King Crimson – Live in Studio (1974)

As some of you will know, King Crimson is my favorite band, which is a bit of a tricky thing to say, given the fact that King Crimson is actually, as Robert Fripp put it, more of an idea, a concept, than a band, taking over groups of musicians at certain times and expressing itself. In 1974, one of the avatars the King inhabited filmed this studio session. It was one of the most creative and eloquent eras for the band, a time in which King Crimson produced three of the most intricate and powerful records in rock history – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and, of course, Red.

The songs performed in this video come from all three of the above, in a stupendous display of prowess which is, as always, enough to leave me speechless. They are: Lark’s Tongues in Aspic Part II, The Night Watch, Lament and the overwhelming Starless. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to welcome back King Crimson. Now it’s time I took a bow and took my leave. See you soon.

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