What does it sound like?:
As part of Crimson’s ongoing fortieth anniversary series comes this expanded reissue of the ‘official bootleg’ album ‘Earthbound’. When this was originally released in 1972, it was excluded from the mainstream UK charts due it’s budget price, while it never even had a US release as that line up of the band had already gone their separate ways, and because of its very lo-fi sound quality. In fact, sound quality has always been the main stumbling block with this set, now expanded from its original five tracks with the addition of a further three performances, and that is to a great extent still a problem now. You feel the performances, taken from the band’s 1972 tour, are there and the band is in full flow, but the recording, originally onto cassette, is simply unable to do them justice. You do, however, get an extended performance of the 1970 non-album B side Groon, alongside the usual material – in fact this marked the first official live release of 21st Century Schizoid Man. The DVD adds a further four tracks, along with a full performance from Summit Studios in Denver from the same tour. This is the only surviving multi track recording from that tour, and includes fifteen minutes of material not previously available on earlier incarnations of this set. Due to the poor sound quality of the original Earthbound recordings, there is no 5.1 mix on this occasion, but you do get the Summit material in 5.1 as well as in stereo, plus the Schizoid Men sequence from the Ladies Of The Road set.
What does it all *mean*?
The original set is interesting mainly from a historical perspective – even modern technology has been unable to do that much with it, so poor was the source material they were working with. In fact, it’s the bonus material on the DVD that makes this a worthwhile buy.
Goes well with…
Imagining you were there, but a very long way from the stage in the seat with the worst possible acoustics.
Might suit people who like…
For Crimson diehards only!