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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 | 3520 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.82 | 1745 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.11 | 1760 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1531 ratings
Islands
1971
4.41 | 2350 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.91 | 1486 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2768 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1573 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 957 ratings
Beat
1982
3.25 | 943 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 874 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.15 | 207 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 647 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.43 | 176 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 984 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 449 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 | 349 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.01 | 412 ratings
USA
1975
2.89 | 27 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.54 | 315 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 149 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.61 | 181 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 153 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 248 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.74 | 120 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 257 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 18 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.89 | 18 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.80 | 15 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.60 | 97 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.02 | 103 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.63 | 85 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.03 | 123 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.65 | 70 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
3.48 | 29 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.00 | 77 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.98 | 34 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.80 | 10 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 130 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.73 | 118 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 | 118 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
4.73 | 24 ratings
Live in Toronto
2016

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4.73 | 24 ratings

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Live in Toronto
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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 | 3520 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 symphony 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 | 3520 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 | 2350 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 | 412 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.

 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Larks' Tongues In Aspic
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

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

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

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

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

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

 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 1531 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

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

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

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

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

 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2768 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Pastmaster

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

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

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

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

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