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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 | 3122 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.80 | 1538 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.09 | 1548 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1347 ratings
Islands
1971
4.40 | 2059 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.89 | 1306 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2428 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1399 ratings
Discipline
1981
2.98 | 841 ratings
Beat
1982
3.24 | 833 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.63 | 770 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.16 | 187 ratings
Space Groove (ProjeKct Two)
1998
3.10 | 577 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.47 | 157 ratings
Heaven and Earth (ProjeKct X)
2000
3.96 | 887 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.59 | 406 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 | 318 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 371 ratings
USA
1975
2.88 | 23 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.52 | 285 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 135 ratings
B'Boom. Official bootleg - Live in Argentina
1995
2.60 | 162 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 138 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.38 | 221 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.75 | 102 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.46 | 229 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 6 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.67 | 6 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.59 | 87 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.01 | 90 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.61 | 76 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.04 | 111 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.65 | 60 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.63 | 68 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1. Live in Mainz, 1974 - Live in Asbury Park, 1974
2006
2.87 | 36 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol.2
2007
3.85 | 34 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.44 | 29 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.89 | 28 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
3.46 | 18 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.06 | 39 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.95 | 31 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.44 | 122 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.68 | 107 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.89 | 64 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.91 | 16 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.18 | 41 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.35 | 27 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012

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

3.89 | 79 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.09 | 53 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 42 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.17 | 36 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.93 | 20 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.28 | 34 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.80 | 71 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.56 | 65 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.59 | 41 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.48 | 31 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.96 | 21 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.31 | 13 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.76 | 78 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.61 | 19 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.50 | 23 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.94 | 16 ratings
The Elements
2014

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

4.34 | 46 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.23 | 37 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.82 | 19 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.56 | 33 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.73 | 15 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.00 | 17 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.40 | 5 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.10 | 21 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.08 | 17 ratings
Sleepless
1984
2.07 | 15 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 106 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.88 | 16 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
2.99 | 20 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.20 | 17 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.20 | 6 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.84 | 21 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.31 | 14 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.66 | 16 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 20 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.81 | 20 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.67 | 15 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.52 | 13 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.18 | 26 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.18 | 22 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.81 | 16 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.71 | 24 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.03 | 23 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.16 | 13 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.13 | 6 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.21 | 20 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.38 | 68 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.22 | 13 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 22 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.18 | 11 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.51 | 17 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.25 | 16 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.74 | 18 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.48 | 12 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.78 | 14 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.00 | 14 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.10 | 12 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.03 | 14 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.71 | 12 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.06 | 16 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.67 | 15 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.08 | 12 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.20 | 10 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.14 | 5 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
4.00 | 7 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.20 | 5 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.82 | 11 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.10 | 10 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.43 | 7 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.14 | 7 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.06 | 9 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.42 | 12 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.06 | 9 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
3.75 | 8 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011

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3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A band with three drummers? If this could have happened when I was a teenager (and it was more than 30 years ago!) I could have been very "excited" and "surprised" ("A band with three drummers? Wow!") to see and to listen to this "experiment". But...in the present for me this "experiment" only sounds more like another one done by Robert Fripp in a very long list. It is not the first time that KING CRIMSON has more than one drummer in the line- up, but I still think that with one very good drummer in any band is enough. Fortunately, one of the drummers in this new line-up (Bill Rieflin, with the other two drummers being "old" members Pat Mastelotto and Gavin Harrison) plays keyboards in some parts of some songs (particularly in the songs from the seventies "The Letters", "Sailor's Tale" and "Starless"). And my main interest to listen to this album was to listen to those songs from the seventies (which also include "One More Red Nightmare", from their "Red" album) played again with Mel Collins playing flute and sax. For me, the best period from this band was the 1969-74 period. Alll these songs are very well played, but with three drummers they sometimes sound with some excess....but very well anyway. It could have taken a lot of rehearsals to the three drummers to coordinate between them about who was going to play "what and when" in every song.

