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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 | 3459 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.82 | 1713 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.10 | 1726 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.78 | 1507 ratings
Islands
1971
4.41 | 2308 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.91 | 1457 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2720 ratings
Red
1974
4.12 | 1544 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 938 ratings
Beat
1982
3.25 | 926 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 861 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.15 | 203 ratings
Space Groove (ProjeKct Two)
1998
3.12 | 637 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.44 | 172 ratings
Heaven and Earth (ProjeKct X)
2000
3.96 | 966 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 445 ratings
A Scarcity of Miracles (a King Crimson Projekct by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins)
2011

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

2.44 | 348 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.03 | 403 ratings
USA
1975
2.84 | 26 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.54 | 311 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 149 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.60 | 177 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.77 | 150 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.41 | 242 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.74 | 117 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 253 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
3.85 | 13 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.80 | 15 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.50 | 12 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.60 | 97 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.02 | 101 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.62 | 84 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.03 | 121 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.65 | 69 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.59 | 79 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1. Live in Mainz, 1974 - Live in Asbury Park, 1974
2006
2.89 | 40 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol.2
2007
3.86 | 38 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.52 | 35 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.94 | 34 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.50 | 27 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.00 | 75 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.98 | 34 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.80 | 10 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 130 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.73 | 117 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.89 | 66 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.95 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.23 | 47 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.29 | 36 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012

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

3.90 | 88 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.12 | 59 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 49 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.19 | 38 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.97 | 23 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.33 | 39 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.82 | 80 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.56 | 70 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.57 | 44 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.50 | 34 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 23 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.53 | 17 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.77 | 92 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.92 | 34 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.60 | 39 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.91 | 28 ratings
The Elements
2014
4.50 | 4 ratings
Starless
2014
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015

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

4.38 | 53 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.30 | 43 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 23 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.62 | 38 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
2.13 | 17 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.61 | 117 ratings
Vrooom
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.86 | 21 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
3.01 | 22 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.22 | 20 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.26 | 8 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.85 | 24 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.38 | 17 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.65 | 21 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.35 | 23 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.82 | 23 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.81 | 17 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.61 | 15 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.20 | 29 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 24 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.84 | 19 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.73 | 28 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.06 | 28 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.17 | 15 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.19 | 7 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.26 | 22 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.38 | 76 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.27 | 16 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.63 | 24 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.53 | 19 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.29 | 17 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.82 | 23 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.52 | 14 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.92 | 16 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 15 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 | 15 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.83 | 14 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.09 | 17 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
4.27 | 11 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.27 | 6 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
4.13 | 8 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.33 | 6 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.92 | 12 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.18 | 11 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
4.10 | 11 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
4.10 | 10 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.46 | 13 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.19 | 12 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
3.89 | 9 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.85 | 13 ratings
Live in Toronto
2016

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.41 | 2308 ratings

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King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars After a string of 4 consecutive masterpieces, each with their own unique flavours and mood, some reinventing themselves completely from the last, King Crimson manages to do it again.

In 1973, prog went ham. Notable groups in the genre were putting out their most ambitious material, and King Crimson seemed to be following suit. This album, though, went just far enough that it was decades ahead of its time but somehow still retains an air of sensibility and control that makes it listenable today.

With a completely new lineup, including Yes drum virtuoso Bill Bruford, Fripp had assembled a brand new freak show flying circus of musical madmen and it proved to be one of the greatest decisions of his musical career. Gone are the woodwinds and extensive mellotron use of yore, and while I initially rejected this, the album's sound redeems itself with the addition of some real strings (David Cross on violin) and the eccentric percussion assortments of Jamie Muir.

On the surface, nothing about this album should work. It is incredibly experimental and by experimental I really mean to say the "high school chemistry teacher we all had that liked to blow up pumpkins in the hallway" type of experimental. Brutal, explosive, almost sadistic at times. But, through the genius of all those involved, it still maintains a surprising amount of listening enjoyment. Side one, although it sounds nothing like what King Crimson had done before, still offers some familiarity in its structure. "Larks' Tongues Pt. 1" offers the sort of occult-brewed jump scares and unrelenting tension that we got from "21st Century Schizoid Man", only with the dial cranked so much higher. "Book of Saturday" provides much-needed breathing room, a la "Cadence And Cascade". Then we're swept off our feet by the gorgeous "Exiles", where Cross' violin is brought to its full atmospheric effect and Robert Fripp contributes some of his finest soft guitar work. Side two offers a whole new variety of sounds, from the proto-metal "Easy Money" to the crescendo of "The Talking Drum" to the final coda of "Larks' Tongues Pt. 2", which is guaranteed to wake you up in the morning any day of the week

Ultimately, "Larks' Tongues" is a masterpiece of chaotic prog. If you're looking for some soft, melodic prog that holds your hand, pats you on the head and wipes your bum for you, then don't even think of putting this one on for a spin. But if you're looking for an album that will dominate you, perplex you, throw you in the dirt and bring you along for a ride you'll never forget, this is the album to look out for.

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 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.78 | 1507 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars Not In the vein of King Crimson first of all.

Through this album "Islands", one of my favourites, sounds like Robert's presence or identity cannot easily be heard. The three free-form jazz rock launchers - Mel, Ian, and Boz - played what they liked to do exactly ... in front of the frontman Robert. The middle part of a golden suite "Formentera Lady ~ Sailor's Tale" or a slightly nasty pop "Ladies Of The Road" should be called as their one-trio show, where we cannot find any symphonic shadow. Robert, who was pushed away out of their improvised jazz session, played deep heavy guitar very monotonously and quietly upon the latter phase of "Sailor's Tale", that can be thought as one of the most important moments in King Crimson's history, especially as for the very last "gorgeous" phrase.

On the contrary, via the last two tracks - "Prelude: Song Of The Gulls" and the titled track - we can hear KC's brilliant and colourful appearance. The former is one of the most beautiful and charming songs of all, like "I Talk To The Wind" or "The Night Watch". The latter should be a pretty creative one, featuring dark atmosphere, Boz's sticky, depressive but enthusiastic voices, and Mel's keen, dramatic trumpet theatre. Above mentioned, in this album, the ending sound of a track is quite meaningful. The last mellotron article and a few seconds' silence can be said as their delicacy and sensitiveness. What a superb milestone this album based upon light and shade is.

Again let me say, this album is my favourite King Crimson's creation without any suspicion, and at the same time, is not recommended as a typical, authentic one for every KC freak. A brilliant gem, nonetheless.

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2720 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Pastmaster

3 stars 'Red' is the seventh studio album by progressive rock band King Crimson. 'Red' marks the last album of the John Wetton-era, and the last King Crimson album until 1981's 'Discipline'. I don't think I've made it any secret that I loathe Robert Fripp with a passion. To me it seems he's stuck in the past, and refuses to accept that it isn't 1974 anymore with his opinions on streaming and the like. However, credit is due when credit is due, and that credit being 'Red' is a pretty decent album.

The opening instrumental title track is easily my favorite from the album, keeping a nice hard rocking riff throughout the song yet having a menacing bridge with various string instruments. It goes on a bit too long in my opinion, as it doesn't change much, but a great song nonetheless. I would really enjoy 'Fallen Angel' if it wasn't for the saxophone which honestly ruins the song for me. Once the song builds up, the guitar has a nice dark vibe and John Wetton gives some great vocals while singing 'Fall-en Ang-el'. Unfortunately the saxophone just sounds out of place, disrupting the dark atmosphere of the song. I'm not a fan of brass instruments, but I do know that they can fit in rock songs as heard in Heart's 'Even It Up' or Gentle Giant's 'Peel the Paint'. However, The saxophone isn't really an instrument that can fit into a melancholy song like 'Fallen Angel'.

