King Crimson The Complete 1969 Recordings

King Crimson In The Court of the Crimson King – 1969 Complete Box Set

Could this be the ultimate box set ever assembled to feature one album?  The only thing missing from this set is a hologram of the band performing it in your room!

There have been many versions of this album released since the arrival of CD and the re-emergence of vinyl. Personally I have a vinyl copy and the 30th & 40th Anniversary Editions. (The 5.1 mix is stunning by the way!) There has also been a large box set but this one is on a whole new level.

So is this just another exercise in ripping off the fans to make them buy this material again?

Even without seeing it in the flesh and hearing anything from it, I would say absolutely not!. With Steven Wilson involved and Robert Fripp on board what you get here a completely immersive experience of a band coming together to create an album which has become almost mythical over the years. From the iconic artwork to the swirling mellotrons it sits at the heart what we now call PROG.

Although the focus of the box set is one album it goes far beyond that with multiple live concerts from the period. Each previous remaster / re-issue is revisited. The Blu Rays also have needle drops from the vinyl and there is even a copy of the DVD-Audio edition. This has been put together with the fans in mind first.

To the casual fan, this might look like overkill but for many, it will look like Christmas has come early.

Release Date 23rd October – Price £145 (order Links at the bottom of this page)

Phil Aston | Now Spinning 

 

Notes From Steven Wilson
In what must surely be the last word in deluxe editions of classic albums, King Crimson’s debut In the Court of the Crimson King is now reissued as a 26 Disc (!) CD/DVD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray box set called The Complete 1969 Recordings, with literally every possible perspective on the album, including the complete studio sessions, alternate takes, BBC sessions, every known surviving live recording from the original line up, and pre-KC material recorded by Giles, Giles and Fripp.

The album itself appears in several versions, including a brand new remix of the album in Dolby Atmos for a completely fresh listening experience. I’ve definitely had a bit more fun with this mix, watch out for solos and mellotrons circling overhead! Released on 23rd October.

Release Notes From DGM Live
The complete audio history of one of the most important debut albums of all time is presented across 26 discs in this boxed set. Featuring a new Dolby Atmos mix by Steven Wilson, 6 CDs’ worth of session material on CD & Blu-Ray for the first time (fully mixed by David Singleton), a further disc of newly compiled studio material, the box also includes the original studio album, every alternate take known to exist, every mix known to exist, all live recordings known to exist & a selection of pre/Crimson 1968 recordings.

As with the previous seven boxed sets in the series, The Complete 1969 Recordings is housed in a vinyl sized box complete with a booklet featuring an introduction by Robert Fripp, notes about the source tapes from David Singleton, sleeve-notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith, previously unseen photos from the recordings sessions, additional memorabilia and a protective outer sleeve.

Having done 5.1 Surround Sound mixes for both the 40th & 50th-anniversary editions of the album, Steven Wilson was able to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Atmos mixing, allowing for far greater movement within the mix itself. As he put it: “I’ve definitely had a bit more fun with the Atmos mix, watch out for solos and mellotrons circling overhead!” While the improv section of ‘Moonchild’ is a particular beneficiary of this approach, the mix is very active, with plenty of ear-catching moments to offer to listeners.

Likewise, significant work on the multi-track tapes was undertaken by David Singleton – who mixed all of the existing multi-track sessions recordings to stereo as well as running the single track CD length ‘Let’s Make a Hit Waxing’ – from those same tapes. “Listening to the original recording sessions was astonishing. Time collapses and you are suddenly there in the studio with a young band, just starting out, as they experiment with recording their first album. It is not so much listening to a slick product, more witnessing a process. You are present at the birth.”

