Friday, February 8, 2013

Speaking In (Larks) Tongues Part 2

In terms of stage performances, the 72-74 group deviated from the prior live incarnations in several ways. As I noted before, earlier editions made use of flute and saxophone, which in itself gave a different aural space than the later line-up occupied. The original 69 band and particularly the 71-72 edition made heavier overtones towards jazz and in particular the free-jazz idiom. These earlier units also overlapped songs from the KC library as the original group included material that would appear on the band’s, not-yet-recorded second album. The 71-72 unit typically made use of songs that had appeared on all phases of the band’s prior catalog. The 72-74 ensemble was very stingy in playing works that existed before it’s own inception. I have heard them do “Peace-A Theme” and “Catfood” from the second KC album but only on the rarest of occasions. Aside from that they only performed “21st Century Schizoid Man”, from the first KC album, with any regularity.

But you really need to hear some of this stuff. Here is a link to Youtube for an example of the earliest incarnation of the 72-74 outfit. As a matter of fact it’s only the group’s 4th live appearance. This is a performance of “Larks Tongues In Aspic Pt. 1” from German television and it includes Jamie Muir

One of the more interesting discoveries that I have recently made is that a prototypical version of the song existed prior to the Fripp/Bruford/Wetton/Cross/Muir formation. During the “Island” sessions the previous edition of the band committed “A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls” to tape. 

End Of Part 2

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