King Crimson Starless 23CD, 2DVD-A & 2Blu-Ray Audio Discs Box Set

King Crimson

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Limited Edition Box Set Contains 23 CDs, 2 DVD-A, and 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs!

Autumn 1973: As King Crimson's second lengthy US tour of that year was coming to a close, a short series of UK concerts for the end of October, followed by a more extensive European tour in November, was already planned. Three of these concerts, Glasgow, Zurich & Amsterdam, were recorded as full multi-track recordings, with material from the Amsterdam show being used as core material for the January 1974 recording of Starless & Bible Black.

From mid-March to the start of April, the band was on the road in Europe again, promoting the album with their final European concerts of the decade, prior to undertaking a further US tour. A number of these concerts were recorded on stereo reel to reel machines, fed directly from the signal as sent to the PA system on the night of the performance. These soundboards are often referred to as "The Blue Tapes," named after the outer color of the original tape boxes, and especially valued for the quality both of performance and recording.

Few bands of the era offered as much variety in material from night to night. King Crimson's propensity for improvisation & fondness for playing its newest material--often unreleased on record at the time of the concerts--is legendary. Fewer bands still, whether by accident or design, recorded so many of their live shows. Starless offers an in-depth overview of one of the era's most significant bands in its most celebrated live line-up.

Limited to a single pressing run, this collection includes 23 CDs, 2 DVD-A and 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs featuring live recordings from October 1973 to April 1974 (recordings referred to as The Blue Tapes) as well as studio material. It's housed in a 12" x 12" box and also includes memorabilia, album & poster prints, and more.

The set includes 19 CDs of live material from 1973-74, 1 CD of studio material and 3 bonus CDs. Two DVD-Audio discs and 2 Blu-ray Audio discs contain live concert and studio recordings in stereo, quadraphonic and 5.1 surround sound.

• Limited Edition Box Set
• 19 CDs of live performance material
• 7 CDs taken from multi-track tape including 4 CDs of material from the Glasgow & Zurich shows, freshly assembled & mastered in Hi-Res from the original Great Deceiver mixes by David Singleton at DGM Soundworld in 2014; the Amsterdam show The Nightwatch mixed by Steven Wilson; & a previously unheard preparatory of material from the same show prepared by George Chkiantz (engineer of all live KC shows of the era & the Red album)
• 11 CDs drawn from high quality stereo reel to reel soundboard tapes. 8 making their first appearance on CD with the remaining three remastered or drawn from new tape sources
• 1 CD presenting the performance from the ORTF Paris TV broadcast
• CD 20 features the 2011 stereo mix of Starless & Bible Black by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp
• DVD-A 1 features the Starless & Bible Black album in 5.1 Surround, with new & original stereo album mixes in High Resolution Stereo plus bonus audio material
• DVD-A 2 features material from Mainz (mixed by David Singleton), Amsterdam (mixed by Steven Wilson) & a later show from Pittsburgh (mixed by George Chkiantz) in quadraphonic audio & High-Resolution Stereo
• Both DVD-A discs are region 0 playable in all areas & compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players
• 2 BD discs of studio & live material in hi-res stereo
• Quad & 5.1 surround
• 12” box with booklet
• Full sized album print & lyric sheet insert containing 3 bonus audio CDs
• 40-page album-sized booklet with rare photos, eye-witness accounts of the concerts & sleeve notes incorporating new interview material with all band members
• Replica press folder reprinting original information & photos
• 1973 tour flyer
• Zurich concert brochure & color poster
• Replica Frankfurt concert ticket with concert download details

Robert Fripp, guitar, mellotron
David Cross, violin, keyboards
John Wetton, bass, voice
Bill Bruford, percussives

Discs 1 & 2:
Apollo Theatre
Glasgow, UK
October 23, 1973

Discs 3 & 4:
Zurich, Switzerland
November 15, 1973

Discs 5 & 6:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 23, 1973

Disc 7:
Palazzo Dello Sport
Udine, Italy
March 19, 1974

Disc 8:
Palazzo Dello Sport
Brescia, Italy
March 20, 1974

Disc 9:
Ortf T.V
Paris, France
March 22, 1974

Disc 10:
Palais Paul Videl
Avignon, France
March 24, 1974

Disc 11:
Palais Des Sports
Besancon, France
March 25, 1974

Disc 12:
Augsburg, Germany
March 27, 1974

Disc 13:
Halle Der Fachoschule
Dieburg, Germany
March 28, 1974

Disc 14:
Heidelberg, Germany
March 29, 1974

Disc 15:
Elzer Hof
Mainz, Germany
March 30, 1974

Disc 16:
Pforzheim, Germany
March 31, 1974

Disc 17:
Kassel, Germany
April 1, 1974

Disc 18:
Gottingen, Germany
April 2, 1974

Disc 19:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 23, 1973

Disc 20:
Starless and Bible Black
2011 Stereo Album Mix

Discs 21 & 22:
DVD-A One: "Starless & Bible Black" 5.1 Surround, original stereo, 2011 stereo in High-Res audio + bonus audio content
DVD-A Two: Live material from Mainz, Amsterdam & Pittsburgh in multi-channel & hi-res stereo audio

Discs 23 & 24:
Blu-Ray Disc One: Live material from Glasgow, Zurich (24/192) & Amsterdam (24/96) in hi-res stereo audio + bonus audio content
Blu-Ray Disc Two: "Starless & Bible Black" (as per DVD-A one) Live material (as per DVD-A two) + bonus audio content + New York & Paris film footage

Discs 25, 27, & 27:
Bonus Discs
Arlington, Texas, October 6, 1973
Audio Curios
Undine, Italy, March 19, 1974

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