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November 08, 2012


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Fabian W.

Looks like the work of Michael Leckebusch to me. He was the producer and director of "Beat Club". Back projections - sometimes six or seven layers in front of each other - were his specialty. He got crazier and crazier in the 70s, after the introduction of color TV, until his style became positively Syberbergian, only without Nazis. This King Crimson recording is from that TV show, so unless he was sick that day, it's him.

Oh, and The Monks wrote their Monk Chant for their appearance on "Beat Club".

John M

Is this grabbed from a video you have, Glenn?

How can I watch this? It looks...SO...awesome.

Henry Holland

John M., I believe it's from the massive new "Larks Tongues in Aspic" box set, part of which is a DVD containing the long-thought-lost (though heavily bootlegged) Beat Club footage, 38 minutes in all. I prefer the RF/JW/DC/BB King Crimson far more the lineup with Muir, but mileage may vary.

James Keepnews

HH must be correct, except, of course, in his dismissal of the JM-era KC. As, e.g. (pun, sure), Larks 1 was never the same after his departure -- it just opened up into all these solos, flexible re-statements of the theme, &c.,&c. JK must be jealous as a muh, not just for the ownership of this most ridiculously complete box-set dedicated to a single album, freaking, ever, but he further assumes GK actually has the time in this life to consume all (approximately) 45,872 audio-visual hours of work by this most magic band and the albumm a young Gary Lucas demi-famously eviscerated.

Glenn Kenny

Sorry to be missing in action fellas, but yes, this is from the "Beat Club" video, shot in Bremen, that's a part of the VERY enormous "Larks' Tongues In Aspic" box that i pre-ordered a while back and which just got here and is absolutely awesome. I DON'T have the time in my life to consume it all but I intend to MAKE that time because what I've consumed so far is pretty mind-boggling. For less fanatical and fiscally prudent curious people, I think the video is also on a more affordable two-disc anniversary edition, which is reviewed here: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2012/11/04/king-crimson-larks-tongues-in-aspic-40th-anniversary-edition-1973-2012-remix/

I gotta agree with my friend JK: the lineup with Muir has a nicely expansive sound field and an unpredictable anarchic element that, to my eyes and ears, set the other players off beautifully. Love it. And Gary's knives-out review of the record is included in full in the big box's large booklet. I ran into our friend yesterday and mentioned this to him, and I busted his chops a bit and he got a little defensive, bless him.

James Keepnews

That demi-classic review is also available in full, along with the entire scrapbook/liner notes to 76's Young Person's Guide to KC, on the Elephant Talk wiki:


GL, he shouldn't oughtta get TOO defensive. The youngun's got some Bangs-ian pre-punk elan in the various skewerings he plunges into this now-classic release, and he's kinda inarguable with certain Beefheart-centric assertions as: "They ain't Sun Ra and they ain't Pierre Boulez and they ain't even any of the cats that come in between those two incredible towers of strength. And there's nothing magical about this music. There is only one Magic Band, and this one isn't it." Perhaps, where the LTIA lineup on the album in question is concerned (perhaps, you know, not, also). But, sweet Jesus fuck, decidedly not where that album's lineup performing live is concerned.

Henry Holland

It wasn't a dismissal, it was a statement of preference.

"Larks 1 was never the same after his departure"

Sure, but tracks like "Exiles", "Easy Money" and "Larks 2" were much improved without all the banging on tin pots and frying pans that JM provided. BB was more than capable, once JM left, of filling the sonic space of two drummers without all the attendant clutter and spitting of fake blood.

"(approximately) 45,872 audio-visual hours of work by this most magic band"

Hyperbole aside, there's nowhere near the amount of material around of the JM-era band compared to the 4-piece in 1973-74. The box set is it: 7 live shows of varying completeness, studio outtakes and the album itself, which I think is a very limp representation of what they sounded like live.

James Keepnews

Extended percussion technique grown out of the the incomparably pioneering non-idiomatic British improv movement, "attendant clutter"...must we split hairs? I've heard both lineups' live work and would never agree the pieces you mention were at all improved for JM's absence -- they, and the band itself, were simply boiled down to the hardcore, fusion-y angularity that Wetton and Bruford concur owed no small amount to Herbie Hancock's also pioneering Mwandishi ensemble of the era. Bruford, I further submit, could have never become that tough-minded, resourceful, capable-of-filling-sonic-space had it not been for six months spent with Mr. Muir and his tin pan banging. At a minimum, we agree LTIA is weak tea compared to that lineup's live performances. And it's still undeniably a classic. So.

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