Lizard T-shirt: would LOVE to have one. Ties in with celtic interlace of Discipline era. Also resembles the artwork of Pauline Baynes, the best illustrator of Tolkien and Lewis. Great stuff.
Earthbound debate: Earthbound is really cool. A relic. Used to own the vinyl. Now have just got the 30th anniv. ed. CD with mini-LP cardboard slipcover (bought at the incredible Recofan store in Shibuya, Tokyo. Hey, Japan is the last bastion of hard-copy diehards!) Anyway, the Islands line-up is awesome on the 40th anniv ed. DVD extras. Yeah! How I lament that peacemaking stint unfolding! And the 40th ed. proves well enough there was indeed a thread of continuity connecting all the 70s versions of Crim.
But what the fffff is this? Earthbound 21cSzM is the best live version? Huh?????
OK, Mel gets lowdown and dirty on that one, it's good, it's really good, and I don't give a hoot about sound quality, but the best live version ever?
I'd have to say....
No, no, no!
The original line-up at Chesterfield or at Plumpton!!!!!!!!!! Greg sounded the best without ANY distortion and with this incredible ascending grace-note thing on the end of every "schizoid ma-A-AN-NN". I mean, please don't listen to the original line-up with an anti-ELP filter in your brain!!!! I think an objective assessment would have to be that Greg was far and away the best vocalist Crim ever had!!! Yeah!!! But it's Crimso-Greg LIVE that's the real deal!!! (his performances on ITCOTCK and ITWOP are another thing entirely.)
Anyway, after that, I'd have to agree with THE FRIPP. There was one other 70s Crimso performance that registers "out of this world" and it's Bruford-Cross-Fripp-Wetton in their very last concert in Central Park New York. THE FRIPP's solo in 21cSzM melts your brain and dissolves your spinal cord producing multiple head rushes and near out-of-the-body experiences for those who listen with open minds (err, I mean empty minds after FRIPP is done with you because listening to it is something akin to having a lobotomy. Your brain will never be the same.)
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