Track Listing
Discs 1 – 18, 25, 26 CD
Disc 19 DVD, Disc 20 DVD-A,
Discs 21 – 24 Blu-Ray

Disc 1
Live at Hyde Park

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 The Court of the Crimson King
3 Get Thy Bearings
4 Announcement (Incomplete)
5 Epitaph
6 Mantra
7 Travel Weary Capricorn
8 Mars
9 Band Reunion Meeting

Disc 2
Live at the Marquee

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 Drop In
3 Announcement (Incomplete)
4 I Talk To The Wind
5 Epitaph (Incomplete)
6 Travel Weary Capricorn
7 Improv (inc Nola and Etude No. 7)
8 Mars

Disc 3
Live at Plumpton Festival

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 Get Thy Bearings
3 Announcement
4 The Court Of The Crimson King
5 Mantra
6 Travel Weary Capricorn
7 Improv
8 Mars

Disc 4
Live at Chesterfield Jazz Club

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 Drop In
3 Announcement
4 Epitaph
5 Get Thy Bearings
6 Announcement
7 I Talk To The Wind

Disc 5
Live at Chesterfield Jazz Club

1 Announcement
2 The Court Of The Crimson King
3 Mantra
4 Travel Weary Capricorn
5 Improv
6 Mars

Disc 6
Live at the Fillmore East

1 The Court Of The Crimson King (Incomplete)
2 Announcement
3 A Man, A City
4 Announcement
5 Epitaph
6 Announcement
7 21st Century Schizoid Man
8 The Court Of The Crimson King (Incomplete)
9 Announcement
10 A Man, A City
11 Announcement
12 Epitaph
13 Announcement
14 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 7
Live at the Fillmore West

1 Mantra
2 Travel Weary Capricorn
3 Improv Travel Bleary Capricorn
4 Mars
5 The Court of the Crimson King
6 Announcement
7 Drop In
8 A Man, A City
9 Announcement
10 Epitaph
11 Announcement
12 21st Century Schizoid Man
13 Announcement
14 Mars

Disc 8
Album – Original Master Edtion – expanded

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 I Talk to the Wind
3 Epitaph
4 Moonchild
5 The Court of the Crimson King
6 21st Century Schizoid Man
7 I Talk to the Wind
8 Epitaph
9 The Court of the Crimson King (Single A Side)
10 The Court of the Crimson King (Single B Side)

Disc 9
Alternate album – expanded

1 Wind Session
2 21st Century Schizoid Man (Morgan Studio Version with Overdubs)
3 I Talk To The Wind (Alt 2019 Mix)
4 I Talk To The Wind (Duo Version 2019 Mix)
5 Epitaph (Isolated Vocal 2019 Mix)
6 Epitaph (Alt Take 2019 Mix)
7 Moonchild (Take One 2019 Mix)
8 The Court of the Crimson King (Take 3 2019 Mix)
9 21st Century Schizoid Man (Trio Version 2019 Mix)

Disc 10
2009 Album Mixes – expanded

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 I Talk to the Wind
3 Epitaph
4 Moonchild
5 The Court of the Crimson King
6 Moonchild [Full Version]
7 I Talk to the Wind [Duo Version]
8 I Talk to the Wind [Alternate Mix]
9 Epitaph [Backing Track]
10 Wind Session [21st Century Schizoid Man Intro]

Disc 11
2019 Album Mixes & Instrumental Mixes

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 I Talk to the Wind
3 Epitaph
4 Moonchild
5 The Court of the Crimson King
6 21st Century Schizoid Man
7 I Talk to the Wind
8 Epitaph
9 Moonchild (Edit)
10 The Court of the Crimson King

Disc 12
Let’s Make a Hit Waxing

1 Let’s Make a Hit Waxing

Disc 13
Sessions Disc 1

1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Morgan Studio Instrumental)
2 Epitaph Takes 1 to 3
3 Epitaph Takes 4 to 8
4 I Talk to the Wind Takes 1 to 4

