King Crimson - Earthbound CD (album) cover


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

2.46 | 318 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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3 stars Now most of us know that this album is very poorly recorded - partially "in the rain, from the back of a Volkswagon Truck". However, this recording shows a very different side to the Crimson King. The rhythm section of Boz Burrell and Ian Wallace is very 'primitive' sounding, not really suited for Crimso, but they give a certain feel to the tracks presented here, with funky jams such as 'Peoria' and 'Earthbound' and you can even hear Mr. Fripp like you've never heard him before - grungey and rough - not meticulous and angular like he is usually. Mel Collins does a fine job with the Saxes (always does) and handles the only bit of Mellotron on the record - 'A Sailor's Tale', which is too short. '21st Century Schizoid Man' is given a lengthy workout, and again, the sound quality lets down a rather interesting version, with the best distorted vocal yet and groovy middle section. 'Groon' is a 15 minute version of the 3 minute avant-garde 'B' side to Cat Food, and is a good reason for owning this record - especially the drum solo ; Wallace's kit was processed through a VCS3 synthesizer, and the sounds produced were rarely heard and hence, would've made the the crowd 'trip out' whether on something or not, so it was kind of revolutionary in a way. Definately a 3 star effort, and I'm grateful that this exists. Naturally, if the recording quality was pristine, it would have many proggers drooling !!
Tom Ozric | 3/5 |


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