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King Crimson


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3.20 | 27 ratings

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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

Chus | 3/5 |


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