In this new KING CRIMSON line-up there are two former members of the 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID BAND (Mel Collins, who also was a member of KING CRIMSON between 1970 and 1972, and Jakko Jakszyk, lead singer and guitarist who does a good job in this live album). Also Tony Levin plays bass and stick (with him being also and "old" member of the band from the eighties and nineties, a period of the band which I don`t like, due more to the musical influences of Adrian Belew than from the musical influences of Levin and other members from that period). From the Belew line-ups there is a song called "The Construcktion of Light", with the typical "obsessive" interplay from the guitars (a thing which I never liked from the Belew line-ups), but with very good flute and sax played by Collins. "Walk On : Monk Morph Chamber Music" is a brief instrumental "experimental" musical piece which works more as an introductory piece to the concert while the musicians walk to the stage. "Banshee Legs Bell Hassle" is another experimental instrumental musical piece which for me sounds a bit influenced by their "Larks Tongues in Aspic" album from 1973.

A four star rating for this live album from me, only for the inclusion of some songs from the seventies. But I still think that it is not necessary to have three drummers in a band....in any band.

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2428 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Terakonin

5 stars Where to begin? This is an incredible album, no doubt about it. The three remaining members of King Crimson are at the top their game, and it really shows in this masterful fusion of music that is both rough and melodic at the same time.

Red, the instrumental title track, and arguably Fripp's signature piece, opens the album. It is an excellent taste of what is to come over the next forty minutes, and a great example of King Crimson's increasingly heavy sound at this time. There would be many metal bands that wish they had written this track.

Fallen Angel follows up, and is perhaps one of the greatest examples of Wetton's rough and heartfelt vocals. With a ridiculously well-crafted introduction and lyrics that tell the story of a man who loses his younger brother in a gang fight, the vocal and instrumental crescendos that accompany the utterances of the title manage to make this song sound like the apocalypse itself.

One More Red Nightmare is a song that has a faint tinge of dark humour about it. With lyrics that revolve around a man's nightmares while asleep on a bus, and a riff brought to life by Bruford's virtuoso drumming ability, this track is the final piece before the eight minutes of chaos that lead into the climax of the album.

The aforementioned eight minutes of chaos, known as Providence, is an improvised piece that is perhaps the weakest track of the album, but is far better than the track I consider its equivalent on their first album- Moonchild. It is a much more solid track, but not really one that is listened to by itself- it adds to the experience of the album as a whole.

Ah, Starless. The jewel of the album, and possibly one of the greatest songs ever written. A melodic first few minutes driven by Fripp's lilting guitar lines and Wetton's cryptic vocals, it soon launches into Fripp's infamous three-note solo, building tension throughout the middle section of the song as Bruford and Wetton are free to surround the guitar line with swirling basslines and well-placed percussion sounds. The solo ends with a heavier, jazzier interpretation of the opening riff that tantalisingly does not complete, leaving us to remain on tenterhooks through a neatly knitted web of saxophone and guitar reminiscent. The song ends, after nearly twelve minutes, with a melancholy call back to the beautiful opening theme.

The perfect swan song for the 1970s King Crimson, and perhaps their best album. 10/10

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TheWalrus123

3 stars I don't get the point of this album at all. Is it just a warm up to see how the line-up will function before bigger things are planned? That would make sense.

Is it a technical exercise to evaluate the three drummer concept? (Which like 3D in movies, is a novelty which works but adds little and isn't necessary).

Frankly, I'm underwhelmed. The band play well as would be expected from any Crimson line-up. It's nice to hear older songs played live. It's great to have Mel Collins back. Jakko's vocals serve these old songs well (apart from One More Red Nightmare); sitting back rather than being a front man.

But so what?

It only serves to drive me back to the original versions and to crave for something new.

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2428 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars I'll admit right up front that King Crimson has yet to really sink in for me. I have four albums now, and none of them move me to the point that I feel that I love them and that I can listen to them any time from front to back. Strangely enough though, each year that I have bought a King Crimson album there has been one song that has made it into my top ten most listened to songs purchased in that year. Since 2012, I have been making a playlist for all my purchases of each year and at the end of the year I can check to see which songs got the most play. In 2012 one song was "One More Red Nightmare" from this album here. In 2013 it was "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part One" and in 2014 it was "Thela Hun Ginjeet" from "Discipline". So even though I still don't get King Crimson like some people do, I can find something to love from each album I've bought so far.

