King Crimson to release the Blue Tapes

Starless and Bible Black CoverKing Crimson have revealed that they will release their Blue Tapes recordings.

Long sought after by fans, the recordings were made during the band’s Starless and Bible Black era, and were taken from performances by Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, John Wetton and David Cross during 1973 and 1974.

The tapes are to be included in a multi-disc box set entitled Starless, which continues a series of extensive live collection released by Fripp’s DGM Live label.

In a statment, DGM said: “DGM is pleased to confirm that an October release date has been set for Starless, a multi-disc CD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray boxed set featuring live and studio recordings from October 1973 to April 1974.

“This set will feature the first complete release of the Blue Tapes – the highest quality reel-to-reel direct to stereo/soundboard live recordings, with many appearing on CD for the first time.

“More details of the content will be announced nearer the time of release. If you were in the audience at any of the gigs listed and would like to share your memories of the concerts for possible inclusion in the booklet, drop a line to as soon as possible.

“If you’re sitting on any pix, tapes or any other Crimson related items from this period, now is the time to get in touch and send them in.”

Meanwhile, Robert Fripp is gearing up a new version of King Crimson after a five-year hiatus. The seven-man lineup includes three drummers – Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin – plus Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk and Mel Collins.

In September Fripp said of the new lineup: “The point is to have a conventional back line reconfigured as the front line, with Mel, Jakko and myself as back line. All the Crims have expressed great excitement.”

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The Stooges record album without Iggy Pop

Iggy and Stooges 2013The Stooges have confirmed that they are recording an album without Iggy Pop.

James Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay and Toby Dammit are working on the LP, titled Re-Licked, with a series of guest vocalists including Mark Lanegan and Jello Biafra.

The album is said to consist of previously unreleased songs that were written around the time of the Raw Power album in 1973. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Williamson has said: “Iggy gave me his blessing and wished me success with the album. But it’s a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you’re not on it.”

Iggy Pop has said in separate statement: “I don’t have a problem with anything. This statement about ‘hard pill’ sounds kind of passive aggressive to me… These guys are my friends and we’ve all worked together many years. They’re working musicians and they need to play.”

Since reforming in 2003, the band have released two albums with Iggy. The Weirdness was released in 2007 and Ready To Die in 2013.

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