Boomkat Product Review:
Honest Jon’s plug a gaping hole in free improv collections everywhere with the complete sessions of Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey’s Royal  on record for the first time. Recorded live at the Royal Hotel, Luton, England on July 2, 1974, the original Incus Records LP’s Opening (Opening) and Opening (Closing) sections are now fulfilled by a 2nd disc with the Middle, Closing (opening, and Closing (closing) sections that were meant for an INCUS 44 pressing which never transpired. A major piece of experimental music.
“Braxton playing soprano and alto saxophones, and Bb and contrabass clarinets. Two volumes were planned; only one was issued, till now. This was an early transatlantic meeting between leading free improvisers. Many of Braxton’s signature techniques and ideas were gestated in such sessions. It still brims with inquisitive musical creativity and knockabout jazzbo allusiveness.”