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3.36 | 28 ratings | 2 reviews | 11% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Heroes (10:37)
2. Easy Money (10:31)
3. Starless (edit) (6:47)
4. The Hell Hounds of Krim (5:50)
5. Heroes (radio edit) (3:37)

Total Time 37:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Mel Collins / saxophone, flute
- Robert Fripp / guitar, keyboards
- Gavin Harrison / drums
- Jakko Jakszyk / guitar, voice
- Tony Levin / bass, Stick
- Pat Mastelotto / drums
- Jeremy Stacey / drums, keyboards

Releases information

Recorded live on the band's European tour of 2016.

Label: Burningshed
Format: CD, Digital
June 2, 2017

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KING CRIMSON Heroes ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

KING CRIMSON Heroes reviews

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Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For over 14 years I've been waiting for King Crimson to comeback to Mexico City, and this will finally happen this weekend (Jul 14), so as you can imagine, I am as excited as a child with a toy. King Fripp and his colleagues will hit the stage for five unique evenings in which we will find a lot of songs from the band's catalogue, including probably the ones featured on this EP.

This is a short EP that shows us the current lineup, with a bunch of extraordinary musicians that have been in the musical scene for so many years making related and non-related King Crimson music. Robert Fripp has gathered a new elegant lineup that brings Jakko as the singer, a man who has a nice voice that perfectly fits with some of the classic tunes. It is a mistake to try to compare his vocal range with Lake, Wetton or Belew, so when you decide to simply enjoy Jakszyk's voice you will be enchanted by his subtle tune.

Fripp originally recorded guitars for "Heroes", an anthem created by David Bowie who passed away last year. He was friend of Fripp (and so many people) so the King decided to play the song in a frequent basis for the last 2016-tour, and even put its name for this new EP: Heroes (Live in Europe 2016), a nice homage to Bowie. The song can be found here in two forms, the one recorded live in Germany, and a radio-edited version. I am eagerly waiting of it to be performed here in my city.

A wonderful version of "Easy Money" is featured here, though the essence does not change, there are so many figures and solos that I assume change every concert as a part of that improvisation they always give. It is relevant what Mel Collins creates here (and in all of the songs of the tour, actually), he can bring a lot of nuances and atmospheres, he is capable of changing our mood with his sax and flute, and in this track one can easily notice that. Of course, mellotron and guitars play also a cool role on this song, which sounds truly powerful with this lineup.

The weak part of this EP is this edited "Starless" version. Man, you know how powerful that song is, how people love it, you cannot give us only a sneak peek of it. The four minutes are cool and let our imagination play, but it is cruel to cut that masterpiece and I think it was a mistake to include this edited form in this release. "Hell Hounds of Krim" show (as KC use to) the talent and interplay of the drummers. For me it is difficult to recognize what three drummers in the same stage can do, I am not a drummer at all but it will be a delight to watch those big guys playing and exciting us. Of course, uncle Tony Levin who is a true KC reference will also give us countless moments of passion and elegancy through his bass and stick.

This is a good but non-essential EP that give us a hint of how the current lineup sound. The highlight is definitely "Easy Money", followed by "Heroes".

Enjoy it!

Latest members reviews

4 stars Since this is my first review for Progarchives, I'll keep it short and sweet. I really like the newest line-up of King Crimson, and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've heard from them. This latest EP includes a handful of tracks that we have heard from this line-up before, as well as a t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1734955) | Posted by LastSonOfGallifrey | Saturday, June 17, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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