Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


King Crimson

Eclectic Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

King Crimson Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind album cover
4.66 | 132 ratings | 3 reviews | 77% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
progressive rock music

Write a review

from partners
DVD/Video, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Threshold Soundscape
2. Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part One
3. Pictures of a City
4. Peace
5. Radical Action (to Unseat The Hold of Monkey Mind)
6. Meltdown
7. Radical Action II
8. Level Five
9. Epitaph
10. The Hell Hounds of Krim
11. The ConstruKction of Light
12. Scarcity of Miracles
13. Red
15. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
16. Easy Money
17. Interlude
18. The Letters
19. Sailor's Tale
20. The Light of Day
21. The Talking Drum
22. Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part Two
23. Starless
24. Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row
25. In the Court of the Crimson King
26. 21st Century Schizoid Man
27. Suitable Grounds for the Blues
28. One More Red Nightmare

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar
- Tony Levin / bass, Chapman Stick
- Bill Rieflin / drums
- Pat Mastelotto / drums
- Gavin Harrison / drums
- Jakko Jakszyk / guitar, vocals
- Mel Collins / saxophones, flute

Releases information

See other entry for 3CD tracks listing...

Format: 3CD/1Blu-Ray, Limited Edition 3CD/2DVD/1Blu-Ray
Label: DGM, Pre Order Via Burning Shed
Release date: September 2, 2016

Thanks to mbzr48 for the addition
and to projeKct for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy KING CRIMSON Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind Music

KING CRIMSON Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind ratings distribution

(132 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(77%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (4%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

KING CRIMSON Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
5 stars The band decided to remove the audience in this live recording which gives the impression that you are listening to a studio recording. And what is more interesting is that the songs have been re-worked with 3 drummers, some flutes, and saxophones. The rhythm section having more space, the sound is obviously louder. The drummer Bill Rieflin is also handling the keyboards parts including that precious mellotron sound on some old songs. The set list contains a lot of old songs, some songs after the 80's period including some new songs. The new songs worked very well with the rest of the songs. "Meltdown" and the Radical Action" suite have some intense moments. And to mix things up, there are some lighter songs, like "Epitaph", and the jazzy "Scarcity of Miracles". Let's say that the sound on this 3cd set is excellent. As for the Blu-Ray, the band decided again to do something different. They hired only 1 man behind the camera, who installed stationary cameras so that he had to bring together footage from those cameras to replace the lack of motion that we usually have on a standard video. Those cameras were needed to superimpose fading images of close shots of each musician over the static wide shot of the stage. Most of the material comes from the Takamatsu shows because it was the best sounding for Jakko Jakszyk. The DTS surround sound is big and loud. They pushed this to the limit with the 3 drummers. However, I could hear some kind of "crackling" noise in a few spots in my rear speakers, especially in the drum solo. In conclusion, while lacking visuals, the video is still enjoyable. I know that the band wanted to focus on the music, but a little more visuals can't ruin the music. This live recording gives us the best overall picture of the band's discography that every King Crimson fan will enjoy and a lot of Progressive Rock fan.

Review by Neu!mann
4 stars A stray thought, while unwrapping this lavishly packaged 4-disc live set (three CDs, plus a Blu-ray disc) from the newly-inflated King Crimson septet: whatever happened to the "small, mobile, intelligent units" Robert Fripp was aiming toward in his Drive to 1981?

Since the 1970s Fripp has arguably been the most progressive of any first-generation Prog Rocker, adamant in his resistance to a sentimental reformation of the original band. And yet here he is, nearing the twilight of his career, on stage performing beloved chestnuts like "Epitaph", "Sailor's Tale", and (not inappropriately) "21st Century Schizoid Man".

But if the Crimson King isn't looking forward any more, he's at least assembled a formidable unit to help relive the past. And after the letdown of the too-abbreviated "Live at the Orpheum" teaser it's reassuring to see the Crimson monster back on its feet...all fourteen of them, in this case.

The flute and sax work of old friend Mel Collins provides a welcome bridge to an earlier, warmer King Crimson, and offers an effective proxy for David Cross' violin on the Larks' Tongues-era songs: note his playful interpolations of Henry Mancini and Rimsky-Korsakov during the proto-metal "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One". Jakko Jakszyk 's voice is likewise a honey-toned throwback to the bygone days of Greg Lake and Boz Burrell, giving the new lineup another valid excuse to exhume such old material.

The few new songs offer encouraging evidence that the aging beast hasn't lost all its teeth yet, despite this being more of a reunion ProjKct than a creative rebirth. But nostalgia was clearly the order of the day, with a conspicuous hole in the set-list shaped like Adrian Belew, effectively airbrushed out of the repertoire as completely and mercilessly as Gordon Haskell once was. The only selections from his more than 25-years at the front of the Crimson stage are Fripp-composed, or entirely instrumental.

And Belew isn't alone in his exile: the entire audience was amputated from these live tapes, in classic Fripp-like fashion. The guitarist as long been notorious for his stage reticence, needing the attention of a receptive crowd to synergize his performance, but always at arm's length, and preferably without photographs. Maybe he decided to simply carry that wallflower impulse to its logical end.

The 1974 LP "Starless and Bible Black" followed the same approach, camouflaging a live recording as a studio album. But that was with all-new material, not the familiar oldies presented in these shows. Consequently there's a sense of detachment here at odds with a genuine live experience, all part of a calculated (and quintessentially Frippish) design extending to the matching formal stage outfits and choreographed song arrangements, split between three drummers.

And, outside of a few "B'Boom"-style interludes, there isn't any improvisation. Understandable perhaps, given the logistics of such an unwieldy ensemble. But it's still disappointing to see a muzzle tied around the historic Crimson ideals of serendipity and happy accidents.

All of which probably reads like excessive Monkey Mind griping about an album I'm nevertheless calling 'an excellent addition to any Prog Rock music collection'. Criticism aside, the sound is tremendous, the performances airtight, and the older songs (ignoring the umpteenth reincarnation of "Red") fresher than ever, perfectly at ease alongside the new stuff. Imagine the aging monarch donning his old robes and finding they not only still fit, but after more than 45-years are almost back in fashion.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Pretty sure I can justify a five-star rating for this one. Even being that I've only been listening to it for a week, I can see the evidence of how much work went into this new "Radical Action..." box set. If you are not convinced, first consider that this is a live album in which the best perf ... (read more)

Report this review (#1613404) | Posted by CapnBearbossa | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of KING CRIMSON "Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.