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King Crimson - The Road To Red



For many King Crimson fans nothing compares with the band's output from 1972-1974.

Over 21 cds, 1 dvd, 2 blu-ray discs, copious sleeve notes and replica memorabilia, The Road To Red comprehensively captures the essence of King Crimson's US tour of 1974 and the process leading to one of the band's most important albums.

A total of 16 concerts are featured across 20 discs, with a new Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo mix of the studio Red as the 21st CD.

Commenting on the final live date on The Road To Red, Robert Fripp notes that this was the first gig, "Since the 1969 Crimson where the bottom of my spine registered 'out of this world' to the same degree."

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* 20 CDs of live material drawn from:

10 concerts recorded on stereo soundboard cassettes directly from the band's mixing desk - all previously unreleased on CD, audio newly restored at DGM Soundworld in 2013.

5 concerts professionally recorded on multi-track tape. Parts of these shows have been previously included in the USA & The Great Deceiver releases, but they are all included here in full on CD for the first time.

1 CD drawn from an audio restored high quality bootleg of the band's final 1974 New York concert previously available only via mail order and now remastered.

* CD 21 features a new stereo mix of Red by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp

* DVD (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) High Resolution Stereo mixes of the Asbury Park/USA concert in its various released/unreleased configurations (24bit/48khz).

* Blu-Ray Disc 1 features full lossless audio 24/192 transfers of four complete professionally recorded concerts newly transferred at the highest possible resolution from the original analogue Dolby SR half inch mix-downs in DTS-HD master sound stereo.

* Blu-Ray Disc 2 features a 24/192 transfer of the Asbury Park/USA concert, a new stereo mix of Red in 24/96 DTS-HD master sound stereo by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson, and also contains the original stereo mix of Red along with the 5.1 mix of the album in 24/96 DTS-HD + bonus audio material.

* Discs packaged in 8 individual 3 disc digi-packs within an album sized box.

* LP sized booklet with rare/unseen photos, new sleeve notes by Robert Fripp, Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, expanded band member diary entries and eye-witness accounts from fans who attended the gigs

* Memorabilia including postcards, album prints, replica set lists & more besides.

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Between April and July 1974 King Crimson embarked on a tour of Canada and America which has come to be recognised as one of the most powerful series of concerts performed not just by Fripp, Cross, Wetton and Bruford but by any band of the era.

The band, who had been rarely off the road - except to record studio albums - chose to perform a selection of recent material from the then newly released Starless And Bible Black, older fan favourites, newly written/then unrecorded material & nightly improvisations at a level described by many eye-witnesses and observers as the most intense gigs they'd ever attended.

A single live LP USA was issued in 1975, a year after the band split but failed to convey the full extent of how ferocious a beast King Crimson was in full-flight. No other band blended powerful rock with an ability to turn in epic improvisations of immense subtlety or strength.

Many of the shows on this final tour had been recorded, either professionally to multi-track tape, or on the band's stereo cassette feed from the mixing desk. These remained unheard until 1992 when selected highlights were released in 1992 on the 4 CD boxed set, The Great Deceiver.

Now The Road To Red offers a comprehensive overview of this final tour and at last does justice to a group who were operating at the very height of their powers.

Every soundboard quality recording known to exist is presented with audio fully restored, all released on CD for the first time. There are also five complete concerts, drawn from multi-track recordings, alongside the restored audio bootleg of the band's final show from New York and a new stereo mix of Red by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson undertaken in 2012.

A total of 16 concerts are featured across 20 discs, with the studio Red as the 21st CD.

The set also features:

A DVD containing a high resolution stereo presentation of USA (in all mixes) and the new stereo mix of Red.

2 Blu-Ray discs containing the five full length multi-track concert recordings (newly transferred at the highest resolution available from the original analogue Dolby SR source mix-down tapes & presented in 24/192 DTS-HD master sound), new & original stereo versions of Red and the existing 5.1 multi-channel mixes of the album presented in 24/96 DTS-HD also feature on Blu-Ray.

With a fully illustrated album-sized booklet featuring previously unseen photos & a wealth of newly written material + postcards, replicas of hand-written set lists, album prints of the USA & Red covers & other memorabilia, this is an essential release for King Crimson fans.

