King Crimson – Starless (Limited Edition Boxed Set/20CD,2Blu-Ray,2DVD-A,3 Bonus CDs,1 Concert Download)

Starless (Limited Edition Boxed Set/20CD,2Blu-Ray,2DVD-A,3 Bonus CDs,1 Concert Download)

19 CDs of live material from the UK & EU 1973/74, 1 CD of studio material, 2 DVD-A discs & 2 BD discs of studio & live material in hi-res stereo, quad & 5.1 surround, 12” box with booklet, memorabilia, album & poster prints +  3 bonus audio CDs

• 19 CDs of live performance material.

• 7 CDs taken from multi-track tape including 4CDs of material from the Glasgow & Zurich shows, freshly assembled & mastered in Hi-Res from the original Great Deceiver mixes by David Singleton at DGM Soundworld in 2014, the Amsterdam show The Nightwatch mixed by Steven Wilson & a previously unheard preparatory of material from the same show prepared by George Chkiantz (engineer of all live KC shows of the era & the Red album).

• 11 CDs drawn from high quality stereo reel to reel soundboard tapes. 8 making their first appearance on CD with the remaining three re-mastered or drawn from new tape sources.

• 1 CD presenting the performance from the ORTF Paris TV broadcast• CD 20 features the 2011 stereo mix of Starless & Bible Black by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp

• DVD-A 1 features the Starless & Bible Black album in 5.1 Surround, with new & original stereo album mixes in High Resolution Stereo plus bonus audio material.

• DVD-A 2 features material from Mainz (mixed by David Singleton), Amsterdam (mixed by Steven Wilson) & a later show from Pittsburgh (mixed by George Chkiantz) in quadraphonic audio & High-Resolution Stereo.

• Both DVD-A discs are region 0 playable in all areas & compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players

• Blu-Ray Disc 1 features full lossless audio 24/192 transfers of material from the Glasgow & Zurich shows, freshly assembled & mastered from the original Great Deceiver mixes by David Singleton at DGM Soundworld in 2014 in LPCM stereo.

• Blu-Ray Disc 1 also features the Amsterdam show The Nightwatch, mixed by Steven Wilson & the George Chkiantz preparatory mix stereo in 24/96 High-resolution stereo & a 24/96 transfer of the original David Singleton/Robert Fripp mix of The Nightwatch.

• Blu-Ray Disc 2 features Starless & Bible Black in 5.1 Surround (DTS-HD MAS & LPCM 24/96) alongside new & original stereo masters of the album, a needledrop of an original vinyl pressing + audio extras.

• Blu-Ray Disc 2 also features the Quad mixes of material from the Mainz, Amsterdam & Pittsburgh concerts.• Blu-Ray Disc 2 also features the ORTF Paris TV footage in a new hi-res transfer from the original source files.

• Discs packaged in 8 individual 3 disc digi-packs within an album sized box

• 3 additional bonus CDs of audio restored soundboard/bootlegs & audio curios are also included.

• 1 further concert (bootleg quality audio) is also available via included download ticket.

• Album sized booklet with rare/unseen photos, new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, technical notes on the recordings by David Singleton, eye-witness accounts from fans who attended the gigs + memorabilia including an album print, poster, replica concert ticket, press release with folder, photos & more besides.

• Limited to a single pressing run.

David Cross: Violin & Keyboards   Robert Fripp:¬ Guitar & MellotronJohn Wetton: Bass and Voice   Bill Bruford: Percussives

Live in Europe October/November 1973, March/April, 1974

Studio Recordings, London, England, January 1974

Few bands of the era offered as much variety in material from night to night. King Crimson’s propensity for improvisation & fondness for playing its newest material – often unreleased on record at the time of the concerts - is legendary. Fewer bands still, whether by accident or design, recorded so many of their live shows. Starless offers an in depth overview of one of the era’s most significant bands in its most celebrated live line-up.Autumn 1973: As King Crimson’s second lengthy US tour of that year was coming to a close, a short series of UK concerts for the end of October, followed by a more extensive European tour in November was already planned.

Three of these concerts Glasgow, Zurich & Amsterdam were recorded as full multi-track recordings, with material from the Amsterdam show being used as core material for the January 1974 recording of Starless & Bible Black. From mid-March to the start of April, the band was on the road in Europe again, promoting the album with their final European concerts of the decade, prior to undertaking a further US tour. A number of these concerts were recorded on stereo reel to reel machines, fed directly from the signal as sent to the PA system on the night of the performance.

These soundboards are often referred to as “The Blue Tapes”, named after the outer colour of the original tape boxes & are especially valued for both the quality of recording & performance.This boxed set presents eighteen CDs of live concert performances, seven of them mixed from the 1973 multi-track tapes and a further eleven presenting the complete run of “The Blue Tapes” for the first time. CDs of the ORTF Paris TV performance & the 2011 stereo mix of Starless & Bible Black also feature. Two DVD-A discs & two Blu-Ray discs contain concert & studio recordings in stereo, quadraphonic & full 5.1 surround sound – all presented in high-resolution audio.