King Crimson – Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind) (2016)

Posted by Green on December 4, 2020as


It has been stated many times that King Crimson is not so much a band as it is “a way of doing things”. Less frequently stated but equally true, is the fact that the band inevitably seeks different ways of doing things. The current incarnation of the band, 2014 – the present day, has already released two taster sets in the form of 2015’s Live at the Orpheum mini-album and the vinyl picture disc EP that accompanied the 2015 tours of Canada and Japan, while the full raw concert performance from a single night in Toronto in 2015 was presented as a 2CD set earlier this year to great acclaim. Now, with the release of Radical Action comes the most fully realised audio and visual statement from this band to date, running to three themed CDs and a Blu-Ray disc offering the filmed content along with an audio only option in lossless high resolution stereo and surround sound.

The set includes at least one performance of every song/piece of music played by King Crimson in 2015, some pieces originally composed in 1969 the year of the band’s inception, others composed/initially performed at a variety of points since, some new to the tour, all arranged for this specific line-up. Indeed it is characteristic of this King Crimson – in direct contrast to all other post 1970s line-ups – to feature a broad range of material from the 1969 – 1974 era, performed in such a manner as to maintain much of what made the music so arresting when first issued, while arranged for fresh interpretation by the seven piece line-up of today. As Fripp put it (when asked what the title of the album meant to him): “What I like about this band is, that what it is actually doing is not what it appears to be doing…”. The idea of King Crimson re-imagined, that the music as presented is new, irrespective of when originally composed, is the key element in this band’s makeup.


1. Threshold Soundscape
2. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One
3. Pictures Of A City
4. Peace
5. Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)
6. Meltdown
7. Radical Action II
8. Level Five
9. Epitaph
10. The Hell Hounds Of Krim
11. The ConstruKction Of Light
12. A Scarcity Of Miracles
13. Red
14. Backstage Adventures Of The Crimson Kind
16. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
17. Easy Money
18. Interlude
19. The Letters
20. Sailor’s Tale
21. The Light Of Day
22. The Talking Drum
23. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part Two
24. Starless
25. Devil Dogs Of Tessellation Row
26. The Court Of The Crimson King
27. 21st Century Schizoid Man
28. Suitable Grounds For The Blues
29. One More Red Nightmare

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