King Crimson - Starless

 (Limited Edition 23 CD + 2 DVD Audio + 2 Blu-Ray Audio Box Set)


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Product No.:
CDGM 671974
UPC: 633367197429

Multi-Format Box Sets

No. of Discs: 27

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An in-depth overview of King Crimson's celebrated mid-1970s live performance lineup at its most exploratory

Includes the complete run of "The Blue Tapes" for the first time!

Presented in a 12" box with a comprehensive booklet, notes, photos, memorabilia and more!

Starless is a multi-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray box set featuring live and studio recordings of King Crimson's celebrated live performance lineup from October 1973 to April 1974. In Autumn 1973, King Crimson was embarking on a short series of U.K. concerts in October to be followed by a more extensive European tour in November. From mid-March to the start of April 1974, the band was on the road in Europe again — a number of the concerts throughout this period were recorded on stereo reel-to-reel machines, fed directly from the signal as sent to the PA system on the night of the performance. These soundboards are often referred to as The Blue Tapes,

Starless offers 19 CDs of live performances — seven of them mixed from the 1973 multi-track tapes and one CD presenting the performance from the ORTF Paris TV broadcast. A further 11 present the complete run of The Blue Tapes for the first time! Two DVD-A discs and two Blu-ray discs contain concert and studio recordings in stereo, quadraphonic and full 5.1 surround sound. Starless is presented in a 12" box with a comprehensive booklet featuring sleeve notes, photos, memorabilia, album and poster prints and three bonus audio CDs.


  • 7 CDs taken from multi-track tape including 4CDs of material from the Glasgow and Zurich shows, freshly assembled and mastered in Hi-Res from the original Great Deceiver mixes by David Singleton at DGM Soundworld in 2014, the Amsterdam show The Nightwatch mixed by Steven Wilson and a previously unheard preparatory of material from the same show prepared by George Chkiantz (engineer of all live KC shows of the era and the Red album).
  • 11 CDs drawn from high quality stereo reel to reel soundboard tapes. 8 making their first appearance on CD with the remaining three re-mastered or drawn from new tape sources.
  • 1 CD presenting the performance from the ORTF Paris TV broadcast
  • CD 20 features the 2011 stereo mix of Starless And Bible Black by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp
  • DVD-A 1 features the Starless & Bible Black album in 5.1 Surround, with new & original stereo album mixes in High Resolution Stereo plus bonus audio material.
  • DVD-A 2 features material from Mainz (mixed by David Singleton), Amsterdam (mixed by Steven Wilson) & a later show from Pittsburgh (mixed by George Chkiantz) in quadraphonic audio and High-Resolution Stereo.
  • Both DVD-A discs are region 0 playable in all areas & compatible with all DVD players and DVD Rom players
  • Blu-Ray Disc 1 features full lossless audio 24/192 transfers of material from the Glasgow and Zurich shows, freshly assembled & mastered from the original Great Deceiver mixes by David Singleton at DGM Soundworld in 2014 in LPCM stereo.
  • Blu-Ray Disc 1 also features the Amsterdam show The Nightwatch, mixed by Steven Wilson and the George Chkiantz preparatory mix stereo in 24/96 High-resolution stereo & a 24/96 transfer of the original David Singleton/Robert Fripp mix of The Nightwatch.
  • Blu-Ray Disc 2 features Starless & Bible Black in 5.1 Surround (DTS-HD MAS & LPCM 24/96) alongside new and original stereo masters of the album, a needledrop of an original vinyl pressing plus audio extras.
  • Blu-Ray Disc 2 also features the Quad mixes of material from the Mainz, Amsterdam & Pittsburgh concerts.
  • Blu-Ray Disc 2 also features the ORTF Paris TV footage in a new hi-res transfer from the original source files.
  • Discs packaged in 8 individual 3 disc digipaks within an album sized box
  • 3 additional bonus CDs of audio restored soundboard/bootlegs and audio curios are also included.
  • 1 further concert (bootleg quality audio) is also available via included download ticket.
  • Album sized booklet with rare/unseen photos, new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, eye-witness accounts from fans who attended the gigs plus memorabilia including an album print, poster, replica concert ticket, press release with folder, photos and more besides.

Discs 1 & 2:
Apollo Theatre
Glasgow, UK
October 23, 1973

Discs 3 & 4:
Zurich, Switzerland
November 15, 1973

Side 5 & 6:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 23, 1973

Disc 7:
Palazzo Dello Sport
Udine, Italy
March 19, 1974

Disc 8:
Palazzo Dello Sport
Brescia, Italy
March 20, 1974

Disc 9:
Paris, France
March 22, 1974

Disc 10:
Palais Paul Videl
Avignon, France
March 24, 1974

Disc 11:
Palais Des Sports
Besancon, France
March 25, 1974

Disc 12:
Augsburg, Germany
March 27, 1974

Disc 13:
Halle Der Fachoschule
Dieburg, Germany
March 28, 1974

Disc 14:
Heidelberg, Germany
March 20, 1974

Disc 15:
Elzer Hof
Mainz, Germany
March 30, 1974

Disc 16:
Pforzheim, Germany
March 31, 1974

Disc 17:
Kassel, Germany
April 1, 1974

Disc 18:
Gottingen, Germany
April 2, 1974

Disc 19:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 23, 1973

Disc 20:
Starless And Bible Black
2011 Stereo Album Mix

Discs 21 & 22:
DVD-A One: “Starless & Bible Black”
DVD-A Two: Live Material

Discs 23 & 24:
Blu-Ray Disc One: Live Material
Blu-Ray Disc Two: “Starless & Bible Black”

Discs 25, 26 & 27:
Bonus Discs

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Gorgeous packaging!

posted on 11/08/2014
5 Stars
Listening to just the first CD, Glasgow 10/23/73 -- 23/10/73 for you Brits -- and I couldn't be happier with this purchase! Quality box with lots of fun surprises to wade through before you even get to the impeccably disc-packed CDs, boxed like so many assorted Valentine candies (each of the four insets contains two packs of 3 CDs/DVDs and a band member's pic on the front). If I have one complaint so far, it is the 3 bonus CDs were on top and tucked in such a way they were loose, but there was no damage. A KC fan's wet-dream -- obviously I haven't had time to sample each disc but Glasgow so far has me excited for more. The "Improv: Shark's Lungs & Lemsip" that opens refers to an OTC cold medication I remember from the UK 8'). I'm going to stretch my listening/watching of the contents of this exquisite box set over quite some time -- doubt there is anything more of this period worth having! I felt like wearing white gloves to handle this box, it really is a thing of beauty.

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