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King Crimson


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2.45 | 378 ratings

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4 stars Well, I agree that the sound quality is kinda bad. This was probably recorded with a cheap tape-recorder, but at list they did it! They had to record this great live set!. So, I don't care for the sound quality, this record is still awsome. It features the 1971-72 line-up: Master Robert Fripp: The leader, guitarrist and main composer./ Mel Collins: Great saxophonist, flutist and keyboardist, also./ Boz Burrell: Really cool vocals and bass (Fripp taught him to play bass)./Ian Wallace: Jazz-rock drumming, really cool.

1)-21st Century schizoid man:One of my favourite KC tracks. As dark, agressive and progressive as ever.Distored vocals by Boz sound a lot different than Lake's, and they sound weird and cool. The middle "Mirrors" section is quite longer than the original. Fripp and Collins do an amazing work on this one, combining jazz-rock sax, with heavy guitar. As great as ever!

2)-Peoria: A funky-groove jam. Mel Collins shines on this one. You really feel his going to tear his sax up! Ian and Boz do a fine job keeping the rythm. Boz sings to the crowd to get onto it ( he sings anything that comes into his mind: "bababdubbab....No make no makes a whole lotta differece while I think about you", or something). Fripp plays the funky rythm guitar, most of the time, but then he does a werid mini-wah- wha solo, which is great!

3)-Sailor's Tale (edit): This is an almost-5-minute version of the track from "Islands". It's psychedelic all the way through. Remarkable drumming by Wallace, nice bass lines by Boz, ground-breaking sax and mellotron by Mel Collins, and the typical Crimson trademark guitar by Fripp. Awsome and really progressive!

4)-Earthbound: The second groove jam. Funky drums with funky bass, funky sax and guitar. The same "whatever" vocals by Boz which feature on "Peoria". At first, it doesn't even seem like King Crimson, but, then Robert Fripp knocks out a solo which is really KC! Cool!

5)- Groon: The jazzy guitar riff and the jazzy drums from the original. Then, it turns out to be more "Earthbound"-like with funky bass and sax. Progressive Crimson guitar solo...and then...the moment for Mr.Wallace to show all he's got: Really freaked-out drum solo! And it ends.... Amazing!

Ok, I'll rate it with 4 stars, 'cos it's awsome, but not so much (as, say, ITCOTCK or "Lizard"). But I don't thing it is for collectors only, or that it's just good. It's an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

Note: You can notice why they became Art rock, and they weren't symphonic anymore, like on their debut. Their style became more varied and more experimental crossing different prog genres and jazz and, even funk. Genre: Art Rock: Jazz, funk, groovy and progressive rock.

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