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KING CRIMSON

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King Crimson biography
Formed in London in 1968 - Several hiatus & reformations (1981,1994,2007 & 2013) - Still active as of 2017


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

4.63 | 4538 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King
1969
3.84 | 2313 ratings
In the Wake of Poseidon
1970
4.13 | 2364 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.84 | 2058 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 3120 ratings
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
1973
3.93 | 1995 ratings
Starless and Bible Black
1974
4.56 | 3604 ratings
Red
1974
4.14 | 2135 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.08 | 1321 ratings
Beat
1982
3.29 | 1302 ratings
Three of a Perfect Pair
1984
3.68 | 1213 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.06 | 294 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.16 | 896 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.38 | 264 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven and Earth
2000
3.96 | 1314 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.54 | 595 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles
2011

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

2.49 | 441 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.05 | 539 ratings
USA
1975
2.91 | 36 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.57 | 403 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.70 | 188 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live in Argentina)
1995
2.76 | 227 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 207 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.47 | 330 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.74 | 157 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.46 | 334 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
3.80 | 49 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.86 | 56 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.48 | 44 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.44 | 32 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.69 | 144 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.05 | 142 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.75 | 119 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.00 | 168 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.76 | 97 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.61 | 113 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
2006
4.67 | 3 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at 7th Note
2006
2.91 | 47 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 2 (Live in Bath, 1981 + Live in Philadelphia, 1982)
2007
3.85 | 46 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 3 (Live at the Sheperds Bush Empire,London,1996)
2008
3.56 | 43 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 4 (Live in Warsaw,2000)
2009
3.90 | 39 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 5 (Live in Japan,1995)
2010
2.33 | 11 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Crimson ProjeKct - Official Bootleg Vol.1
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Crimson ProjeKct - Official Bootleg Vol.2
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Crimson ProjeKct - Official Bootleg Vol.3
2013
3.48 | 46 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.08 | 118 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.66 | 137 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016
4.47 | 59 ratings
Live in Vienna + Live in Tokyo 2015
2017
4.59 | 76 ratings
Live in Chicago
2017
4.42 | 63 ratings
Meltdown: Live in Mexico
2018
4.50 | 18 ratings
Uncertain Times
2018
4.39 | 23 ratings
Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington D.C. and Albany, 2021)
2021

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

4.08 | 47 ratings
The Noise - Frejus 1982
1984
4.60 | 30 ratings
Three of a Perfect Pair - Live in Japan
1984
3.32 | 56 ratings
Live in Japan
1996
4.45 | 156 ratings
Deja VROOOM
1999
3.81 | 151 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.93 | 81 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.87 | 19 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
4.29 | 51 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.65 | 125 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016

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

3.88 | 116 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.24 | 74 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
1989
1989
3.67 | 61 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.06 | 51 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
The First Three
1993
3.05 | 30 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.36 | 48 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.83 | 98 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.62 | 86 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.58 | 55 ratings
The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson - Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.54 | 44 ratings
The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson - Volume Two (1981-2003)
2005
4.02 | 33 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.44 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.79 | 121 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.85 | 60 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.04 | 62 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 43 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.55 | 39 ratings
Starless
2014
3.79 | 19 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.40 | 19 ratings
THRAK BOX
2015
3.21 | 14 ratings
On (And Off) The Road (1981-1984)
2016
3.83 | 12 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016
3.75 | 21 ratings
Sailors' Tales
2017
3.88 | 8 ratings
The Elements (2017 Tour Box)
2017
4.79 | 19 ratings
Audio Diary 2014-2017
2018
3.29 | 7 ratings
The Elements (2018 Tour Box)
2018
4.87 | 6 ratings
1969-1972
2018
4.67 | 6 ratings
1972 - 1974
2019
4.44 | 9 ratings
A Mojo Anthology (Rare, Classic, Unusual and Live 1969-2019)
2019
2.97 | 17 ratings
Heaven & Earth
2019
3.88 | 8 ratings
The Elements (2019 Tour Box)
2019
4.78 | 13 ratings
The ReconstruKction of Light (2LP version)
2019
3.50 | 2 ratings
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection, Vol. 4
2020
4.00 | 9 ratings
The Elements (2020 Tour Box)
2020
4.17 | 11 ratings
The Complete 1969 Recordings
2020
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mister Stormy's Monday Selection Vol. 5
2020
5.00 | 7 ratings
An Alternative Guide to King Crimson (1969-72)
2020

