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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.46 | 308 ratings

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4 stars I always found "Starless and Bible Black" disppointing and this album goes a long way to explaining why; many of the tracks on SABB were recoreded in concert, then overdubbed/re-mixed; here, on this album you get the original concert material, and it's just so much better here.

One of the few groups genuinely better on stage than on album; concluding the concert the "Talking Drum" fuzzes through your head;" Lark's Tongues II" soars; followed by a great version of "21st Century SM", for me better than the original. But as well as being loud n rocky, there are sublime moments, like "Trio" - listen to this and compare with "Starless".

This is King Crimson at their peak, warts n all (sometimes things don't work - like "Fright Watch") - and Fripp's liner notes are fascinating even if rather verbose and pompous!!

Phil | 4/5 |


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