'One More Red Nightmare' is my other favorite from the album, and is only slightly ruined for me with the saxophone. Like the opening instrumental, it opens with a nice rocking riff with some impressive drumming from Bill Bruford. Next up we have the avant-garde 'Providence', which I believe to be the most annoying song on the album. While towards the end there's some nice bass from Wetton, there's just too slow of a build up and guitar noodling that drives me nuts. It honestly seems too "art for art's sake" to me as there is no real rhythm, structure, or melody that you can follow along to, but I suppose if you're a fan of improvisational music you may enjoy it. Finally comes 'Starless', which is often called the highlight of the album, yet I find to be one of the weaker songs. It takes way too long to build up, taking more then half the song, and once it does it's an okay fast jam but nothing mind-blowing.

Overall, I'm probably the only one who thinks that King Crimson's best work didn't come until recent years with the post-THRAK albums, but this is certainly one of the better albums of their 'classic' era. While not being to my tastes, I can see why this is a widely regarded masterpiece. The musicianship is excellent and it was an influence on the rock and metal world, this is just one highly-rated album that I don't enjoy much.

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 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.03 | 403 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 52

'USA' is the second live album of King Crimson and was released in 1975. As with its predecessor, their debut live album 'Earthbound' released in 1972, this is also a posthumous live work, documenting the end of other King Crimson's line up. It was recorded in the final of the 'USA' live tour. So, 'USA', became the farewell album of this line up, with Robert Fripp (guitar and mellotron), John Wetton (lead vocals and bass), David Cross (violin, viola, mellotron and electric piano) and Bill Bruford (drums and percussion). Eddie Jobson (violin and electric piano) also appears as an additional musician. The main difference between both albums is with the line up. The line up on 'Earthbound' is weaker than on 'USA'. This third line up is one of the best line ups of the group. For instance, Bruford and Wetton are two of the best musicians of the 70's. And we have also here the presence of Jobson, an artist that I deeply admire.

The original vinyl version has only six tracks. In 2002 the band released the 30th Anniversary Edition, on CD format, with nine tracks. As this is the version that I bought, this is the version that I will review. Almost all the tracks recorded live were taken from two locations in the USA. They were recorded at the Casino, Asbury Park, in 28 June 1974, with the only exception of its seventh track, who was recorded at the Palace Theatre, Providence, in 30 June 1974.

About the tracks, 'Walk On'No Pussyfooting' is a brief excerpt of a track originally recorded on a Fripp & Eno album, '(No Pussyfooting)' released in 1973. This album was the first of three major collaborations between both musicians. On the original live version of 'USA', this excerpt wasn't listed as a separate track and is only audible by a very careful listener. It serves as a kind of an introduction to the album. It has only 00:35 minutes. 'Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II)', 'Exiles' and 'Easy Money' were all tracks originally released on their fifth studio album 'Larks' Tongues In Aspic' in 1973. 'Lament' and 'Fracture' were two tracks originally released on their sixth studio album 'Starless And Bible Black' in 1974. 'Asbury Park' is a piece of music, an improvisation, which was never released on any studio album of them. '21st Century Schizoid Man' was originally released on their debut studio album 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' in 1969. 'Starless' was originally released on their seventh studio album 'Red' in 1974. The two last tracks on the album, 'Fracture' and 'Starless', are the two extra tracks that weren't featured on the original release of 'USA' and that only were added for the subsequent release of the 30th Anniversary Edition.

