B'BOOM Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina 1994

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Originally released: 1995


  • Robert Fripp (guitars, soundscapes, mellotron)
  • Adrian Belew (guitar, voice, words)
  • Bill Bruford (acoustic & electric percussions)
  • Tony Levin (upright & electric basses, backing vocals)
  • Trey Gunn (stick, backing vocals)
  • Pat Mastelotto (acoustic & electric percussions)



All songs written by King Crimson.

Disc 1:

  • 7'06 VROOOM
  • 5'24 Frame by Frame
  • 4'48 Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream
  • 6'08 Red
  • 5'35 One Time
  • 6'48 B'Boom
  • 6'28 THRAK
  • 1'25 Improv -- Two Sticks
  • 4'25 Elephant Talk
  • 7'20 Indiscipline

Disc 2:

  • 3'36 Matte Kudasai
  • 5'44 The Talking Drum
  • 7'31 Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II
  • 3'51 Heartbeat
  • 6'05 Sleepless
  • 5'22 People
  • 4'16 B'Boom (reprise)
  • 5'33 THRAK


Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 27-Feb-96
By: Matthew Putzel (75243.3130 at compuserve dot com)

"Tony Levin, when discussing a recent concert, said jokingly that he couldn't concentrate because someone kept banging things behind him (Bill Bruford). Unfortunately he was right, since a good deal of this live set is nothing more than pure noise. The track Thrak which they insist on playing twice falls into this headache category. I wouldn't even call it music! This is a very repetitive album as well. Not only are songs like Thrak and VROOOM repeated twice (as they were on the original album) but many songs are constructed in a way where they repeat the same two note phrase over and again (Thrak). Even "classics" like Red and Larks Tongues In Aspic fall prey to this repeating syndrome. However somewhere in between the tracks of pure noise there is some downright excellent material. Tracks like Frame By Frame, One Time, Elephant Talk, Matte Kudasai, Heartbeat, and People show Crimson really shining. It's worth the price even if it's necessary to program your CD player to skip all the noise. (***)"

Date Submitted: 14-Jun-96
By: George Korein (Mopobeans at aol dot com)

"B'Boom is a solid live album- good, solid songs. Some of the song choices are questionable, however: B'Boom is very cool, but why twice? they could have filled that space with another song. THRAK I can take when I'm in a THRAKish mood, but twice? Also Heartbeat and Sleepless are some of my least favorite tracks on the album.

"Choices like Indiscipline, Red, The Talking Drum and Lark's Tongues in Aspic part II are a step in the right direction- Indiscipline is one of the cool, offbeat 80's tracks, rendered with suitable Muiresque noises and evil guitar, and Red and Drum/Lark are examples of adaptation of a different incarnation's material, which opens up many possibilities (the double trio doing Fracture? 21stCSM? Lament? I hope Fripp reads this and considers it! Please?).

"The short improv is cool (more improvs, please) and Elephant Talk is rendered with energetically with jumpy soundscapes and cool soloing.

"Besides any mentioned above, my only regrets are the mix (pretty good, but stick and electronic drums keep jumping to the foreground) and the songs that weren't on it (Thela Hun Ginjeet and Three of a Perfect Pair were sorely missed). In general, it rocked."

Date Submitted: 10-Jul-96
By: Webman (Webman at valex dot com)

"This is the album I expected THRAK to be. More risks are taken, (I like risks!) I can hear Bill and Trey much better, Thrak, Indiscipline, Talking Drum were killer, just dump the 80's pop stuff (Heartbeat, Matte Kudasai)and you've got some great raw blasting twister-picking-up-semi truck-smash-to-the-ground thinking man's metal."

Date Submitted: 25-Jul-96
By: (DPriesing at aol dot com)

"Loved the clarity and panning of the guitars. LTiA II and ET, I run to the amplifier and turn it UP. Great versions of both. FbF has the clearest backing vocals of any version I've heard."

Date Submitted: 15-Sep-96
By: John Gingrich (jgingrich at nbn dot net)

"I just bought B'Boom on CD...This after seeing KC at the H.O.R.D.E. Fest in Hershey, PA. My first ever live Crimso EXPERIENCE. I've been listening to KC since '79 when I perchanced upon them while searching for something different; the album 'In the Wake of Poseidon'. This album like all KC must be enjoyed loud thru headphones or better yet outdoors on a cool day like today overlooking your fishpond (yes even my KOI love KC, The dogs were indifferent) and as loud as you dare go. Nobody does the 'prov like KC and this album at times proves it. Lose Matte Kudasai, and even Frame by Frame...Now add One More Red Nightmare and Trio (SABB). Hey Mr. Fripp let's try Trio as a Double Trio!! All in all a great buy...and don't be put off at first by the unstudio-like LIVE sound...pop it in outdoors, crank it up and DANCE to the concert. One closing thought, let's see you make it one disc; there is nothing worse than having to put in disc 2!!!"

