|Produced by Robert Fripp & David Singleton|
|Released on June 25, 1996|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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T his noisome nightmare comes courtesy of King Crimson, one of the most talented bands currently walking our blue planet. If youíve led a dissolute life, save your money, since they probably have this in heavy rotation on Hellís radio. Crimson fans are an adventurous lot by nature, so all this scarifying soloing (culled from the improvisational sections recorded during the bandís 1995 Thrak tour) might be right up your alley. Itís a dark alley, however, and will shed little light on the bandís appeal if youíre just starting down this path. The liner notes from Robert Fripp once again allude to the audienceís ďpatience and generosityĒ during these performances, and I gotta tell you that Iím running short of both where Fripp is concerned. These discs cost too much money for me to shrug my shoulders and go ďOh well, I got suckered into sixty minutes of noodling again.Ē As much as the DGM label likes to note that they retain the copyright to their works, they couldnít give this stuff away with a free blender. Since my grousing doesnít paint a very evocative picture, Iíll attempt a description of THRaKaTTaK with my meager little subset of the English language. The closest parallel Iíve heard is Frank Zappaís Jazz From Hell, though Crimson is far more lively in execution. Sections of soundscapes slip into the angular riffing, Bill Bruford rolls through the marimbas with glee, Adrian Belew spanks his guitar into a tantrum, and the whole thing often sounds like a box full of band instruments taking a tumble down a long staircase. If thatís your idea of a good investment, or your curiosity is insatiable and youíre certain that the commotion must be a smokescreen for BIG musical ideas, then go ahead, buy THRaKaTTak. But please donít play this for friends with the intent of showing them how smart you are.
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ADRIAN BELEW -- guitar
BILL BRUFORD -- acoustic & electric percussions, marimba
ROBERT FRIPP -- guitar, soundscapes
TREY GUNN -- Warr guitar
TONY LEVIN -- NS electric upright bass, photography
PAT MASTELOTTO -- acoustic & electric percussions
David Singleton -- digital editor (SADiE)
George Glossop -- front-of-house sound mixer
Bill Smith Studios, London -- sleeve design
Steve Jennings -- cover photography
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