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3.49 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. San Francisco
2. Tony Bass riff
3. Sequenced
4. Steinberger melody
5. Fragmented
6. Not one of those
7. ZZZZ's
8. Reel 3 jam
9. Robert and Bill
10. Say NO
11. Robert's ballad
12. Heat in the Jungle
13. Grace Jones
14. Adrian looped

Line-up / Musicians

Adrian Belew - Guitar
Robert Fripp - Guitar
Tony Levin - Bass Guitar, Stick
Bill Bruford - Drums

Releases information

Produced by Robert Fripp and David Singleton on behalf of King Crimson & the King Crimson Collectors' Club

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KING CRIMSON The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983 ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

KING CRIMSON The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983 reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars In between Beat and Three Of A Perfect Pair, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford and Tony Levin went into the studio to attempt to create another album. These recordings are the result.

It's too bad they didn't continue on with the sessions, as the tracks documented on this disk, incomplete as they are, are superior to at least the first side (or left side) of TOAPP. The pieces (and I mean that quite literally) are more experimental and more interesting than most of the last two albums by this lineup.

As pointed out in another review here, Fragmented was rerecorded for TOAPP as Industry. Unlike the other reviewer, I like the completed version better.

But all in all, this is not a bad album. It just needs some polishing.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Unlike most King Crimson Collector's Club releases, this isn't a live album - instead, it's the work-in-progress studio sound of King Crimson trying to figure out where to go next after Beat. We all know where they ended up - Three of a Perfect Pair - and the occasional musical motif or idea from here ends up on there - but this is rawer, wilder, and often more experimental than that album, with the band ranging from the sort of avant-garde material which would ultimately make up that album's second side to funk workouts. The sessions unfolded over two weeks in January of 1983 and boil down here to just under an hour's worth of highlights, and I have to say that they sound pretty good.

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3 stars The new 80ies incarnation of King Crimson made a head start. In 1981 the excellent "Discipline" was released and this was followed by "Beat" in 1982. Touring went well and when it became 1983 it was time to think about yet another album. From January 17 until 30 they went to C.V. Lloyd Music i ... (read more)

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