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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)

4.60 | 3263 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.81 | 1611 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.09 | 1622 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1409 ratings
Islands
1971
4.41 | 2155 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.91 | 1367 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2547 ratings
Red
1974
4.12 | 1454 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.00 | 877 ratings
Beat
1982
3.24 | 870 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.63 | 801 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.15 | 191 ratings
Space Groove (ProjeKct Two)
1998
3.10 | 597 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.46 | 158 ratings
Heaven and Earth (ProjeKct X)
2000
3.97 | 915 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.59 | 422 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)

2.46 | 329 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 384 ratings
USA
1975
2.93 | 24 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.52 | 297 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 142 ratings
B'Boom. Official bootleg - Live in Argentina
1995
2.60 | 169 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 143 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.41 | 232 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.77 | 107 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.45 | 240 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.20 | 10 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
4.00 | 10 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.90 | 10 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.61 | 91 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.02 | 93 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.63 | 80 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.05 | 117 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.66 | 63 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.62 | 74 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1. Live in Mainz, 1974 - Live in Asbury Park, 1974
2006
2.91 | 38 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol.2
2007
3.88 | 37 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.52 | 33 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.97 | 32 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
3.50 | 23 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
2.93 | 65 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.97 | 33 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 125 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.73 | 115 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.89 | 65 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.95 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.20 | 42 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.37 | 32 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012

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

3.89 | 81 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.11 | 55 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.66 | 45 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.18 | 37 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
3.03 | 22 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.33 | 37 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.83 | 75 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 69 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.58 | 43 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.49 | 33 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 22 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.43 | 14 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.74 | 83 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.74 | 24 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.59 | 30 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.95 | 22 ratings
The Elements
2014

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

4.35 | 49 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.25 | 39 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.87 | 21 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.59 | 35 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.81 | 16 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.07 | 18 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.67 | 6 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Elephant Talk
1981
3.15 | 22 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.14 | 18 ratings
Sleepless
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.14 | 16 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.59 | 110 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.94 | 17 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
3.01 | 21 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.23 | 18 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 | 23 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.36 | 16 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.63 | 19 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.34 | 21 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.84 | 21 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.76 | 16 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.59 | 14 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 28 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 23 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.84 | 18 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.73 | 27 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.05 | 26 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
3.24 | 21 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.39 | 71 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.26 | 14 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.65 | 24 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.15 | 13 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
3.83 | 22 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.52 | 14 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 15 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
2.82 | 13 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.09 | 17 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.71 | 16 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.15 | 13 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
4.25 | 8 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.11 | 10 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
4.11 | 10 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
3.89 | 9 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Eyes Wide Open by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2003
3.73 | 115 ratings

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Eyes Wide Open
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This DVD has been made after the recording of the CD "Power to Believe" and contains 2 DVDS. The first one is filmed in Japan in 2003 and was captured beautifully with a impressive live show. The set list is perfect, the only song that i would have replace is "One Time" from "Thrak", but maybe they included this song to change the pace of the music. There is a lot of songs from their last two albums. The surround sound is something incredible here, not clear who mixed this, but he should be hire by every Prog bands. The second DVD is closer to the quality of a very good bootleg with some extras songs in the improvisation mode, which is not the way i prefer King Crimson. It should please the hardcore fans of the band. Is there someone who doesn't know this band live yet, and want their best DVD, this is the one. You can't go wrong with this adventurous Prog rock that alternate between some lighter and more accessible songs with some that are twisted and tortured.

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 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.60 | 3263 ratings

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King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

5 stars Review Nº 10

In 1967, guitarist Robert Fripp, drummer Michael Giles and his bass player brother Peter Giles, joined together and formed the band Giles, Giles & Fripp. They can be considered as the genesis of King Crimson, founded two years later, in 1969. King Crimson is considered the foundational progressive rock band in the history of progressive rock music.

"In The Court Of The Crimson King" is the debut studio album by King Crimson and was released in 1969. It reached third place on the British charts and was certified gold in the United States. The album is a mix of symphonic and jazz elements. It has long been considered the first progressive album of ever, and is also one of the most beloved and legendary albums that still stands the test of time, even than more of forty years have passed after its release.

