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THRaKaTTaK (1996)

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THRaKaTTaK (1996)

Postby vrooom on Sat Apr 17, 2004 11:42 am

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Postby The Crimson Avenger on Thu May 06, 2004 4:55 pm

Angular, abstract, ever-mutating, and featuring a classic Crimso hook (not to mention the occasional power-drill solo), 'Thrak' was easily the highlight of the 95/96 shows. I very much regret that it didn't continue through to the Double Duo's repetoire. It would have completed the seemingly truncated Level 5 set.

Construckting an epic, album-length version, a la the Greyfolded Dark Star project, was a stroke of genius. This is probably the heaviest CD in the KC catalog, and is essential to any proper Kcollection.

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Postby MiKcrobe on Thu May 06, 2004 5:14 pm

Robert Fripp's assessment of the Elephant Talk newsletter:
"I don't see how anyone would want to read it all for fun."

My review of THRaKaTTak:
I don't see how anyone would want to listen to it all for fun."

Having said, that, I do play it once in a while, but it's not fun at all, it's very hard work. But then, I like that in music. The more challenging, the better. THRaKaTTak is the complete antithesis of Easy Listening.
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Postby The Crimson Avenger on Thu May 06, 2004 5:31 pm

MiKcrobe wrote: THRaKaTTak is the complete antithesis of Easy Listening.


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Postby Dog_none on Thu May 06, 2004 7:07 pm

MiKcrobe wrote:THRaKaTTak is the complete antithesis of Easy Listening.


Yeah, that just about sums it up.
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Postby diderot on Thu May 06, 2004 7:30 pm

I was affraid of buying this album for the little I'd read about, similar to THRaKaTTak is the complete antithesis of Easy Listening. Then I found it at a bargain price and I loved it. I regret for taking so long to buy it...

Even released as PCM/stereo it works very fine on surround systems due to different frequencies and fast changes. You can feel the sound moving. :shock:
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Mother Hold The Candle Steady While I Shave The Chicken's Li

Postby Dai McClurg on Fri May 07, 2004 9:05 pm

I'm particularly fond of this song title, which shows a certain demented sensibility that I value:

Mother Hold The Candle Steady While I Shave The Chicken's Lip
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Postby aspic tongue on Fri May 07, 2004 10:06 pm

I absolutely hate this album-I love Crim improvs and all but this album is just horrible IMO.
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Postby vrooom on Sat May 08, 2004 12:33 am

I think I've only ever listened to this CD the once. I like the song titles a lot though and at least it came with a sticker warning that it was 60 minutes of improvised music...unlike the David Sylvian "Blemish" album, which came with no warning sticker at all. :P (Yup, it's been nearly a year and I still haven't got over it yet!)


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Postby MarkSullivan on Sat May 08, 2004 3:20 pm

I've listened to this several times, but it's my least favorite of the improvised Crim. I'd take Wetton/Bruford or ProjeKcts over it any day. I like the energy of it, but agree that the actual sound is pretty forbiding. It does tend to be dissonant, abstract, even downright ugly at times.
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