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King Crimson - The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974 (4CD Box Set)

4 CD Box set with scrapbook....limited supplies.
Price: $69.00 $34.50
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From of Phila., Pennsylvania on .

There is very little to say. If you like King Crimson, get it!

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From of Phila., Pennsylvania on .

This is my favorite Crimson lineup. These recordings make me remember when I used to go see King Crimson.They also remind me why I've been a Crimson fan forever.

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From of Baldivis, Australia on .

A huge outpouring of live material, all expertly recorded to multi-tracks and mixed down to universally fabulous sounding CDs. Get this (or the 2X2CD sets) ASAP - you won't regret the purchase for a second. The box set has the better presentation of the 2 sets, IMHO, but the music is exactly the same.

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From of banbridge, Ireland on .

a must have set for all crimson fans of this period.book also excellent

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From of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on .

I can&#39;t recommend this compilation strongly enough! It is blisteringly beautiful in capturing the magic of Crimson&#39;s 1973/74 incarnation live on stage. It features the quartet&#39;s best performances from those tours, with some legendary improvs to boot. And the sound quality is truly amazing, considering the age and relatively primitive sources. (I was there for the recording of Disc 3... amazing indeed.)

Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating the very best!!!!
From of Lund, Sweden on .

this is really the best collection of live perfonmances by the lark's encarnation. I was even about to get depressed when I couldn't find it (it was sold out a few years ago). I would suggest to be very quiet and confortable to take any of the four trips (volumes) in order to achieve different dimensions every different time you listen to them, they are really in more than 3D dimention!

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From of Lund, Sweden on .

Brilliant in each and every improvisation and song. GOOD QUALITY!!!

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From of Warburton, Australia on .

WOW! This has taken me by complete suprise. For one the sound quality is on par or better than studio for the same era. The playing is precise with freedom and running a path known well to those involved and it shows with the flow of this coming unabated. Too many highlights with Lament, LTIA always a favourite. Nice spoken interludes give insight to how it was euphemistically. Sadly, the full riff from The Great Deciver is absent. Still, a cooking four CD set; kicking myself for leaving it so late to acquire this package.....

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From of Bolton, England on .

I saw this boxset in Teneriffe on our honeymoon in October 1993 and it was a huge surprise. Sometime after I was able to purchase it in the UK. Only this year have I listened to the music end to end. I dreamed of hearing this in 1973-74 when I became a Crimsonised young man. This is top draw music and presentation. Spend your cash !

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From of Palm Bay, Florida on .

I'm no Crimson expert. I just love the Larks-Red era of the band more than any other music in the universe. If you consider yourself a fan of KC during this time, you must own this.

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From of Miaami Beach, Florida on .

reason I got this box set was because of king crimson's improv. I am simply amazed how a rock band could go any range jazz/fusion,prog-rock,heavy metal...you wont be dissapointed...buy it support crimson!

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From of Raleigh, North Carolina on .

4 discs of Krimsony Goodness. Apply headphones, push play, enjoy. Repeat as necessary.

Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating The apex of their career!!!
From of Cumberland, Rhode Island on .

This set is my favorite King Crimson release, because it features four discs of live material from their best lineup! Even better, it is the only set with not one, but TWO "Fracture"s!!!!!!!!!!

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From of Sao Paulo, Brazil on .

One of the best live records in all time!!Without a doubt an essential box to any real prog fan. Stunning performances of all musicians. Bruford is in top form, Mr. Fripp plays an incredible guitar, David Cross plays excellent violin and mellotron, and there are terrific bass and vocal work of Mr. Wetton. The package is worth the price, with a huge booklet and each of the four cds with more than 70 min of music. There are several minutes of fantastic improvisations. Even in the songs replayed in all cds ( as Easy Money) we can found subtle differences. Highly recommended!!!

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From of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on .

Here's 4 CDs of live performances from the Starless And Bible Black era, including about three hours of extemporaneous jams, surprisingly successful. In the liner notes, ex-member David Cross complains "the driving riff and the demonic overlay" dominate the proceedings -- what else could you ask for?