"Red" was my second acquisition after the classic debut. "In the Court of the Crimson King" still leaves me wondering. I like "21st Century Schizoid Man" and the title track, but the rest of the album hasn't yet sunk in. So, what was it that prompted me to get "Red"? One was the reviews that I read that said "Red" had lots of good proto-metal on it. I'm a big fan of late sixties and early seventies heavy metal, or what they call these days "proto-metal", so that was a strong selling point for me. But more than that is the appearance of Bill Bruford on this album. I had recently been listening carefully to his drumming with Yes, especially on the first album and "The Yes Album" and I wanted more.

Now I said that I haven't really been able to get into King Crimson and until the other night, "Red" was no exception. I loved "One More Red Nightmare" for almost everything about it. I don't like that sound that resembles an electronic handclap but the heavy guitar rocks and Bill Bruford gives such a fantastic performance here. Even John Wetton's vocal performance is actually quite suitable. I say this because one thing I do not like about "Red" and "Larks' Tongues" and even the UK debut is Wetton's singing. He does very well on Asia's debut but he doesn't strike me as having mastered control of his voice with King Crimson or UK. And that might be the main reason why the two KC albums of the seventies that I own have not left me in spasms of joy.

But wait! I did say until the other night I could not get into King Crimson albums. The other night I gave this album my full attention and working around the vocal performances that sometimes made me wince ("Fallen Angel" and "Starless and Bible Black") I found that there was some excellent music and very cool sounds to enjoy. Of course the title track, an instrumental, is easy for me to like because of the heavy guitar and Bruford's drumming. A great start! "Fallen Angel" might not be so bad except for the vocals. A weak track for me though I'll admit the music is pretty good.

I've already sung praises for "One More Red Nightmare" but I'll say again, Bruford's drumming is his best post Yes performance that I have heard. "Providence" actually was a third choice for me because of where the music gets to after 4:50. Up to then there is a slow building of scritchy scratchy violin, random percussion bits, some bass rumbles and hiccoughs, and a general feeling that the musicians are all playing extremely remotely from each other and just sending out signals to locate each other in deep space, working slowly towards getting together to finally actually make music. When this happens after 4:50, the effect is a great highlight of the album. John Wetton's bass and Bill Bruford's drumming really make this track. Robert Fripp adds some feedback and distortion and there's more violin and a bit of flute in parts, but I love the music mostly for Wetton and Bruford.

"Starless and Bible Black" I had written off as another semi-ballad with Wetton's unimpressive vocals; however, I found that as the song gets moving along the music becomes really captivating. There's some great stuff happening there. As a result of my discoveries, I have come to think of this album not only as a remarkable piece of work for its reputation as one, but I have come to actually feel it's a remarkable piece of work. Hey, I'll give it four stars at least for what this album is to prog history, but now I'll give it four stars because I sincerely feel it deserves it.

Why not five stars? Well, there's Wetton's vocals which for me at least have not come into full bloom yet. And in "Providence" the 4:50 of waiting for the musicians to coalesce their individual squawks, peeps, patters and rumbles is actually a bit long unless one is in the mood to have the patience to let it develop. I understand what they were doing. But it can sometimes seem like what I call "being weird for the sake of weirdness". But that's King Crimson, isn't it?

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by SteveG

2 stars Variations on a scene. Or a lack thereof.

First off, let's discuss the two white elephants in the room. King Crimson's three drummer lineup and the stingy amount of live tracks and their importance in the KC canon.

From the very moment that I read the news of Fripp's reassembled 2014 lineup, that was to feature three 'front line' drummers, I knew that this would be an impossible feat to transfer to a purely audible medium. I usually shy away from reviews that feature uber musicians like KC and prefer to leave it to the music pros. But as a live sound engineer, I felt my review of this album would be apropos.

I believe part of the reason for Fripp's veering into the 'theater of the usual' by placing three drummers up front is just that, theater. For a man that I'm surprised is not reclining on a couch at this stage in his career, while shredding out solos, a visual focus is necessary for such a staid live band. (They all performed in suits, remember?)

