Monday, April 10, 2006

Album of the Day

Absent Lovers, by King Crimson (1995): Last week I was extolling the virtues of the "double trio" lineup, but one musn't overlook the 80s Crim either. After relaunching the brand with a band with Discipline, the other two studio albums by this bunch (Belew, Levin, Bruford, & Fripp) didn't meet that high standard. Live, on the other hand, the band continued to surge and went off on a high note. This album documents that lineup's last concert (in Montreal) and finds them in fine form. The material from Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair in particular really comes a live on stage. Just listen to the disc 2 kickoff, "Sartori in Tangier," in which a sort of new wave Levin groove is ripped apart by some furious Frippie shredding. Breathtaking stuff, on the whole.

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