Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|21st Century Schizoid Band Live In Japan|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Note: This is NOT a NTSC DVD - this is a PAL, Region 0 (all region) DVD. Do not order this title if you can not play a PAL DVD. Note that you can play a PAL DVD on any computer with a DVD player.
Welcome to the court!! Early King Crimson finally comes to l
Samuel B. King | Concord, NH | 06/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW!!!!!!!!!!!If there were more than 5 stars, this DVD rates it. I missed this band when they played the Middle East in Boston last year. On viewing this DVD, anyone who caught their recent tours were in for a treat. For those of you who are fans of the early King Crimson, this band is arguably more King Crimson than the current group of that name. Comprised of the Giles brothers, Ian Macdonald, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar and vocals, the group literally brings the first Crimson albums to life on the stage. Some of these members (most, in fact) were part of the original Crimson, so, this is NOT a "tribute" band, but the real thing (check out the double mellotron effects and twin sax solos). The new vocalist/guitarist does sound like Greg Lake and Robert Fripp on their respective instruments. The whole mood of this concert reeks of early King Crimson (in fact they perform all of the first album (apart from Moonchild). It is great to hear AND SEE live versions of those works, as well as gems like "Ladies of the Road" and "Let there be light". The sound quality is supberb, the playing even better, and the experience incomparable. There hasn't been a Crimson DVD in recent years with as much impact. One listen to live versions of "The Court of the Crimson King", "Epipath" and the classic "21st Century Schizoid Man" will confirm to you that this is a keeper DVD. Enjoy your trip into the iconoclastic King Crimson as it was originally invisioned."
Neuro-surgeons scream for more!
JKiddfan | Edison NJ USA | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! As a Crimhead since their first album, this DVD was a rare treat. With the highly underrated Michael Giles on drums, Ian McDonald on woodwinds and keyboards, and the great Mel Collins on sax, this band evokes the sound of a Crimson we all thought was lost long ago. I guess out of bitterness for them leaving, Robert Fripp refuses to play anything from the MacDonald/Giles era. This band fills that void and then some.
The two cuts from the McDonald and Giles album, "Tomorrow's Children" and "Birdman", are an unexpected treat.
With Jakko evoking the spirit of Greg Lake, and Peter Giles admirably filling in on bass, these performances are a must-see for any fan of early King Crimson music.
Highly, HIGHLY recommended!"
No Region Free
P. Andre Gosselin | 01/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Be careful!!! dvd claims it is region free but will not play on brand new sony machine.Message reads:"cannot play because of region limitations" and a friend of mine had the same problem with two copies of it."
Lucius | northeast | 12/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone of a certain age, someone who may have come of age in the late 1960's and heard King Crimson's first album and had their mind blown but never had the chance to see them live in 1969, there are certain late compensations: the "Epitaph" box set, internet cd offerings, and this concert DVD of the 21st Century Schizoid Band.
I agree with the other reviewers that this is an awesome concert and the extras are equally amazing (hence the 5 stars), and would myself rhapsodize about the fidelity of this music to the original album recording were it not for two glaringly inadmissible flaws.
The first is the NTSC encoding problem. The DVD I received was NOT a Region 1 disc. My new player read "incorrect disc error." (Fortunately I also have a region free player.) I nonetheless returned the disc. Amazon replaced it. I tried the second one in two different players. Same problem. Amazon wrote that they would look into this.
The second is the rendering of "In the Court of the Crimson King". Through the 4th and final verse, it is a wonder to behold. But that is where it ends. The entire coda is.... whoops, MISSING!!
Listen to the album and compare. On the album, after the 4th verse the song pauses for a breath, and then picks up with cymbals, then small pipe organ.....and then goes utterly nutz..... rendering it the epochal song that it is....(imho). The live version simply ends after the 4th verse. The concert rendition is about 7 minutes of the total 9.5 minute song. The very instrumental reprise that defines this song is absent. Pshaw!