Sore ini sambil nyruput kopi arabika dari Aceh saya menikmati album live dari King Crimson dalam format “double trio” ini dimana semua pemainnya ada dua: dua bass, dua gitar dan dua drums. Kalau dua drums sudah umum ya. tapi kalau dua bass? rasanya hanya bend gemblung yang mau main dengan double bass. Itulah King Crimson yang motornya orang gemblung dengan ide brilian untuk selelu memposisikan King Crimson sebagai band papan atas. Meski ini adalah performance tahun 1995 namun baru dirilis tahun 1999. Menurut saya performance mereka luar biasa di album live ini. Tak hanya masing-masing pemain bermain gila namun juga setiap lagu yang dibawakan semuanya lebih bagus daripada versi studionya. King Crimson memang kagak ada matinye!
Songs / Tracks Listing
2. Thela Hun Ginjeet
5. VROOOM VROOOM
6. Frame By Frame
7. Walking On Air
11. Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream
2. One Time
4. Improv: Two Sticks
5. Elephant Talk
7. Talking Drum
8. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
9. Three Of A Perfect Pair
11. Coda: Marine 475
12. Fearless And Highly THRaKked
Line-up / Musicians
Robert Fripp – Guitar, Soundscapes
Adrian Belew – Guitar, Voice
Trey Gunn – Touch Guitar
Tony Levin – Basses, Stick
Pat Mastelotto – Acoustic & Electronic Drums & Percussion
Bill Bruford – Acoustic & Electronic Drums & Percussion
Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator
All other tracks are great as well like Dinosaur where the drumming is really dynamic in nature combining two personalities with their own style. Belew vocal is powerful as well. Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream is also much better recorded live here than the studio version. I enjoy the drumming and basslines. My favorite track One Time is also featured here. As this one is simple in composition it serves as a break after many improvisations along the way from start. One Time was performed excellently, flawless with full expression of Belew. It returns back to discrete music under Indiscipline which is another great track also. I love the percussion improvisation throughout the song – which were not there under original studio track. Wow! This track is really wonderful man!!! The drumming part is really articulative and inspiring at the intro part. It flows with all music where all instruments play together and immediately stops when the vocal starts to enter the music, Again…it’s so great!!! Oh man …this track really make my day! It’s so powerful! The way belew sings is really great! And at the end of the track he shout : I like it …and people clap their hands plus another words from Belew: And I hope you like it too … Yeah, I like it Mr. Belew! It’s a great performance. Then he sings with piano (?) – nice singing! Free as a bird …. This singing is not listed in tracklist but it’s good.
The Improv: Two Sticks is basically between two players: Tony and Trey on their stick basses as a wonderful intro of Elephant Talk performed wonderful from start to end, better than the studio version. This song means a lot to me as this was the first time I knew in 1981 that KC musical direction had changed drastically to this kind of discrete music. Talking Drum is another wonderful track I love from this live set and it is performed wonderfully from start to end. It continues seamlessly to Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II) . Wow!!! Three Of A Perfect Pair is also great! Flawless really.
For me personally, this live set is a masterpiece for two reasons: the individual performance of the players who contribute to this live set are really oustanding; and secondly all tracks are performed better here than any other version the band has ever recorded. With no doubt I can give full five stars for this live set. Keep on proggin’ …!
Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW