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Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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" When you want to hear where music is going in the future, you put on a King Crimson album."
- Bill Bruford, 1995

For all its break-ups, periods of non-existence and fluctuating methodology, King Crimson remains one of the interminably compelling bands playing within the domain of rock music to this day. Widely acknowledged as being the harbingers of the art-rock genre with their monumental 1969 album "In The Court Of The Crimson King", they paved the way for innovative art-rock/progressive rock bands such as Yes, ELP etc etc. in the early '70s as well as providing a stimulus for more recent neo-progressive bands like Tool and The Mars Volta through their post-progressive work in the early '80s and '90s. More of a frame of mind than a style, the music of King Crimson has constantly sought out sustenance through amalgamations of existing forms of music, veering away from any contemporary mould, nullifying any notions that it is necessary to adhere to proven formulas in order to create commercially feasible music.

From its formative years in Bournemouth, England in the late '60s, King Crimson's unwavering guiding light has constantly emanated from the abstruse intellect of guitarist Robert Fripp (b. May 16, 1946). Although he maintains that he is not the band's leader per se, he attributes the band's enduring viability to the collective brilliance of its individual members even though it seems to disband and reform at the wave of his magic wand. Fripp began playing guitar at the age of eleven with 'Trad. Jazz' perfomer Acker Bilk providing him with early inspiration. By the age of 18, he was playing with a hotel band in his hometown of Bournemouth performing at bar-mitzvahs and weddings while developing his distinctive guitar style which incorporated many classical techniques. While other early influences included such diverse sources as Bartok, Debussy and Django Reinhardt, he was particularly drawn to the 1967 Beatles song "A Day In The Life" which, he claimed, affected him in similar ways as classical composers and it was around this time his designs for King Crimson began to take form. In early '67, after playing with other local pop outfits, he joined two brothers, Michael and Peter Giles on drums and bass/vocals respectively. By October 1967, having changed their name to Giles, Giles & Fripp, they found themselves in London where they recor...
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KING CRIMSON discography


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KING CRIMSON top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.61 | 3689 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1839 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.12 | 1855 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.80 | 1617 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2478 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.92 | 1572 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 2901 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1651 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.01 | 1011 ratings
Beat
1982
3.25 | 991 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 923 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.14 | 222 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 682 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.40 | 190 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 1035 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.56 | 474 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

KING CRIMSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.44 | 366 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 439 ratings
USA
1975
2.91 | 28 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.55 | 339 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 158 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.63 | 194 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 166 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 264 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.73 | 130 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.45 | 271 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 26 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.92 | 25 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.79 | 19 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.00 | 7 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 105 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.03 | 109 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.60 | 90 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 131 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.67 | 74 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.60 | 88 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
2006
2.87 | 42 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 2 (Live in Bath, 1981 + Live in Philadelphia, 1982)
2007
3.82 | 41 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 3 (Live at the Sheperds Bush Empire,London,1996)
2008
3.48 | 39 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 4 (Live in Warsaw,2000)
2009
3.84 | 37 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 5 (Live in Japan,1995)
2010
2.19 | 7 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.47 | 32 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 91 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

KING CRIMSON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.98 | 36 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.67 | 15 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 134 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.75 | 125 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 69 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.95 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.26 | 48 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.28 | 41 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.54 | 64 ratings
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
2016

KING CRIMSON Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.91 | 98 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.15 | 64 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 54 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.20 | 42 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.97 | 24 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.34 | 44 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.84 | 88 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 74 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.57 | 46 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.51 | 35 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 24 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.53 | 17 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.77 | 96 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
4.00 | 40 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.63 | 43 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.63 | 16 ratings
Starless
2014
4.00 | 14 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.50 | 4 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016

KING CRIMSON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.39 | 54 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.30 | 45 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 24 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 39 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.89 | 18 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.10 | 20 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.33 | 3 ratings
Elephant Talk
1981
3.56 | 9 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.21 | 24 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.16 | 19 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.15 | 18 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 129 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.86 | 22 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
2.99 | 24 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.18 | 24 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.24 | 10 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.86 | 26 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.35 | 18 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.63 | 24 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 26 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.83 | 25 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.79 | 19 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.62 | 16 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 31 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 26 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.81 | 21 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.70 | 29 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.10 | 30 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.15 | 16 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.19 | 7 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.23 | 24 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.37 | 83 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 25 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.13 | 16 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.53 | 19 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.28 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.84 | 25 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.54 | 15 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.92 | 16 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 17 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.09 | 14 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 16 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.79 | 15 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.11 | 19 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.74 | 17 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.20 | 10 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.25 | 7 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
3.88 | 8 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
3.88 | 8 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.23 | 13 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.44 | 9 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.22 | 9 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.14 | 12 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.91 | 11 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.40 | 15 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.19 | 12 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.54 | 45 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Heroes
2017