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Tracks

The Road to Red

Disc 1:

Veterans Memorial Coliseum,
Columbus, OH
April 28, 1974

1 The Great Deceiver *
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Fracture
(Fripp)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
9 RF Announcement

* incomplete recording
Disc 1 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2007)

Disc 2:

Stanley Warner Theatre,
Pittsburgh, PA
April 29, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 The Great Deceiver
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Improv: Bartley Butsford
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Fracture
(Fripp)
7 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
8 Improv: Daniel Dust
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
9 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)

Disc 2 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton
at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"(1992). Selected tracks
previously available as a download from www.dgmlive.com (2009)

Disc 3:

Stanley Warner Theatre,
Pittsburgh, PA
April 29, 1974

1 Doctor Diamond
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
2 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
3 Improv: Wilton Carpet
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 The Talking Drum
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
5 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
6 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 3 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton
at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"(1992). Selected tracks
previously available as a download from www.dgmlive.com (2009)

Disc 4:

Hofheinz Pavilion,
Houston, TX
June 5, 1974

1 The Great Deceiver *
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Fracture
(Fripp)
6 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
7 The Talking Drum
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
8 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
(Fripp)

* incomplete recording
Disc 4 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously unreleased.

Disc 5:

Tarrant County Convention Centre,
Fort Worth, TX
June 6, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Fracture
(Fripp)
5 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 The Talking Drum
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
7 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
8 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 5 taken from a band cassette soundboard and audience bootleg cassette
recording. Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2010)

Disc 6:

Fairground Arena,
Oklahoma City, OK
June 7, 1974

1 The Great Deceiver *
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Fracture
(Fripp)
6 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
7 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 The Talking Drum *
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
9 The Talking Drum insert †
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
10 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
(Fripp)

* incomplete recording

Disc 6 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording. † To maintain continuity
a missing section of ‘Talking Drum’ & ‘LTIA’ has been added from Forth Worth,
June 6th. Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2010)

Disc 7:

Civil Auditorium,
El Paso, TX
June 8, 1974

1 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
(Fripp)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Fracture
(Fripp)
7 RF Announcement
8 Starless (Part I) *
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
9 Starless (Part II) *
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

* incomplete recording
Disc 7 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously unreleased.

Disc 8:

Coliseum,
Denver, CO
June 16, 1974

1 The Great Deceiver
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
6 The Talking Drum *
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)

* incomplete recording
Disc 8 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously unreleased.

Disc 9:

Performing Arts Centre,
Milwaukee, WI
June 22, 1974

1 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
(Fripp)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

* incomplete recording
Disc 9 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2012)

Disc 10:

Aquinas College,
Grand Rapids, MI
June 23, 1974

1 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
(Fripp)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Easy Money *
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
7 Great Deceiver
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

* incomplete recording
Disc 10 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously unreleased.

Disc 11:

Massey Hall,
Toronto, Ontario
June 24, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: The Golden Walnut
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)

Disc 11 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the
Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"(1992) and via mail
order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club series 45 (2011)

Disc 12:

Massey Hall,
Toronto, Ontario
June 24, 1974
1 Improv: Clueless And Slightly Slack
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
2 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
4 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 12 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the
Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"(1992) and via mail
order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club series 45 (2011)

Disc 13:

Convention Center,
Quebec City, Quebec
June 25, 1974

1 21st Century Schizoid Man *
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)
8 Starless *
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

* incomplete recording
Disc 13 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2012)

Disc 14:

Kennedy Centre,
Washington, DC
June 27, 1974

1 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
2 Improv I
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
3 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv II
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Fracture
(Fripp)
7 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Disc 14 taken from a band cassette soundboard recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available as a download only from www.dgmlive.com (2006)

Disc 15:

Casino Arena,
Asbury Park, NJ
June 28, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
10 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 15 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the
Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously unreleased.

Disc 16:

Casino Arena,
Asbury Park, NJ
June 28, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)
8 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
9 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 16 mixed by Ronan Chris Murphy at DGM.
Previously released on "The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 1"(2006)
and available as a download from www.dgmlive.com (2005)

Disc 17:

Penn State University,
University Park, PA
June 29, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Is There Life Out There?
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv: It Is For You, But Not For Us
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Disc 17 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the Courthouse,
Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released in part on "The Great Deceiver"(1992). Selected tracks
previously available as a download from www.dgmlive.com (2008)

Disc 18:

Palace Theatre,
Providence, RI
June 30, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv: Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)

Disc 18 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the
Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released on "The Great Deceiver"(1992).

