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As you may well guess from the title this album is a live recording from Ian Siegal and his band taken from their show at North Sea Jazz Club last year. And it’s a brilliant performance from all concerned. This is not Siegal’s first live album but it is the band’s new percussionist-led line-up. Three drummers in the front line (Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Bill Rieflin) add choreographed thunder to the backline of Robert Fripp and Jakko Jakszyk (guitars), bassist Tony Levin and sax and flute player Mel Collins as they pound their way through Crimson tracks old and new. The digi-pack comprises two discs: a straight CD plus a DVD-A containing high resolution 24/96 audio versions of classics like Starless, plus never previously performed live renderings of Sailor’s Tale and The Letters, where new Crim member Jakko’s vocal gets the chance to shine. At 41 mins in length, the CD offers only a glimpse of the new line-up’s potential, but if this is anything to go by, it could actually be the strongest Crimson yet!