This gig appears to be a testimony to the recuperative powers of John Wetton’s constitution. Having been out partying in the company of David Enthoven and Richard Palmer-James the night before in Munich, he still manages an impressive performance on Doctor Diamond and indeed throughout the rest of the gig. Though the good Doctor would forever elude them in the studio it seems that the band really beginning to find the soul of this song in concert. Fracture has a risky quality tonight; Bruford is in an adventurous mood whilst David’s tron is a touch out of tune.
The ConstruKction Of Light is the twelfth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in May 2000 by record label Virgin. It has the distinction of being the first studio album to be released by King Crimson without two longtime members (the first without drummer Bill Bruford who debuted with the band for 1973's Larks' Tongues in Aspic and without bassist Tony Levin who joined in 1981). The departure of these stalwarts brought an end to the "double trio" era of the band and their return to a quartet: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto. Fripp was now not only the last remaining member from any lineup prior to 1981 but the only Englishman left as well.
This recording chronicles the live performances of Bruford Levin Upper Extremities from 1998. The disc showcases the band's unique blend of jazzy modes with Crimson-esque textures and, occasionally, just plain weirdness. Many of the tracks become looser jams in the live performance. For those who saw this tour, the disc will be a great memento. For those who didn't, it will serve as a shining example of what they missed, and encouragement to be more careful not to pass up subsequent tours. The band is Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Chris Botti, and David Torn.
This show was suggested as a must-have download by the Mighty Vargan and his pal Adam Aronson. When Alex “Stormy” Mundy heard the tape he agreed, declaring “This really is a great show. There is a great VROOOM, probably the best I have heard so far from this incarnation of Crim! Pat does a great job of playing all the drum parts on this piece. Thrush is very good, with a great solo from Robert!”
So here we are at the final date of Crimson’s 2000’s long, hard Euro-slog. Filmed by the Bootleg TV crew and included on the Eyes Wide Open dvd, the band work hard at a show that doesn’t always catch alight. Struggling with sound problems on the night, it takes a little while for the team to warm up. The first improvisation of the evening has a tentative feel where the band individually dip their toes in the water from time to time but don’t quite push the boat out.
Disgruntled at having to do a gig in a venue he expressly didn’t want to play, RF is anything but a happy gigster and don’t his mates know it! “For myself, it is certainly hard trying to play a gig when one of the guys really doesn't want to be there” says Trey. ”I think, as group, we played quite well… But it was definitely a case of going 'up a hill backwards',tonight.” Not surprisingly, there are a couple of tracks that sound distracted; delivered but not as full-on as you might hope for. Nevertheless, there's plenty to keep one happy.
Making order on my vinyl library, I found my old copy of "In the court of the Crimson King". It is an original US pressing in textured gatefold sleeve. With great shape and pretty good sound quality (I recommend listening "I Talk To The Wind").
Consisting of Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Adrian Belew, and Pat Mastelotto, King Crimson embarked on a tour of Europe to promote its 2000 album The ConstruKction of Light. The limited-edition, three-disc live set Heavy ConstruKction was recorded at various points throughout that tour, and was intended to set the stage for the band's arrival in the U.S. that fall. The first two discs include a full set list encompassing both old and new Crimson compositions, and the second disc also features a bonus CD-ROM performance video. The third disc culls 14 of the group's best improvisations from the tour.
The ConstruKction of Light is an album by the band King Crimson, released in 2000. It has the distinction of being the first studio album to be released by King Crimson without Bill Bruford on drums since prior to the release of Lark's Tongues in Aspic (1973). It also in notable for the absence of Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick who had joined the band back in 1981. The concept of the double trio that marked the 1990s releases had reduced down to a quartet: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto.
"In the Court of the Crimson King" is the 1969 debut album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. The album reached #5 on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States.
The album is generally viewed as one of the strongest of the progressive rock genre, where King Crimson largely stripped away the blues-based foundations of rock music and mixed together jazz and Classical symphonic elements. In his 1997 book "Rocking the Classics", critic and musicologist Edward Macan notes that "In the Court of the Crimson King" "may be the most influential progressive rock album ever released".