The line up on the album is Robert Fripp (guitars), Greg Lake (lead vocals and bass guitar), Ian McDonald (baking vocals, woodwinds (saxophone, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet), keyboards (mellotron, harpsichord, piano and organ) and vibraphone, Michael Giles (backing vocals, drums and percussion) and Peter Sinfield (lyrics and illumination).

After the album, both, McDonald and Michael Giles left King Crimson for to pursue their solo musical careers. They also recorded an album together, in 1970, before dissolving their partnership. McDonald later became one of the founder members of the American New Yorker rock band, Foreigner, in 1976.

"In The Court Of The Crimson King" has five tracks. The first track "21st Century Schizoid Man" written by Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles and Sinfield is the heaviest song on the album and is very close to the hard rock style. Lyrically, it consists of a short metaphoric poem that makes references to the Vietnam War. Musically, it's a notable track with great musical improvisation and great jazz influence. The song is also accompanied by a Lake's notable distorted vocals. It must have been quite a shock for the listeners in those days, because it was unlike any of the music they had heard before. This was the track that became so important and influent to the future birth of the progressive metal style. The second track "I Talk To The Wind" written by McDonald and Sinfield is the most melodic song on the album and makes a complete musical contrast with the previous one. It's a serene, simple and peaceful song commanded by McDonald's flute, very well accompanied by Sinfield's lyrics and sung beautifully by Lake, in a very quiet mood. The third track "Epitaph" written by Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles and Sinfield is a notable and beautiful track, which would become one of the best and most beautiful symbols of progressive music. It's one of my favourite progressive songs, and the band also used its name as a live album's title. The fourth track "Moonchild" written by Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles and Sinfield is the lengthiest song on the album. It starts as a peaceful ballad, but after a few minutes, it changes completely to a free instrumental improvisation by the entire group, which lasts until the end of the song. It's probably the most progressive song on the album and it's also one the most difficult to listen to. This is a very experimental track. The fifth track is the title track "In The Court Of The Crimson King". It was written by McDonald and Sinfield and is the second lengthiest track on the album. It became, with "Epitaph", one of the best and most beautiful symbols of progressive rock. It represents a really hymn to the symphonic progressive music.

The art cover of the album was painted by Barry Godber, an artist and computer programmer. Unfortunately, it would become his only album cover. He died in February 1970 of a heart attack, shortly after the album's release.

Conclusion: "In The Court Of The Crimson King" is one of the most important and influential albums in the progressive music, contributing to the development of the psychedelic rock, symphonic rock and heavy metal. The album combines an exceptional musical quality with really great poetic lyrics. I want to say three more things about this masterpiece work. In the first place, I want to detach the beautiful and massive use of the mellotron orchestrations on the album, especially on two of their tracks, "Epitaph" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King". In the second place, we have the quality and the originality of Sinfield's visionary lyrics. He also contributed with some other future musical works of the group. Finally, the clear, beautiful and distinctive Lake's voice, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best, most striking and unmistakable voices in progressive music. "In The Court Of The Crimson King" was universally very well received by critics and public, and it has also the respected compliments of Peter Townshend. The Who's guitarist, called the album "an uncanny masterpiece". Concluding, I must confess, that "In The Court Of The Crimson King" and "Red" are, for me, the two best studio musical albums from the group, and they are also two of the best and most important progressive albums ever made.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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 Live in Guildford, 1972  by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.83 | 22 ratings

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Live in Guildford, 1972
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Zahler

4 stars Like many people who would read a review of an exhumed, obscure King Crimson show, I am a big fan of this ever-changing band, and all of its incarnations ... though I do have a bias toward Michael Giles's tasteful, gorgeously emotive drumming, and the Wetton/Bruford rhythm section, and the expansive mellotron, violin, and brass epics of the 60s and 70s (my favorite KC tunes include Wake of Poseidon, Epitaph, Fallen Angel, The Letters, Fracture, Larks Tongues in Aspic Part II, Starless, and Islands).

At present, I've purchased no less than a dozen live albums by this band--from various eras--- and in some cases found excellent, well-recorded versions of songs I already knew (Live in Asbury Park is a sterling example of this, as is Ladies of the Road---both are highly recommended). These recordings sparkle with embellishments and (in the case of tunes like Lament, Exiles, and Cirkus) additional living fire. Yet still ... I am hoping for something more than strong variations of music with which I am familiar when I buy these albums---I am hoping for some NEW music with which I am unfamiliar. I should also point out that I have mixed feelings about the purely improvised pieces that the various iterations of KC have recorded---often, I feel that the ratio of desultory wandering to inspired coherence isn't great. Sure, for two or three of its ten minutes an improvised number like "Asbury Park" coheres into something memorable, but not for most of its duration to my ears.

