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3.43 | 32 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One:
1. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part I) (3:04)
2. Book Of Saturday (3:16)
3. Zoom (22:03)
4. Improv: Zoom Zoom (44:48)

Disc Two:
1. Easy Money (4:08)
2. Improv: Fallen Angel (4:12)
3. Improv: Z'Zoom (4:48)
4. Exiles (8:36)
5. The Talking Drum (6:13)
6. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II) (8:37)

Total Time: 109:45

Line-up / Musicians

- David Cross / violin, flute, mellotron
- Robert Fripp / guitar, mellotron
- John Wetton / bass guitar, vocals
- Bill Bruford / drums
- Jamie Muir / percussion and allsorts

Releases information

King Crimson Colletors' Club, Discipline Global Mobile DGM (Club20)
Mastered audience recording from the 13th of October, 1972 concert at The Zoom Club, Frankfurt, Germany.

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KING CRIMSON Live at the Zoom Club 1972 ratings distribution

(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Perhaps two stars might be more proper rating for this strange artifact from the dusty vaults of KING CRIMSON (for collectors/ fans only), but I'm personally so interested about this material, that I'll go for three stars. But it's a tough decision...

This double CD has maybe the longest improvisations this line-up ever did, one of them runs over 44 minutes and it's faded out as the tape probably ran out before the jam ended! The sound quality is quite poor, but you can hear all of the instruments. Most versions of their basic repertoire are not very good performances, but it interesting to listen how some of their future numbers have evolved. There are some very familiar riffs and rhythms heard in some of the jams, which were later matured to complete songs (like "Fallen Angel", "Lament" and "Dr. Diamond").

I would suggest this double CD for fans of KING CRIMSON's line-up with Jamie Muir and for those who are interested of chaotic improvisational music. As this is a KCCC release (and there's also the "original" bootleg moving around), a casual consumer probably wont buy this by mistake from the shop.

Review by Warthur
4 stars When the Larks' Tongues In Aspic lineup of King Crimson was brought together, Robert Fripp decided to begin their live career the same way the Islands lineup started out: with a multi-date residency at the Zoom Club in Germany. Luckily, an audience member happened to record one of these sets, and the cassette recording has been tidied up and issued by Discipline Global Mobile in various formats; the most tidied-up version is available on the Larks' Tongues In Aspic Complete Recordings boxed set, or for download from the DGM website.

The sound quality is clearly below that of a decent reel-to-reel soundboard tape, but is actually pretty good for an audience bootleg - heck, there's reasonable separation between the instruments, you can understand what's being sung, you can tell the difference between Bill Bruford's conventional drum kit and Jamie Muir's bizarre array of kitchen implements, by these standards it's better than Earthbound. Don't get me wrong, this a rough, lo-fi recording - but the dark, chaotic music evoked by this lineup adapts better to a slightly muzzy recording than, say, the more delicate symphonic work of earlier lineups did.

In addition, this is an absolutely dynamite set. Perhaps one of the most astonishing things about it is that the entirety of the Larks' Tongues In Aspic album is here - sure, it's not quite all in the form it'd eventually be set down on in the studio, but each song and instrumental from the album is recognisably present in at least an early form. In addition, there's absolute tons of improvisation here, with a 44 minute improvised piece - dubbed in retrospect Zoom Zoom - which really takes the band through its paces.

The improvisational abilities of the mid-1970s King Crimson are rightly celebrated, and it's truly astonishing how quickly they were able to get this good - a surefire sign that the band chemistry was something special. If you are a fan of mid-1970s Crimson, you're likely to find this release a treat; I'd only recommend skipping it over if you already have the Larks' Tongues boxed set which includes it, or if subpar recording standards are an absolute dealbreaker for you.

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3 stars In the summer of 1972 King Crimson was reborn (again) and started rehearsing new songs in a new line-up. New members were Wetton, Bruford, Muir and Cross. Through the King Crimson Collectors Club (KCCC) there are 3 cd's available from this incarnation (apart from this release they are The Beat ... (read more)

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