I actually applaud Fripp for this idea as any concert is a sensory experience. You feel the music. You see multiple drummers out of sync with each other. You hear the music. You've just had the emotional rollercoaster of waiting for the show to begin while in a community of like minded fans. Hopefully, you're tasting something pleasant as you smell your surroundings and the faint whiffs of hot electronics that emanate from the stage.

But despite what your eyes see and what your brain is interpreting, the sound mix of this concert is like any other with almost evenly distributed amplification projected outward, so that you can hear the back row of musicians as clearly as the front row.

Naturally, this type of sound dispersion must by means be similar to that of the ensuing audio recording for the show. Which is what we have here. The complete sensory experience of the concert has now been pared down now to only involve the senses of sound and touch (vibration).

The result is that the wonderful interplay between drummers and colorful touches of percussion and deft cymbal work has now been consigned to the right stereo channel and loses it's impact. There is a wonderful call and response drum interplay on The Construkction Of Light which works well as full stereo panning of the drums was utilized for that track only.

By the time we resume with album's last three tracks The Letters, A Sailor's Tale and Starless, we are back to a heavy left/right channel separation for the drums and Mel Colins' beautiful sax and flute playing. Jakscyk's and Fripp's guitars are also widely separated by extreme left/right separation.

I found Jakscyk's vocals to be well suited to the material performed and the band, on a whole, doing an admirable job but not even touching any breathless improvisations as was past practice.

The second white tusked beast in the room is the short amount songs that were assembled for this album and reason for their inclusion, while so many other stellar songs were reported to be played during this tour.

I can defend Fripp's need for theater, but not his judgment regarding the content of this live album.

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 In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD) by KING CRIMSON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
4.76 | 78 ratings

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In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
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5 stars I never really knew, did I, what to expect when I first bought this album in the early 90's. How could I have? Up til that point in time I was heavily into jazz-rock, hard rock and folk but never knew, really, what progressive music was all about. This was all due for a mindblowing change.

This album has been reviewed and re-examined over and over again and what remains to be said? Really not all that much. Everything about this album screams the birth of progressive rock and never before, I would like to loudly proclaim, has there been a muscial product of such immense power and might as this one. It remains still the cornerstone of the progressive rock movement and rightly so.

Every aspect of this masterpiece signals prog and acts as the blueprint of an entire genre and it's sub-genres. From the very artwork, which has never been rivalled, to the name of the group and the title of the album and it's songs. Just being named King Crimson is as far as prog goes just as brilliant and unsurpassed as Black Sabbath in the metal world. The cover says it all. Dreamy and thought provoking, just like the music within.

So, having put forth nothing that hasn't already been said about the album itself, what is there to say about this box set? Quite alot. I have been living with this album for so long and it has been a very intense love affair, so I feel this box has so much to offer.

First, there is quite a number of mixes of the original album. There's the mix from 2004, 2009 and even a 5:1 one. That is all very grand and wonderful in itself but the true delight is in the bonus tracks. Listening to the BBC sessions on disc 2 is mindblowing and I find it so amazing to hear these quite different versions.

Secondly, the main reason for getting this box is the live recordings from 1969 (Hyde Park and Fillmore East). Not only do I get the chance to hear the material in a live setting, the year of the album's release but also some tracks rarely heard. "Get thy bearings" is amazing, as is "Travel weary capricorn". The songs "Mars" and "Mantra" is such a delight to listen to aswell. "A man and a city" is amazing to listen to, bearing in mind that it appears on the follow-up the next year. The song hadn't been released yet. That is mindboggling listening experiences all of them.

While a lot of the material in the box are remixes of the original album, along with a de-clicked vinyl transfer (made from one in Robert Fripp's own archive, if that isn't enough to make a grown man cry I do not know), the best pieces are the ones I have previously mentioned. While it may not be truly necessary to listen through all the mixes one have to bow in awe to the brilliance and contents of this box. The brilliance, the unsurpassed brilliance at that, is all too evident and I cannot but hail this as a box as being essential. True, if you are not familiar with this music I suggest you get one of those single CD:s out there. But if you like me adore this piece of progressive history you truly need to acquire this box. It gives this album all the exposure it deserves. Amazing.

