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Fernando Perdomo

The Crimson Guitar: Tribute To King Crimson

Review by Gary Hill

I've reviewed a couple other sets from Fernando Perdomo, and I always enjoy his stuff. This set, as you might guess from the title, features his acoustic guitar treatments of various King Crimson numbers. I like all of it, but a few tracks stand out. I will say one thing as a word of warning. I know there are some people who can't stand the sound of fingers sliding along strings during acoustic guitar work. I'm not one of those people, but if you are, you should probably steer clear of this. For the rest of you, the advice is, enjoy!

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Track by Track Review
Peace (A Theme)
This pretty piece is perfect for use on this set, as it is an intricate acoustic guitar solo. Perdomo's rendition definitely does it justice.
Islands
I love this beautiful acoustic guitar journey.
I Talk to the Wind
Stripped to just the acoustic guitar, this cut still holds up well. The song writing on it has always been exceptional, and the guitar portion is one of the big pieces of that puzzle.
Formentera Lady
You know what the general concept here is by now. This cut takes on a bit more of a folk vibe based on this telling.
Starless
Now, this arrangement represents a big change from the original version of the cut. I like how the melodies shine and take on new angles via this transformation.
Prince Rupert Awakes
The melody of this has always had a rather haunting element to it. In this setting that really shows through so well.
Erudite Eyes
There is a real classical and old world vibe to this number.
Moonchild
Somehow this takes on some new and different textures and tones in this telling. I like it quite a bit.
Book of Saturday
I have always loved this song, whether done by Crimson or the various Wetton solo treatments I've heard. This acoustic arrangement works well, too. It has a nice flavor to it.
The Court of the Crimson King
It may be obvious, but I've always loved this song. I'd say that this rendition captures a lot of the magic of the piece.
 
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