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3.74 | 157 ratings | 2 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1: 53:26
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:14)
2. Get Thy Bearings (10:32)
3. In the Court of the Crimson King (6:43)
4. Mantra (8:48)
5. Travel Weary Capricorn (3:58)
6. Improv (8:55)
7. Mars: The Bringer of War (7:23)

Disc 2: 60:18
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:57)
2. Drop In (6:20)
3. Epitaph (7:22)
4. Get Thy Bearings (18:10)
5. Mantra (5:29)
6. Travel Weary Capricorn (4:54)
7. Improv (4:32)
8. Mars: The Bringer of War (5:37)

Total Time 113:44

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitars
- Greg Lake / vocals
- Ian McDonald / reeds, woodwinds, vibes, keyboards, mellotron, vocals
- Michael Giles / drums, percussion, vocals
- Peter Sinfield / words, illumination

Releases information

Limited edition from Discipline Global Mobile
Volume 3 (Disc 1): recorded at Plumpton Racetrack (1969)
Volume 4 (Disc 2): recorded at the Victoria Ballroom (1969)

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KING CRIMSON Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four ratings distribution

(157 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars If the first two volumes of this collection didn't exist, then these would be much more important. In fact, all of the songs here, save for the improvs, are on the first two volumes, and with better sound.

The sound is the biggest problem with this collection. I understand that the recordings were almost three decades old, and from dubious sources at the time of this release, and many of the songs were pieced together (sometimes too obviously) from multiple sources. But still, the fidelity is at best fair, and sometimes poor. Who really wants to hear a tinny drum solo?

The material is very good, although I wish the band played a few different songs from time to time. Where is I Talk To The Wind, Moon Child?

Still for historical significance, I'll give it three stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Like so many live recordings from this period, Epitaph is a bittersweet experience. With the exception of the track "Epitaph" the set list was pretty much identical for the two recordings and so it's just as well to review vol. IV. The crusty, lo-fi quality of the recording is both endearing ... (read more)

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