What does it sound like?:
Another ridiculously good release in this ongoing series of live sets. This time we visit Mexico City in July of last year, the results of which are captured on this 3cd plus bluray set, which, need I add, is accompanied by a super booklet, which incorporates extracts from Robert Fripp’s diaries.. Now an eight piece, the band power through a fascinating and fantastic set, incorporating pretty much all you’d hope to hear in a Crimson show. It never fails to amaze me how these familiar pieces differ in each performance, the music constantly evolving. The cds are compiled from five nights of shows to give a perfect theoretical set list, and the third cd is further augmented by six pieces taken from soundboard recordings from gigs in early 2018, including material new to the set lists. All this is reproduced in surround sound on the bluray, together with over two hours of concert footage, which is expertly filmed and really worth watching. There’s only one previously unheard piece, the brief percussion led Catalytikc No 9, but it’s always a pleasure to hear staples such as Starless alongside eighties material such as Neurotica and Indiscipline. In many ways, this is a cousin of the 2016 Radical Action set, containing as it does both audio and visual elements, so if you enjoyed that then this epic, superbly put together release is right up your street.
What does it all *mean*?
Not really for the casual fan – these sets are aimed squarely at the hard core devotees of this remarkable band.
Goes well with…
A night in front of the TV with the surround sound in full effect, imaging you were in the audience those nights.
Might suit people who like…
Crimson, prog, revisionism.