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Taken from a cassette recording - with audio restored and mastered by DGM - Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972 showcases the Larks' Tongues in Aspic line-up shortly before it went on to produce that classic album.
Despite its source, this is the best sounding live recording of the incredible Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Cross and Muir King Crimson configuration.
It’s remarkable, from this distance in time, to imagine that a band with four chart albums (and an official live bootleg) in its history and the reputation such entailed, could embark on a UK tour with a completely new line-up featuring just a single surviving founding member, playing a set consisting of newly composed material, some on the spot improvisations and, usually, an encore of one familiar tune - 21st Century Schizoid Man - and be expected by management and promoters not just to fill halls around the country but to sufficiently entertain the audiences from city to city so as not to get bottled off stage. Welcome to King Crimson’s autumn/winter tour of the UK in 1972. !
The best single live example of Jamie Muir’s short time with this line-up, this was King Crimson confidently playing the material that would, for the most part, make up the classic Larks’ Tongues in Aspic album.
Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972 is the 48th title in the King Crimson Collectors’ Club series.
1. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part One
2. Book of Saturday
3. Improv I
5. Easy Money
6. Improv II
7. The Talking Drum
8. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part Two
Bill Bruford ~ David Cross ~ Robert Fripp ~ Jamie Muir ~ John Wetton