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King Crimson The Road to Red - Limited Edition Boxed Set (21 CDs/1DVD/2 Blu-Ray KCCBX7 21 CD/DVD-A/2 BluRay
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Format21 Audio CD / DVD Audio / 2 BluRay Disc
Ordering NumberKCCBX7
Barcode633367197528
labelDGM
Release date14.10.2013
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      Robert Fripp: Guitar and Mellotron - John Wetton: Bass and Voice
      William Bruford: Percussives
      With: David Cross, Mel Collins, Ian McDonald, Robin Miller, Mark Charig

      Between April and July 1974 King Crimson embarked on a tour of Canada and America which has come to be recognised as one of the most powerful series of concerts performed not just by Fripp, Cross, Wetton and Bruford but by any band of the era.

      The band, who had been rarely off the road - except to record studio albums - chose to perform a selection of recent material from the then newly released Starless And Bible Black, older fan favourites, newly written/then unrecorded material & nightly improvisations at a level described by many eye-witnesses and observers as “the most intense” gigs they’d ever attended.

      A single live LP “USA” was issued in 1975, a year after the band split but failed to convey the full extent of how ferocious a beast King Crimson was in full-flight. No other band blended powerful rock with an ability to turn in epic improvisations of immense subtlety or strength.

      Many of the shows on this final tour had been recorded, either professionally to multi-track tape, or on the band’s stereo cassette feed from the mixing desk. These remained unheard until 1992 when selected highlights were released in 1992 on the 4 CD boxed set, The Great Deceiver. 

      Now The Road To Red offers a comprehensive overview of this final tour and at last does justice to a group who were operating at the very height of their powers.

      Every soundboard quality recording known to exist is presented with audio fully restored, all released on CD for the first time. There are also five complete concerts, drawn from multi-track recordings, alongside the restored audio bootleg of the band’s final show from New York and a new stereo mix of “Red” by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson undertaken in 2012.

      A total of 16 concerts are featured across 20 discs, with the studio “Red” as the 21st CD.

      The set also features:

      A DVD containing a high resolution stereo presentation of “USA” (in all mixes) and the new stereo mix of “Red”

      2 Blu-Ray discs containing the five full length multi-track concert recordings (newly transferred at the highest resolution available from the original analogue Dolby SR source mix-down tapes & presented in 24/192

      DTS-HD master sound), new & original stereo versions of “Red” and the existing 5.1  multi-channel mixes of the album presented in 24/96 DTS-HD also feature on Blu-Ray.

      With a fully illustrated album sized booklet featuring previously unseen photos & a wealth of newly written material + postcards, replicas of hand-written set lists, album prints of the “USA” & “Red” covers & other memorabilia, this is an essential release for King Crimson fans. For many King Crimson fans nothing compares with the band’s output from 1972–1974.  Commenting on the final live date on The Road To Red, Robert Fripp notes this was the first gig gig “since the 1969 Crimson where the bottom of my spine registered ‘out of this world’ to the same degree.”