About the live performance, classics like the thunderous "Lark's Tongues in Aspic-Part II", the atmospheric and ominous "Lament", the sheer beauty of "Exiles", with its massive mellotron sounds, as well as the pure genius of "Fracture" and "Starless" are all represented here. So, fortunately we can have in the 2002 Anniversary edition, for the first time, two more of the best King Crimson's songs, 'Fracture' and 'Starless' thrown in for good measure. Both tracks are also two of my favourites, especially the latter of which is easily one of my top five songs of the band. 'Easy Money' was also extended and so the listeners can at long last hear the track as they were meant to be heard. Another enjoyable aspect of the concert is the racy alternative lyrics to this track. An interesting inclusion of "21st Century Schizoid Man" is here as well, as by then the band was trying to move away from material from the earlier albums. A real treat is the track "Asbury Park", a never before released instrumental that is a real fusion workout for the band, with speedy guitar solos, furious bass and drums, and creepy mellotron. Finally and considering that Cross was asked to leave the band during the sessions of Red, some violin and keyboard parts were re-recorded by Jobson.

Conclusion: 'USA', released three years later than 'Earthbound', is a live album much better than 'Earthbound'. The qualitative differences are so huge that it can even be compared to the differences between water and wine. As I wrote before when I made my review of 'Earthbound', several reasons contributed to make 'Earthbound' an atypical and failed King Crimson's album. On 'USA', or these factors simply didn't happened or were completely exceeded. But let's see it more in detail. The decision of to break up the band again, surely doesn't brought demotivation and tension in the band's members, because there was certainly a great intensity, dynamic and musical chemistry between them. I sincerely think that we can feel it all over the album. About the line up, it's very professional and creative, one of the best King Crimson's line ups. About the repertoire chosen, it's diverse and representative and represents some of the best that the group had done until then. The live versions are all very good, having nothing to do with those performed on 'Earthbound'. The last but not the least, the sound quality is simply amazing. So, I consider 'USA' a perfect live album, unfortunately an underrated album sometimes. It really has everything what a great live album must have.

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 Earthbound by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1972
2.44 | 348 ratings

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Earthbound
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

1 stars Review Nº 50

Robert Fripp was persuaded to entirely reform and restructure King Crimson with a new musical direction and with a new line up. However, as the band had a live tour commitment, he took the decision to dismember the band only after that live tour. The recordings from this live tour were later recorded as the "Earthbound" live album, which became their debut live album and which was released in 1972. So, "Earthbound" became also the farewell album of this line up, with Robert Fripp (electric guitar), Boz Burrell (vocals and bass guitar), Mel Collins (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones and mellotron) and Ian Wallace (drums).

"Earthbound" has five tracks. The live recordings of the tracks were taken from several locations. The first track "21st Century Schizoid Man" was recorded at the Armoury, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, in 11 February 1972. The second track "Peoria" was recorded at the Barn, Peoria, Illinois, USA, in 10 March 1972. The third track "The Sailor's Tale" was recorded at the Baseball Park, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, in 26 February 1972. The fourth track, the title track "Earthbound", was recorded at Kemp Coliseum, Orlando, Florida, USA, in 27 February 1972. The fifth track "Groon" was also recorded at the Armoury, Wilmington, Delaware, USA, in 11 February 1972.

About the tracks and their performance I need to write some lines. "21st Century Schizoid Man" was originally recorded on their debut studio album "In The Court Of The Crimson King" released in 1969. These eleven minutes live version isn't bad at all. It's my favourite second track on the album. However, in contrary to the opinion of some other reviewers, I consider this live version inferior of that was performed on their second live album "USA". "Peoria" is a live improvisation of a piece of music that was never released on any studio album of them. This is a kind of an energetic jazz/funky groove song with some quality and played well. However, in my humble opinion, it isn't a very impressive piece of music, and honestly, I think that it's a little bit an outsider on the band's music. "The Sailor's Tale" was originally recorded on their fourth studio album "Islands" released in 1971. This is, for me, the best track on the album. It's a very good live piece of music and the most symphonic of all on the album. However, it isn't as good as their studio version. "Earthbound" is another improvised live song that was also never released on any studio album of them. This is another track with a kind of an energetic jazz/funky groove in the same vein of "Peoria". This is another song that I also think it's a little bit out of their musical context. "Groon" is a rare song which was released for the first time as the B-side of their single "Cat Food"/"Groon" and wasn't available on any studio album of the band. Sincerely, this is my less favourite track on the album. I really think that is a great monstrosity. First of all "Groon", on its studio version has only 3 minutes and on this live version has about 15 minutes. This wouldn't be bad if its live improvisation was good. Sadly, this isn't the case. By the other hand, I must say that I like very much of the typical live solo drums of the 70's. I really like of good drumming. But on this track, the 7 minutes of a drum solo slow and without flame, it's boring and honestly, I can live perfectly without it. Finally, on a live album, the musical improvisation can be free, but all musicians must play together as a band. But on this live album, and in particular on this track, this isn't the case. When I listen to "Groon", I have the sensation that each musician performs alone what they really want.