So with this admitted bias, I was floored when I heard this album, Live in Guildford 1972. The sound quality here is flat---there is little depth and no dynamic other than one instrument blocking out another on occasion, but the 25 minute improvisation on this record entitled "All that Glitters is Not Nail Polish" is powerful, memorable, formidable, exhilarating, menacing, and inspiring. The version of Larks Tongues in Aspic Part I is good, and the other tunes aren't all there, but with this recording I finally found what I'd hope to find by buying numerous live releases from this band: some very good King Crimson music that exists nowhere else. For those on a similar quest, this lo-fi release delivers some real platinum.

Ladies of the Road and Live in Asbury Park are great live albums that feature energetic elaborations of familiar material, but Live in Guildford is essentially a new album born in the maelstrom of interstellar Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Muir, and Cross improvisation. Bravo gents. I'll gladly buy a dozen more live releases to find another gem like this...

(An aside: The Bremen show provides the second best lengthy improvisation I've heard by KC-- that one is 28 minutes--though it peaks in it's first half, whereas the one on Guildford builds up and grows and gets more engaging throughout. And the Improv: Cerberus on Central Park 1974 is 8 minutes of sharp platinum...)

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2547 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars King Crimson: a pool of ever-changing talent rarely ceases to amaze. Most of the time I disagree with Mr. Fripp's ideas of the structure of his band, however I like to forget background information of something and just listen to the music sometimes. Red was one of these instances, and without thoughts of the details the music simply sounded better.

1974 was the year were metal was starting to spring up all over the place. Much credit was due to King Crimson for their early work to the creation of the genre, however by this time they seemed to be more of another hard prog band.While other bands like Scorpions, Sabbath, and Judas Priest all started experimenting with this newly founded genre, King Crimson continued to write elaborate compositions with much flare and musical brilliance. I will admit that I disliked much of their pre-Red content, but when this album came around everything changed. It was less about being art for arts sake and more about playing what they willed. Mind you, changes were still made and lineups were constantly fixed and re- ordered, so much chaos still happened there. The beauty about Red however is none of that translates to the music. In the recording studio, all was forgotten.

The title track is a wonderful opening, probably one of the more themed tracks as opposed to jamming, but it's utilization of ambiance and heavy guitar with no vocals bogging it down (one of the few songs where I feel like it would). 'Fallen Angel' translates to me more of a ballad, and marks one of the weaker points of the album. Fripp intended it to be more "emotional", but I found it to be rather weak in comparison to the rest of the album. One thing that never really changes is Wetton's amazing vocalizations which seem to fit into every musical circumstance. He is definitely a singer that brightened up any weak part the album has. 'One More Red Nightmare' is one of the aforementioned jams. Although the term 'jam' may not be exactly fitting, the song's length does lead to many tangents that the band members expound on briefly. Much like 'Red', this song has some fantastic riffing and great clear drumming from Bruford. Wetton's vocal skills are probably on peak at this point, along with his bass-work. Violins bring in the next track, 'Providence', most of which is much adventurous work of different instrumentations that come in at different parts. Slightly uncomfortable due to it's erratic nature; very reminiscent to Ummagumma-esque Floyd if you enjoy that sort of music. 'Starless' is a fantastic mix of everything you've heard prior in an orchestral style all in a clean twelve minutes. Shifting constantly, it never ceases to lose your attention and also does a great job closing shop.

As a final verdict, Red is undeniably wonderful. Wouldn't exactly call it a masterpiece due to some of the weaker aspects but it still shines wonderfully with what it does well and I applaud Crimson for being able to accomplish it. I think a healthy 4-4.5 stars is fitting.

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4.53 | 2547 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by marcobrusa

4 stars The rating is not important. This is a masterpiece, but it's not perfect. When i first listened to this album i coud feel my ears and mind expanding.