Apart from the music there is also a lot of pictures and a very nice booklet to go through. The adding of pins, a couple of photos on high quality paper and a thoughtful design makes it all the more enjoyable.

Easily one of the finest and most essential boxes around.

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 Hyde Park, London, 1969  by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.62 | 22 ratings

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Hyde Park, London, 1969
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars KING CRIMSON was acting in that Hyde Park concert (5-July-69) as one of the opening bands for the ROLLING STONES, which were playing their first concert with their new guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced the recently late Brian Jones (who left the band, or was fired, in June 1969). Jones died in 3-July-69, so unexpectedly, this Hyde Park concert finally was done as a tribute to him. In the late seventies I watched on TV to the ROLLING STONES`s part of the concert because it was broadcasted once on a TV channel in my city, and their performance was not very good, due more to the guitars being somewhat out of tune. Anyway, that concert was played before an audience of a half a million people, and it was a very good opportunity for KING CRIMSON particularly because then they had a reputation of being a very good band despite still not having recorded their first album ("In the Court of the Crimson King"), which was going to be recorded in late July and in August of 1969, and to be released in October 1969.

KING CRIMSON`s concert was a brief part in that day, lasting about 40 minutes. Anyway, the band played with a lot of energy, showing why they deserved that very good reputation. The recording is not very good, but it sounds somewhat "balanced". All the members of the band played very well, with the occasional out of tune vocals or with some mistakes done by them. But I can listen to Michael Giles`s very impressive drums playing, and to Ian McDonald`s talent playing flute, sax and mellotron, plus the sometimes very heavy bass guitar playing from Greg Lake and from Robert Fripp`s guitar playing. As a whole the band sounds very heavy and playing with a lot of energy. This line-up of the band really had very talented musicians, and it really is a shame that they only played together for one year (1969).

The band played three songs which they were going to record for their first album ("21st Century Schizoid Man", "In The Court Of The Crimson King", and a brief version of "Epitaph").. There is a lot of improvisation and interplay between the musicians. This can be listened in all the songs, but more particularly in "Get Thy Bearings " ( a song composed by Donovan), "Mantra", "Travel Weary Capricorn ", and "Mars" (this last one is a brief fragment from Gustav Holst`s "The Planets" suite). The audience sounds like they really enjoyed a lot their songs and playing. Maybe the set list was shortened to give the chance to the other bands to play.

A very interesting historical document which shows the importance of this band in the development of Prog Rock music. A very influential band, and the original line-up was maybe the best they had. One really wishes that their performances in concert could have been recorded better. And also one really wishes that one day the original line-up could do a reunion concert , or even to record a new album together...

In youtube recently I saw a brief video (of approximately one and a half minutes in lenght) of the band playing "21st Century Schizoid Man" in this Hyde Park concert. I don`t know if their part of the concert was also filmed in its entirety. It could be interesting to see their whole concert in video.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars The best official King Crimson live album for 40 years, but still could have been so much better

Live At The Orpheum features material that was recorded live on King Crimson's most recent tour which saw them perform some classic songs that they hadn't played live for a very, very long time. Sadly, not all of the classics that were performed are included on this live document. In fact, this live album features a heavily truncated set list. The long overdue return to some classic material was probably prompted by the welcome return of Mel Collins on saxophone and flute who previously was a member of the band in the early 70's. Mel also was a member of the excellent King Crimson alumni group the 21st Century Schizoid Band in which he collaborated with Jakko Jakszyk who handles lead vocals and second guitar here. Jakszyk is a very good singer and guitar player and his voice suits mellow songs like The Letters (originally from 1971's Islands) and Starless (from 1974's Red) perfectly. The latter song was also performed by the 21st Century Schizoid Band and so was the instrumental Sailor's Tale (also originally from Islands). These three songs are the best of this live album. The first four tracks include two shorter instrumentals that add little of interest to the proceedings and a version of ConstruKction Of Light (originally from the year 2000 album of the same name). The only other song from the 70's present here is One More Red Nightmare. As other have pointed out, the absence of 21st Century Schizoid Man is a disappointment and so is the lack of songs from the recent A Scarcity Of Miracles album (a King Crimson Projekct featuring Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, and Robert Fripp). Filling out the line-up here is Tony Levin on bass and Chapman stick and no less than three (!) drummers in Bill Rieflin, Pat Mastelotto, and Gavin Harrison. Personally, I think the idea of multiple drummers is silly and pointless. But thankfully it doesn't disturb too much.

