Ken Restivo wrote:
Aw, you're just trying to make me blush now! I wish I could sing like
Wetton though, I love his voice, especially on Starless.
Fortunately for eveyone everywhere I can't break out my violin (which I
haven't touched in about 18 years) because the bridge looks to be in
danger of collapsing.
Funnily enough, on the way to work this morning, after listening to this
(I know it sounds vain, but I find the complete change of scenery good
for giving a mix a critical listen) I queued up both Larks' Tongues and
Red, no doubt inspired by Allcoms' mention of it last night.
Bruford's drumming was a definite target to aim for with the drumming in
this. I'm a big fan of much of his style, I love the stilted, subtle
work in Starless, the wonderful little off-kilter shuffles he uses,
bouncing between kick and snare and the endless paradiddles for fun and
I'm also a fan of some of Fripp's guitar tones, again a target for some
of the guitar in this, namely that seems best achieved by the rhythm
pick-up of a Les Paul with the tone backed right off, for example in the
first part of Starless and the outro of Exiles (one of my favourite Crim
tracks, again with superb Bruford stick work).
And the Tron in the first section might have had a teensy bit of
inspiration from Starless of course ;-)
Overall though, in spite of being able to point to specific bits and
pieces that were inspired (or nicked!) from Crimso, I wouldn't have said
they were a huge influence, given the structure and instrumentation
(heavy on the synths, aa fair amount of church organ and a touch of
Hammond). There are other bits I can point to snippets of Camel, Dire
Straits, Arena, maybe a touch of Floyd and even the Red Dwarf theme
music, but I'm still have no clue as to what this sounds like to me.
Which is perhaps a good thing :-)
Were the 20 tracks of Tron strings in the Egyptian Massed Mellotron
Orchestra not sufficient for you :-P
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