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King Crimson


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3 stars Asbury Park

King Crimson's second official live album was originally released in 1975 and constituted a huge improvement over the disappointing first live record Earthbound from three years before. The line-up at the time included John Wetton, Bill Bruford, David Cross, and Robert Fripp. Extra violin and piano by Eddie Jobson was added later in the studio. The original vinyl release featured six tracks (with the introduction Walk On . . . No Pussyfooting being included into Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part 2). The 30th Anniversary edition included two extra tracks in Fracture and Starless.

With the sole exception of the classic 21st Century Schizoid Man, all the songs here are from the Wetton-era; three from Larks' Tongues in Aspic, two from Starless And Bible Black, and one from Red. Asbury Park is an improvisational piece named after the venue at which they were playing that night. I normally dislike improvisations but this one is ok and thankfully not overlong.

While the Wetton-era is not my favourite period of the band, I do enjoy this live document. The performances are mostly good and so is the sound. Of particular interest is the addition of violin to some songs that didn't feature that instrument in their original album versions, most notably on 21st Century Schizoid Man.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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