Prog history was made last night when seven members of the early incarnations of the legendary King Crimson reunited, albeit in a non-performing capacity, at Air Studios in North London for a playback of the band’s recently re-issued In The Court Of The Crimson King, Lizard and Red albums in 5.1 surround sound.Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Pete Sinfield, Bill Bruford, Mel Collins, David Cross and John Wetton were all in attendance, as was Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, who, along with Fripp, had undertaken the task of re-working the material.
Fripp himself said a few words before introducing Wilson, who gave a short speech detailing how he’d gone about undertaking such a mammoth task, before the assembled throng was treated to a selection of tracks in quite stunning new sound.
In The Court Of The Crimson King, Lizard and Red are all available through the Panegryic label, with the remainder of the band’s back catalogue being re-issued throughout 2010.
The three current re-issues are reviewed in the latest issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog, on sale now. The re-issues come with extensive sleeve notes from Prog’s own Sid Smith.
– Jerry Ewing