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.54 | 45 ratings

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Live In Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Forgive my skepticism, but I have to ask: why bother releasing a live album recorded less than one month before the more comprehensive "Radical Action" CD/Blu-ray package, and featuring an almost identical song list? It looks like pure, mercenary redundancy, but after hearing it the reason should be obvious: on a chilly autumn evening in Toronto, the Crimson King put on a red-hot show.

Consider this one the undoctored live flipside to the 'virtual studio album' of "Radical Action", with all the arena ambience missing from the "Action" tapes restored, including the pre-concert No Photos request, very politely extended by Robert Fripp himself in a recorded announcement. It's hard not to smile when hearing the 69-year old gentleman rocker from Wimborne invite the audience to "please join in and have a party with King Crimson", like he's introducing a Parliament-Funkadelic dance act or something.

What should be immediately apparent, in contrast to the more perfectly mixed "Radical Action" set, is the raw energy of this recording, totally appropriate to the Beat the Bootlegs motivation behind it. The rhythm section is especially loud, almost to the point of audio distortion at times, hardly surprising with three drummers attacking their kits in precise unison and/or counterpoint (all of them ace players, but it still seems like a gimmick).

I won't repeat the commentary/chit-chat/criticisms of my parallel review on the "Radical Action" ProgArchives page (it's only talk, after all)...except to note again how close the older songs stick to the original studio versions, sadly without any uncharted digressions, a Crimson hallmark in its glory days. Nostalgia is back in style for the new band, as heard in the walk-on tape for this gig: the old "Islands" album coda, with a young Fripp directing the string orchestra at Command Studio in London. That rose-colored intro sets up the nervous opening notes of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One", a juxtaposition that would have been more shocking in 1972 but still holds a lot of residual power in 2015.

A convincing argument is made in that first track: even with its cutting edge dulled by age, the new Crimson King sounds pretty darn sharp. The set-list is mostly Golden Oldies, but the performances are tremendously vital, and the songs themselves more relevant than ever (yes, even "The Letter"). Note the dramatic transition from the instrumental alarm-call of "Red" to the passionate eulogy of "Epitaph", together functioning like a musical barometer for our troubled times. And the 45-year old "Pictures of a City" has never sounded quite so urgent, rising to a climax approaching Holy Sh!t levels of intensity.

In the end your own preference for this set or "Radical Action" will likely depend on how polished you expect a live album to sound. Or, on an even more basic level, which album you happen to hear first. Either way, it's a vital snapshot of a surviving Progressive Rock giant flexing a few timeworn but well-toned muscles.

 Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.54 | 64 ratings

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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
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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 feet, 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. Nostalgia is clearly the order of the day, but 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 reticence on stage, 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 design (again, quintessential Fripp) 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.

 The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974) by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2006
4.60 | 88 ratings

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The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by tvtennis

5 stars What makes us go back and listen to KC time and time again? This Live double set from 1974 is a good example why. It highlights the brilliance of the four musicians on stage. No more, no less, just four guys doing what they do best.

According to the CD booklet, the first CD (Mainz) is a Stereo soundboard recording. Like many of us that appreciate prog, I am a 'bit of an audiophile, and I don't have an issue with the sound. It is unpolished, but to my ears, it gives an additional appeal. More less what you may have heard if you were present at the time. I like the 2 channel separation, it is little more extreme than a more produced recording would sound, I think is sounds great. The second CD has been much talked about. It is the bulk of the "USA" release from 1975, but this time uncut without the Eddie Jobson overdubs, and it represents the entire set from that evening. The sound for the second CD has been drawn from the original multi track analogue tapes, and the sound quality is near flawless.

One other enjoyable thing about this release are the liner notes by John Wetton, who recounts the events leading- up to the show in Mainz, as well as Sid Smith (author of the unauthorised biography: "In The Court of King Crimson" 2001). To be perfectly honest, both CD's sound a 'bit unpolished, but very clear with very good separation, perhaps those are the reasons why I am drawn to them. We have to keep in mind that these recordings were made in 1974! That is quite some time ago.

 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.02 | 439 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Strong, but could have gone without Jobson.

Representing their live concerts from their US tour in the year before Red, this live album contains a lot of strong performances, but is marred by the Jobson overdubs. Unfortunately, when they went to mix this album, they found that David Cross' violin parts were too quiet, so they got Jobson to overdub some violin parts, making this not quite true to their actual live performances. I would have preferred to hear the actual band, with Cross (the "Night Watch" concert, and a number of other live performances, including the ones on "The Great Deceiver" live box set, have this, and they are often better than the live performances here). However, the remastered CD contains bonus tracks "Starless" and "Fracture", which weren't on the original vinyl, and these are the best two tunes on this one, and these feature David Cross, without Jobson overdubs. The best tracks from the original vinyl are the improvisation "Asbury Park" and the version of "Easy Money", with some excellent guitar solos from Fripp. I was never a huge fan of Lament (one of the tunes that, for me, doesn't fit Wetton's voice), or even Exiles, although I like this version of Exiles better than the studio version on Lark's Tongues. The version here of Schizoid Man is distinct, showing Bruford's very different drum treatment, and pointing to the ways that Bruford would time-shift his drumming in the 80s incarnation of Crimson (ie playing a 4/4 drum beat over a 6/8 section, etc). The version of Lark's Tongues Part II is very similar to the studio version - the better live versions were actually the ones recorded by the 80s incarnation (ie the 'Absent Lovers') album. Without "Starless" and "Fracture" (ie: the original vinyl album) I rate this 7.9 out of 10. However, including "Starless" and "Fracture" (ie the remastered CD edition), I give this 8.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 2901 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Walkscore

5 stars Essential Crimson Masterpiece.

The culmination of this incarnation of Crimson, this represents the songs that this version of the band wrote and played live for their last year before Fripp broke up the band. It is a stunning set, and for me the definitive Crimson (I also like the 80s incarnation, but I don't think that band could have existed without this one having come beforehand). Every piece here is excellent. Fripp was in discussion with Ian MacDonald about possibly rejoining the band (an idea with support from other members), and he plays on it to great effect. His soprano saxes on Fallen Angel, One More Red Nightmare, and the totally amazing Starless, provide that extra bit of sonic difference that helps them transcend the usual standards of rock music. The band here is officially a trio though, as Fripp felt Cross was not making sufficient contributions. Yet, we still hear Cross play on this album in multiple places, and his contributions to the improvisation "Providence" are essential. While the title track is iconic in itself (and continued to be played by each iteration of Crimson since then), it is the songs "One More Red Nightmare" and "Starless" that standout here. The other pieces are already in the 5-star category, but these two are at the very top of the ranking scale. They are so essential to the history of progressive rock. These are the two Crimson songs with the best Wetton vocals (and lyrics), and Bruford's drumming here set a bar that few drummers have ever surpassed, even 40 years on. Starless is one of the best songs ever written in my opinion. Starting with a mellotron intro that sends shivers down the spine, the words seem deeper than anything Crimson put down before or since, with a beautiful and memorable guitar melody that sticks in the head. The long section part of the song is in 15/8 time, beginning with a slow syncopated (in 15/8) bass line and Bruford's quirky yet totally musical drumming, which gets layered with the building Fripp guitar and Cross violin lines to a climax in which the speed doubles (again in 15/8) with MacDonald's sax solo over top. The final is just amazing, a mind-blowing experience. I was even more impressed when I learned that Bruford was the one that came up with this second section (the bass line, etc), making this piece a true band composition, and showing what could have been if the band had continued to work together like this. One of the best ever albums. I give it 9.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is a high 5 PA stars. This is in my top 10 albums of all time, and the very best Crimson album.

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.92 | 1572 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Fracture - Awesome.

This album continues in the same vein as the previous album (Lark's Tongues), and once again is notable for both Fripp's new (at the time) guitar sound and Bruford's quirky but awesome and original drumming. The highlight of this album is the closer "Fracture", one of rock's - or rather all of the history of music's - most original and inspired compositions. It still blows me away, 40 years later, and there have been very few pieces that are this good. Like Lark's Tongues Part II, this tune established Crimson as a major new voice in music. It is a real shame that Fripp and Bruford could not work together after the 1990s double-trio era, as they are both such original musicians, and I think it is the interplay between them that made this music so compelling. The rest of this album is also inventive, although not quite so iconic as Fracture. And of course, Wetton adds his own stamp with some great bass playing and meloncholic singing (which sometimes doesn't work as well - on Lament for instance), while Cross' violin adds a distinct character, especially in the quieter sections. Much of the album was recorded live in concert in Amsterdam in 1973 (the full concert can be heard on 'The Night Watch'), with overdubs added in the studio, and only a couple of tunes ('Great Deceiver" among them) recorded in the studio. While I love Bruford's drumming as a defining feature of Crimson, on this album one of my favourite pieces (after "Fracture") is the song "Trio" which was improvised during the live show. Bruford thought about joining in, but in the end thought the rest of the band were doing so good a job, he just sat there and listened, so it is a trio rather than a quartet improv. It works really well - a lovely piece of music. Starless and the Bible Black is another great improv here, and both the tunes the "Great Deceiver" and "The Night Watch" are quite good. But the other tunes are filler (as admitted by Fripp and others in the various Crimson biographies - they were under pressure to release a new album but didn't feel they had quite enough material). So, a couple of iconic tunes, but on the whole not quite as good as Lark's Tongues. I give this one 8.1 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.42 | 2478 ratings

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Larks' Tongues In Aspic
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Highly Inventive.

While Schizoid Man defined the originality of the first incarnation of Crimson, it is really only with this album that the new sound for which Crimson has since become known became fully established. While I love Sinfield's lyrics (and Greg Lake's singing) on the early albums, I think it was the right decision for Fripp to move on from Sinfield, and particularly to recruit Bruford (and Muir). The two parts of the title track which open and close this album are nothing like any sort of music that came before. Like many others, it was when I heard Lark's Tongues part II on the radio as a teenager that I knew I had to get more acquainted with this band. But it was Lark's Tongues Part I that even more blew me away when I heard the album. It is so inventive, not rock, not jazz, certainly not classical. Tinged with both world music and jazz-like improvisation, it set a standard for a new hybrid form of music that few bands have been able to meet since. It is on this album that the now-standard Fripp guitar sound was announced. And it is on this album that Bruford's very distinct and wonderful drum style was introduced to the world. So, in this sense it is truly essential, particularly for PA listeners. This album is not perfect, though. "Exiles" is fine, but somehow doesn't live up to its potential, while "the Talking Drum" seems too flat, and after hearing it many times, I have to skip over it now. Easy Money is great, but a number of live versions are even better. Still, this album stands the test of time as one of the most original inventive albums ever released, and the two title tracks remain remarkable and unsurpassed. I give the whole album 8.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high 4 PA stars.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.61 | 3689 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars INTRODUCTION FEATURING "EXPLANATION OF WHY THIS ALBUM IS SO MEANINGFUL"

If you attempt to picture yourself in 1969 and think of what are the other great "progressive rock" acts going on, you'll find plenty of good stuff. However as you may put, though, most of them were pretty mild. They didn't achieve their full potential in this sense, they were still ascending into a higher form of prog being. Look at YES, GENESIS, CAMEL, etc. All of them are genre-defining bands that, by 1969, were pretty tame. So under this context, KING CRIMSON was groundbreaking.

If you still can't picture the situation, let me give you an analogy. In the early 20th Century, Europe's avant-garde Modernist movements influenced and dictated many peripheric nations' cultural endeavors. This was the case for Brazil, too, until an ambitious young lad called Mário de Andrade, hoping to give his nation's culture identity, shoot out for the whole world to see the Cannibal Manifesto, which shook the nation and brought Brazil forward to the Modernist era. Naturally, Mário wasn't the first with this revolutionary dream, as many contemporaries of his were "militant" Modernists as well; but the thing is: Mário was the man that materialized it. That made it go from "hopes and dreams of progressive artists" into "a truly concrete movement".

Now, try to swap "Brazil" with "rock", "Europe's avant-garde movements" with "popular, repetitive and radio- friendly approach", "Mário de Andrade" with "King Crimson" and you'll be able to picture what I'm talking about. Right? Right? Great.

So, say what you want, but IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING is a compulsory item in the catalog of any prog enthusiast, for historical value. Undeniably, this album is overrated. But assuming of its importance for the genre, it's fair. Let people worship it, even if it's a little out of proportion... what harm does it make?

Now, regarding musical value, to how enjoyable this is... that's a whole different story. In general, the album is highly diverse and there's no way to label it as of, say, "well, if you like jazz, listen to this stuff" (which in my opinion is the most progressive thing to be). If you read the definition of "what is prog rock" and listen to several five-stars albums, you'll find said definition a little out of touch, as if there's not much connection between what is spoken and what really happens. Not with this. "There's a change from blues influence to jazz/classical music"? CHECK. "It's highly complex"? Look at Mirrors (21st Century Schizoid Man's instrumental part), CHECK. "It tries to be distinct from the pop type of music of the time"? Well, just how many songs are similar to the homonymic track? CHECK.

So, in short, we've got three adjectives for those lads: DISTINCTIVE. INNOVATIVE. UNIQUE.

A SMALL COMMENTARY ON EACH BAND MEMBER (FROM MOST TO LEAST HIGHLIGHTED).

MICHAEL GILES, just as fellow reviewer ProgMetaller2112 says, brings this up a notch. Not only his virtuosity is amazing, but he is immensely creative and present on EACH FRIGGIN' TRACK. I can bet that on every single song you'll notice him and his drumming shenanigans. He's the star of this whole damn thing.

IAN MACDONALD's superb performance at the instrumental parts "Mirrors" and "The Return of the Fire Witch" are the next big thing on this album. It's amazing that a man at one moment can be deranged and insane while on the other so calm and efficient.

ROBERT FRIPP's performance on both the acoustic and electric guitar are superb. His performance on Mirrors and In the Court of the Crimson King are spectacular, to say the least.

GREG LAKE's vocals are, above everything, FITTING, for each track. Which the way I see is more important than being "good" or "enjoyable".

PETER SINFIELD's lyrics are interesting. Even though he (probably) repeats the topic three times (Vietnam War & Politics on 21st Century Schizoid Man/Epitaph/In the Court of the Crimson King), the theme doesn't feel repetitive.

NOW, I PRESENT YOU, EACH TRACK. INDIVIDUALLY "ANALYZED".

21st Century Schizoid Man is the first thing Fripp and his lads brings to you, with what I personally consider the true "embodiment, archetype, paragon" of progressive rock - alternatively of what I deem the popular opinion is - and not In the Court of the Crimson King. Well, this might be a little because I prefer songs with three-digit tempos. Here we have the most marvelous fusion between jazz and rock I've seen, folks. It's a maddened and aggressive, as I've read somewhere, "proto-heavy metal" (or should it be progressive metal? Or would it be jazzgressive metal?). I believe it's in the vein of freestyle jazz. It features distorted vocals and a disorderly vibe. Intentional, you might deduce correctly; this song is a criticism of the Vietnam War and politics (Sinclair's first attempt to tackle the subject). The instrumental piece "Mirrors" (aforementioned, like, ten times by now?) is the pinnacle of musicianship in this album, where the saxophone, drums, and guitars altogether jam an insanely delightful cacophony. You get another verse & chorus and then the chaotic outro, which, in comparison to the next track, is a shock.

I Talk to the Wind is a calm song with three verses and two chorus repetitions, and overall simple and straightforward lyricism (accordingly to Genius.com, it's about religiousness, as "the wind" is a metaphor for God). Don't be fooled to associate "calm" with "uninteresting" or "boring", though (leave this to Epitaph). In spite of the track's tranquil atmosphere, the drums are potent, MacDonald's flute solo is serene, but attention-grabbing. I'm not a fan of slow/mellow songs, but even so, I'll definitively give this song more than only one shot.

Epitaph is a slow but definitively not calm song. It's now leaning towards a more emotional approach. It hasn't called my attention, both instrumental parts - the bridge "March for No Reason" and the outro "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" - are forgettable, just the song as a whole. It is vigorous if you put in perspective Lake's passionate performance as he sings the lyrics - themed by a lack of faith on humanity as we march towards an apocalypse because those in power are fools... and because of nukes, too - but otherwise, its just... bland. The very definition of "60's unhopeful song about Vietnam War". I find this the low point of the album.

Moonchild is another calm song, although not in the same sense of "I Talk to the Wind" (serene). I'd, instead, use the word soothing. The first part, "The Dream", brings me images of nighttime, melancholy and loneliness as the tale of the Moonchild are told (possibly referring to Aleister Crowley's 1917 novel, 'Moonchild'). Eventually, part two begins - The Illusion. Imagine if King Crimson decided to make an instrumental lullaby only with three instruments: a piano, a vacillating guitar, and maddened drums. For ten minutes. Impromptu. Yeah. Well, it's nowhere as bad as it seems, BUT the instruments are flickering. It can just go calm and rather boring right after an interesting drum passage. And, most importantly, out of nowhere you hear a blasting Mellotron that gets you thinking, "Hey, that's not Moonchild, that's In the Court of the Crimson King!".

