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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 | 3539 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.82 | 1754 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.11 | 1770 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1540 ratings
Islands
1971
4.41 | 2367 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.91 | 1498 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2785 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1581 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 964 ratings
Beat
1982
3.25 | 949 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 880 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.16 | 209 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 650 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.44 | 179 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 990 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 452 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

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

2.45 | 351 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.01 | 414 ratings
USA
1975
2.89 | 27 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.55 | 320 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 149 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.61 | 184 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 155 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 252 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.75 | 122 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 262 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.05 | 20 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.90 | 21 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.76 | 17 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
4.00 | 1 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.60 | 98 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.03 | 106 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.63 | 86 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.03 | 124 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.66 | 73 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.59 | 81 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
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.49 | 30 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 80 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.72 | 32 ratings
Live in Toronto
2016

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 | 120 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 67 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 | 39 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
2016

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

3.90 | 89 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
3.84 | 82 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.57 | 71 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
3.92 | 29 ratings
The Elements
2014
4.57 | 7 ratings
Starless
2014
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015

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

4.39 | 54 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.29 | 44 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 24 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 39 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.89 | 18 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.10 | 20 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.33 | 3 ratings
Elephant Talk
1981
3.56 | 9 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.21 | 24 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.16 | 19 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.13 | 17 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.61 | 119 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
4.67 | 23 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 24 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
3.82 | 20 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 | 77 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
3.54 | 15 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.92 | 16 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 16 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.09 | 14 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 16 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.83 | 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

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4.72 | 32 ratings

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Review by toilet_doctor

5 stars "WOWOW!" -- Japanese label, which released this Live album in UHQCD format.

This review is for Japanese Mini LP 2 UHQCD release compared to Regular 2CD version. "UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality CD) is an upgraded version of HQCD, a high fidelity CD format developed by Memory-Tech, Japan. [Idea is to use one more CD layer of] Photopolymers in the liquid state are able to penetrate into the tiniest corners of pits on the stamper so that the pattern of the pits is reproduced to an extremely high level of accuracy".

From the beginning I listened UHQ full version. Musically, it is 5-star performance with a lot of energy and inspiration. First of all, this 7-piece band with Robert Fripp, Tony Levin on bass, Mel Collins on saxophone and flute, and vocalist and guitarist Jakko Jakszyk gives you an idea what to expect. On top of it, they have not one, but three drummers - and that makes a big difference.

Old songs sound familiar, but different from the previous versions with new arrangements and extended instrumental passages, adding more twists and turns. Vocal was surprisingly penetrating. I like Greg Lake vocal and always thought - nobody can replace him, but Jakko was very good in his own way. His vocal settled higher level for the rest of the band. Reinforced by triple drumming, they delivered their best, showing the audience what Crimson still can do. The impression was: each song was polished to perfection. If you like it raw and rough, look somewhere else.

And the sound quality was at the same level of performance. I liked it a lot, but I could not say, without comparison, whether new format affects sound quality. Speaking ahead, it does.

If you will check how Hong Kong UHQCD Limited Numbered Edition series was named, you can see: 'Superior Crystal Sound'. I cannot describe it better than that. It was way "Superior", and it was "Crystal [clear] Sound" - that's only I can say.

Bass and Dynamics: I have bass oriented system and I can say: Tony Levin's bass guitar and kicking drums from three sets produced tremendous bass. Track #7 'Hell Hounds...' is a less than 4 minutes triple drum solo track divided into 5 short parts. I'm always very cautious with drum solo tracks - in most cases they're overdone. Not here: everything was done so tastefully, so masterfully good and in a right measure. Channels separation and mix was stunning. Regular CD showed speedy clean bass and low mid, but UHQ was even better - clearer. Dynamics was equally excellent in both versions. I cranked the volume on this track to really high level - no distortion at all. Right after triple drum solo track instrumental Track #8 'The CostruKtion of Light' started with bass guitar and intense solo guitar interplay with heavy drumming and flute, and (later) sax. It was a killer bass there. My first thought was - it is the best dynamically recorded track - so clear it was sound, when I went up to 65dB. It was solid joy to listen to. Track has an excellent stereo mix, I'd say "triple drumming" mix with a bit of delay - you can hear the first speaker while standing at the another one, but being in the middle, you are getting into the liquid smooth surround sound that is putting you in a front seat. Regular disc sounded on the level with my best Reference and Demo discs. While UHQ was on the level of my reference SACDs with better separation and especially clarity.

Trebles: UHQ clarity of the trebles over the regular disc was obvious. However, UHQ is not a "silver bullet". In some places, where I caught a tiny bit of brightness in vocal, UHQ didn't fix it.