Despite its obvious flaws (and discounting the vast catalogue of archival live releases that have appeared over the years, most of which I am not familiar), this new live album is the most interesting live release under the King Crimson name since 1975's USA with John Wetton. Still, if you want to hear classic King Crimson songs performed live I would much rather recommend the excellent live double album Pictures Of A City - Live In New York by 21st Century Schizoid Band which blows Live At The Orpheum (and much else) away by a million miles. That brilliant alumni band featured Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk as well as other ex-King Crimson members in Ian McDonald, Peter Giles and Ian Wallace. Also, live releases by John Wetton (for example, his Amorata concert video and the Nomansland live album) and Greg Lake (for example, the Greg Lake DVD video) feature strong versions of classic King Crimson songs that overall outshine Fripp's band.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Garrett Verdoni

4 stars First off, the album is a slight disappointment because of the songs from the tour that were left off. I saw the tour when they cam to wisconsin, and I was blown away by the versatile Krim material they chose. Much to my chagrin, their incredible arrangements of Talking Drum, Lark's Tongues in Aspic Part Two, Red, Level Five, and of course, 21st Century Schizoid Man were not included on this live album. While I do appreciate the fact that it highlights some lesser known Krim songs, I would have liked to hear some more of the "hits" (if you can really call them that). Aside from that, it's pretty good. The mixing does a fairly good job in translating the triple drummer sound to your headphones (although most of the songs selected didn't really highlight it except ConstruKction of Light). And the sound quality of all the other instruments is also impeccable. The two best songs are undoubtably ConstruKction of Light and Starless, both utilizing the seven musicians to their maximum capacity.

Overall, the album doesn't represent the fearlessness that was shown during the concert, but it is worth having if you want to hear what the new King Crimson sounds like.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.06 | 39 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ExittheLemming
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2 stars A Scarcity of Standing Room

One of the great consolations afforded by the Crim's vast eclectic output is that even at their most willfully impenetrable, piously abstruse or drippily soporific, they are seldom predictable and at the very least their abject chaff is some of the most harvestable chaff available. Discipline Global Mobile's ever growing silos of repatriated bootlegs and official live recordings are testimony to our voracious appetite for what can be some extremely indigestible fodder. Kudos are therefore due to 'this Fripp' winning a seemingly losing battle against the institutionalised exploitation of musicians and their lack of protection from copyright piracy that he has waged for nigh on 40 years. By his own account, Bob has described this as a dispiriting and ruinously expensive fight against the legal obfuscation of his previous management and the complicity of a judiciary swayed by precedents set by industry practices that have never been sufficiently challenged or subjected to any form of rigorous scrutiny. Similar to those exorcists who have expelled demons and prevailed, all will testify that every victory is accompanied by the death of yet another little portion of their human soul. Bob Fripp has never done 'safe', his courtiers are never allowed to 'tread water' and despite his measured urbane mildness and inscrutable candor his sworn enemies have always been mediocrity and conservatism.

Why then has he granted royal assent to the release of 41 minutes of the most anodyne and tame Crimson to have hit the shelves since erm...In the Wake of Poseidon? (another pale imitation of a former glory in their discography)

There's a danger here in falling into the trap of judging this record by what it does NOT contain i.e. as if it were a clumsily truncated souvenir of a much lengthier statement of intent that featured performances of Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part I, The Light of Day and the title track from A Scarcity of Miracles, VROOM, Level Five, Pictures of a City and what is becoming the increasingly revisionary encore 21st Century Schizoid Man

I'm at a loss as to the reasons for such zealous editing unless there were fidelity issues with the available recordings, but that being the case, wouldn't they have been able to reassemble the entire performance from other shows on the itinerary? Either way, it's a very 'white bread' choice of material that gazes longingly in the rear view mirror while straying perilously close to stalling in the middle of the road. Second guessing the Frippmeister is invariably futile but I suspect that what has been dubbed the 'Seven-Headed Beast of Crim' will prove to be about as feral as Mr & Mrs Fripp's agoraphobic pet white rabbit 'Willyfred'

