton at DGM SoundWorld (2014).

Disc 3: Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Brian Eno) (0:19)
2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:26)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (8:13)
4. RF Announcement (2:39)
5. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:07)
6. Peace - A Theme (Fripp) (0:54)
7. Cat Food (Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald) (4:14)
8. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:01)
9. Fracture (Fripp) (11:16)

Disc 3 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton
at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. Previously released in part on "The Great
Deceiver"(1992) & via mail order as part of The King Crimson Collectors' Club
Vol. 41 (2009). Freshly assembled & remastered from the original "Great Deceiver"
mixes by David Singleton at DGM SoundWorld (2014).

Disc 4: Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973

1. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part I (Improv) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:55)
2. Improv: The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (3:54)#
3. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part II (Improv) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:39)
4. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:47)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:02)
6. Improv: Some More Pussyfooting (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (5:53)
7. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:00)
8. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (10:06)$
9. 21st Century Schzoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles, Sinfield) (8:48)

# - original album mix with additional ambience from audience bootleg
$ - length includes 4:07 encore break
Disc 4 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the Courthouse,
Cranborne, Dorset, except * 'The Mincer' taken from the original "Starless & Bible
Black" album mix with added ambience from an audience bootleg as the original
multitrack tape is missing. Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"
(1992) & via mail order as part of The King Crimson Collectors' Club Vol. 41(2009).
Freshly assembled & remastered from the original "Great Deceiver" mixes by David
Singleton at DGM SoundWorld (2014).

Disc 5: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973 (Also in 5.1 Surround and LPCM Stereo on Discs 22 & 24 except where noted with !)

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:13)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:13)!
3. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (2:52)!
4. RF Announcement (1:02)!
5. Fracture (Fripp) (11:31)!
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:05)!
7. Improv: Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (9:15)

Disc 5 newly mixed from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson (2014).
Previously released with a different mix as "The Night Watch" (1997).

Disc 6: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973 (Also in 5.1 Surround and LPCM Stereo on Discs 22 & 24 except where noted with !)

1. Improv: Trio (Original multitracks missing) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:07)@!
2. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:39)
3. Improv: The Fright Watch (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:04)
4. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:32)
5. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (7:31)
6. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield) (10:52)

Disc 6 newly mixed from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson (2014).
@ - except 'Trio' taken from "Starless & Bible Black"
Previously released with a different mix as "The Night Watch" (1997).

Disc 7: Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy, March 19, 1974 (Balance of show available on Disc 27)

1. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:47)
2. Fracture (Fripp) (11:27)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (6:34)

Disc 7 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Two of The Blue Tapes, Second part of the show, 3 tracks only.
(Reel One is missing). Previously unreleased on CD. The balance of
this concert is featured on bonus CD 27 taken from a restored bootleg.

Disc 8: Palazzo dello Sport, Brescia, Italy, March 20, 1974

1. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:30)
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (8:39)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:36)
4. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:09)
5. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:00)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:09)
7. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (8:55)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:05)
9. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:02)*

* - Incomplete recording
Disc 8 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Three of The Blue Tapes. (The remainder of the concert, Reel Four,
and the Marseilles concert, Reel Five, are missing). Previously available
as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2005).

Disc 9: ORTF T.V, Paris, France, March 22, 1974 (Video of Disc 9 available on Disc 24)

1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (6:13)
2. Improv (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:45)
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:25)
4. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:07)
5. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (11:31)

Disc 9 newly mastered from the DGM archives by David Singleton
and Alex R Mundy (2014). Previously unreleased as standalone audio.

Disc 10: Palais Paul Videl, Avisnon, France, March 24, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno) (0:16)
2. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:23)
3. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:13)
4. Fracture (Fripp) (11:17)
5. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:49)
6. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:56)
7. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:03)
8. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:56)
9. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:21)
10. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (3:44)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 10 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Six of The Blue Tapes, Previously unreleased in any format.

Disc 11: Palais des Sports, Besançon, France, March 25, 1974

1. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (2:02)*
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:15)
3. Fracture (Fripp) (11:10)
4. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:47)
5. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:58)
6. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (8:02)?
7. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (11:56)
8. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:45)
9. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:33)

* - incomplete recording
Disc 11 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Seven of The Blue Tapes. ? Short excerpt previously released on
"Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson - Live" (1999).
Otherwise previously unreleased in any format.