Date Submitted: 25-Nov-96
By: Will Henson (chrissy at compunet dot net)

"I was really glad to get this CD when I did last year after seeing them in Cincinnati and was thirsting for any live recordings with the Double Trio. The production is pretty good, although very compressed and it sounds to me like it was recorded straight off the board; hence the absence of any sort of hall reverb. One strange thing about "Sex, Sleep....", does anyone know why someone mutters the phrase "a" just before they go into their first "chorus"? Who said it and what for? I know it wasn't someone warning someone else about a chord change because the chorus starts in "c" not "a". Also, I think we could've done without the cheesy casio-sounding piano intro to "Heartbeat". Aside from that the CD is excellent, I love the versions of "Red" and "LTiA Pt 2". Has anyone ever heard the new band do "Part 3" live? That would be interesting."

Date Submitted: 16-Jan-98
By: Bill Nicholas (newguy at cybernex dot net)

"B'BOOM!?....well, no, not quite.

"Here are King Crimson trying to sound like.....King Crimson. Good try, but no.

"This is the only KC album I've ever heard (after hearing them all many times) where KC manage to sound like a minature of themselves. Here you have six guys--with more money, more experiance and better equiptment-- that can't generate 60% of what the '72-'74 band did as a threesome. Even roaring monsters like RED and LTIA PT II get diluted down to a plesent, Talking Headsy professionalism. Nothing they try has any real bottom to it.

"Maybe its the playing. Tony Levin is a great bassist, but his studio instincts have him using velevt gloves where brass knuckles are required. I hear a lot of guitars, too, but hevey as the riffs are, they aren't played with enough fire to carry them off. And who wouldn't prefer an old, cumbersome, off key mellotron to the icy, metalic synth orchastrations offered here. Not that I'm longing for the past, but if you are going to revist music this glorious, it better be done right.

"The 80s tracks are more suited to this band's style of playing, but I don't hear one fresh twist on any of them. KC seem to be painting by the numbers here, and one listen to THRAK proves they really don't need to. King Crimson by numbers equals the death of King Crimson.

"Well, at least they didn't try 21st century man."

Date Submitted: 27-Jan-98
By: Sandy Starr (alexander.starr at mansfield dot oxford dot ac dot uk)

"Reading the comments of Bill Nicholas (newguy at cybernex dot net) on this page, I couldn't believe that he thought this incarnation of Crimson didn't do justice to Red and LTiA2. What is fascinating for me is to hear KC pick up these pieces, 20 years after their first release, and do them BETTER. The pounding middle section of Red is far more leviathan, with heavier bass, than on its initial release, and sounds better for it. But the real gem is 'The Talking Drum', with Belew replacing the violin with some remarkable synth guitar sounds, and the band building up to a truly incredible climax before the relief of LTiA2. Besides, I would remind you that Fripp has had to adapt these older pieces to his tuning by fifths, which he wasn't using at the time they were written - not an easy thing to do!

"However, what does bother me about this album is the 80's tracks featured on it. Firstly, why four tracks from Discipline and only one each from Beat and ToaPP? All three albums are full of deserving material (fortunately, the song ToaPP was featured on the live video released later, doing something to restore the balance), and the crap about Discipline being brilliant and everything going downhill due to commercial/band infighting reasons on the next two albums just doesn't wash with me. Secondly, why is the performance of Indiscipline so limp? It is one of my favourite KC songs, and in a television broadcast of an 80's concert that I saw ('82 or '83, on the TV programme Old Grey Whistle Test), the version of Indiscipline was stunning, drawn out into a more dramatically interesting beast than the album version, with Belew's interjections added to and improvised. I would have thought that with the double trio, they could have made more of this song, and it's a pity that they didn't.

" only other gripe is Thrak twice - why? The two versions of B'Boom are different enough to be interesting. Thrak is not."

Date Submitted: 24-Apr-98
By: A. De Wailly (ad051 at students dot stir dot ac dot uk)

"I totally agree with Bill Nicholas. What is this disgusting thing? Is it really KC playing? I've thrown away this album downright. No energy, bad singing. The best they can do is getting close to the album versions.

