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EARTHBOUND

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

2.46 | 294 ratings

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Hejkal
3 stars Well, let's tell to some KC fan the word Earthbound and more than 90 % will surely feel wrong. Anyway, this album is not as bad as it is usually claimed.

My dad, for example, thinks that this is KC best album ever made. In Slovakia there was little opportunities to hear raw rocking live performances back in the early 70's. This album was like a lightning from the sky. It was unexpected, very hard and full of energy. Yes, the sound quality was very poor (LP), but it was something totally different from e.g. Karel Got (for those, who knows...). He was (and still is) astonished by Boz screaming and great improvisation of the whole group. So, if he knew english he would give five stars to this album here on Progarchives.

But he isn't here. I was not much impressed by this when I heard it first. It was from the cassette and it was more noise than music. But when remastered CD version appeared I bought it (mainly for my dad). I can tell you now that I like it. It is not typical KC album, but it is surely very heavy and that's how I like it. The sound is MUCH better than on LP. If you want to listen to the best live version of The 21st Century Schizoid man, it can be found here. Some improvisation passages are greatly performed by Collins and the last song Groon is nice played as well. Though the drum solo is not the best one ever recorded, it can be heard without any bad feelings.

To sum up, I would give it two stars, but due to the impact this album had in Slovakia, I give it three stars. It is quite nice hard live album and it is also surprising to KC fans, so that's something I would call progressive enough to call it good.

Hejkal | 3/5 |

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