-Track 1: very dark and heavy, really, more than metal. The feeling i get every time i hear this track is like a revelation of the darkness of my soul. -Track 2: excellent "song". With dark atmosphere. Wetton's timbre fits perfectly. -Track 3: rocking song with solos. Awesome sax solo and guitars. -Track 4: An avant-garde jam that doesn't have anything in particular that i like. -Track 5: The epic. It is a great epic. Unforgettable guitar melody on the intro. Depressive mood. Mellotron and strings give more emotion. The instrumental section starts mysterious and goes in crescendo, ending with that unforgattable melody of the intro.

Listen to this album, it is essential. I gave 4 stars just because of the track 4 which doesn't fit well among the other pieces.

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 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.81 | 1611 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars In reviews, "In The Wake of Poseidon" is often overshadowed by its predecessor, "In The Court of The Crimson King" and is subject to stinging criticism. The terms "carbon copy" and "plagiarize", among others, are thrown around unrelentingly and many are quick to judge it. After all, how could King Crimson possibly create an album MORE experimental, MORE provocative, MORE innovative than their pinnacle of a debut?

"In The Wake of Poseidon" reminds me in a way of Greek intellectual Eratosthenes. A brilliant man of his time, he was the first to accurately calculate the Earth's circumference and pioneered adding parallels and meridians to the world map, among other geographical and mathematical innovations. However, Eratosthenes has failed to remain encapsulated in the minds of the modern public because, while he was accomplished at the highest levels of virtually all fields, he only ever became the second most successful at anything he did. "In The Wake of Poseidon" is like that in the sense that its formulaic approach and second-place standing relative to "In The Court of The Crimson King" has made many listeners unable to appreciate its mastery.

Of course, to call "Wake of Poseidon" a copy of "Crimson King" is a stretch; many of the tracks on the two albums had been written around the same time and songs from "Poseidon" had already been incorporated into the band's live repertoire by late 1969. In all reality, the two albums probably could have been released together in 1970 as a double album and no one would have batted an eye, they just would have been mind-blown by the 85 minutes of pure, unrelenting fusion-tinged prog.

Even where similarities lie, they are quite limited. The first side of the album (save for "Peace - A Beginning") is quite similar to side 1 of "Crimson King", with "Pictures of A City", "Cadence And Cascade" and "In the Wake of Poseidon" drawing many parallels to "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk To The Wind" and "Epitaph", respectively. Rather than copy their predecessors, however, these tracks actually improve upon them and perfect them, the chaotic moments more brutal and discordant, the gentle moments softer and sweeter. I've also found myself better able to empathize with the sentiments conveyed by the songs on side 1 of "Poseidon" than "Crimson King" and "Cadence And Cascade" takes me into an unmatched realm of nostalgia.

Side 2 is a whole other beast all together. The formulaic approach often criticized has been thrown out the window by this point. "Cat Food" is new territory for Crimson and "Devil's Triangle" offers interesting new arrangements on Holst. The two remaining "Peace" tracks, along with their side 1 counterpart, also offer a little something that "Crimson King" lacked (i.e. brevity). So to all who overlook "In The Wake of Poseidon", take another listen and think again on your judgements. Anyway, if Robert Fripp released 37 more Crimson Kings and Poseidon's Wakes, you can be sure that any prog lover would promptly march out to the record store and buy 38. Give Eratosthenes a chance!

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 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 1409 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars Wow, the reviews for this one are all over the place. It was not very well received by most reviewers when it was released, and here in the Archives, the reviews are really mixed. Personally, I love the album, maybe it's not as good as the first 2 albums, but it's close, and it is better than "Lizard" (except for the amazing title track) which was ruined by the worst vocalist hired by Fripp. Thank goodness they had Jon Anderson sing part of the epic title track, and even Haskell did a decent job on his part of that track.

For "Islands", Boz Burell was hired on as vocalist and as bass guitarist. At least he is a better singer, more dynamic, but still far from the best. Apparently, Boz wasn't that good of a bass guitar player when he was brought into KC, at least not as good as Fripp thought he was when he hired him on, but instead of searching for someone else, Fripp worked one on one with him, and got him up to snuff. The band however, pretty much had decided to all go their own separate ways after this record was finished, but they afterward agreed to stay together at least until the tour was over. The tour must have gone well because they all decided to tell Fripp that they were going to remain with him, but Fripp had already moved on. Burell of course, went on to help form Bad Company and ended up in a good way for that.

