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King Crimson - The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set) CD (album) cover


King Crimson


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4 stars Definitive collection for King Crimson's second string of incarnations

The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson was issued as a follow-up to 1991's 4-disc compilation Frame by Frame. The Guide consists of two 4-disc "volumes", each containing two discs of studio material, two discs of live material, and a comprehensive booklet on the band.

The tracks - handpicked by Mr Fripp himself - are not only representative of the band, they effectively replace the need for the individual albums. Discipline and The Power to Believe (considered the two best albums of KCs later years) are represented nearly in full. The better tracks from their hit-and-miss albums Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair are accurately culled as is the foray into the 90s material.

As with Volume I, the selection of live tracks is impeccable. Disc 2 of the collection is mostly pulled from Absent Lovers, the definitive live document for 80s KC (the remainder of the disc being a sprinkling of unreleased tracks). Disc 4 is a combination of live stuff from VROOM VROOM, Heavy ConstruKction, and EleKtriK, as well as a sampling of ProjeKcts One and Two.

Great collection, that, grouped with Volume I, covers the entirety of KC's career. An adequate replacement for the individual albums for all but the most die-hard fans.

Evan | 4/5 |


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