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

4.44 | 74 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.48 | 65 ratings
Cat Food
1970
4.00 | 35 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.78 | 54 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.97 | 27 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.27 | 28 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.82 | 11 ratings
Elephant Talk
1981
3.75 | 16 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.35 | 35 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.19 | 23 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.75 | 8 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.22 | 22 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.63 | 153 ratings
VROOOM
1994
3.57 | 7 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.89 | 28 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
AAA Sampler
1995
4.00 | 2 ratings
THRAK (4 Track Sampler)
1995
3.20 | 28 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.36 | 32 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.29 | 12 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.91 | 34 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.41 | 21 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.43 | 31 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.01 | 31 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.34 | 30 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.77 | 22 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.38 | 23 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.16 | 37 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.22 | 31 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.89 | 28 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.59 | 36 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.13 | 37 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.19 | 19 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Live in Northampton, MA
2001
4.18 | 8 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.42 | 30 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.42 | 106 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.51 | 22 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.70 | 37 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.15 | 20 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.53 | 23 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.35 | 21 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.87 | 31 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.33 | 20 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 17 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 22 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.08 | 17 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.07 | 22 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.96 | 17 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.08 | 25 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.78 | 22 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Two - Live at I.C. Light Music Tent 1998
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKt One - London Jazz Café
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at Fox Theatre
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Cactus Cafe
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Six: East Coast Live
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at Crystal Ballroom 1998
2006
3.35 | 8 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
3.90 | 10 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.31 | 16 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.23 | 13 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
2.74 | 16 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.00 | 9 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Two - Old Lantern, Charlotte 1998
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Poor David's
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at Richard's On Richards
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Two - Park West, Chicago
2008
4.28 | 18 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.17 | 12 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.13 | 14 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.71 | 14 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.26 | 23 ratings
Live in Zurich, November 15, 1973
2009
4.12 | 16 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Electric Lounge
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Chicago (November 29, 1995)
2010
3.96 | 4 ratings
Live at Jazz Club 1969
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKt Two - Irving Plaza
2010
4.26 | 19 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
4.04 | 5 ratings
Live in New Haven (November 16, 2003)
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Crimson ProjeKct (Premium Bass)
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Crimson Projekct ‎(Official Bootleg Live - Extended Edition)
2014
3.87 | 4 ratings
Plumpton Festival
2015
4.13 | 5 ratings
Live at the Marquee (August 10, 1971)
2015
3.67 | 6 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.47 | 78 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
3.90 | 11 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
3.36 | 28 ratings
Heroes
2017
3.93 | 6 ratings
Cadence and Cascade
2019
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Mincer / Law of Maximum Distress
2019
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Terrifying Tale of Thela Hun Ginjeet
2019
3.71 | 7 ratings
21st Century Schizoid Man
2019
3.83 | 6 ratings
Live in Newcastle (December 8, 1972)
2019
4.00 | 4 ratings
Inner Garden
2019
3.50 | 4 ratings
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part 1
2019
3.75 | 4 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2019
3.50 | 4 ratings
Space Groove II
2019
3.25 | 4 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2019
4.00 | 5 ratings
Prince Rupert Awakes
2019
3.75 | 4 ratings
Requiem (Extended Version)
2019
3.80 | 5 ratings
Starless/Red (Edit)
2019
2.50 | 4 ratings
Yoli Yoli
2019
4.25 | 4 ratings
Frakctured
2019
3.33 | 9 ratings
Cat Food (EP) (50th Anniversary Edition)
2020

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 In the Court of the Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.63 | 4538 ratings

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In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by CosmeFulanito

5 stars A essential for everyone, highly recomended

Review #2

This album is very special to me, as some of the first progressive rock songs I heard are from this album.

ITCOTCK has a very particular sound that I think no later album has.

