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New Exhaustive 27-Disc Set Details the 1973/74 King Crimson Live Experience

King Crimson: Starless (Deluxe Box Set)Everything one could possibly want from mid-1970s King Crimson has been compiled on the massive collection, Starless.

The exhaustive 27-disc set pretty much presents the material created by the 1973/74 version of King Crimson — particularly in its live shows — from almost every conceivable audio angle available on CD or DVD/Blu-Ray.

The multi-CD and DVD set, which will only have one pressing, includes 19 CDs of live music, with 7 of those drawn from multi-track tape from fall 1973 shows in Europe. 11 CDs use material from high-quality stereo reel-to-reel soundboard tapes. John Wetton played bass in this incarnation of the band.

Some of the music has appeared previously, on The Great Deceiver (1992), my mail order, and as downloads from DGM Live. Performances found on The Great Deceiver, however, have been remastered from the original mixes.

Some 1973 Amsterdam performances have also been released as The Night Watch (1997), however, this time around, the mix is different. And of course, there’s some never-before-released live music, too. This set puts all this work into one full package.

There’s also a CD of music from a Paris TV broadcast and the 2011 mix of the studio album that appeared after these shows — Starless and Bible Black. The album is also featured on a DVD with 5.1 surround sound, original and new mixes, and additional audio. Another DVD includes music from live shows in Europe and Pittsburgh, and a Blue-Ray disc includes lossless audio transfers of several live shows.

There’s an album-sized booklet with photos, memorabilia, and new sleeve notes, too.

The track list will blow your mind if you’re a fan of this era of King Crimson. Starless is out now in the deluxe, limited edition box set. Check out the total package:

Here’s a performance of “Starless” from 1974:

King Crimson: Starless (Deluxe Box Set) Complete Track List:

Disc 1 – Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, UK, October 23, 1973:

  1. Improv: Sharks’ Lungs In Lemsip
  2. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
  3. RF Announcement
  4. Easy Money
  5. Improv: We’ll Let You Know
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Fracture
  8. Lament

Disc 2- Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, UK, October 23, 1973:

  1. Book Of Saturday
  2. Improv: Tight Scrummy
  3. Exiles
  4. Improv: Loose Scrummy
  5. The Talking Drum
  6. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  7. Peace – A Theme
  8. Cat Food

Disc 3 – Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Lament
  6. Peace: A Theme
  7. Cat Food
  8. The Night Watch
  9. Fracture

Disc 4 – Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973:

  1. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part I
  2. Improv: The Mincer
  3. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part II
  4. Easy Money
  5. Exiles
  6. Improv: Some More Pussyfooting
  7. The Talking Drum
  8. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  9. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 5 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Lament
  3. Book Of Saturday
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Fracture
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Improv: Starless And Bible Black

Disc 6 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973:

  1. Improv: Trio
  2. Exiles
  3. Improv: The Fright Watch
  4. The Talking Drum
  5. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  6. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 7 – Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy, March 19, 1974:

  1. Exiles
  2. Fracture
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)

Disc 8 – Palazzo dello Sport, Brescia, Italy, March 20, 1974:

  1. Improv I
  2. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Easy Money
  5. Lament
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Improv II
  8. Starless
  9. Exiles

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

  1. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  2. Improv
  3. The Night Watch
  4. Lament
  5. Starless

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

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Doctor Diamond
  3. Lament
  4. Fracture
  5. The Night Watch
  6. The Great Deceiver
  7. Starless
  8. Exiles
  9. The Talking Drum
  10. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)

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

  1. Doctor Diamond
  2. Lament
  3. Fracture
  4. The Night Watch
  5. The Great Deceiver
  6. Improv I †
  7. Starless
  8. Exiles
  9. Improv II

Disc 12 – Stadttheater, Augsburg, Germany, March 27, 1974:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Doctor Diamond
  3. Lament
  4. Easy Money
  5. Fracture
  6. The Night Watch
  7. The Great Deceiver
  8. Starless
  9. Improv: Augsburg
  10. Exiles
  11. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)

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

  1. Doctor Diamond
  2. RF Announcement
  3. Lament
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Fracture
  6. Improv I
  7. Exiles
  8. The Great Deceiver
  9. Improv II
  10. Starless

Disc 14 – Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany, March 29, 1974:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv I
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Improv II
  6. Exiles
  7. Improv III
  8. Starless
  9. The Night Watch
  10. Lament
  11. Easy Money
  12. Fracture

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

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: The Savage
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Improv: Arabica
  5. Exiles
  6. Improv: Atria
  7. The Night Watch
  8. Starless
  9. Lament
  10. Improv: Trio
  11. Easy Money

Disc 16 – Jahnhalle, Pforzheim, Germany, March 31, 1974:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Improv I
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Improv II
  5. Exiles
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Lament
  8. Starless
  9. Easy Money
  10. Fracture

Disc 17 – Stadthalle, Kassel, Germany, April 1, 1974:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Improv I
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Improv II
  5. Exiles
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Lament
  8. Starless
  9. Improv III
  10. Easy Money
  11. Fracture

Disc 18 – Stadthalle, Gottingen, Germany, April 2, 1974:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Doctor Diamond
  3. Exiles
  4. Fracture
  5. RF Announcement
  6. Lament
  7. Starless
  8. Improv I
  9. The Night Watch

Disc 19 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Lament
  3. Book Of Saturday
  4. Exiles
  5. Improv: The Fright Watch
  6. The Talking Drum
  7. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  8. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 20 – Starless And Bible Black, 2011 Stereo Mix:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. We’ll Let You Know
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Trio
  6. The Mincer
  7. Starless And Bible Black
  8. Fracture

