What does it sound like?:
Those who attended recent gigs may well have seen this box on sale – it follows the format of the previous Elements sets in that it’s a two cd set of rarities, much of it previously unavailable on cd.
The first disc is a mixture of live material, rehearsals and alternate versions. The live stuff dates back as far as 1974 and reaches right up to last year. Highlights for me are The Great Deceiver and Cirkus. Of the studio material, some of which dates back as far as 1969, it’s particularly interesting to hear instrumental takes of classics such as In The Wake of Poseidon and Islands.
The second cd is notable for bringing together all the various elements of Larks Tongue, from Part One right through to Level Five. Again, this is a mixture of studio and live performance spanning the last forty odd years – and what fantastic innovative music and playing it showcases. Surely the band’s finest hour, especially when taken as a whole.
The package includes a super, informative 24 page booklet which perfectly complements the music.
What does it all *mean*?
One that is aimed at the devotee rather than those seeking an introduction to the music of King Crimson.
A full live album from the 2016 shows will follow in the autumn.
Goes well with…
An evening remembering how great the shows were.
Might suit people who like…
Crimson, prog, innovation, pushing the envelope.