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The Great Deceiver, Vol. 2
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Album: The Great Deceiver, Vol. 2
# Song Title   Time
1)    Walk on...No Pussyfooting (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
2)    Great Deceiver, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
3)    Improv: Bartley Butsford (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
4)    Exiles (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
5)    Improv: Daniel Dust (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
6)    Night Watch, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
7)    Doctor Diamond (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
8)    Starless (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
9)    Improv: Wilton Carpet (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
10)    Talking Drum, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
11)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974/Part Two (Abbreviated))
12)    Applause & Announcement - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
13)    Improv: Is There Life Out There? - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
1)    Improv: The Golden Walnut - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
2)    Night Watch, The - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
3)    Fracture - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
4)    Improv: Clueless and Slightly Slack - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
5)    Walk on...No Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
6)    Improv: Some Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
7)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part One)
8)    Improv: The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 1 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part One)
9)    Improv: The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 2 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part Two)
10)    Easy Money - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
11)    Improv: Some More Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
12)    Talking Drum, The - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
 

Album: The Great Deceiver, Vol. 2
# Song Title   Time
1)    Walk on...No Pussyfooting (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
2)    Great Deceiver, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
3)    Improv: Bartley Butsford (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
4)    Exiles (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
5)    Improv: Daniel Dust (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
6)    Night Watch, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
7)    Doctor Diamond (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
8)    Starless (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
9)    Improv: Wilton Carpet (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
10)    Talking Drum, The (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974)
11)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 (Pittsburgh, PA - Stanley Warner Theatre: April 29th. 1974/Part Two (Abbreviated))
12)    Applause & Announcement - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
13)    Improv: Is There Life Out There? - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
1)    Improv: The Golden Walnut - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
2)    Night Watch, The - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
3)    Fracture - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
4)    Improv: Clueless and Slightly Slack - (Penn State University: June 29th. 1974)
5)    Walk on...No Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
6)    Improv: Some Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
7)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part One)
8)    Improv: The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 1 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part One)
9)    Improv: The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 2 - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973/Part Two)
10)    Easy Money - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
11)    Improv: Some More Pussyfooting - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
12)    Talking Drum, The - (Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th. 1973)
 
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  • King Crimson: John Wetton (bass guitar); David Cross , Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford.
  • Personnel: John Wetton (vocals); Robert Fripp (guitar, electric piano, Mellotron); David Cross (violin, electric piano, Mellotron); Bill Bruford (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixers: Robert Fripp; David Singleton; Tony Arnold .
  • Liner Note Authors: David Cross ; David Singleton; Michael Shore.
  • Recording information: Penn State University (11/15/1973-06/29/1974); Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA (11/15/1973-06/29/1974); Toronto Massey Hall (11/15/1973-06/29/1974); Zurich Volkshaus (11/15/1973-06/29/1974).
  • Photographers: Rick Mascarini; Thomas Roberts; Clint Bahr.
  • It may not be in the same form but at the very least it is available again. In 1992, Robert Fripp, in association with Caroline Records, released The Great Deceiver (Live 1973-1974). It was a lavish four-CD box, packaged in a long box with an amazing book that exceeded all previous efforts to document their live offerings. In contrast, the preceding year's Frame by Frame had been a very scant set offering little unissued material, and also included some edits and overdubs of canonical catalog tracks that angered fans. Epitaph, another four-CD collection, was compiled from the group's early live shows in 1969 with rather dodgy sound. The Great Deceiver was the grail in that it documented what most would agree was the classic Crimson lineup: John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, and David Cross. It went deep and it ran long. And while sound quality was an issue in some places, for the most part it satisfied because it covered their material featured on the band's two greatest albums (before the band re-formed with Adrian Belew and Tony Levin), Larks' Tongue in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black (and a track or two from Red). When the set was deleted it began to command hefty sums among collectors. The music is now back in circulation but with a different presentation -- it's now available as two double-disc sets that retail at a 1998 list price. The first pair of CDs details the concerts from 1973 and part of 1974. The track listing is the same, with the applause and announcements and bits of Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting (which had not yet been released ) as walk-on and walk-off music. The sound quality ranges from very good and at times excellent to other times when it's simply very good. It's far above conventional bootleg standards of the time and -- dare it be said -- easily better than any live material the band had issued before in compilation form. In fact, this set sounds cleaned up in many ways from the original box, but there is nothing in the notes to suggest that. The complete performance notes are also included in each collection as well. The only real drawback was the handsome scrapbook that appeared in the box set. To get a look at that you will have to go to the DGM website for a gander, since it is posted in full there. The consolation prize is that even at retail these recordings total a full 30 percent less than the box set did. For anyone interested in King Crimson's groundbreaking mid-'70s period, the music here is absolutely essential listening even with track repetition -- there was so much improvisation going on that every performance is considerably different. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (1/22/93, p.57) - "...sounds more substantial than most any rock you'll hear being played today..." - Rating: B

Q (12/92, p.149) - 3 Stars - Good - "...records one of King Crimson's most adventurous periods...celebrates a musical application that was always dedicated and--occasionally--close to miraculous..."

Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the molten intensity of Robert Fripp's playing that lends KC their timelessness."

The Wire (p.55) - "[S]ome of the rawest and most exciting music ever committed to disc."

Down Beat (3/93, p.36) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...This version of Crimson played with driven intensity and dark fury...The improvs can settle into crunching, ominous grooves or drift out to the final frontier. Unless you were in attendance, you haven't heard anything quite like it..."

Musician (3/93, p.95) - "...some of the heaviest, meanest and most muscular rock ever heard...Improvisations--sometimes searing, sometimes soaring, always memorable--are the centerpiece of this set...monstrously good..."
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