Disc 14
Sessions Disc 2

1 I Talk to the Wind Takes 5 to 8
2 I Talk to the Wind Takes 9 to 12
3 The Court of the Crimson King Stereo Takes

Disc 15
Sessions Disc 3

1 The Court of the Crimson King Take 6
2 The Court of the Crimson King Take 1 and 2
3 The Court of the Crimson King Takes 3 to 7
4 The Court of the Crimson King Takes 8 to 10
5 The Court of the Crimson King Trailer Take 1

Disc 16
Sessions Disc 4

1 The Court of the Crimson King (Stormy Mix)
2 I Talk to the Wind Takes 3 to 6
3 I Talk to the Wind Takes 7 to 9
4 I Talk to the Wind Early Take
5 Drum Check
6 21st Century Schizoid Man Sax Sound Check
7 Ahh (Stormy Mix)
8 I Talk to the Wind (Stormy Mix)

Disc 17
Sessions Disc 5

1 Epitaph Takes 1 to 3
2 Epitaph Takes 5 – 11
3 Epitaph Take 2 (Stormy Mix)

Disc 18
Sessions Disc 6

1 Moonchild Takes 1 to 8
2 Moonchild Take 9 (complete)
3 Trailer Take and Take Overdubbed
4 Pipe Organ Takes
5 Wind Noise Takes
6 The Court of the Crimson King Takes

Disc 19
DVD
24/48 Complete Studio Sessions
24/48 Let’s Make a Hit Waxing
16/48 Stormy Selections

Disc 20
DVD-A
24/48 Original Master Edition
24/48 2019 album mixes in hi-res stereo and 5.1 Surround

Hyde Park Film Snippet

Disc 21
Blu-Ray
24/192 Giles, Giles and Fripp – as per CD 25
24/96 Complete Studio Sessions
24/192 Live at Chesterfield Jazz Club

Disc 22
Blu-Ray
24/96 2009 Hi-Res Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes
24/96 Additional audio and Alternate album from the 2009 mixes
24/48 Original 1969 vinyl needledrops of UK stereo & US Mono Promo LPs
24/48 Original 1969 Mono UK Single A and B Sides and US Promo Single A Side

Disc 23
Blu-Ray
24/96 2019 Mixes in Stereo, 5.1 Surround and Instrumental Mixes
24/96 Original Master Edition
24/96 2019 Alternate Album and Additional Material Mixes

Hyde Park Film Snippet (audio mono)

Disc 24
Blu-Ray
2020 Dolby Atmos Mix
24/96 I Talk to the Wind (duo version) 5.1 Surround *
* audio through four channels only
24/96 Let’s Make a Hit Waxing

Disc 25
Selected Recordings 1968

Giles, Giles and Fripp

1 Tremelo Study in A Major (Spanish Suite)
2 Suite No. 1
3 Scrivens
4 Why Don’t You Just Drop In (i)
5 I Talk to the Wind (i)
6 Plastic Pennies
7 Passages of Time
8 Under the Sky (ii)
9 I Talk to the Wind (ii)
10 Erudite Eyes
11 Make it Today (ii)
12 Wonderland
13 Why Don’t You Just Drop In (ii)
14 She is Loaded

Disc 26
BBC Sessions and Trees

1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 Epitaph
3 The Court of the Crimson King
4 I Talk to the Wind
5 Get Thy Bearings

Live at Fairfield Hall, Croydon

6 Trees

Discs 1-3, 6 & 7 have been audio restored at DGM to remove hiss & other noise from earlier editions but with original DGM mastering to optimise original sound sources. Discs 4 & 5 present the complete concert on disc in a new transfer & master from the original cassette source – at least one generation better than previously presented. All material on Discs 1- 7 originally taken from the audience or band recordings. Discs 12 – 18 are all new to disc & mixed from the original multi-track tapes. Disc 25 is taken from a new transfer & newly mastered from the original tapes. Material on disc 19 is new to disc. Material on discs 20 is new to DVD-A. Material on discs 21,22 & 24 is new to Blu-Ray.

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