Conclusion: "Earthbound" is the most obscure, atypical and failed King Crimson's album, and I'm sure that it wasn't a coincidence that was the last band's album to get reissued on a CD format. In my opinion, several reasons contributed to that. In the first place, I'm perfectly sure that the Fripp's decision of dismember the band, brought demotivation and some tension in the band's members. In the second place, make only a live tour just to meet their contractual commitments, was certainly another factor of poor motivation. In the third place, probably the main reason, this isn't for sure one of the best King Crimson's line up. Excluding Fripp and Collins, which are really excellent musicians, Burrell and Wallace are, with respect, slightly below to the minimum quality level required for this band. I'm convinced that with John Wetton and Bill Bruford, it would have been a better album. In the fourth place, the choice of the band's repertoire wasn't the best that the group had written until the time, with the exceptions of "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "The Sailor's Tale". The last but not the least reason, its sound quality is really awful. The information that the recordings were captured live on an ampex stereo cassette recorder in the rain and from the back of a Volkswagen truck, says it all. So, with all these conditions reunited together, "Earthbound" had to be a huge failure. Sincerely, I must confess that I hesitated to rate "Earthbound" with 1 or 2 stars. Finally, I decided to give it only 1 star because I can find on it very few of positive and I need to be fair with some other albums that I rated with 2 stars.

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 The ConstruKction of Light  by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.12 | 637 ratings

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The ConstruKction of Light
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Emiliano

4 stars This is my first review, so here it goes. Explaining in words the experience that entails listening King Crimson is not straightforward at all. This isn't your radio-friendly unit shifter album (has ever King Crimson been that way?) So, that motivated me to recommend it from my music experience. Depending on your point of view, like or unlike other King Crimson albums this is an avant-garde rock album (Discipline must have been avant-garde back in the old days.) To review it I will refer to music from other artists, despite the fact that the album refers back to previous King Crimson material. In this sense, this album can be heard hand in hand with John Paul Jones' albums Zooma and The Thunderthief (both produced by the DGM label *bells ring*,) as well as Them Crooked Vultures' song Highway 1. I highly recommend listening both Zooma and the Construkction back to back just to appreciate Trey Gunn's work harmony and ambient-wise (JPJ's The Smile of Your Shadow is a real gem.)

In this review I will only refer to the main songs of the album. Most songs from this album wouldn't make a mind- blowing standalone experience but as arranged in the album they flow and bend in seamlessly making an excellent album-wise experience, a kind of transition I quite love and only few bands get to manage adequately (I can think of the transition of Small Fish/Burning Sky in Up the Downstair and in The Dark Side of the Moon.) Now my main downturn as regards flow is the ProjeKct X song, which could have been better placed somewhere else. The album should end on its Coda.

The song which led me to listen to this album is the ConstruKction of Light. I read somewhere else that this song is polyphonic, but I can't attest to that. This song is an instant prog-classic. It has a 6 minute intro and lyrics towards the end. By the way, this kind of song structure reminds me of an Argentine rock classic by Serú Giran named A los Jóvenes de Ayer (if you like rock songs written in Spanish you'll enjoy it.) The song is mainly built upon riffs and arpeggios that have a feel similar to those in Another Brick in the Wall Pt.3's ending (my favourite tune in the Wall) but with dissonant harmonies fully exploited by Trey Gunn and a slow-mo King Crimson guitar layout. It is a daunting song with excellent vocals. I can't say the same about the lyrics... yet.

