What does it sound like?:
This double live set captures the full show from the final performance on the band’s recently completed and much delayed 2021 US tour. It’s also supplemented by four songs from an intimate ‘friends and family’ show that took place earlier in the tour. Despite the long lay off, the band are in fine ferocious form, playing as well as they’ve ever done, and as ever updating and reinterpreting their material to give it a new lease of life. Many old favourites appear of course – Larks Tongues, Epitaph, In The Court Of, Schizoid Man and Red to pick out just a few highlights. A special mention too for Tony Levin’s majestic bass playing which matches Fripp’s guitar throughout in terms of virtuosity and innovation, while the rhythmic backbone of the three drummers set up is as powerful and energising as ever. If I had to select one highpoint, it would be the combination of the two relatively new pieces Radical Action and Level Five that are the perfect precursor for a sublime Starless. Having said that, it’s actually probably matched by the scorching version of Discipline from the second show featured here, as good a version as I’ve heard over the years, and a peerless Islands that closes proceedings. Another superb live release – it may be classed as an official bootleg, but the sound quality is top drawer and really leaps out of the speakers, and the musicians’ performances themselves are up there with their absolute best – it’s very apparent that the enforced lengthy lay off has reinvigorated, reenergised and rejuvenated every aspect of the whole band.
What does it all *mean*?
A very worthwhile addition to the Crimson canon – fans will lap it up as it captures the most recent incarnation of the band in top form.
Goes well with…
Remembering the last UK shows and maybe hoping for one final set of appearances.
Might suit people who like…
Cutting edge progressive music.