Disc 21 DVD-A 1 – Starless And Bible Black, 5.1 Surround Mix, 2011 Stereo Mix:

Original Stereo Mix:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. We’ll Let You Know
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Trio
  6. The Mincer
  7. Starless And Bible Black
  8. Fracture
  9. Bonus track 5.1 Surround Mix: Easy Money

LPCM Stereo (24/48) – Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973:

  1. Lament
  2. The Night Watch
  3. Fracture
  4. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part I
  5. Improv: The Mincer
  6. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part II

LPCM Stereo (24/48) – Additional tracks:

  1. We’ll Let You Know (unedited from The Great Deceiver)
  2. Doctor Diamond (Live, June 23rd 1973, Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia)
  3. Guts On My Side (Live, March 19th 1974, Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy)
  4. The Night Watch (Single edit – stereo)
  5. The Night Watch (US radio single edit – mono)
  6. 30 second radio advert
  7. 60 second radio advert

Video Content – Central Park, New York, June 25, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet

Disc 22 DVD-A 2 :

LPCM Stereo (24/48) – Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, March 30, 1974:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: The Savage
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Improv: Arabica
  5. Exiles
  6. Improv: Atria
  7. The Night Watch
  8. Starless
  9. Lament
  10. Improv: Trio
  11. Easy Money
  12. Fracture (fragment)

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Improv: Starless And Bible Black
  3. Exiles
  4. Improv: The Fright Watch
  5. The Talking Drum
  6. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  7. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, USA, April 29, 1974:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. The Night Watch
  4. Starless

Disc 23 Blu-Ray 1 – LPCM Stereo (24/192), DTS-HD Master Audio:

Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, UK, October 23, 1973:

  1. Walk On
  2. Improv: Sharks’ Lungs In Lemsip
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part I)
  4. Book Of Saturday
  5. Easy Money
  6. Improv: We’ll Let You Know
  7. The Night Watch
  8. Improv: Tight Scrummy
  9. Improv: Loose Scrummy
  10. The Talking Drum
  11. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  12. Peace – A Theme
  13. Cat Food

Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part I
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Lament
  6. Peace: A Theme
  7. Cat Food
  8. Fracture
  9. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part I
  10. Improv: The Mincer
  11. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part II
  12. Easy Money
  13. Exiles
  14. Improv: Some More Pussyfooting
  15. The Talking Drum
  16. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  17. 21st Century Schizoid Man

LPCM Stereo (24/96) – DTS-HD Master Audio: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973

  1. Easy Money
  2. Lament
  3. Book Of Saturday
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Fracture
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Improv: Starless And Bible Black
  8. The Great Deceiver
  9. Exiles
  10. Improv: The Fright Watch
  11. The Talking Drum
  12. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  13. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Additional material – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1974 Stereo Mix by George Chkiantz:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Lament
  3. Book Of Saturday
  4. Exiles
  5. Improv: The Fright Watch
  6. The Talking Drum
  7. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  8. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 24 Blu-Ray 2 – DTS-HD Master Surround, LPCM 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo (24/96), Starless And Bible Black , 5.1 Surround Mix, 2011 Stereo Mix, Original Stereo Mix, Original UK Vinyl Transfer:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. We’ll Let You Know
  4. The Night Watch
  5. Trio
  6. The Mincer
  7. Starless And Bible Black
  8. Fracture

LPCM Stereo (24/48) – Additional tracks:

  1. The Night Watch (Single edit – stereo)
  2. The Night Watch (US radio single edit – mono)
  3. 30 second radio advert
  4. 60 second radio advert

DTS-HD Master Surround – LPCM Surround, LPCM Stereo (24/96) – Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, March 30, 1974:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: The Savage
  3. Doctor Diamond
  4. Improv: Arabica
  5. Exiles
  6. Improv: Atria
  7. The Night Watch
  8. Starless
  9. Lament
  10. Improv: Trio
  11. Easy Money
  12. Fracture (fragment)

Mixed from several source tapes by David Singleton at DGM (2014) – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Improv: Starless And Bible Black
  3. Exiles
  4. Improv: The Fright Watch
  5. The Talking Drum
  6. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  7. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, USA, April 29, 1974:

  1. The Great Deceiver
  2. Lament
  3. The Night Watch
  4. Starless

Video Content – ORTF T.V, Paris, France, March 22, 1974:

  1. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  2. Improv
  3. The Night Watch
  4. Lament
  5. Starless

Central Park, New York, June 25, 1973:

  1. Easy Money
  2. Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet

Disc 25 – Bonus Audio 1 – University Of Texas, Arlington, TX, October 6, 1973:

  1. Walk On
  2. Improv I
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part I
  4. RF Announcement
  5. Easy Money
  6. The Night Watch
  7. Fracture
  8. Book Of Saturday
  9. Lament
  10. Improv II
  11. Exiles

Disc 26 – Bonus Audio 2 – Audio Curios:

1-3 University of Texas, Arlington, TX, October 6, 1973
5-7 Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, November 15, 1973
8-10 Elzer Hof, Mainz, Germany, October 6, 1973

  1. The Talking Drum
  2. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  3. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  4. Doctor Diamond (Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia, June 23, 1973)
  5. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part I
  6. Improv: The Mincer
  7. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part II
  8. Easy Money
  9. Fracture
  10. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part II)

Disc 27 – Bonus Audio 3 – Palazzo dello Sport, Udine, Italy, March 19, 1974:

  1. Walk On: No Pussyfooting
  2. Improv: Some Pussyfooting
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic: Part I
  4. Lament
  5. Doctor Diamond
  6. The Night Watch
  7. The Great Deceiver
  8. Guts On My Side
  9. Improv II
  10. Starless
  11. Book Of Saturday
  12. Exiles
  13. Fracture