Separation and Soundstage: The improvement in this field was an exemplary in the Track #4 'VROOM'. It's an instrumental track with a big variety of the instruments and sound, which jumps from heavy to gentle back and forth. This composition started with heavy guitar and tenor sax in its lowest register. Then was sharp change to gentle solo guitar plus flute and quiet bass guitar joined in and sudden jump to heavy sound again. The airiness of the sound and separation between the instruments, I was looking for, were there. So was such a thing in the Track #5 'Radical Action'. It's a heavy sounding track, but thanks to great separation, it did not sound as messy noise, rather easy on ear sound with a flute on a top. Track #6 'Meltdown' started right on, without any break with striking clarity of vocal, fast and un-distorted kicking drums in the middle and clean solo sax in the end. Did I mention deeper soundstage? All these three tracks were enjoyable experience with superior sound quality over the regular CD. They passed so quickly that I started them over again with a great pleasure.

Disc 2: Again, whatever track I tried UHQ disc sound substantially better in terms of Transparency of the sound first of all, then Separation and Soundstage presentation. Entire Live album was on a heavy side. But it was not irritating noisy heaviness, it was accessible and enjoyable heaviness due to amazing transparency of the sound - very rare thing.

Overall, result of this comparison was: obvious improvement in the Transparency, Separation and Soundstage. How big this improvement was? I would say: 15-20%.

I'm sure that Robert will reissue DVD-A + UHQCD version of Crimson entire catalog. And, when I was writing this review JVC Japan announced new release of two KC 40th Anniversary albums in UHQCD format.

I like this triple-drummer incarnation of the band. It is something... Special. And I like this new 2UHQCD Live album a lot and sound quality of it helps me to get into the King Crimson music even deeper. In one word: WOWOW! I want to thank everyone who was involved in this new release... Those who dare to push an industry forward.

 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2785 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Scorpius

5 stars Fripp. Bruford. Wetton. 3 geniuses working together to create one of the most influential and epic albums of all time. The band was (seemingly) in a state of disrepair at this point, yet were able to create this masterpiece. I hate giving albums 5 stars because, lets face it, nothing is perfect. Yet I have to give Red 5 stars because of the talent, instrumentation, and emotion put into this album. This is one of those albums that grabs you by the balls and doesnt let go until the very end.

The album begins with "Red" - This title track kicks things off instantly. No bull[&*!#], just a crazy Fripp riff with some frenetic drums and bass. One of the best KC instrumentals, it kicks this godlike album off with a scream.

The second track is "Fallen Angel" - One of the few KC songs featuring Fripp on an acoustic. Wettons vocals are the star of the show here, telling us the story of a biker in a gang who gets killed. The narrative is told from the viewpoint of the bikers brother. This has to be one of the most depressing and heartbreaking songs of all time. A great followup to a classic album opener.

The third track is "One More Red Nightmare" - Yet again, Wetton carries the narrative with his amazing voice. This track is about a man who dreams of dying in an airplane crash. (Fear and death are a constant narrative of the album, almost making it a concept album). The song length, which is 7:07, is possibly a reference to the Boeing 707 airplane.

The fourth track is "Providence" - An improvised instrumental that was recorded live at, you guessed it, Providence, RI. Some regard this as the weakest track on the album, although its still a great track. I personally love improvisational KC, so this may be my favorite song on the album, though its hard to pick.

The fifth and final track is "Starless" - a 12 minute end to a near perfect album. Hands down, this is the best song on the album. Wetton comes back with an amazing vocal performance, probably his best. After the vocal part is just sheer King Crimson instrumental goodness. A [%*!#]ing epic guitar build-up pays off as the mellotron screams its way into the track for an epic solo. This song even rivals "Epitaph", which in my opinion, is the best KC song.

Track Ratings 1. "Red" - 5/5 2. "Fallen Angel" - 5/5 3. "One More Red Nightmare" 4.5/5 4. "Providence" - 4/5 5. "Starless" - 10/5 (what did you expect).

Overall Rating - 5/5

 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.41 | 2367 ratings

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Larks' Tongues In Aspic
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Scorpius

5 stars Larks Tongues in Aspic is King Crimsons 5th studio album, and perhaps one of their crowning achievements. An album that only gets better with multiple listens, it only grows on me more and more every time I listen.

