Monday, August 30, 2010

King Crimson - Heavy ConstruKction

8/10

The three-disc live box set Heavy ConstruKction is a considerable improvement over the album that Crimson was touring at the time. The live production is noticeably better than that on Light; the electronic drums aren't quite as annoying and the songs don't have the canned feel that their original studio versions had. There are also a bunch of interesting song choices, including some bizarre covers (David Bowie's "Heroes," the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows") and an acoustic rendition of "Three of a Perfect Pair."
But where Heavy ConstruKction really shines is in the improv sections. Disc three is made up almost entirely of improvised pieces, and they're all great; there aren't any boring quiet stretches like Moonchild or aimless noodling like on THRaKaTTaK- I wouldn't have guessed that they were making this stuff up as they went along. This set is worth a purchase for the third disc alone.

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