"'Thrak', which is played with intelligent restraint in the studio, will make sense only on 'THRaKaTTaK'."

Date Submitted: 24-Jun-99
By: Alejandro Cosentino (jcosentin at hotmail dot com)

"Well, guys, I was there. It was a miracle: one of my favourite bands, after ten years of hiatus ( don't forget that), decided to reform and made their debut in my country, where they never play before. Amazing.

"B'Boom is exactly the soundboard mix of what I heard in those hot nights at the very small Broadway Theatre in Buenos Aires in October 1994, just a week after the sadly Yesshows of the Talk tour ( Robert saw them ! ). As an official bootleg, it's a complete show in the right running order, and also a snapshot of a very important time: the birth of a band, with all the passion, doubts, spontaneity and common mistakes like Robert's conflict with his pedals as you can hear on the record ( or Bruford, who lost a cue during ET one night or the Pat's flying cymbal) ...and I was there !

"To the question Why not ToPP or Beat songs, those were not played, and why THRAK is played twice: it was not played twice the same night, but every night it was different, you can appreciate ... One guy says something about too much noise : maybe it's because of the overdubbing (and there are many, especially on ET, FbF, VROOOM VROOOM and Heartbeat).

"B'Boom is a great souvenir for me, and the record I was expecting from Crimson ( THRAK is a good 40-minute album with 16 forgettable ones, and the tracks featured also on VROOOM lost power from my point of view) . You can feel the concentration and salvagery of these six perfect strangers to each other playing those complex tunes with little rehearsal and very far from their homes... and it's exciting ! ! Isn't that what crimson is all about ?

"The only thing I don't like is the absence of crowd noise during the songs...Some of you may think the Argentinean audience don't have blood, but we were getting crazy, especially during B'Boom ... The best part of the show !

"So to me, B'Boom Official Bootleg reflects almost exactly the spirit of those performances, when I was living a dream come true.

"Sorry for my English, I'm trying to get it better."

Date Submitted: 1-Nov-99
By: Ken Sokolov (Speck1106 at cs dot com)

"The official live bootleg in Argentina was an excellent tour. I caught them in Portland Or. and bought the live in Japan video as well. I don't have a problem with the 80's "pop" sound, in fact, I prefer it. In my opinion Adrian Belew is an amazingly gifted musician and seems to really enjoy what he does.I dig his solo stuff, too. Bruford's soloing was phenomenal. Under Fripp's watchful eye, I would've liked to see Trey a bit more in the foreground. Anyway I was ecstatic to see the dbl. disc on the shelf the other day and bought it immediately.I'm beginning to understand Robert Fripp's vision and appreciate him more. His solo Fripp- atronics were gorgeous."

Date Submitted: 27-Mar-02
By: Leon Camfield (leon.camfield at roche dot com)

"Having read the first couple of reviews regarding this album with a critical eye, I had to have my say.

"Being a KC fan of 25 years (some of my first words were "21st Century Schizoid Man"), B'Boom is the KC album I've been waiting all my life to hear. The power, emotion & progressiveness combined with a tightness so unbelievable, many of my "unconverted-to-prog" friends don't possibly believe that this is a live release.

"Where to start? VROOOM is an excellent opener, partnered by its brother VROOM VROOM. The latter benefits from the "bootleg" quality immensely, as Gunn's Warr Guitar sounds curiously analogue in the "Red-esque" mid-section. Songs such as Red, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream & Elephant Talk move at an excellent pace, while ballads One Time & Matte Kudasai show a romantic side to KC seldom seen prior to 1981.

"Obviously there will be stand-out tracks, & this album is no exception. "Larks Tongues In Aspic Part 2" for example, is for me the greatest recording of the best composition ever written - the execution of Fripp playing in 5/4 while the rest of the band are in 4/4 toward the end of the G#, G, F section is perfect. Indiscipline displays the showmanship of both Belew & Bruford, while B'Boom & THRAK show an understanding beween musicians that training alone can't provide, as well as letting Bruford & Mastelotto pick up where Jamie Muir left off. The improvisation in THRAK by all 6 men is superb - if you think they fluked it, listen to THRaKaTTaK.

"To conclude, if ever there was any doubt that King Crimson are the best live act in the world, the defence rests with B'Boom. Buy it, listen to it, love it."

Date Submitted: 14-Jan-04
By: Scott McFarland (mcfarland at ac-tech dot com)

"They put on a good show, but I question the sense of two drummers and two bassists playing rock at the same time. Like the “Thrak” album, this wears thin quickly on me through no particular fault of the individual players."