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King Crimson - Music is our Friend (3LP/200g)


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Format: 3 x LP
Catalogue No.: KCLPBX504
Barcode: 0633367795618
Release Date: 03 Nov 2023
Genre: Rock

Limited edition 3LP set
Taken from King Crimson’s final US concert in Washington, DC, September 2021
Four additional tracks taken from the first concert of the second leg of that US tour in Albany, New York, in August 2021
Cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering
Pressed on 200gram vinyl at the Vinyl Factory, UK

Music is our Friend – Named after the tour from which the performances were taken, “Music Is Our Friend” is an official bootleg featuring all of King Crimson’s final performance in North America at Washington in September, 2021.

It is now being made available as a limited edition 3LP set, re-sequenced from the CD running order to maintain the complete release, including the four pieces from the first concert of the tour’s second leg in Albany. Taken together, these tracks represent both a beginning and an end of a tour that took place despite almost insurmountable issues.

Originally scheduled for 2020, postponed for a full year because of the pandemic, the tour began in July 2021 in Florida as the latest Covid wave hit and the band moved across the country in a tour bus bubble.

Following a two-week break due to scheduling conflicts, the band took to the road again, with the Zappa Band appearing nightly before Crimson.

Now facing gigs that had to be moved due to extreme weather, with one venue flooded a day before a concert, an open-air venue in New York transferred to the more familiar Beacon Theatre, and even a band member flown to hospital via helicopter, King Crimson faced a range of challenging conditions. Happily, the band member fully recovered and no gigs were missed despite the array of setbacks and obstacles.

By the time King Crimson reached Washington, the band was in ferocious form with a powerful, energetic set with some arrangements reworked and differing from previous tours. Featuring a restored middle section of ‘Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One’ that had not been played since 1973, substantial keyboard arrangements, Tony Levin on upright bass during ‘Neurotica’ giving the piece an extra swing, an emotional Starless and an immensely powerful ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ as an encore.

King Crimson completed their tour in style and to much acclaim from fans and critics alike. As Robert Fripp notes in his diary entry included in the notes: “David (Singleton, KC manager/producer), pointed out that the very first piece KC played in the US, at Godard College, Montpelier, Vermont on October 29th. 1969, was the same piece as completed KC’s 52 years – 21CSM”.

The four performances from the ‘Friends and Family’ concert in late August 2021 at The Egg in Albany, the opening show of the second leg of the tour and the same venue where the current band played its first US gig in 2014, add material not played in Washington due to time constraints.

David Singleton, who also prepared all the audio for this release, thought it one of the best sets the band played on this or previous tours.

As Robert wrote in his diary at the time:

A completion is a new beginning – Robert Fripp, September, 2021

Tracklisting: Washington, Sept 11th, Albany, Aug 22nd, 2021
Side A
Introductory Soundscape
Hell Hounds of Krim
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One
Pictures of a City

Side B
The Court of the Crimson King
Tony Cadenza Deals It Slitheryacious-To-The-Max

Side C
One More Red Nightmare
Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part Two

Side D
Radical Action II
Level Five

Side E
Tony Cadenza Serves It Piping Hot

Side F
21st Century Schizoid Man

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