King Crimson have announced that they will release a new live album, Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington and Albany, 2021), through DGM on November 19.
The new two-disc set forms part of the band’s ‘official bootleg’ series, and was recorded at the band’s shows at The Anthem in Washington and at The Egg in Albany on their recent 2021 tour. The set features the whole of the Washington shows, with four additional songs recorded in Albany
Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington and Albany, 2021) features a restored middle section of Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One that had not been played since 1973, substantial keyboard arrangements, Tony Levin on upright bass during Neurotica giving the piece an extra swing, an emotional set-closer Starless and an immensely powerful 21st Century Schizoid Man as an encore.
The Washington show proved to be the last show of the new North American run of dates. When King Crimson performed its debut gig in the US in 1969, 21st Century Schizoid Man was the set opener. When they played in Washington this year, it was
the final piece played.
The two-disc set (you can see artwork and tracklisting below) also features a booklet featuring photos by bassist Tony Levin and manager David Singleton, diary entries from Robert Fripp and a great insightful piece ‘Touring in the time of Covid, also from Singleton.
King Crimson: Music Is Our Friend
1. Introductory Soundscape
2. The Hell Hounds Of Krim
3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I
4. Pictures Of A City
5. The Court Of The Crimson King
7. Tony Cadenza Deals It Slitheryacious-To-The-Max
9. One More Red Nightmare
2. Radical Action II
3. Level Five
5. 21st Century Schizoid Man
6. Tony Cadenza Serves It Piping Hot
8. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II
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- King Crimson - Red - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $235.95, €218.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jan-2023 11:13)on February 5, 2023 at 5:57 pm
KING CRIMSON Red (Classic 1974 UK pink rim Island 'palm tree' label 5-track LP, for many fans the definitive mid period King Crimson album & highly influential to future prog-metallers, fully laminated picture sleeve with powder blue company inner. The sleeve has just a fewscuffs to the bottom, otherwise shows light wear and despite a little spindle wear on the labels, the vinyl has just a few faint scuffs leaving it Excellent. A Prog classic! ILPS9308)
- King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black + Inner - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £75.00, $90.75, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 30-Dec-2022 10:43)on February 5, 2023 at 5:57 pm
KING CRIMSON Starless & Bible Black (1974 UK first issue pink rim 'palm tree' label 8-track LP, complete with rare lyric inner, textured gatefold picture sleeve. The cover [VG+] has some foxing & age related discolouring, not uncommon with this all white design, with no seam splits, likewise the inner has just a little light wear and is free from tears or splits. The vinyl is nice & clean & in Ex- condition with only a few minor signs of play ILPS9275)
- King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $30.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2022 15:04)on February 5, 2023 at 5:57 pm
KING CRIMSON In The Court Of The Crimson King (Mid-70s issue UK 5-track vinyl LP, on the Sunrise Island label design, with gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows very little wear and the vinyl has minimal sign of play. An absolute prog masterpiece that no record collection is complete without ILPS9111)
- King Crimson - Earthbound - 200 Gram Super Heavyweight Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $30.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 06-Dec-2022 14:11)on February 5, 2023 at 5:57 pm
KING CRIMSON Earthbound (50th Anniversary 2022 UK/EU limited edition 5-track LP pressed on 200-gram Super Heavyweight Vinyl, Earthbound is the final remaining release of the original King Crimson vinyl albums series. One of the grittiest, most powerful live documents of its time, Earthbound features KC's Islands line-up - Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp and Ian Wallace - pushing at the limits of its music in a manner which few of their contemporaries ever managed. Newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering. Picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed. Recommended)
- King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black - 200gm - UK - vinyl LP - £24.99, $30.24, €27.99 (New Item) (arrived 07-Dec-2022 15:40)on February 5, 2023 at 5:57 pm
KING CRIMSON Starless And Bible Black (2015 UK issue of the 1974 8-track LP pressed on 200gram Heavyweight Vinyl, their sixth studio album was titled after the opening line of Dylan Thomas' masterpiece 'Under Milk Wood'. The gatefold picture sleeve comes with the lyric insert [which has the download code printed on the back] and the vinyl remains in barely played condition)