Live in Japan 1995

King Crimson

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Live in Japan 1995 Review

by Mark Allender

The short version for this review would be this: not as good as The Noise: Live at Frejus '82. This just feels disjointed and choppy, and the video quality stinks, quite frankly. The low-tech new wave video tricks also serve more as a distraction than anything else. It is nice to see the Three of a Perfect Pair songs in a live context -- but many of these being longer noise epics (specifically "Industry"), the lousy videography will cause even the most die-hard King Crimson fan to yawn. Long silences (with audience clamor edited out) fill the spaces between songs, and Adrian Belew appears in places to be cuing the video crew in these silences. Also interspersed throughout are brief, seemingly pointless, candid shots of the group: Robert Fripp complaining about his tremolo bar, Tony Levin getting his head polished, and Bill Bruford digging his jacket. One candid shot shows Fripp practicing in the corner with his characteristic stone face -- no amplification for his electric guitar -- and if one listens closely it can be heard that he is playing "Fracture" from 1973's Starless and Bible Black. This is the only real scrap that falls from the table here. Listeners do get to see Belew as a drummer on both "Sartori in Tangier" and "Indiscipline" -- a lot of fun. Your basic Crimhead will enjoy it, but your basic Crimhead, like most piranha, will devour just about anything.

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