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Alt. Mixes Album, 200 Gram, 40th Anniversary Limited Edition - Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp Mixes + Booklet
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50th Anniversary 2x CD + 2x Blu Ray + Book - The Complete Recording Sessions + Steven Wilson Mixes
50th Anniversary Edition of King Crimson's classic 1973 album!
2023 Steven Wilson mixes and 2023 David Singleton elemental mixes
Double LP set pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl
• LP 1 features all-new 2023 stereo mixes by Steven Wilson
• LP 2 featuring all-new 2023 elemental mixes by David Singleton
• Lacquers cut by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering
When, in July 1972, Melody Maker revealed that Bill Bruford & John Wetton were joining King Crimson — from Yes & Family respectively, it was front page news. Also joining were Jamie Muir — a key figure in London's jazz scene & David Cross — from the band Waves. Fripp's claims about the band's "magic" were to be put to the test that autumn when, following a three night stint at the Zoom Club, Frankfurt & TV appearance on Bremen's Beat Club, the band undertook an extensive UK tour, which ran from the end of October through to mid-December. With the exception of the encore "21st Century Schizoid Man," the material was all new, with a heavier emphasis on improvisation than had ever been utilised by any major U.K. rock group on a headlining tour. The developing material for Larks' Tongues in Aspic was premiered to a succession of audiences who, for the most part, had bought tickets expecting to hear something else entirely (encore notwithstanding) but who responded to the challenging set with enthusiasm.
Recorded from mid-January to the beginning of February & released in late March of 1973, Larks' Tongues in Aspic became one of the most acclaimed of King Crimson's albums as well as establishing its reputation as a key album from one of rock music's most significant years. After a handful of further U.K, concerts, Jamie Muir left the band with the remaining quartet working with ever greater success until Summer 1974 when Fripp placed the band on indefinite hiatus.
Almost half a century after its release, Steven Wilson undertook the job of mixing the album for Dolby Atmos and, in the process, prepared new stereo & 5.1 mixes. The new stereo & 5.1 mixes — no doubt informed by the more adventurous mix techniques allowed by the Atmos process — are quite different in approach, more expansive than the earlier mixes as released in 2012, while still retaining and enhancing the core power of the original material.
While Steven was working on this aspect of the material Alex R. Mundy and David Singleton at DGM were mixing every single take of the original studio sessions. These unreleased early takes are presented not as traditionally blended pieces, but with maximum separation, mimicking the experience of sitting in the studio with the individual elements being performed around you. The "elemental mixes" apply this same approach to the main album takes. An excitingly fresh view on the familiar, with the focus often falling in unusual places, some originally hidden, some unused. Four of the album's core tracks feature: extended mixes of "Larks' 1" and "Talking Drum" along with "Easy Money" & "Larks' 2."
|Disc 1: 2023 Mixes by Steven Wilson||Side A||Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One||Book of Saturday||Exiles||Side B||Easy Money||The Talking Drum||Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two||Disc 2: 2023 Elemental Mixes by David Singleton||Side A||Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One||Easy Money||Side B||The Talking Drum||Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two|