Finally, the legendary In the Court of the Crimson KIII-III-III-III-III-IIIIIING. Folks, this is an amazing song. The Mellotron riff makes you think "Now that's some real psychedelic stuff" (and in a good way!), it's so simple yet so effective at being distinctive and easily recognizable. This is yet another track criticizing Vietnam War. 21st Century Schizoid Man did so by predicting a lot of bad stuff happening, and being angry about it. Epitaph did that too, but this time, by being emotionally appealing. In the Court of the Crimson King does so by being highly poetic and mesmerizing, and variating from powerful passages (such as the chorus) to smooth ones (such as the flute solo of "The Return of the Fire Witch"). Right after the last chorus, as the outro "The Dance of the Puppets"'s silence ends, a rather... unexpected, short piece comes in. "Is this Zelda? Nintendo? On '69?" You'll ask yourself. Would I be surprised to know this song influenced 8-bit music? Not one bit (no pun intended).

SO, IN THE END..

. this is an essential masterpiece of progressive rock music. Personally, I can't consider this one of my favorite albums - although 21st Century Schizoid Man is my newest darling - but I don't even need it to be to recognize how amazing KING CRIMSON was. To think of this as a debut (well, to be honest KING CRIMSON'S debut was actually live to, like, 250,000 people maybe?) just gets me even more amazed. Anyone who's new to the genre should listen to this. Anyone who's old should listen again. Anyone who likes good music should listen to this. Anyone who hates Vietnam War and wants it to end should listen to it. Anyone who likes Mellotron should listen to this.

Okay, I'll make myself simpler: anyone, and that includes everyone, should listen to this.

 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.02 | 439 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars Sure I've known King Crimson since about 1989. and own all their 1970s studio albums, but never tried any of their live albums. I was told Earthbound was to avoid, but USA, released after their breakup, was obviously much better. It was recorded towards the end of their existence, so obviously Larks' Tongues in Aspic is the most emphasized album, although only one cut from Starless & Bible Black is represented. If you own the CD reissue, you also get "Fracture" from the same album, as well as "Starless" from the as-yet-to-be released Red (that one was actually meant for Starless and Bible Black, but didn't all fit, although given that album was consisted of short pieces on side one, two or three lesser songs could have been easily removed for "Starless"). "Asbury Park" is exclusive to this album, recorded in New Jersey at the same town famous for Bruce Springsteen. This is an incredible live album that's required for all fans of King Crimson, just get a load of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II", "Lament", and "Exiles". The latter arranged a bit different. I also needs to be pointed out some of David Cross' violin playing was poorly recorded on tape, so Eddie Jobson had to touch it up afterwards. "Asbury Park" is a nice, fun enjoyable jam, but it's really cool to hear the Fripp-Bruford-Wetton-Cross lineup do their take on "21st Century Schizoid", the only song from an earlier lineup, on the album. It's a bit strange to hear John Wetton do a song suited for Greg Lake. At times when I feel King Crimson sound like they spend too much time messing about, on this album they really mean business and avoid some of the bad tendencies that bog down the band (the 3/4s of "Moonchild" being a prime example"). Essential album required in your collection.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 2901 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Kaelka

5 stars I don't know about you guys, but I have my own personal musical "moments", a precise event within a song that really send shivers down my spine every time, even though I've known every single note of it for years. For instance, there's that moment when Viv Stanshall whispers "plus... tubular bells" and the bells kick in. Or the end of the introductory speech when the singer bellows "Mekanïk... Destruktiw... Kommandoh!" and the whole Magma band launches into the number. Or (I bet you don't know that one, check it on YT) the moment the bombard kicks in in Gwendal's "Panxty-Birke". Or again, and to come back to King Crimson, the explosion of sound that marks the start of "Fracture"'s final section.

Well for me there's one of those in "Red", and it's not (although it could do as well) the moment when the sax opens the end section of "Starless". No, it's really the bridge in "Fallen Angel" that makes me want to cry every time. Maybe it's only a personal thing, I don't know.

Well they already told you, "Red" is a masterpiece, the best album by the best KC lineup. It's really hard (and actually pointless) to make a decent comparison, but I rate it significantly above "In the Court of the Crimson King" in Crimson's discography, even if their first release is also a "chef d'oeuvre", and one that opened the way for the whole of prog rock.

Now, "Providence" is often considered the weak link of the album, but I think it's there to remind us, forever, that Fripp, Bruford and Wetton were (and still are!) fabulous musicians who never hesitated to improvise, in the studio but also on stage. Name another rock band of King Crimson's fame who ever did the same!

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