The second song buying me into listening this album is FraKctured. Little did I know when I first heard it that it was an on-the-spot 2000's version of Fracture. I just listened to it and thought of Fripp's staple soloing within a prog-wise ambient, a bit of Metallica's Anesthesia, JPJ's 2000's era, (and Nintendo games?) It's an instrumental where one can sit back and either be baffled or relaxed by Fripp's virtuosity. Frankly if I heard this kind of soloing from other rock musicians, I can think of Malmsteen, I would yawn. Fripp just gets his way round in an artsy manner, e.g. the Heroes' solo (in this day Mr. Bowie went to eternal rest so may he Rest In Peace.)

Both songs, which I first heard live, led me to discover the beauty of Larks' Tongues in Aspic IV. By the way, I consider Coda: I Have a Dream a part of Larks', I so considered it when I first heard of it and I confirmed it when I watched a live rendition of the song in YouTube. This is a staple King Crimson song with an industrial metal feel (I can think of Rammstein's sound) with a beautiful coda with top-notch lyrics to the end. As I once believe that Pierre Boulez said, the beauty of music lies in building tension with the unknown by pulling the listener out of his comfort zone and then allowing him to find relief and joy in familiar sounds. That is what Larks' Tongues in Aspic IV is all about. Right now, I can only think of two other rock songs that can perfectly make the transition from distress to relief and nail it: Pink Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets and QotSA's Misfit Love.

This is a four-star album prog-wise, a five-star album to me as it is firing all my cannons today.

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 A Scarcity of Miracles (a King Crimson Projekct by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins) by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.57 | 445 ratings

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A Scarcity of Miracles (a King Crimson Projekct by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by poito

2 stars It's hard for a lover of classic KC as me to judge their follow-ups. That music was not one to talk about, it was, and still is food for my soul, maybe for the deepest regions of my soul where I'm not one anymore. And that is what I always expect from KC. In this respect, this late release honors the title. The musicians are there, the sounds too, the soul'is whiter?! No surprise anyway, 'time waits for no one' as the Stones used to sing eons ago. Some tracks like 'The Light of Day' or 'The other man' still get close there, but all others are nice tunes well-crafted by a group of old chaps that do not wear T-shirts anymore. And the generosity of the satisfied man lets you choose from two different options in several tracks, one of them sweetened, naturally. The non-KC tunes are OK, heavily based on Collins improvisations, with a few drops of early Fripp's here and there, some even beautiful, others reminiscent from his monotonic ambient-whatever time with Eno, even some poppy notes (shame) but the overall taste is jazzier not KC. It is a good album, but for Collins fans only. Check the first 90 seconds of the 'Hidden Secrets'.

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 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.82 | 1713 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ghost_of_Prog

3 stars So where do you go after you have created not only one of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time, but the album that is considered to be the cornerstone of the entire genre? King Crimson had to answer that after the popularity of In the Court of the Crimson King. Their response? In the Wake of Poseidon, an album which can best be described as one-half original material and one half songs that sound a little too similar to their debut.

