King Crimson: Live In Argentina, 1994

Audio-visual treat from early-90s six-piece set-up.

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Never mind the visuals. Unless your idea of DVD heaven is marvelling at Adrian Belew’s ponytail or trying to make out Robert Fripp in the shadows, the real selling point of this double DVD-A is the mighty ensemble playing of the newly reconvened King Crimson.

These two complete shows from ’94 – matinee and evening – feature the fabled ‘double trio’ line-up of guitarists Fripp and Belew, bassists Tony Levin and Trey Gunn, plus twin percussionists Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto.

Diehard Crim botherers will be familiar with most of these live songs from 1995’s B’Boom, also recorded on the same Argentinian tour, but the cleaner sound and separation sharpens the depth and brings out the rich textures of Fripp and Belew in particular.

Much of the set is made up from that year’s mini-LP Vrooom and 1995 follow-up Thrak, though there are ravishing versions of 70s perennials Red and Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II.

Rob Hughes

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2008, and sister title Prog since its inception in 2009. Regular contributor to Uncut magazine for over 20 years. Other clients include Word magazine, Record Collector, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and When Saturday Comes. Alongside Marc Riley, co-presenter of long-running A-Z Of David Bowie podcast. Also appears twice a week on Riley’s BBC6 radio show, rifling through old copies of the NME and Melody Maker in the Parallel Universe slot. Designed Aston Villa’s kit during a previous life as a sportswear designer. Geezer Butler told him he loved the all-black away strip.