Disc 12: Stadttheater Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany, March 27, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno) (0:29)
2. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:23)
3. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:23)
4. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:12)
5. Fracture (Fripp) (11:04)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:29)
7. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:48)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (11:16)
9. Improv: Augsburg (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (1:41)
10. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:36)
11. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (2:52)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 12 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Eight of The Blue Tapes. Previously available as a download only
from www.dgmlive.com (2007).

Disc 13: Halle der Fachoschule, Dieburg, Germany, March 28, 1974

1. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:37)
2. RF Announcement (0:48)
3. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:18)
4. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:46)
5. Fracture (Fripp) (11:28)
6. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (9:29)
7. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:51)
8. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:54)
9. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:41)
10. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (4:36)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 13 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Nine of The Blue Tapes. Previously unreleased in any format.

Disc 14: Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany, March 29, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno) (0:26)
2. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:42)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:36)
4. RF Announcement (1:38)
5. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:12)
6. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:53)
7. Improv III (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (7:32)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:03)
9. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:39)
10. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:19)
11. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:31)
12. Fracture (Fripp) (3:07)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 14 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Ten of The Blue Tapes. Previously released via mail order as part of
The King Crimson Collectors' Club Vol. 29 (2005) & as a download from
www.dgmlive.com (2013).

Disc 15: Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, March 30, 1974 (Balance of concert from restored bootleg source on Disc 26)

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno) (1:16)
2. Improv: The Savage (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:49)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (6:13)
4. Improv: Arabica (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:38)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:17)
6. Improv: Atria (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:22)
7. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (12:26)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:26)
9. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:22)
10. Improv: Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (5:07)
11. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:46)

Disc 15 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mixed from several source tapes by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014). Reel Eleven of The Blue Tapes & audience recordings. Previously released with a different mix as part of The King Crimson Collectors' Club Vol.15 (2001), "Collectable King Crimson Vol. I" (2006) & as a download from www.dgmlive.com (2012). The balance of this concert is featured on Bonus CD 26, taken from a restored bootleg.

Disc 16: Jahnhalle, Pforzheim, Germany, March 31, 1974

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:56)
2. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:24)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:21)
4. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (7:04)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:11)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:55)
7. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:16)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:14)
9. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:37)
10. Fracture (Fripp) (3:08)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 16 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered from the original reel to reel tape by David Singleton and
Alex R Mundy (2014). Reel Twelve of The Blue Tapes,
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2005).

Disc 17: Stadthalle, Kassel, Germany, April 1, 1974

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:53)*
2. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:05)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:08)
4. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (5:02)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:03)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:55)
7. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:18)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:13)
9. Improv III (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:05)
10. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:57)
11. Fracture (Fripp) (4:06)*

* - incomplete recording
Disc 17 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Thirteen of The Blue Tapes. Previously released via mail order as part
of The King Crimson Collectors' Club Vol. 36 (2007) & as a download from
www.dgmlive.com (2012).

Disc 18: Stadthalle, Göttingen, Germany, April 2, 1974

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:51)*
2. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (5:27)
3. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:12)
4. Fracture (Fripp) (11:02)
5. RF Announcement (1:37)
6. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:11)
7. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (11:50)
8. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (8:45)
9. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:22)

* - incomplete recording
Disc 18 taken from a quarter inch reel to reel soundboard recording.
Newly mastered by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy at DGM (2014).
Reel Fourteen of The Blue Tapes. Previously unreleased in any format.

Disc 19: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:19)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:15)
3. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (2:49)
4. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:07)
5. Improv: The Fright Watch (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:16)
6. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:34)
7. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (7:53)
8. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield) (9:46)

Disc 19 preparatory mix for radio broadcast by George Chkiantz, 1974,
from the original multitrack recordings. This concert was released as
"The Night Watch" (1997), with a different mix.
This mix previously unreleased.