Disc 19:

Palace Theatre,
Providence, RI
June 30, 1974

1 Fracture
(Fripp)
2 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
3 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Disc 19 mixed by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the
Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset.
Previously released on "The Great Deceiver"(1992).

Disc 20:

Central Park,
New York, NY
July 1, 1974

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Improv: Cerberus
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
7 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
8 Fracture *
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
10 The Talking Drum
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
11 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)

* incomplete recording
Disc 20 taken from a bootleg cassette recording.
Audio restored at DGM by David Singleton and Alex R Mundy.
Previously available via mail order as part of King Crimson Collectors’ Club
series 10 (2000)

Discs 1 - 20 - audio restored at DGM SoundWorld February - August 2013.

Disc 21:

Red
2013 Stereo Mix

1 Red
(Fripp)
2 Fallen Angel
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 One More Red Nightmare
(Fripp/Wetton)
4 Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Produced & mixed from the original multi-track tapes by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp

Disc 22:

DVD
AUDIO CONTENT

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ
2013 Mix

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
10 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ
2005 Mix

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)
8 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
9 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

LPCM Stereo (24/48)

USA
30th Anniversary Remaster

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

USA
Original UK Vinyl Transfer

1 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 23:

Blu-Ray Disc 1
AUDIO CONTENT LPCM Stereo (24/192)

Stanley Warner Theatre,
Pittsburgh, PA

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 The Great Deceiver
(Wetton/Fripp/Palmer-James)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Improv: Bartley Butsford
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 Fracture
(Fripp)
7 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
8 Improv: Daniel Dust
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
9 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
10 Doctor Diamond
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
11 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
12 Improv: Wilton Carpet
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
13 The Talking Drum
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Muir)
14 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
15 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

Massey Hall,
Toronto, Ontario

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: The Golden Walnut
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 The Night Watch
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)
8 Improv: Clueless And Slightly Slack
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
9 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
10 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
11 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)
Penn State University,
University Park, PA

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Is There Life Out There?
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv: It Is For You, But Not For Us
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Palace Theatre,
Providence, RI

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv: Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
10 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 24:

Blu-Ray Disc 2
AUDIO CONTENT

LPCM Stereo (24/192)

Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ
2013 Mix

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Improv
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
10 21st Century Schizoid Man
LPCM Stereo (24/48)

Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ
2005 Mix

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 Fracture
(Fripp)
8 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)
9 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

USA
30th Anniversary Remaster

1 Walk On: No Pussyfooting
(Fripp/Eno)
2 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
3 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
5 Improv: Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
6 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
7 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)
8 Fracture
(Fripp)
9 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

USA
Original UK Vinyl Transfer

1 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
(Fripp)
2 Lament
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 Exiles
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
4 Asbury Park
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Easy Money
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
6 21st Century Schizoid Man
(Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield)

DTS-HD Master Surround
LPCM 5.1 Surround

Red
The 2009 Surround Mix

1 Red
(Fripp)
2 Fallen Angel
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 One More Red Nightmare
(Fripp/Wetton)
4 Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Bonus studio track

1 Fallen Angel Trio Version (instrumental)
(Fripp/Wetton)

Bonus live tracks

1 Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
2 A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)

LPCM Stereo (24/96)

Red
30th Anniversary Remaster

1 Red
(Fripp)
2 Fallen Angel
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 One More Red Nightmare
(Fripp/Wetton)
4 Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Red
2013 Stereo Mix

1 Red
(Fripp)
2 Fallen Angel
(Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James)
3 One More Red Nightmare
(Fripp/Wetton)
4 Providence
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford)
5 Starless
(Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Bruford/Palmer-James)

Bonus studio tracks

1 Red Trio Version
(Fripp)
2 Fallen Angel Trio Version (instrumental)
(Fripp/Wetton)

Disc 22 DVD playable in all DVD players, Discs 23/24 playable in all Blu-ray Disc players

ALSO INCLUDES:

2 album prints, a 36 page album sized booklet
with rare photos, eye witness accounts of the
concerts & sleevenotes incorporating new
interview material with all band members
plus postcards & other memorabilia.


