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King Crimson


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3 stars Inprovise us!

This is the latest King Crimson DVD i watched, a difference with CD albums, when i watch a DVD it is easier for me to write a review, while with a CD i need at least more than 5 listens to apreciatte it before reviewing it, with a DVD i just need a couple of times because after all im "qualifying" the content as a video, the images, the concert , the performance as an spectator or audience, obviously i am qualifying the music, the set list and what it provokes on me, but for me after two times that i watched it, i decided to talk to you about it.

I was very curious about this one, a friend of mine lend it to me and after all i was not that happy as i would imagined. Iīve seen Crimson twice in Mexico City, the last one was in 2004 if im not wrong, during their Eyes Wide Open tour, so actually the performance that i saw and the performances in this DVD are pretty alike.

This is a set which contains 2 DVDīs, the first one is a concert from Tokyo in 2003 with 14 songs in the list, as usual some improvisations and zero classic themes, just new music taken mostly by their last two albums "The Construction of Light" and "The Power to Believe", i like more the second one, but i prefer some Disciplineīs or Thrakīs songs which were not performed here, well i remember only "One Time" but thatīs all, anyway the point is that persoanlly i prefer other Crimson eras than this, but i do enjoy this anyways, iīd like to point out that obviously this DVD features their latest 4 members, named Belew-Fripp-Gunn-Mastelotto, so you can have an idea of what is this about.

I enjoy watching and listening to some of their instrumental and weird moments when everyone is playing something different and maybe dissonant but at the same time everything sounds as a one body and thatīs really good, thatīs what i love about it for instance, i remember in the Deja Vroom video, i love when they played Indiscipline and everyone is doing something way too different for each others.

This DVD 1 also features "Tokyo Sound & Camera Check", which itīs 3 different "Indiscretion" parts, good to check them if you have time.

DVD 2 is a concert back in the years, it was in 2000 year at London, so it wasnīt a "The Power to Believe" supporting tour, here you will find some older songs like "Dinosaur", "Sex, Sleep ,Eat, Drink ,Dream" (which i dont like) or a pretty nice Belew solo performance of "Three of a Perfect Pair" which sounds good with his acoustic guitar, i think i enjoyed more this second DVD than the first one, also thereīs a song when Fripp starts laughing at Belewīs weird sound, strange to see him with that big smile, i love to see the performance of Trey Gunn, he plays a very important role on the band, so do the others, but i always pay attention in his warr guitar. Again this DVd with some nice improvisations, and a surprise at the end, the last song is called "Heroes", i honestly donīt like it that much, but as a surprise,it could have been good, it iw a cover by the way.

This second DVD features a great bunch of Improvisations, it is called "Improvising Crimson" and this is a part that i liked so much, itīs great to see all their improvisations and say, gosh what a great band, surely you will enjoy this part a lot.

After all i was not that happy with this DVD, it is good, believe me, and probably you might enjoy it more than me, 3 stars good but non-essential.

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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