The album opens with Peace - A Beginning, which lures the listener into a calm with Greg Lake's hushed and distorted vocals. A nice little calm before the storm. Our next three songs are 21st Century Schizoid Man, I Talk to the Wind, and the eponymous title track. Oops. Sorry, I meant Pictures of a City, Cadence and Cascade, and the title track. Despite the quality of the songs, a comparison is unavoidable. POAC, like its predecessor is a heavy song with distorted vocals recounting apocalyptic lyrics and a jazzy/chaotic mid-section. While enjoyable (it's still King Crimson after all), it lacks the raw, savage energy which made 21CSM such a powerful piece. CAC differentiates from it's predecessor with quiet vocals and a dominance of both acoustic guitar and piano. At first I was willing to believe that comparison to ITTTW was overblown, but as soon as the flute came in, I realized that the comparison was not without fault. As for the title track, even though it sounds like a copy of the previous album's title track mixed with some influences from Epitaph, I would be lying if I said I didn't like the track. While the soaring mellotron, majestic lyrics, and Fripp's acoustics is something that has been done before, it's something I personally enjoy. In the Wake of Poseidon has it's own charm to it; similar, but something a little different.

Peace - A Theme is a nice little surprise where Fripp plays the vocal melody on his acoustic guitar. Now what about that original material I mentioned earlier? They finally make their appearance about 3/4th's of a way into the album. Cat Food is a humorous little number with fun jazz noodling layered throughout it and The Devil's Triangle starts off with King Crimson's rock interpretation of Gustav's Mars: Bring of War before becoming its own haunting and violent piece (Fun Fact: Due to the length of the song, I thought this was this album's answer to Moonchild, but thankfully I was completely wrong). Despite the power of these two songs, the album ends on a disappointing note with Peace - An End, a variation of the suite which lacks the ethereal quality of the first part or the beautiful melody of the second.

Now comes the difficult question of how to rate this album. While the album suffers from filler (The Peace Suite with the exception of "A Theme") and some blatant copying, it would be unfair to let that completely drag down the same album with Cat Food, the title track, and The Devil's Triangle, which are among 60's-70's Crimson's best output. Is it an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection or good, but non-essential?

I'll have to go with the latter, but a more accurate rating from me would be 3.5 stars.

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 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.12 | 1544 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

2 stars One of those funny things about King Crimson is that, with the diversity of their styles and their frequent experimentation, it's just about impossible not to have at least one line-up by them that just doesn't work for you. And for me, that's the "Discipline" era.

The album has some strong musical ideas and a team of competent musicians but, in my opinion, wasn't executed very well. The production aesthetic is one that I completely disagree with. The guitars sound sterile and dull, the drums overpowering and it's really trying to listen to most of the time. I won't try to discourage people from listening to it since there are some camps that it will appeal to, mostly Fripp fanatics and 80's art rock aficionados, but this isn't really an album that would appeal to most prog fans.

You've gotta hand it to Fripp and company for reinventing their sound so often, but sometimes experiments are better left sequestered safely away behind the lab bench, away from the general public.

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 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.61 | 3459 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin

5 stars In my opinion, this album is one of the best album of rock music (not only of prog). 21st Century Schizoid Man is one of the best song of rock music. It is avanguarde, jazz and rock; it is improvisation and austerity. It is the voice of Greg Lake, that sound like a nightmare. Neither Genesis, nor Jethro Tull, nor Yes have reached a climax like that. I Talk to the Wind is pastoral and it is the best melody of the album. Greg Lake's voice sound like an angel. Never more King Crimson will be so romantic and tender. Epitaph is the icon of epic. Greg Lake's voice sound like a precher, like a prophet which howls in the storm (the mellotron). Again: neither Genesis, nor Jethro Tull, nor Yes have reached a climax like that. In these three song Greg Lake's performances are beautiful, I guess the best vocal performance you can listen to a KC album. The other singers of the band, Haskell, Boz Burrell and Wetton, are not at the height of Lake, not even close. Belew is the nearest. Moonchild starts very well, very good melody, but the instrumental part, a jazz improvisation is too long and a little boring. This is the only defect of this masterpiece. The Court of the Crimson King is another great epic song. His beauty is near to Epitaph,

A great great album, masterpiece of rock music. Masterpiece of romantic progressive rock. Maybe this album is the baptism of progressive . And maybe no prog band or musician has done better than this. Score: 9,5/10, Five stars.

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