The Tale of the Tapes:

The sixteen concert recordings in this box fall into three basic types: one bootleg (an unofficial audience recording), ten board mixes (recordings of the sound sent to the PA system on the night) and five professional recordings (all by George Chkiantz from a mobile recording studio outside the venue). These last five concerts are presented in both conventional CD resolution and in Blu-Ray high resolution 192 khz. All have their merits and each has good claim to be the most “realistic”.

The professional multi-track recordings offer the best audio quality. They were originally mixed in 1991 at the time of The Great Deceiver (although only selected parts were included in that box set). At the time, the various mixes were recorded both onto analogue half inch tape and into a Sadie computer system, one of the first digital editors, running on Windows 3.0. As Fripp wrote in his original liner notes: “Digital equipment remains in its infancy and computers crash – not if but when. Both formats have advantages – a properly balanced Ampex with Dolby SR is maybe unbeatable for a sweet, true sound. But with the amount of compiling on this project, let’s hear it for digital assembly!” Given the huge advances in digital equipment since the early 1990s, I proposed in a rash unguarded moment that for this project we (or rather I) should return to the “properly balanced Ampex with Dolby SR” and recompile these mixes in super high resolution. I had somehow chosen to forget that the practice at the time, pre-automation, was to mix each section of each song three or four times and to then select and compile the best. And that Robert Fripp’s acute interest in the stereo architecture of pieces meant that he would continuously reposition players. So we were faced with roughly two hundred separate mixes to be auditioned and recompiled, often trying to join segments with violently differing tonal qualities and musicians seemingly leaping around the stage. It became the work of months, not the days I had foolishly imagined.

I make no claim that the high resolution versions on the Blu-Ray are “better” than the original versions presented on the CDs. They are different, wider in their stereo image and brighter with extended high end (which, despite the trends of mastering engineers over many decades, is not necessarily better). The editing particularly in matters such as the audience links is however undoubtedly more faithful to the exact flow of the original concerts.

The ten “board mixes” presented different challenges. These were recorded each night by Peter Walmsley, the sound engineer, and faithfully capture the sound sent to the PA system. They are inevitably heavily biased towards the voice and drums, as the other instruments were already amplified onstage. DGM has become an unwilling world leader in the dark arts of audio necromancy, rescuing the semblance of a listenable concert from such unprepossessing starting points (not a life-skill any of us wanted or expected). In this instance, Peter Walmsley added an additional challenge through his habit of pausing the cassette machine between songs – frequently forgetting to switch it back on until just after the downbeat of the next piece. Where audience links existed, we have kept them, where they were missing, we have recreated them to maintain continuity. The music is, however, with the exception of those odd errant downbeats, exactly as it was played. In just one instance (the Talking Drum on the 7th June) we have completed the performance by inserting a section from the night before. As such fabrication is a mortal sin to lovers of authenticity, we have PQ’d the inserted section, so that purists can take the bumpy road and bypass it.

The recording of the final concert from Central Park on July 1st is of unknown provenance. It seems too well-balanced to be the usual illicit cassette player smuggled into the venue, and yet the presence of chatter during one of the pieces shows that neither is it a properly mixed recording. Possibly it is a bootleg recorded on a pair of microphones over the stage. The audience links jump around (as does one section of Fracture), but in its way, it is possibly the closest to the actual sound of a venue. It is significant in that it captures the last live performance of this line-up.

Concert recordings are frequently incomplete (lovers of The Great Deceiver box set will recall The Law of Maximum Distress Parts 1&2, where a section was missing from the middle of the improvisation). In the unusual case of Fort Worth on 6th June, we had two recordings of the same night, one being a board recording and the other an audience bootleg, and we were able to accurately complete the performance by flying in the missing opening and closing sections from that alternative source. Sadly, that is not often possible. Where songs are obviously incomplete and either leap in half way through, or cut off before the end, they have been marked with an asterisk, so that it is clear this is not a CD error, but a failure of some poor tape operator or his machine at the time.

David Singleton
DGMHQ
August 2013

 




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