      Tracklist hide

      hideVol. 1: CD
      • VVeterans Memorial Coliseum, Columbus, OH April 28, 1974
        • 1.The Great Deceiver
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Fracture
        • 6.Easy Money
        • 7.Improv II
        • 8.The Night Watch
        • 9.RF Announcement
      moreVol. 2: CD
      • Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA April 29, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.The Great Deceiver
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Improv: Bartley Butsford
        • 5.Exiles
        • 6.Fracture
        • 7.Easy Money
        • 8.Improv: Daniel Dust
        • 9.The Night Watch
      moreVol. 3: CD
      • Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA April 29, 1974
        • 1.Doctor Diamond
        • 2.Starless
        • 3.Improv: Wilton Carpet
        • 4.The Talking Drum
        • 5.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 6.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 4: CD
      • Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, TX June 5, 1974
        • 1.The Great Deceiver
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Fracture
        • 6.Starless
        • 7.The Talking Drum
        • 8.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
      moreVol. 5: CD
      • Tarrant County Convention Centre, Fort Worth, TX June 6, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Easy Money
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Fracture
        • 5.Improv
        • 6.The Talking Drum
        • 7.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 8.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 6: CD
      • Fairground Arena, Oklahoma City, OK June 7, 1974
        • 1.The Great Deceiver
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Fracture
        • 6.Starless
        • 7.Improv II
        • 8.The Talking Drum
        • 9.The Talking Drum insert †
        • 10.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
      moreVol. 7: CD
      • Civil Auditorium, El Paso, TX June 8, 1974
        • 1.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Easy Money
        • 6.Fracture
        • 7.RF Announcement
        • 8.Starless (Part I)
        • 9.Starless (Part II)
      moreVol. 8: CD
      • Coliseum, Denver, CO June 16, 1974
        • 1.The Great Deceiver
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Exiles
        • 4.Easy Money
        • 5.Starless
        • 6.The Talking Drum *
      moreVol. 9: CD
      • Performing Arts Centre, Milwaukee, WI June 22, 1974
        • 1.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv II
        • 6.The Night Watch
        • 7.Starless
      moreVol. 10: CD
      • Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI June 23, 1974
        • 1.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II) *
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Easy Money *
        • 6.Improv II
        • 7.Great Deceiver
        • 8.Fracture
        • 9.Starless
      moreVol. 11: CD
      • Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario June 24, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv: The Golden Walnut
        • 6.The Night Watch
        • 7.Fracture
      moreVol. 12: CD
      • Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario June 24, 1974
        • 1.Improv: Clueless And Slightly Slack
        • 2.Easy Money
        • 3.Starless
        • 4.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 13: CD
      • Convention Center, Quebec City, Quebec June 25, 1974
        • 1.21st Century Schizoid Man *
        • 2.Lament
        • 3.Improv I
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Easy Money
        • 6.Improv II
        • 7.Fracture
        • 8.Starless *
      moreVol. 14: CD
      • Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC June 27, 1974
        • 1.Lament
        • 2.Improv I
        • 3.Exiles
        • 4.Easy Money
        • 5.Improv II
        • 6.Fracture
        • 7.Starless
      moreVol. 15: CD
      • Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ June 28, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv: Asbury Park
        • 6.Easy Money
        • 7.Improv
        • 8.Fracture
        • 9.Starless
        • 10.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 16: CD
      • Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ June 28, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv: Asbury Park
        • 6.Easy Money
        • 7.Fracture
        • 8.Starless
        • 9.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 17: CD
      • Penn State University, University Park, PA June 29, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv: Is There Life Out There?
        • 6.Easy Money
        • 7.Improv: It Is For You, But Not For Us
        • 8.Fracture
        • 9.Starless
      moreVol. 18: CD
      • Penn State University, University Park, PA June 29, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Exiles
        • 5.Improv: A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos
        • 6.Easy Money
        • 7.Improv: Providence
      moreVol. 19: CD
      • Palace Theatre, Providence, RI June 30, 1974
        • 1.Fracture
        • 2.Starless
        • 3.21st Century Schizoid Man
      moreVol. 20: CD
      • Central Park, New York, NY July 1, 1974
        • 1.Walk On: No Pussyfooting
        • 2.21st Century Schizoid Man
        • 3.Lament
        • 4.Improv
        • 5.Exiles
        • 6.Improv: Cerberus
        • 7.Easy Money
        • 8.Fracture *
        • 9.Starless
        • 10.The Talking Drum
        • 11.Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
      moreVol. 21: CD
      • Red 2013 Stereo Mix
        • 1.Red
        • 2.Fallen Angel
        • 3.One More Red Nightmare
        • 4.Providence
        • 5.Starless
      moreVol. 22: DVD-A
      • LPCM Stereo (24/96) (Audio Content)
        • 1.Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ 2013 Mix PCM Stereo (2448)
      • LPCM Stereo (24/48) (Audio Content)
        • 2.Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ 2005. Mix
      • LPCM Stereo (24/48) (Audio Content)
        • 3.USA 30th Anniversary Remaster
      • LPCM Stereo (24/96) (Audio Content)
        • 4.USA Original UK Vinyl Transfer
      moreVol. 23: BluRay Disc 1
      • AUDIO CONTENT LPCM Stereo (24/192)
        • 1.Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
        • 2.Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario
        • 3.Penn State University, University Park, PA
        • 4.Palace Theatre, Providence, RI
      moreVol. 24: BuRay Disc 2
      • AUDIO CONTENT LPCM Stereo (24/192)
        • 1.Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ 2013 Mix
        • 2.Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ 2005 Mix
        • 3.USA 30th Anniversary Remaster
        • 4.USA Original UK Vinyl Transfer
      • DTS-HD Master Surround LPCM 5.1 Surround
        • 5.Red The 2009 Surround Mix
        • 6.Bonus studio track
        • 7.Bonus live tracks
      • LPCM Stereo (24/96)
        • 8.Red 30th Anniversary Remaster
        • 9.Red 2013 Stereo Mix
        • 10.Bonus studio tracks