The Lozarithm Lens

By lozarithm

Smokey 0916 hr (Saturday 18th May 2019)

Smokey spotted my camera and steadfastly refused to look in my direction, so here he is in profile in front of the porch.

18.5.2019 (2032 hr)

Blip #2928 (#2678 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #014
Blips/Extras In 2019 #105/265 + #047/100 Extras
Day #3341 (760 gaps from 26.3.2010)
Smokey #473
LOTD #2072 (#1913 + 159 in archived blips)

Smokey series
Old Forge series
Smokey's Favoured Snoozing Spots series
Taken with Pentax K-5 and Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens

Lozarhythm Of The Day:
King Crimson - Red (recorded 8 July 1974, Olympic Studios, Barnes)
King Crimson: Robert Fripp (guitar & Mellotron), John Wetton (bass guitar), Bill Bruford, drums and percussion) with unknown (cello)
King Crimson were generally too proggy for me, though I did by their single Cat Food, with Keith Tippett on piano, at the time, and also the album Red. I particularly liked the powerful title track and I remember the rear cover which had a recording level meter with the needle going well into the red, which sounds like the way this was recorded, so I was delighted to find the piece at the start of the CD on the new edition of Mojo.
The intense cello section on Red was the first time since 1971 that guest players had played on a Crimson album. According to "Tron-is-King" online, "The ‘Unknown’ guest musician entry requires some explanation. Fripp or Wetton felt that cello was required on a couple of tracks. It transpired that in an adjoining studio, a group of musicians were recording muzak for lifts, department stores, airports, etc. However, due to Musician Union rules, these recording sessions were limited to two hours in length; one poor cellist was unaware of this ruling and turned up an hour early. Crimson ‘borrowed’ him, but failed to take his name, for payment of the session fee and for credit on the album. The identity of this cellist is still unknown to this day.
"The album opens with the title track, Red, the Crimson version of Heavy Metal, but with far more intelligence and subtlety. An unusual time signature is repeated throughout the piece, interrupted by a rhythmical section that was repeated later in “VROOOM VROOOM” on the “THRAK” album. It was a good idea in 1974 and time didn’t diminish its quality of use 20 years later. The raw power of Red certainly captured the energy of Crimson’s live work, documented on the Great Deceiver set. If Crimson had not broken up, it would have been difficult to see how they would have performed this live, as it needs two guitarists. Nonetheless, it is exceptional."

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