So, for this album....it is not quite as chaotic and crazy as the previous efforts, it is more mellow for the most part, but don't let that fool you because it is quite a study in contrasts. You have to be careful with this one because you will turn up the volume to hear the minimal and quiet sections, but you'll suddenly be blown away by bursts of heaviness coming from either the brass or the guitar, so be ready. That, to me, is what makes this album so unique compared to their others, the dynamics are amazing here, but it can get rather quiet, and those bursts can be quite surprising, but they are very effective. Better control over these bursts in loudness will happen on later albums though. Dynamics will be handled better, but in the meantime, that doesn't make this a bad album, not at all. I kind of like the surprises hidden throughout this album.

"Formentera Lady" is a 10 minute track that is quite mellow all the way through. It is quite a well composed song for being so soft and pensive, but there is plenty to keep it interesting. Towards the end, Boz improvises with wordless vocals and his voice goes soaring off into places it probably shouldn't have, but it does kind of add to the psychedelia of the piece anyway. At the end of the track, you hear the click-ity click of the cymbal as the next track "Sailor's Tale" takes over, and it suddenly jumps right onto the previous track in a sudden contrast of sounds. This is a completely instrumental track in 3 distinct parts. The first part is a bit reminiscent of "...Schizoid Man" and concentrates on strings in a wild frenzy of sound. After this the track changes to a new harder rhythm and you get crazy strumming and guitar sounds being coaxed out of Fripp's guitar. I love the intensity here, and it builds into beautiful chaotic heaviness. The last section concentrates on the mellotron, but even then, the intensity doesn't give in at all and this works out very well overall. This is a masterpiece of a track and on any other album, the piece would have gotten the recognition it deserves. After this is a vocal track called "The Letters" which is one of the studies of contrasts that I was talking about. It starts out almost folky and barely discernible with a slight build, but not much. Even with me telling you that the sax is going to come in a blow out your speakers, you still won't be ready for how truly intense and how "opposite" this sound is to what you had been hearing. Dissonant sax from Collins will melt your eardrums if your not careful. I'm warning you in advance, so be ready.

"Ladies of the Road" comes next, and despite the x rated lyrics, it's still a better composed song than the previous one, even though it is quite similar, that crazy contrast is there again, dissonance, short bursts of chaotic beauty from the sax mostly, but still far from being avant garde, more like a warped jazz than anything. The next track is "Prelude: Song of the Gulls" and continuing in the contrast theme, this one is an extremely beautiful track all instrumental and all strings. I mean this is so stunningly lovely that it might bring a tear to your eye, quite the opposite from the previous track. The last track is another long track and is the title track "Islands" This one is once again quite mellow like the first track, but with a more traditional sounding melody, one that is easy to pick up quite quickly. The vocals are soft and the instruments are mellow and consist of flutes and guitars and keys etc. but is more of a pastoral sound. The music does build a bit and becomes fuller, but the main feeling stays throughout the song. It has a lovely and understated climax.

I imagine many KC listeners were a little disappointed with this album because it doesn't contain as much substance in the way of hard sounds like previous endeavors, this album still concentrates on contrast, but relies more on the softer side of things. But this also brings your attention to the complexity of KC's music and the harsh passages are even more harsh when contrasted to the minimalism of the album. I can easily give this one 4 stars and feel good about it, because I still appreciate the music and the sound and I could easily consider it's highest points (namely "Sailor's Tale" and "Song of the Gulls" with "Ladies of the Road" being a runner-up) as some of KC's best music. It is overall quite an under rated album, and unfortunately one that gets ignored because of the subsequent albums which now overshadow it, and rightfully so, but that doesn't mean this one should be ignored. It has it's gems and if you have explored KCs music, then you should eventually come back to this one.

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 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.81 | 1611 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars Okay, so it's already got a lot of reviews, but most people tend to compare it to it's predecessor. Yes there are similarities, but the music is still excellent just like it was in the first album. The line up is close to the same as the first. Greg Lake, prior to finishing this album, had decided to join Emerson and Palmer, but agreed to sing on a few of the tracks, and ended up singing on all of the vocal tracks except for "Cadence and Cascade" which was to be sung by Gordon Haskell, a future KC regular. However, with Lake leaving the band, Robert Fripp was actually considering a person who at the time was unknown by the name of Reginald Kenneth Dwight....wait a minute, that's Elton John's real name....why yes it is now that you mention it. Considering the first few albums that Elton John made, it's not a far stretch to imagine him singing some of these tracks, especially the folk-heavy pastoral sounding "Cadence and Cascade" and my curiosity makes me wonder how he would have fared on "Pictures of a City". I would imagine people wouldn't be saying this album was a clone of ICOTKC, but who knows. (BTW, Brian Ferry from Roxy Music was also considered as lead singer somewhere along the way.)

