One of the best instrumentals by the legendary King Crimson! Where do you start with a song like this, It's the first album to feature Bill Burford on drums, and he lays on it. It's heavy playing, but in Bill's signature style, the distinct "pop" of his snare drum, the way he effortlessly transitions from one section of the song to the next. Now this track does have Jamie Muir on percussion and I tried to add as much of his contribution as i could with out sacrificing play-ability of the track.
The guitar sound on this is incredible, it's heavy without being muddy and washed out, and it has that attack that really get's you in the groove of the song even tho there's hardly a bar of 4/4 in it at all. Guitars provide the clean and heavy top end which leaves the bass guitar to really fill in the bottom and just be nice a phat. John Wetton's bass sound fills in those low frequencies perfectly. Everything is just so clear, no instrument overshadows the next.
Finally we have the violin part by David Cross which really adds to the more mellow sections of the songs then gets out of the way when the main riff comes in full throttle! But then the bridge sections come in, with the meanest most aggressive playing of a violin I have ever heard. That violin solo almost makes the whole song, I have never heard anything like it, full in-your-face aggressive, like angry playing. I could only imagine being in the studio when they were recording that.
This song a perfect example of building tension and releasing it, It's a perfect example of KC at (possibly) their heaviest, I have nothing but good things to say about this track.
A special thank you to AJFOne23 for providing the venue that really rockets this custom into the stratosphere.