First of all, new boy Jakko Jakszyk is a demonstrably fine guitarist and decent singer who cut his teeth in the '21st Century Schizoid Band' but if you wanted fresh young blood to forge the way ahead consistent with a progressive mandate, would you recruit from a Crimson tribute band? (that's like asking a historian to read your palm) His voice is hopelessly unsuited to the otherwise excellent One More Red Nightmare where he's about as convincing as a chunky beggar who commutes to work. On the up-side, his vocals and guitar on Starless are excellent and merely serve to confirm that perhaps his tonsilry is more comfortable within the ballad realm.

What's always struck me as rather indefensible is the rough ride that the outgoing Adrian Belew was routinely shown by large swathes of the Crimson fanbase. What other member of a 1st Division Prog band was still perceived as the 'new boy' 20 years after the fact? For me, his vocal, guitar and compositional abilities dwarf those of Jakszyk but I seriously doubt that the jury will still be out on the latter 20 years hence. Maybe Uncle Bob just wanted a lower profile front-man?

Similarly, one of the conclusions begging to be drawn from this line-up (inferred or otherwise) is provided by the flute and sax contributions of Mel Collins who featured originally on four of the numbers included here. Notwithstanding Mel's impeccable credentials and unswerving good taste, at 67 years old, this seasoned session luvvy is never gonna be charged with Lese-majeste. Check out his solos however on Construktion of Light which shed some unprecedented erm..light on that rather unjustly neglected new millennium Crim issue.

There are three drummers on this album but scant evidence to justify their inclusion. (Does Robert harbor designs to eventually have his entire touring band seated in the manner of a Rock orchestra?) For those sad hirsute plankton in our midst, you are advised that Pat Mastelotto is mixed on the left, Gavin Harrison on the right and Bill Rieflin in the centre. The only track where a twelve limbed percussion critter is audibly present is on Construktion of Light where they do weave an attractive composite rhythm apportioned across the stereo spectrum.

The inclusion of Sailors Tale is a treat as I think it a vastly undervalued track in the Crim's output. Levin's visceral and guttural bass adds an even more pressing urgency to the propulsive groove and Bob conspires to replicate his sublime thrashing detuned strumming 'solo' (albeit in shortened form). The Letters is every bit as as overwrought and unwittingly comedic as that of the studio original. Sinfield's cod Gothic approximation of Lord Byron selling fish from a big frilly shirt has not aged well in the interim.

Unfortunately what new material is on display offers very little clues as to what the future holds for King Crimson: Banshee Legs Bell Hassle and Walk On, Monk Morph Chamber Music are but two wispy and perishable ambient scooby snacks the likes of which we have heard countless times before. I went to see the Crimson ProjeKCt (sic) last year in Brisbane, Australia which boasted a paltry TWO drummers and have to report that the entire ensemble of Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelloto, Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Markus Reuter in their various permutations, provided more evidence of progressive intent and innovation that anything on Live at the Orpheum The foregoing is not sufficient cause for abdication just yet, but with every passing year, Toyah Willcox is starting to approach the mantle of a post-Punk Wallis Simpson.

You have to wonder who this release is aimed at as I fear there is too little novelty to stir the hard-nosed Crimhead from his lair which leaves the tenuous 'Crimson virgin' demographic. If you belong to the latter then you are getting a well played and well recorded bite sized selection of no-brainer material culled from the years 1971 to 2000. From that perspective this album starts to make sense and might come to resemble USA from 1975 which perhaps served as a little appetiser for the considerably more expansive (and expensive) the Great Deceiver box set. We can but wait to see what type of main course will follow the aperitif represented by Live at the Orpheum

Robert Fripp is 68 years old and as far as being dragged through the digestive tract of a music industry's irritable bowel goes, has paid his dues several time over. If he wishes to see out his time as a performer by playing an unimpeachable back catalogue with his mates to critical and audience acclaim, who am I do deny him this thoroughly merited succour?

Just don't expect me to ask you to read my palm Bob.

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