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3.20 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
2. Drop In
3. I Talk To The Wind
4. Epitaph
5. Travel Weary Capricorn
6. Improv
including Nola
and Etude No 7
7. Mars
Bonus Track:
8. Trees

Line-up / Musicians

Robert Fripp - Guitar
Ian McDonald - Woodwind, Keyboards, Mellotron, Vocal
Greg Lake - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal
Michael Giles - Drums, Percussion, Vocal
Peter Sinfield - Illumination

Releases information

The 1st Collectors' Club release (October, 1998). Believed to be from the Sunday 6th July, 1969 performance at The Marquee Club in London, England. The bonus track, "Trees" is from Croydon, Fairfield Hall, October 17, 1969

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KING CRIMSON Live at The Marquee 1969 ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (52%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Chus
3 stars Bad Ian, bad Ian!!!

While I spent my KC reviews bashing Mel Collins over Ian McDonald I picked up the CD called "Live At The Marquee", in which I found the most horrifying sax improvs there could exist... Ian is very talented but sometimes he seems to lose control over his sax, the same way Mel Collins does with the flute, whereas Mel had some nice sax feeds in the "Live At Jacksonville" version of "Pictures Of A City" (even though his sax playing may not be technically flawless). However, the flute sounds flowing as always, especially on "Travel Weary Capricorn": a very jazz-flavoured piece, in which he pulls out a "Ian Anderson" if you know what I mean.

Fripp is absolutely marvelous on this record, and his harmonizations and arpeggios are flawlessly executed, as well as the occasional shreds. Greg Lake's vocals here are awfully forced and there's hardly any modulation in his voice, often just shouting. Giles is Giles as always, a very underrated drummer, although this album is probably not the best way to be introduced to his talents; I recommend the "McDonald & Giles" album and "In The Wake Of Poseidon": some of his best feeds.

This album has the worst bootleg quality you could find anywhere, but if you're not an audiophile or a sound quality freak, then this will present no problem. Proceed with caution though... this albums has as much flaws as virtues. 3 stars

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars I suppose that since there are very few good recordings of this original lineup of King Crimson, we must be thankful for whatever we can get. This one sounds like a very good performance, but the recording quality is poor. The entire recording is very distorted. You can barely discern what Michael Giles is playing on his drums. The bass is occasionally listenable, but usually distorts too much to hear as well.

The good points: There is a live version of I Talk To The Wind. This is the only live version I've heard from King Crimson. It is different from the studio version, as it has harmonized vocals all the way through. Nice. And Travel Weary Capricorn manages to wind its way through various styles (most of which I've heard on other recordings, but not all).

And there is another song tacked on as a bonus. Trees is another song with lots of harmonized vocals. But again, with all the distortion of the tape, It's hard to hear most of the song.

Three stars for the historical value of the recording. If the sound was better, the rating would be much higher.

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