Now a brief review of all the songs on "In The Court of The Crimson King". The first song "21st Century Schizoid Man" is a powerful introduction to this masterpiece, with a great riff at the beginning, and a strong vocal part, then a very jazzy instrumental begins that ends with the intro riff, the song ends with what It seems to be a crazy improvisation. 9

The second song "I Talk to The Wind" is a beautiful piece with some brilliant moments and my favorite part is the flute solo, this part is magical, also this song is the shortest on the album. 10

The third song "Epitaph" begins with an introduction that could be described as epic, then the atmosphere calms down and the vocals begin. I cannot describe the whole song, it is an experience in itself, but I will say that my favorite part is the instrumental interlude where if I remember correctly, a clarinet was present, a pretty good part for which it is never too late to listen again. 9.5

The fourth song "Moonchild" is a beautiful ballad with somewhat mysterious lyrics, this song is interesting, because after two minutes, a quite calm and atmospheric improvisation begins, which also, in some parts, it seems that the instruments are having a Conversation, I like this song, but I feel that it is a little less good than the others and that it had the potential to be better. 8.5

The fifth and last song "The Court of The Crimson King" begins again, with an epic intro, this song, like "Epitaph" is a masterpiece, which has many memorable moments, but in my opinion, the Best of all is when the song is about to end and an instrument begins that at first is very calm and that ends with the main theme of the song, the first time I heard it, I was simply stunned.

As a final conclusion, I think that everyone who is interested iin the world of progressive Rock should listen to this album, it is unlikely to regret hearing a work like this.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this album is 9.4, so I'll give It five well-deserved stars *****.

 Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.54 | 595 ratings

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Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity of Miracles
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

4 stars No prog group has such a wide range of sounds as King Crimson. I love the softer side of King Crimson. Lizard, Islands: I think these albums are great. I also love Fripp's work with Eno.

To the claim this isn't King Crimson: we have Fripp (mister KC himself), Collins and Levin, Jakszyk and Harrison (KC's most recent long-time KC members). For me, this is King Crimson. I review the group as the next instalment with A Scarcity of Miracles as their prime output.

And what a great output it is. Moving away from their harder sound, showing they have this soft side too.

I consider this to be a 4-star album.

 The ConstruKction of Light by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.16 | 896 ratings

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The ConstruKction of Light
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Nhelv

4 stars This album is so good!

If anything, it made me understand that underrated albums should be checked as much as popular ones. The Construkction Of Light has King Crimson at their absolute heaviest to date. Guitars have much louder distortion and are constantly playing riffs reminiscent of bands like Tool, or Experimental Metal in general. I guess the heaviness turns off many people, but for me, it works as a fresh breath of air.

The album begins with Prozakc Blues, which features one of the catchiest guitar lines ever. Legitimately love how headbangable it is despite being in an odd time signature. Vocals are pretty ok, not a big fan of them, they sound pretty comical. The Construktion Of Light is a very experimental track that quite reminds me of Red's Providence. It works well after the hard-hitter that comes before it.

Into The Frying Pan is a mix between progressive rock, atonality and blues. It constantly switches between these as the song progresses. Fraktured is a sequel to Starless & Bible Black's Fractured. Therefore it has many ideas and motifs that can be found in the original, but not many however, it's King Crimson after all. The World's My Oyster Soup Chicken is pretty similar to Into The Frying Pan Musically.

The standout of the album, and one of the biggest reasons I'm giving this album four stars instead of three, is Larks' Tongues In Aspic Pt. IV. This song is simply a masterpiece in every way. The syncopating instrumentation present in it is absolutely masterful and a bliss to listen to, Robert Fripp's solo at the middle is dramatic and powerful, combined with the crushing percussion behind it works amazingly. The final movement "I Have A Dream (coda)" is for sure the climax of the album, where the entire band goes insane in a cacophonous yet precise way. The best way I can describe this track is with the name of a Dream Theater album: Systematic Chaos!

I find this album to be underrated, I personally really like it, then again I'm pretty sure the heavy and metallic feel in it can make many people dislike it. For me, it's gotta be Four Stars!

 The Power To Believe by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.96 | 1314 ratings

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The Power To Believe
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

4 stars This is a very strong album. Any Crimson fan who likes Larks Tongue in Aspic, Red, Discipline should listen to this one.