Disc 20: Starless and Bible Black, 2011 Stereo Mix

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (4:02)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:00)
3. We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:46)
4. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:37)
5. Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (5:41)
6. The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (4:10)
7. Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (9:11)
8. Fracture (Fripp) (11:14)

Disc 20 Mixed & produced from the original multitrack tapes
by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp (2011). Previously released as part of the
King Crimson 40th Anniversary series. 'Trio' & 'The Mincer' taken from 30th
anniversary edition as multitracks are missing.

Disc 21: DVD-A 1

AUDIO CONTENT
MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround
DTS 5.1 DigitalSurround
MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96)
LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Starless and Bible Black
5.1 Surround Mix
2011 Stereo Mix
Original Stereo Mix

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
4. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
6. The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
7. Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
8. Fracture (Fripp)

5.1 Surround and 2011 Stereo mixed and produced from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp except 'Trio' & 'The Mincer' * upmixed to 5.1 from the original stereo masters by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp, and taken from 30th anniversary edition for the 2011 stereo edition. Original stereo mix produced by King Crimson, mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp.

Bonus track 5.1 Surround Mix

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)

Mixed & produced from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp.

LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973

1. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. Fracture (Fripp)
4. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
5. Improv: The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
6. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)

1 - 4, 6 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold & David Singleton, 5 audio restoration
to audience recording by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy at DGM.

LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Additional tracks

1. We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (Unedited from "The Great Deceiver")
2. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (Live at the Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia, June 23, 1973)
3. Guts on My Side (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (Live at the Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy, March 19, 1974)
4. The Night Watch (Single stereo edit) (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. The Night Watch (US radio single mono edit) (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
6. 30 second radio advert
7. 60 second radio advert

1 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold & David Singleton, 2, 3 audio restoration
to audience recording by David Singleton and Alex R. Mundy at DGM.
4 Produced by King Crimson. 5 Reduced to mono without knowledge of
or reference to the band

VIDEO CONTENT
Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, June 25, 1973

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)

Disc 22: DVD-A 2

AUDIO Content
Multi-Channel Audio
LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Eizer Hof, Mainz, Germany, March 30, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno)
2. Improv: The Savage (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)
4. Improv: Arabica (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
6. Improv: Atria (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
7. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)
9. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
10. Improv: Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
11. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
12. Fracture (Fragment) (Fripp)

Mixed from several source tapes by David Singleton at DGM (2014).

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. Improv: Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Improv: The Fright Watch (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
5. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

Mixed & produced from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson (2014).

Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, April 29, 1974

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)

Disc 23: Blu-ray 1

AUDIO CONTENT
LPCM Stereo (24/192)
DTS-HD Master Audio

Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, October 23, 1973

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno)
2. Improv: Sharks' Lungs in Lemsip (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
4. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
6. Improv: We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
7. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
8. Improv: Tight Scrummy (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
9. Improv: Loose Scrummy (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
10. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
11. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
12. Peace - A Theme (Fripp)
13. Cat Food (Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald)

Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno)
2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
4. RF Announcement
5. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
6. Peace - A Theme (Fripp)
7. Cat Food (Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald)
8. Fracture (Fripp)
9. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
10. Improv: The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
11. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
12. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
13. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
14. Improv: Some More Pussyfooting (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
15. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
16. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
17. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)
DTS-HD Master Audio
Also includes 2014 Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson.

Additional material

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973
1974 Stereo Mix by George Chkiantz

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. Improv: The Fright Watch (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
6. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
7. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
8. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

The Night Watch 1997 Stereo Mix
by David Singleton & Robert Fripp
upsampled to 24/96 from original 16/44 source tape.
for tracklist see Steven Wilson mix above.

Disc 24: Blu-ray 2

AUDIO CONTENT
DTS-HD Master Surround
LPCM 5.1 Surround
LPCM Stereo (24/96)

Starless and Bible Black
5.1 Surround Mix
2011 Stereo Mix
Original Stereo Mix
Original UK Vinyl Transfer

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. We'll Let You Know (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
4. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
6. The Mincer (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)
7. Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
8. Fracture (Fripp)

5.1 Surround and 2011 Stereo mixed and produced from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp except 'Trio' & 'The Mincer' * upmixed to 5.1 from the original stereo masters by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp, and taken from 30th anniversary edition for the 2011 stereo edition. Original stereo mix produced by King Crimson, mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp.

LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Additional tracks

1. The Night Watch (Single stereo edit) (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. The Night Watch (US radio single mono edit) (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. 30 second radio advert
4. 60 second radio advert

1 Produced by King Crimson. 2 Reduced to mono without knowledge of
or reference to the band

The surround performances on this disc are a mixture of 5.1, 4.1 & 4.0
configurations. If no audio is heard from centre channel this is by design,
and not caused by a faulty disc.
DTS-HD Master Surround
LPCM Surround
LPCM Stereo (24/96)

Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, March 30, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno)
2. Improv: The Savage (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)
4. Improv: Arabica (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
5. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
6. Improv: Aria (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
7. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
8. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)
9. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
10. Improv: Trio (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
11. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
12. Fracture (Fragment) (Fripp)

Mixed from several source tapes by David Singleton at DGM (2014).

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. Improv: Starless and Bible Black (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Improv: The Fright Watch (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
5. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir)
6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)

Mixed & produced from the original multitrack tapes by Steven Wilson (2014)

Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, April 29, 1974

1. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James)
2. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)

VIDEO CONTENT

ORTF T.V, Paris, France, March 22, 1974

1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp)
2. Improv (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
4. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
5. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James)

Central Park, New York City, New York, June 25, 1973

1. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James)
2. Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford)

Disc 25: Bonus Audio 1

University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, October 6, 1973

1. Walk On (Fripp, Eno) (2:05)
2. Improv I (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (3:15)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (8:29)
4. RF Announcement (3:01)
5. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:41)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:21)
7. Fracture (Fripp) (14:40)
8. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (3:02)
9. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:28)
10. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (9:32)
11. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:03)

Disc 26: Bonus Audio 2

Audio Curios

University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, October 6, 1973

1. The Talking Drum (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (6:16)
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (8:51)
3. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield) (9:30)

Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia, June 23, 1973

4. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (4:00)

Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973

5. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part I (Improv) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (6:42)
6. Improv: The Mincer (Complete improv minus the overdubs) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (4:22)
7. The Law of Maximum Distress: Part II (Improv) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:28)

Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, October 6, 1973

8. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:52)
9. Fracture (Fripp) (11:25)
10. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (6:16)

Disc 27: Bonus Audio 3

Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy, March 19, 1974

1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting (Fripp, Eno) (0:28)
2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (1:28)
3. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (9:06)
4. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:10)
5. Doctor Diamond (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (4:49)
6. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:36)
7. The Great Deceiver (Wetton, Fripp, Palmer-James) (3:54)
8. Guts on My Side (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:55)
9. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (9:50)
10. Starless (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James) (12:21)
11. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (2:45)
12. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (7:03)
13. Fracture (Fripp) (11:07)

Bonus Download

Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, November 3, 1973

1. Improv I (Audio restored from bootleg) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (2:11)
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I) (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir) (7:51)
3. RF Announcement (0:44)
4. Easy Money (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (6:28)
5. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (5:16)
6. Fracture (Fripp) (11:23)
7. Book of Saturday (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (3:05)
8. Lament (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) (4:23)
9. Improv II (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) (7:55)
10. Exiles (Cross, Fripp, Palmer-James) (6:41)
11. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II) (Fripp) (5:12)

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar, mellotron, devices, electric piano
- John Wetton / bass, vocals
- Bill Bruford / drums, percussion
- David Cross / violin, viola, mellotron, electric piano
- Richard Palmer-James / lyrics

Thanks to Michael678 for the addition
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Review by Man With Hat
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team
4 stars These nights wound time.

The King Crimson megaboxes return with a massive, sprawling set dedicated to the final album of the early/mid 70s trilogy, Starless & Bible Black. Once again, this set follows the Crimson King on tour, this time as it sojourns across Europe in late 1973, early 1974. Jamie Muir had recently left the band, leaving the band a quartet for this go around. Muir's presence is still felt, as Bruford's set up has greatly expanded to include large swaths of percussions and allsorts, which were Muir's territory when he was in the band. Nevertheless, the band remains fierce with sharp teeth and dangerous claws. All four have grown together as players and improvisers, getting more comfortable with the repertoire and ethos of the band. Even with the most unpredictable element absent from Crim, there is no shortage of risks taken here. And the results are splendid.