I lost interest in this band after hearing Beat. Hey sorry. Anyway, years later, The Great Deceiver shows up at my fave CD listening bar, and pleasantly surprises me in that:

1. it wasn't a bootleg, and
2. it reminded me of Miles Davis's jazz-funk live double albums Agharta and Pangaea, which I was really into in 1993.

What made me think of Miles Davis was:
2a. It's unusually swinging and improvisational for a heavy rock unit (something I hadn't noticed on earlier Crim albs).
2b. The essential sonic power is in the music's bottom, the bass and drums. Guitar and violin are free to explore space & time. Maaannnn.
2c. This "demonic overlay" insinuates a spiritual link between Live Evil and Red. You know that glowing Star Trek entity that appeared on stage every time Miles wished he could play the note that would kill all the white people in that night's audience? It's here too, tho Sid Smith won't tell us exactly what malicious longing devils That Fripp.

Bruford sounds happy tho.

Two nits -- and when I see nits I gotta pick 'em.
Nit 1: "Easy Money" repeats in different versions on disc 2, more rerun than reprise, and things could probably have been switched around to prevent this.
Nit 2: final tracks end in long silence and then a "hidden" bonus snatch. Aren't you tired of that? These little tricks belong on track zero.

Otherwise, this is a perfect example of how and why to do these expensive boxed set things.

Tho compiled from tapes (soundboard I guess) not originally intended for official release, sound isn't a problem. The slight tubbiness of drum or sub-optimal choice of vocal mic are just sweeteners to those of us whose favorite record label is "Guy In Audience With Tape Recorder".

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From of Manassas, Virginia on .

For fans, this is an exciting package. You get an entire gig - Rhode Island 1974, I believe. And the more interesting pieces of various other gigs. The fidelity is pretty good.

The music is not always definitive, but it's generally pretty good. The most exciting part of this package to most fans is to hear the "improvs" that changed from night to night. Many of these to be frank are less than startling. Some are nice. The better ones work towards a "wall of noise" effect.

To a committed fan, great set. It's the equivalent of a neat set of bootleg CD-Rs, with clean sound, of one of your favorite bands' tours - complete in a box with large excerpts from the bandleader's diary. Anyone whose interest in King Crimson is only mild, though, would be unhappy to hear the same songs repeated during the course of the set and to have the less impressive performances sitting alongside the better stuff here.

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From of La Paz, Bolivia on .

Just the most accurate way of making music. Fripp is the man, and his king is just precious and bloody satisfactory.

Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating Positive Rating EXTRAORDINARY... CRIMSON BEST¨S COMPLETE!!!
From of Guadalajara, Mexico on .

SOMEBODY WOULD THINK THAT IT´S TOO MUCH CRIMSON HERE,AND THAT IT MEANS REPEAT A LOT, BUT THERE ARE MANY SONG THAT YOU WILL FIND NO WHERE ELSE, AND WHAT A SONGS, CAT FOOD AND THE GREAT DECEIVER ARE UNIQUE ONES, SOME GREAT DIFFERENT IMPROVISATION... STARLESS IS A PIECE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY EVERY VERSION, AND DOCTOR DIAMOND, GREAT (NOT BETTER THEN THE LIVE IN MAIZ ONE)... IT´S THE BEST BOX SET, WITH THE BEST TIME OF ONE OF THE BEST BAND EVER... YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM SLOWLY, TAKE YOUR TIME, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS WANT TO LISTEN TO THEM... BILL, PLAYS PERFECT ON ALL THE SONGS, FOR MI, HE´S THE # 1...

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David Cross: violin, mellotron, electric piano
Robert Fripp: guitar, mellotron, electric piano
John Wetton: bass guitar, vocals
Bill Bruford: drums, percussion

Executive Producer: Robert Fripp
Mixing: RF, Tony Arnold & David Singleton at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset
Technical Consultant: Tony Arnold
Art Direction by Bill Smith
Photography by the Douglas Brothers

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