The album begins with "Larks Tongues in Aspic Part 1" - A haunting, ever-changing 13 minute epic. This track features some of Fripps best guitar playing, with that droning, epic riff. David Crosses violin then slowly builds and builds, finishing into one of the best payoffs in any prog song ever. I consider this track to be the strongest of the album, albeit the rest of the album is still a [%*!#]ing epic masterpiece.

The second track is "Book of Saturdays" - which flows right from the title track. Its a 2 minute ballad with some nice vocals by Wetton and acoustic (i think) guitar by Fripp. Not much to say here, except that the lyrics are great and its a great way to cool off after LTIA part 1.

the third track is "Exiles" - Perhaps one of KC's trippiest songs. The lyrics regard loneliness and depression (hence the title). This track also features one of Fripps most memorable, heartbreaking guitar solos. Definitely a highlight of the album.

The fourth track is "Easy Money" - I rate this one among my favorite KC songs of all time. The intro is certainly something to write home about, and the song features some very cynical and humorous lyrics and sound effects. Fripp blends his guitar perfectly with this one, and by the time the song reprises in the end, you wish for more because its so good.

The fifth track is "The Talking Drum" - A bizarre, complex instrumental that features some crazy-ass drumming (go figure) from Bruford. This track, along with LTIA part 1 are both classics of the instrumental prog genre. Not much else to say here, just a crazy, bizarre track.

The album finishes with "Larks Tongues in Aspic part 2" - Another instrumental. Fripp leads the band here with some crazy-ass riffing at the beginning, and drives the album off of a [%*!#]ing cliff for the next 7 minutes. An amazing ending to a near perfect album.

LTIA part 1 = 5/5 Book of Saturdays = 3.7/5 Exiles = 5/5 Easy Money = 5/5 Talking Drum = 4.5/5 LTIA Part 2 = 5/5

 Live in Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2016
4.72 | 32 ratings

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Live in Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

5 stars The hottest of all hot dates so far on this King Crimson tour.

Which tour is that? Why, the 2014/2015 nostalgia tour, of course, whereby North America as well as other continents will be touched down on by a truly on-fire incarnation of this band. A band that is no doubt too intimidating to open for, let alone to follow....

Oh, did I say nostalgia? Because that's what they're doing this tour, playing the greatest tunes of the 70's, the ones that put King Crimson on the map as the ultimate juggernaut of Progressive Rock during the first half of that decade.

Mr. Fripp ("one of the guitarists in King Crimson") said such a thing would never come to pass, but it has, and it's wonderful thing for hungry ears to behold. This is basically the group (Jakszyk/Fripp/Collins/Levin/Harrison) that recorded "A Scarcity Of Miracles", plus two extra drummers (Rieflin/Mastellotto); but, unlike the band that recorded "Scarcity", this beast's reason for living is to give the vast 70's catalog of this group another lease on life. Fripp himself sounds as good as ever on guitar, and certainly tears through the solos in a lot of these songs, especially in "The Letters", with great vigor and renewed energy. And if not multiples of times before, then unquestionably now, Mel Collins' presence also adds fire to the band and its performance of the classics.

Collins is a storm of activity on this record, helping to reinvigorate more recent works as well to rejuvenate older ones. "Vrooom", "Level Five," and "The ConstruKction of Light" all get Mel's unique treatment, and it certainly makes them sparkle in a way they never did before. "Red" profits as well from his canny, jazzy contributions. "Level Five" even starts to sound like the "21st Century Schizoid Man's" rowdy nephew; and it's worth noting that the new instrumental "Radical Action" really showcases Mel's ability to burn down the house.

The classic tunes , among them "Lark's Tongues in Aspic Pt. I," "Sailor's Tale" and the usual suspects from the KC debut "In The Court..." sound very much as you might expect; but then, hey, what is this? The sound is also crisper than ever before. Indeed, the Crims have never come through with more crystalline clarity than on this recording. This is a very nice sounding concert, and that's whether you buy the article mail order or download it via dgmlive.com (yeah, you're welcome, Uncle Bobby) in FLAC lossless audio.

I think I would recommend this as an introduction to the group to just about anyone, and that says a lot. But it mainly says that the boys have gone a great way towards making themselves accessible. Yeah, accessible - not something you think of immediately with King Crimson, is it? Some have questioned the value of having three drummers, and perhaps "Live At The Orpheum" from 2014 didn't showcase the advantages of this approach clearly enough. But it works very well indeed on this recording.

If you are a fan of the group, you really owe it to yourself to at least purchase the download. You won't be sorry.

