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King Crimson – Jumble Of Lies (Siréne-120)


Jumble Of Lies (Siréne-120)

Palazzo Del Sport, Rome, Italy – April 6, 1973

Doctor Diamond, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I, Fripp speaks, Easy Money, Improvisations, Exiles, Book Of Saturday, Improvisations, Talking Drum, Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II, 21st Century Schizoid Man

Jumble Of Lies is the first release on silver of the rare spring performance in Rome in April.  The Rome show on November 13th, 1973  (Solve et Coagula and Mirrors) has received wider circulation.  The cdr label Peace Frog issued this as A Broader Sympathy  (PF 217-D). 

It is sourced by a good but inconsistent tape.  During quieter passages it improves in quality but can’t seem to handle the louder parts.  There are also fluctuations where some songs sound much better than others probably due to tape deterioration since this is a thirty-year-old tape.  Despite the limitations there is a good live sound that makes it very good.   

“Doctor Diamond” opens the show and runs right into “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I”. 

Afterwards Fripp says how happy he is for King Crimson’s first tour of Italy and hopes there will be many more in the future before a long version of “Easy Money” with some different, inaudible lyrics about a snake.  The first improvisation contains a long “Fracture”-like phrase. 

A second source is used for the first forty-eight seconds of “Book Of Saturday”.  The second improv is an eight-minute Bruford led impressionistic nightmare that segues into “Talking Drum”. 

“21st Century Schizoid Man” is the encore.  A source floating around claims to have a second encore “Peace- A Theme” and a reprise of “Doctor Diamond”.  That isn’t included here and its authenticity is disputed. 

The packing includes several great photos of the band.  Overall this is a really good release and the first silver Crimso release on Sirene in over a year.  The label can fill a big need with future releases since Fripp’s attention of late has shifted to the KCCC CD releases to posting tapes online for download.  

Perhaps Sirene can make some of those tapes available in the future since not all collectors are sold on downloading tapes.  Besides Sirene always do a spectacular job and the mastering of these documents and could do as good a job with them as Fripp himself.

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