1-9-13 King Crimson video
On 1/9/65, the LP “Beatles ‘65” by The Beatles charted at No. 1 in the US. On 1/9/74 the Mud 45 “Tiger Feet” charts at No. 1 in England. Happy birthday, Joan Baez! (Born 1941). Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin etc.), born 1944.
Having recently obtained the CD + DVD set of “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” by King Crimson, it’s nor safe to say that there is a reasonable amount of video now available on this venerable group.
Before K.C.’s reformation in the late 70’s / early 80’s, I did not have ANY King Crimson video worth watching. I missed their US TV appearance, drat. I didn’t get to see their ’73 Beat Club until the laser disc release in the mid-80’s.
On the 40th Anniversary CD + DVD versions, Mr. Fripp included whatever known professional video that he knew of that still existed for the band. Yeah! So, just like the Genesis SA-CD box from England, you could dub yourself a nearly full DVD of vintage King Crimson, if so desired!
Album #1 “In The Court Of The Crimson King” has an edited video for “21st Century Schizoid Man; Album #2 “In The Wake Of Poseidon” has no video content whatsoever; Album #3 “Lizard” also has no video content; Album #4 “Islands”, same as #2 & #3; Album #5 “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” has an entire Beat Club performance, more than has previously been issued; Album #6 “Starless & Bible Black” has two videos, “Easy Money” and “Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet”; Album #7 “Red” has videos for “Larks’ Tongues Part 2”, “The Night Watch”, “Lament” and “Starless”. Unlike the Genesis SA-CD box, these DVD’s are NTSC AC:1!
King Crimson touring behind “Larks’ Tongues” was the first rock concert I ever went to, in a big arena (The Long Beach Auditorium, actually). So, after seeing that, I had visuals for King Crimson on stage that were replayed in my head many times over the years. Nice to finally have some to strengthen my memories!
I never followed any of the re-formed versions of King Crimson, after the band broke up at the time of “Red”. I really liked some of Robert Fripp’s production work for others, but never went for their releases from “Discipline” forward. The League of Gentlemen wasn’t King Crimson, so I listened to and enjoyed that.
It’s delightful that all 7 x proper King Crimson albums were mixed to 5.1 on DVD-Audio, with the 40th anniversary editions. Bravo! I sure hope Mr. Fripp re-issues the 1981 League of Gentlemen album in 5.1 audio!