 The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012 by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2012
2.09 | 4 ratings

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The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Apparently it's not only diehard fans who can't get enough of KING CRIMSON; the musicians themselves often show an almost obsequious attachment to the throne. The six-person Crimson Projekct is only the latest in a cycle of KC legacy acts, not unlike the alumni-tribute 21st Century Schizoid Band but focused on the opposite end of the musical electromagnetic timeline, performing infrared '80s and '90s material instead of the ultraviolet early repertoire of the Schizoid setlist.

And why not? The sextet already includes half of the Double Trio Crimson line-up, plus a graduate of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft seminars (Markus Reuter, class of '98). What doesn't make sense is the lack of any artistic license applied to the music. All the selections (four songs from the "Discipline" album; three more from "THRAK"; and the inevitable title track from "Red") were recycled more or less note for note, or Frame by Frame, as Adrian Belew croons in the song of the same name.

It's hard to argue with the talent involved, even if the duplication of effort doesn't quite add up. Pat Mastelotto attacks his percussion with enough ferocity and flair to make the extra drummer (Belew Band regular Tobias Ralph) somewhat redundant. Ditto bassist Julie Slick, who never manages to emerge out of the long shadow cast by veteran Tony Levin.

All six together create an impressive racket, but the concert needed to be seen in person (as I did in October of 2011, when the two halves of the Projekct first joined forces). On disc, the experience is reduced to a secondhand memento, played with all the skill but none of the invention typically associated with Prog Rock's perennial monarch.

[Consumer alert: this abbreviated set, only 45-minutes long, was recorded in the summer of 2012, when the hybrid band was touring in support of Dream Theater. The much later "Live in Tokyo" disc, released on the Inside Out label and featuring twice the music, is the better bargain]

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.61 | 3539 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Scorpius

5 stars Considered one of the first prog records ever, I would be lying if I said it wasn't one of the greatest. The rest of King Crimson's discography is definitely overshadowed by this record, but it more than deserves all the praise it gets. It is one of the most complex recordings ever, and definitely not for beginning prog listeners.

21st century schizoid man is one of the craziest prog songs ever, and has some killer vocals and guitar solos. the intro is the most epic thing ive ever heard. A full orchestra blares along to a classic Fripp riff, whats better than that?

Track rating - 10/10

I talk to the wind slows things down a lot after such a crazy intro. Beautiful vocals from Greg lake and a calming melody make this song pleasing and calming. Be prepared for the greatness that follows.

Track rating - 8/10

Epitaph is no doubt the greatest song on the album, and one of the greatest prog songs ever. Soaring and haunting vocals from Lake send chills down my spine every time I listen. The musicianship and instrumentation on this track is unparalleled anywhere else. One of the greatest moments of my life was hearing this track for the first time.

track rating - 11/10

Moonchild is a bit of a weird one. Its starts out fine, with some really beautiful lyrics and melodies. 3 minutes later it transitions to something else that can only be described as a free-form jam session on drugs. This will either make or break the track for you. For me, it calmed me down and prepared me for what follows afterwards, but I know some listeners really don't like 9 minutes of weird sounds coming from instruments.

Track rating - 7/10 (personally 9/10 because i like the jam out session)

In the court of the crimson king is the title track that finishes the album. It is the perfect finish to a near perfect album, Greg Lakes vocals on the one line "In the court of the crimson kiiiiiiiing" get me every time. The instrumentation and the use of a mellotron make this song a classic.

Track rating - 10/10

Overall, this is an absolute classic and one of the greatest albums of all time. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. Its worth the price of admission.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.61 | 3539 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Saxophone

5 stars The perfect mixture of peace and madness, these guys made it look so easy when they were literally creating a new music genre, or at least, a guide at how to do so, this is not only a cornerstone of our good ol' beloved prog, but also one of the most influential and memorable records ever done, heck, even the album art is burned in the memory of us all, not to mention the first track, that is, (at least for me) the first thing that comes to mind when prog rock is mentioned... In short: What is prog rock? This album is prog rock.
 Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live by KING CRIMSON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1999
3.84 | 82 ratings

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Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

4 stars Getting to know King Crimson's studio album catalog is one of the most rewarding goals a progressive rock fan can pursue, but you need to be open to a lot of different dynamics and musical styles to fully appreciate it. Jazz or classical, pastoral or heavy metal, composed or improvised, it is tough to name a musical domain on which Robert Fripp and Co. have not touched. Given that you have plowed through (and already relish) their studio works, it is essential to seek out and enjoy their live material too, since King Crimson have always been primarily creatures of the live stage. But where to start exploring the vast body of what is available from their live catalog? That could be daunting without a proper guide....