Starless complies 16 shows across 23 discs. The first three are double disk affairs, while the middle sets are singles (although it must be noted two of them are continued are the three 'bonus' disks). Of the 16 shows, 7 are unreleased (while others were released as a download only option from the DGM site). Although this does include an audio version of their French TV appearance, which is much shorter than a typical Crimson show was at the time. Weirdly, there is also a download only show from Germany added to the box, which doesn't make much sense to me, as adding one more disc to this box couldn't make that much more of a difference price or aesthetics wise. Each show has the band running through its standard 70s fare (Easy Money, Starless, Larks II, etc), peppered with improvs. Unsurprisingly, the improvs are the highlight of the box (once again). There are 18 new improvs in this set, 8 of which are previously unreleased in any format. It's hard to choose favorites here, but I'll go with Mainz, Gottingen, Heidelberg, and Kassel. But joy abounds on each of these discs. The sound quality of the majority of shows is good to very good (aside from the two shows that are taken from restored bootlegs, but even these are easily passible in these terms). Unfortunately, there are a few issues this set. First off, while these shows are (mostly) professionally recorded, there is still the problem of tapes dropping out, leaving songs incomplete. Luckily, this isn't as big a problem as The Road To Red, but there are still 10 incomplete recordings, which when things are really cooking does feel like a bit of a gut punch. Secondly, there are a couple of odd choices here, like having a shorter version of The Night Watch show in Amsterdam added as a disk (especially with the aforementioned download only show tacked on). There is also a fair bit of overlap with the King Crimson Collectors Club releases, which are all excellent, but for the dedicated collector is superfluous. As with the last box, I certainly don't feel any sense of being cheated or underwhelmed with the contents of the box, but there is a part of me that wishes a stronger presence from the unknown. But these issues are relatively minor, especially when comparing them with the advantages of this set.

All in all, this is a wonderful document from a rather busy and exploratory era of King Crimson. This European tour would comprise the basis for the studio album Starless & Bible Black, and as a result we get a very well recorded string of concerts from one of the world's leading progressive rock bands, arguably at the height of its powers. All four combatants fight hard, with the emphasis added to Wetton and Bruford, perhaps the most formable rhythm section in prog, standing out the most (and certainly the loudest). With 16 shows, Starless is the largest megabox yet (and would be tied with the most prolific when this line of megaboxsets are complete) and while there is some overlap, combining this fact with it being the best sounding 70s boxset, make this a hard box to beat. (The addition of the three 'bonus' discs are a wonderful gesture on DGMs part, adding a whole new concert of an American show, completing two of the 'proper' concert discs, and providing a couple audio curios, that round out this set nicely.) For Crimson fanatics, this is basically essential. On my personal scale, I give this a 3.5- 3.75, which I will round up to 4 stars for the purposes of this website. If you only own one King Crimson megabox, make it Starless. Conditionally recommended.

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars Whereas both the Sailors' Tales boxed set and the Larks' Tongues Complete Recordings box fill out their space with some recordings of less-than-stellar sound quality, owing to high-quality recordings of the band at the time being somewhat thin on the ground, the Starless box is another matter entirely.

Taking in the European tour of 1973 during which the material which fed into the Starless & Bible Black album was recorded, Starless & Bible Black itself, and the 1974 European tour following its release, the boxed set provides the complete surviving "blue tapes" - the legendary soundboard recordings from the gigs in question. Whilst some of the gigs are not present in complete versions due to the tape running out at one point or another, those gigs which were recorded in full are absolutely stellar, and the incomplete recordings are really excellent, with their incompleteness being their only flaw.

With the band enjoying both a dynamite repertoire of songs at this time and a well-honed knack for improvisation which makes every gig worth listening to in its own right, Starless is a true treasury. Don't think of it as a set to be gobbled up all at once - think of it as an instant collection of the very best of King Crimson's output from late 1973 to early 1974, something to pick out one show at a time from rather than listening to them all in rapid succession. Whilst costly, the amount of material you get for your money is truly excellent value; if you are keen enough on the band as it existed in this era to want even one or two of these live shows, you're probably enthusiastic enough to enjoy the entire set.

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