The Power to Believe I - The snippets of the power to believe throughout the album give the album coherence. I like it. 9/10

This is Larks' Tongue in Aspic level V. It's an awesome multi-section instrumental reminiscent to the earlier Larks levels (I to IV) 10/10

Eyes Wide Open - This is a strong King Crimson ballad. As it is KC it is far from musically straightforward. 9/10

Fact of Life - A powerful and melodic King Crimson tune. Another example of their fine form on the album. 8/10

The Power to Believe II - This is a track that is very ambient. You'd think this would be the Future Sound of London, not King Crimson. Then we hear some Frippertronics and we know who they are again. Great track though. 9/10

Dangerous Curves- This track has a very slow build-up, again ambient-like. It builds and builds until around the 4- minute mark, when it eases a bit, before the final climax. I like this track a lot. 8.5/10

Happy With What You Have to be Happy With - I love the playing of words on this track. It is a great rocker, KC style. 8/10

The Power to Believe III - this is a track that has a strange mixture of ambience and rock. I love Fripp's guitar, the drums and the bass. 8.5/10

The Power to Believe IV Coda -Atmospheric and ambient closure of the album. Very fitting. 8.5/10

If anything, this album isn't pushing any musical boundaries anymore. As they used to do. Although there is a blend of ambience and KC rock. That. admittedly, is unique.

I struggled with the star rating. KC is about uncovering new ground, not about building upon what they did before. This album is less experimental than the majority of their previous albums. But it is a unique record in their catalogue. And it is a great listen from start to finish with no weak tracks.

This is why I rate it 4 stars. It is an excellent addition to any prog rock music catalogue.

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.13 | 2364 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

5 stars The title track alone already makes this album a must-listen. I like Cirkus and Indoor Games too. The other tracks appeal to me a tiny bit less.

Many, including Fripp, regarded this album as a step down compared to the two first records. But I must wholeheartedly disagree. Yes, we see some lesser tracks, but they are still very good. And the highs are extremely high.

Cirkus - A brilliant mellotron heavy opener of an adventurous album. One of the more 'traditional' pieces of Lizard, comparable with earlier work. But magnificently crafted. 9.5/10

Indoor Games - There's a lot happening on this jazzy, fun track. Saxophone, mellotron, and acoustic guitar take the front seat. But drumming and bass are great too. As is Fripp's solo in the middle. I love it. 9/10

Happy Family - a very jazzy piece about the Beatles breakup. It goes off the rails a few times and you have to be in the mood for that. I often am. 8/10

Lady of the Dancing Water - The flute takes the centre stage on this mellow piece of music. The most straightforward track of the album. 8/10

Lizard - This is an epic track. I love Jon Anderson's singing, I love the Bolero part. Then the brilliant battle. To top it off with a great Fripp solo. This is one of the greatest pieces of music I ever heard. 10/10

I give this album 4.5 stars, I will round it to 5-stars. It is unique. It is a masterpiece.

 Three of a Perfect Pair by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.29 | 1302 ratings

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Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

3 stars Three of a Perfect Pair beats Beat in every way. This is an inspiring album with absolutely great tunes on side one and an industrial journey on side two. Side two is the most experimental side of all the records of their 80's era. I love it.

Three of a Perfect Pair - I love this track. This is catchy, this is crafty, this is musicianship, this is ridiculously good. A great start for this album. 9/10

Model Man - As straightforward as KC can be. A bit too much AOR to me. A weaker track, but it still has some punch. 7/10

Sleepless - Levin's bass saves the song. The track in itself is rather uninteresting. 7/10

Man with an Open Heart - This is the weakest track of the album. I don't know why they put it on the album, to be frank. 4/10

Nuages - Here the album starts to get interesting. Great keys, awesome Frippertronics. 9/10

Industry - This is a brilliant instrumental. Very Industrial, mechanical. Dark, sombre, mesmerizing, skillfully played, fascinating. 10/10

Dig Me - The experimentation can't hide the fact the song is quite weak. 6/10

No Warning - Sets us up for LTIA part 3. Great drumming from Bruford. 7/10

Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 3 - A great closing track of a surprisingly fantastic album. A solid third instalment of Larks. 9.5/10

The highs of this album are very The title track, Nuahes, Industry and LTIA part 3. Sadly, the album also has some lowlights. These are so awful, I have no other option than to give this nice album a 3-star rating. It is good, but not essential for prog musicians. It IS essential for KC fans though.

 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.14 | 2135 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

5 stars Their best output during the '80s. Unbelievable how they radically changed their sound but remained King Crimson. Despite the fact that only Fripp and Bruford stayed.

Again KC paved the way for others to follow. Just listen to Elephant Talk and then to Jerry was a Racecar Driver from Primus. KC did it better though.

