03 agosto 2013

Come arrivarono i King Crimson a Red, loro ultimo album di studio negli anni settanta e conclusivo di una intera epoca? Ricostruisce quel particolare percorso The Road To Red, voluminosa raccolta di documenti in gran parte inediti tratti dal tour nordamericano compiuto dal quartetto - Fripp, Cross, Wetton e Bruford - dall'aprile al luglio 1974. C'è anche un nuovo missaggio stereo dell'album di studio - registrato a Londra pochi giorni dopo la dipartita di Cross - sfuggito alle celebrazioni del quarantennale nel 2009 e ultimato poche settimane fa da Robert Fripp e Steven Wilson.

Between April and July 1974 King Crimson embarked on a tour of Canada and America which has come to be recognised as one of the most powerful series of concerts performed not just by Fripp, Cross, Wetton and Bruford but by any band of the era. The band chose to perform a selection of recent material from the then newly released Starless And Bible Black, older fan favourites, newly written/then unrecorded material and nightly improvisations at a level described by many eye-witnesses and observers as the most intense gigs they'd ever attended. A single live LP USA was issued in 1975, a year after the band split, but failed to convey the full extent of how ferocious a beast King Crimson was in full-flight.
By the time King Crimson entered the studio in July 74, the band had spent the best part of two years on the road, recorded two albums along the way, and shed two band members en route: percussionist Jamie Muir having quit early 1973, and violin/mellotron player David Cross at the end of the US tour just a week prior to the recording of Red. Crimson had built a reputation as one of the tightest, most powerful bands on the rock circuit. Recording as a trio in Olympic studios in London, with one improvised piece drawn from that final US tour and with contributions from former members and friends on saxophones, violin, and oboe, the group produced the last Crimson studio album of the 70s and one of the decade’s masterpieces: Red.