Anyway, whether it's a clone or not, think about how many bands were making clones at the time. It was a successful formula and it worked. But, they did the formula so well, that there was plenty of room to do it again, as long as it wasn't a direct copy, which in my opinion, it wasn't. I love this album as much as the debut album, if anything, I love it more because it hasn't been played to death like the debut.

It is still full or original music and still had it's huge influence on progressive rock and the development of it. You have "Pictures of a City" which is a chaotic opener (after the first very tranquil "Peace" theme that is) very similar to the structure of "21st Century Schizoid Man", except for the very quiet middle section, that patterns the sound of the experiemental section of "Moonchild" but thankfully not as long before it builds to a final climax. Then follows the peaceful, almost folkish, but better described as pastoral, number called "Cadence and Cascade" in the same style as was "I Talk to the Wind", and then the beautiful "In the Wake of Poseidon" which is in the same style as "Epitaph". All of this is great that the music was patterned after the debut album, but it is still excellent music and stands on it's own as masterpieces in music.

The album on the 2nd half, however, takes on it's own personality as it starts with another version of "Peace", this time as a guitar solo. before losing the peacefulness to the amazing "Cat Food" which was released as a single (in an edited format), but which is the perfect antithesis of a pop single. Chaotic piano destroys the happy track and it's such a wonderful thing to see the satirical take on pop music even back then. What? Cat Food? Again? After this, KC takes off into a classical/rock fusion number called "The Devil's Triangle" which is actually Fripp's take on "Mars, The Bringer of War". The original title was to be "Mars" but they were not allowed to use that title because of Gustav's family trust's legal holdings on the classical piece. But KC does it justice and even uses a little Ravel in there too in the form of the percussion pattern and the development of the crescendo (Bolero, anyone?) This is also a track that has no clone on the debut, and it runs for over 10 minutes. It is also a masterpiece, and Fripp pulls off the arrangement with all respect to the original, then adds his own degree of chaos when he suddenly brings back the theme out of nowhere, but in an evilly warped way. This is genius. Finally, the original album ends with another version of the "Peace" theme. However, countless reissues include the "Cat Food" single edit (What? "Cat Food" again?) and then throws on the B-side "Groon" which was not originally available on the album. "Groon" is a wonderful guitar led avant-garde jazz piece which I think is another amazing track which defies description or even comparison. Take that pop radio! I wonder what Zappa thought of this.

Anyway, I stand behind my rating of 5 stars for this album. Yes it starts out with a similar formula as the debut album, but even the songs that follow that formula are excellent. Then it goes off on it's own to show that the band was going to progress even if there was inner turbulence in the ranks. Fripp was still able to put together an amazing album and that would make 2 in a row! 5 stars.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.93 | 65 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars A recent ProgArchives forum discussion posed the question: "How difficult is it for the oldies among us to get into New Prog?" The word 'oldies' doesn't quite register with this aficionado, who as a teenager caught the tail-end of Prog's mid-'70s Golden Age. But it's a useful question, with an answer perhaps implicit in the belated return of one of Progressive Rock's founding fathers.

More so than other classic proggers, King Crimson has always lived on the cutting edge of musical innovation. And this first look at the newly-retooled band once again breaks new ground, with a surprisingly disposable live album: their first in an otherwise impeccable career spanning almost half a century. (Say what you want about the bootleg quality of the 1972 "Earthbound" album; it certainly wasn't forgettable.)

There's an attractive mix of new and old blood in the reconfigured septet: the biggest band yet assembled under the Crimson banner, albeit top-heavy with drummers to no real purpose. But the forward-thinking aims of guitarist Robert Fripp were undermined by a mercenary nostalgia in the concert set list, featuring two songs from 1974, a pair from 1972, and a single representative from the year 2000, plus a few throwaway improvised transitions totaling less than three minutes altogether.

