King Crimson

The VROOOM Sessions, 1994

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This Collectors' Club edition contains music made during the creation of the VROOOM EP, and represents the earliest recordings issued by the double-trio unit. While these are basically jams and instrumental fragments, some eventually developed into songs on the VROOOM and ThraK releases. Although still acquiring solid footing, the music has clearly approached concepts rendering it unique. Much of this has to do with the diverse nature of the personnel: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Bill Bruford, with the integral addition of Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto. Collectively, they are unlike anything but King Crimson. The band touches upon several key motifs during this collection. "Monster Jam" is the reincarnation of the intense and furious abandon that King Crimson practically invented on epics such as "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Pictures of a City." Fripp's soloing on "Funky Jam" ranks among his finest. The ethereal tones and surreal phrasing create what is arguably the highlight of The VROOOM Sessions. These rehearsal tapes also afford enthusiasts the opportunity to trace the evolution of material unique to this band. "No Questions Asked" can easily be linked to what would become "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream." In addition, the non-vocal rendering of "One Time" would -- after tweaking and the addition of vocals -- become a staple of the next several incarnations of King Crimson. The VROOOM Sessions' 24-page booklet of liner notes contains Fripp's "Notes From the Guitar Stool," as well as previously unpublished photos from the lens of Tony Levin. As with all volumes in the D.G.M. Collectors' Club, this release is not available in retail outlets, but is readily available online.

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