Elephant Talk - Ingenious and catchy start of the album. Very Talking Headsy, especially due to the singing. That said, that's only the surface and KC has layers everywhere. 9/10

Frame by Frame - This is a feat of technical mastery and complex music styles. In itself, this is amazing. But what makes it great is how catchy this song is and how fun it is to listen to. 10/10

Matte Kudasai - A hauntingly beautiful track, especially because of the great slide guitar. 8/10

Indiscipline - Bruford and Fripp are killing it on this track. Gorgeous. 9/10

Thela Hun Ginjeet - Their musical mastery is unbelievable on this track. How on earth can they make something so complex sounds so catchy? I also love Belew's account of a nightly encounter. "It's a dangerous place." 9/10

Sheltering Sky - This is a compelling instrumental. Another highlight on the album for me. All of them shine in their own way. 10/10

Discipline - Another unbelievable instrumental. Belew and Fripp play absurdly well together, and then there's also Bruford and Levin to bring the direction. Stunning. 9/10

King Crimson shows how you can stay relevant as a 70's dinosaur. They simply pushed the music forward in another direction. 5-star album for me.

 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.08 | 1321 ratings

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Beat
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

2 stars For me, this is the weakest of their 80's albums. Discipline and Three of a perfect pair have more freshness, boldness. Beat bores me. The other two albums excite me.

There's the usual musical craftmanship, sure. But the songwriting is lacking.

Neal And Jack And Me - I heard this before on Discipline, and better 6/10

Heartbeat - Sounds very much like 80's AOR rock. I hate it. 4/10

Sartori In Tangier - Ingenious instrumental 7/10

Waiting Man - The craftmanship of the musicians saves this number 7/10

Neurotica - They are going wild here. I like that fact, but it is hardly a song 7/10

Two Hands - Not too bad, this ballad. 7/10

The Howler - Rather forgettable 5/10

Requiem - Improv number with some great Frippertronics 8/10

This album gets 2 stars from me. Only for KC fans who wish to hear all albums.

 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.84 | 2058 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WJA-K

4 stars Few bands know to change their sound as often as King Crimson. This is their 4th album and their 2nd departure from earlier sounds.

The impressive thing is, they pull it off! This is a fantastic Jazz-influenced album. Listening is a journey, an experience.

Formentera Lady - Great piece of music. Mellow, but ingenious and powerful. 8,5/10

Sailor's Tale - This is a fantastic track. It builds and builds and builds. Then it reaches its peak at the 6-minute mark and does let go in a fantastic way. 10/10

The Letters - My least favourite track of the album 7/10

Ladies Of The Road - I like the typical elements of King Crimson shining through here. I'm not a fan of the topic itself. It hurts the song IMHO. 8/10

Prelude: Song Of The Gulls - A nice little prelude to the album closure Islands. 8/10

Islands - This is another aspect of King Crimson shining through. They are unbelievable when it comes to changes in direction and styles. 10/10

I'm tempted to give it 5 stars to counter the negative reviews. But I will stick to my 4-star rating.

 Earthbound by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1972
2.49 | 441 ratings

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Earthbound
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by KazBodnar

4 stars 3.75 stars. Despite what other people may say, Earthbound is one of my favorite albums by King Crimson. First of all, let's address the bad sound quality. As you may have already read, the album is recorded in the back of a van, on a cassette, in the rain. But honestly, the sound quality is not all that bad. It just sounds like a bootleg, which is not at all a bad aspect. I think it adds a gritty, earthy quality to the album. The album is also one of Crimson's jazziest albums, if not the most jazzy. The saxophone is really great and Boz's scat singing adds to it. The first track is literally the best live version of 21CSM ever recorded by King Crimson, that's all I have to say. The second track, Peoria, is my favorite song on the album. It has a really funky/jazzy groove to it and I like Boz's singing. The next song, the Sailor's Tale, is really done well in this album. I like it better than the original version on Islands. It has a more driving beat and the guitar solo is also pretty great. Some of the panning is weird though. The fourth song Earthbound is really great as well. The bass/kick drum at the beginning is really gritty with the audio quality. And the saxophone is super groovy and so is Boz's singing. My kinda groove! This album's version of groon is also good. Overall, this is one of Crimson's funkiest and jazziest albums, and the audio quality should not deter you from listening to it!
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