Absent Lovers [Live in Montreal 1984]

Absent Lovers [Live in Montreal 1984]

Absent Lovers [Live in Montreal 1984]

Absent Lovers [Live in Montreal 1984]

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After three years and four albums, the '80s incarnation of King Crimson, featuring Adrian Belew (guitar/vocals/drums), Bill Bruford (drums/percussion), Robert Fripp (guitar) and Tony Levin (bass/stick/synth/vocal) wrapped up their initial collaborative efforts at the conclusion of their 1984 North American tour. Absent Lovers (1998) presents the July 11, 1984 parting performance at the Spectrum in Montreal, Quebec in its entirety. As the show was simulcast on FM radio, decent sounding copies have been traded amongst the faithful for years, although not in such stunning fidelity or completeness. While the contents draw primarily from the Discipline (1981), Beat (1982) and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984) long-players, the quartet likewise dip into the vintage Krim catalog. Searing and nimble readings of the title instrumental from the LP Red (1974), as well as the second movement of Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973) are rendered with arguably more energy and aggression than the decade-old originals. They also equal the intensity of recent arrivals "Thela Hun Ginjeet" and "Sleepless," especially with the addition of Belew's incisive lyrics and duelling fretwork with Fripp. Belew's versatility is prominent as he counters with the gorgeous "Matte Kudasai," the surreal automobile anthem "Dig Me" and the intricately entwined melodies heard in "Frame by Frame," "Three of a Perfect Pair" and "Elephant Talk." The formidable rhythm section are accounted for with Levin commanding the lower registers and providing the occasional backing vocal. While he is flawless throughout, his contributions to "Sleepless" and "Industry" are nothing short of definitive and helped delineate the resonance of this lineup. Overall, Absent Lovers is a perfect way for enthusiasts to remember this aggregate or for the curious to hear what all the fuss is about.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Dgm
UPC: 0633367770929
catalogNumber: 9804
Rank: 106979


Disc 1

  1. Entry of the Crims
  2. Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 3
  3. Thela Hun Ginjeet
  4. Red
  5. Matte Kudasai
  6. Industry
  7. Dig Me
  8. Three of a Perfect Pair
  9. Indiscipline

Disc 2

  1. Sartori in Tangier
  2. Frame by Frame
  3. Man with an Open Heart
  4. Waiting Man
  5. Sleepless
  6. Lark's Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2
  7. Discipline
  8. Heartbeat
  9. Elephant Talk
  10. [CD-Rom Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Tony Levin   Synthesizer,Bass,Stick,Vocals

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
King Crimson   Composer
Steve Ball   Logo
Brad Davis   Engineer
Robert Fripp   Composer,Liner Notes
Tony Levin   Composer
David Singleton   Engineer
George Glossop   Live Mixing
Hugh O'Donnell   Cover Design
P.J. Crook   Cover Painting
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