The return of old friend Mel Collins is an unexpected dividend, and the delicacy of his flute and saxophone adds some much-needed warmth to the otherwise clinical mathematic equations built into "The ConstruKction of Light". But the rare live appearance of "One More Red Nightmare" isn't as convincing: the song dearly misses John Wetton's husky baritone, and the combined efforts of three ace drummers can't equal one Bill Bruford.

Legitimate complaints have been made about the brevity of the disc, barely adding up to forty minutes, with two-thirds of the concert left on the cutting room floor. Mr. Fripp has always been an outspoken champion of quality over quantity, and rightly so. But where the former is lacking the latter would have been welcome. The live versions here don't stray far enough from the studio originals, and were the various outtakes really not worth sharing? Or was this abbreviated package intended only as a bare-bones teaser for an unabridged future release of the same show?

If so, I'm calling foul. Fripp and DGM usually set the bar for commercial integrity higher than this. As it (currently) stands, there isn't enough substance here to distinguish the new King Crimson from alumni reunion acts like the 21st Century Schizoid Band, or the Levin-Belew Crimson ProjeKct.

So, how difficult is it for the oldies among us to get into New Prog? The answer will vary with the oldie, but re-treads like this can make the transition almost painfully easy.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.93 | 65 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Syzygy
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2 stars Well this one is a conundrum wrapped up in an enigma. After announcing his retirement from music, Robert Fripp went on to record and release a Crimson ProjeKct with Jakko Jakszyk and Mel Collins, and then to relaunch King Crimson with an expanded version of the Scarcity of Miracles line up and set out on tour with a front line consisting of 3 drummers. The set list leaned heavily on the late 60s - mid 70s, with a smattering of 90s and noughties material but bypassing the 80s material altogether. Then came the inevitable live album - a 2 disc set, with the same 41 minutes of material on CD and DVD (audio only). At this point even the most devoted Crimheads were scratching their heads and muttering WTF?

Taken at face value, it's actually a pretty good live album. The 3 drummers work together well (with Bill Rieflin occasionally downing sticks to play keyboards), and there's all the intricacy, subtlety and depth that you'd expect from King Crimson on stage and firing on all cylinders. The opening soundscape includes an old snippet of Fripp counting in the orchestral players from (I assume) the Islands sessions, before the septet roars in playing One More Red Nightmare in a completely different time signature and tempo. This is the least successful track, although Jakko belts out the lead vocal with gusto and the band give it maximum Crim; somehow, the whole is not quite the sum of the parts, and they come across more like a competent tribute band than the real thing. Then we get a brief percussive interlude (credited to Gavin Harrison) which could have escaped from The Power To Believe tour, or from Lark's Tongues in Aspic. This leads into the instrumental part of The Construkction of Light. Mel Collins plays some jazzy flute and later sax over the interlocking guitars of Jakszyk and Fripp, and the piece takes on an interesting new character. Then we're back to the 70s with two selections from Islands, both given fresh vitality and a 3rd millennium makeover with a frisson of free jazz. Rounding things off is a superb version of Starless, which Crimheads will have on repeat for weeks.

The track selection seems a bit random. The 2 tracks from Islands have both been included on other live albums - Ladies of the Road is a particularly good document of the 'Islands' line up - and The Construkction of Light is a live staple of recent line ups that was included on Heavy Construkction. The two songs from Red, on the other hand, have never been played live before, and we also get two new fragments. Set lists from the American tour included two songs from a Scarcity of Miracles, as well as improvs, so there was the opportunity to include some more fresh material, as well as a few more old favourites. Having said that, it's beautifully played and recorded and it is interesting to hear the contemporary KC getting to grips with some of the more neglected parts of their back catalogue.

Is it worth buying? I don't regret buying my copy, and I have listened to it extensively over the last few weeks. It's not much use for a newcomer to King Crimson, and indeed there are plenty of good collections that give an overview of their whole career, not least the 'Elements' double CD released to coincide with the tour. It wouldn't make much sense for anybody who is mostly familiar with KC's studio work; good live recordings exist for every line up, mostly double sets with two hours' worth of live and steaming Crimson goodness. If you're familiar with the live releases, this provides a fascinating footnote to what has gone before, although I suspect that there will be a more comprehensive release from this line up in the not too distant future. Two stars, then; as good as it is, this is really one for fans and collectors.

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