Monday, July 26, 2010

King Crimson - Ladies of the Road


Ladies of the Road is another live album from the Boz Burrell era, and it's definitely an improvement on Earthbound. Ladies is split into two discs- the first is a bunch of regular songs, and this disc is pretty good- Formentera Lady is wisely shortened, Cirkus can't quite match up to the studio version, but makes a valiant attempt, slowing down the rhythm to make it sound more imposing. There's even a hilarious blues version of In the Court of the Crimson King at the end. There are a few changes I don't like, however (Boz pronouncing the middle syllable of "century" in Schizoid Man, the line "impaled on nails of ice" not being sung louder than the rest of the song).
Disc two is an interesting idea- it consists of nothing but solos from 21st Century Schizoid Man. Unfortunately, while this disc does a better job of presenting Crimson as noise rock than Earthbound, it just wears out its welcome after a while. Maybe it would've been fine at 20 or 30 minutes, but it gets kind of dull- the fact that the sound quality in some parts is only slightly better than Moonchild doesn't help. Still, the first disc is well worth checking out.

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