Cirkus: The Young Person's Guide to King Crimson Live is a considerably better-than-adequate, two-disc sampler to provide a jumping off point into that ocean. It sources an excellent and representative cross section of the band's history (1969-1998) and the audio is fairly consistently good throughout. Performances of "In The Court Of The Crimson King"and "Pictures Of A City" (aka "A Man A City") document quite well the energy and fuzz freakouts of the early Crim concerts. We get "Ladies Of The Road" and the Islands-era group performing an intense version of "21st Century Schizoid Man", as well as hearing some stunning versions of classic material from Larks Tongues In Aspic (though, sadly, not part I). Also the classic title cut and a rousing, complete version "Starless" from Red are present -- all impeccably performed.

Needless to say, we cannot do without certain essential cuts from the 1980's King Crimson, namely "Elephant Talk", "Sleepless," and "Three of a Perfect Pair". Especially good however - with a light, syncopated rhythm section intro that dumps off into loads of fiery intensity - is a version of "Indiscipline" from KC's Japan tour in 1995. The open-minded listener may want to lend an ear to the four improvs on this collection, including '1ii 2' by ProjeKct One and a rip-roaring "Deception Of The Thrush" by ProjeKct Two. (These ProjeKcts being the famous late-1990's "fractalisations" of the band) Some folks will immediately recognize "Deception..." as apredecessor to 2003's "The Power To Believe III"; and truly, tracking that tune's evolution through the years is actually one of the peak joys of delving into live King Crimson.

All in all, this sampler is a bargain in terms of getting a lot of band history in a very little bit of space. Or, I suppose, you could think of it as a "Greatest Hits Live". As such collections go, however, this one requires some deep study, and probably should not be digested all at once unless you would like invite a 2-hour-plus, almost relentless sonic assault upon yourself!

 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.41 | 2367 ratings

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Larks' Tongues In Aspic
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by RuntimeError

5 stars My favourite KC - and certainly one of the greatest albums ever recorded!

This album is insane. It takes many years to appreciate it fully, much like VDGG's music. The 6 songs included here all take their own form and please the listener with different emotions - whether it is chaos, confusion or loneliness - they are all here.

Opening with the chaotic 'Lark's part I', the listener is dragged into chaos after long the percussion intro. This magnificent athmosphere is first driven by violin until the guitar starts to dominate with the drums going insane. As this jam goes more and more into overdrive the tension is eased at around 8 minutes to absolutely magnificent outro where the violinist plays different emotions with the percussionist.

'Book of Saturday' is a softer song, sung very beatifully by Wetton. The guitar melody is gorgeous and the general athmosphere is simply outstanding. The different instruments are used to their full potential in this short piece as the violin alternates with the solo guitar. The bass is again superb here.

Exiles continues with the same feeling where the last song ended. Fantastic melodies accompanied by acoustic guitar at the start. There are so many fantastic sections and variations in this piece and some of them, I wish would last longer.

'Easy Money' - as the song opens with Fripp's most original guitar work, the song then evolves into a most fantastic jam where the bassist John Wetton kills while Bruford keeps the groove going. This is one of KC's signature songs and simply gorgeous in every way. The album athmosphere is not changed while the overall song is a little heavier.

'Talking drum' is a percussion driven piece with the rest of band throwing their stuff in as the song progresses. My least favourite definitely.

'Larks II' obviously continues from the first one, while not being as strong as the first part, the final 2-3 minutes definitely makes up for it

Superb album, takes a while to understand - but it's worth it.

Full rating.

 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.01 | 414 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Note: This review entails the 30th anniversary edition CD, which includes "Fracture" and "Starless".

Compiling performances from King Crimson's most famed live line-up, the Bruford-Cross-Fripp-Wetton-(Muir) era, "USA" is a good selection of live tracks but, for more, I found it to be more flawed than not. After an inconsequential intro, "Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt. 2" wakes you up and sets the tone for what's to follow; that is, a strong performance that is on par with, or doesn't get it quite as well as the studio version. Indeed, as is usually the case with prog, the live recordings lose a lot of the refinement that their studio counterparts set the standard for. This is especially evident with "Easy Money". While I love how crunchy and clean, yet hard-hitting the intro is on the studio album, the version here really just sounds messy. And without Jamie Muir's inventive percussion antics, you realize very quickly just how integral he was to the sound of this era of King Crimson. There are still some very good tracks, however, notably "Exiles" and "Starless", as well as the improvisation "Asbury Park", which is really the album's most unique offering.

Much like Yes' "Progeny Highlights", this is a live album that you'd probably enjoy if you stumbled upon it but it's not really worth seeking out if you already have the studio albums. 3 stars.

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