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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 in 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, MICHAEL GILES and Peter Giles on drum...
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KING CRIMSON discography


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

4.62 | 3922 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1953 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.13 | 1988 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.81 | 1727 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2652 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.93 | 1685 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 3112 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1774 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.04 | 1089 ratings
Beat
1982
3.26 | 1067 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 1004 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.11 | 242 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.14 | 744 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.36 | 208 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 1116 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at 7th Note
2006
3.58 | 511 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

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

2.47 | 384 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.03 | 467 ratings
USA
1975
2.90 | 32 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.56 | 364 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 167 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.60 | 200 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 177 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.45 | 278 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.73 | 138 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 285 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 30 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.97 | 30 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.79 | 24 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.50 | 12 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 112 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.04 | 117 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.65 | 96 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 140 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.68 | 79 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.60 | 96 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
2006
2.87 | 42 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 2 (Live in Bath, 1981 + Live in Philadelphia, 1982)
2007
3.82 | 41 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 3 (Live at the Sheperds Bush Empire,London,1996)
2008
3.50 | 39 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 4 (Live in Warsaw,2000)
2009
3.84 | 37 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 5 (Live in Japan,1995)
2010
2.29 | 9 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 | 1 ratings
The Crimson ProjeKct - Official Bootleg Vol.3
2013
3.51 | 36 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 97 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.73 | 50 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016
4.60 | 20 ratings
Live in Vienna + Live in Tokyo 2015
2017
4.78 | 32 ratings
Live In Chicago
2017
4.16 | 6 ratings
Meltdown: Live in Mexico
2018
4.00 | 1 ratings
Uncertain Times
2018

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

4.01 | 40 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.64 | 22 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 139 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.77 | 133 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.91 | 74 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.92 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.27 | 50 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.31 | 46 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.62 | 94 ratings
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
2016

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

3.91 | 101 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.15 | 66 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.00 | 1 ratings
1989
1989
3.65 | 55 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.21 | 45 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
4.00 | 1 ratings
The First Three
1993
2.94 | 25 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.34 | 45 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.84 | 90 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 75 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.56 | 49 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.53 | 39 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 28 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.44 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.78 | 106 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.98 | 43 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.66 | 49 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.88 | 38 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.59 | 22 ratings
Starless
2014
4.50 | 8 ratings
THRAK BOX
2015
3.88 | 16 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.70 | 10 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016
4.44 | 9 ratings
Sailors' Tales
2017
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Elements (2017 Tour Box)
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Audio Diary 2014-2017
2018
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Elements (2018 Tour Box)
2018

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

4.39 | 57 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.36 | 49 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 25 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 40 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.90 | 20 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.13 | 21 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.50 | 4 ratings
Elephant Talk
1981
3.60 | 10 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.20 | 25 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.15 | 21 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.75 | 4 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.19 | 20 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 136 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.60 | 5 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.87 | 23 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
THRAK (4 Track Sampler)
1995
3.00 | 1 ratings
AAA Sampler
1995
2.99 | 24 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.20 | 26 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.23 | 11 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.85 | 28 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.35 | 18 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.64 | 25 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 26 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.83 | 25 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.72 | 20 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.57 | 17 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 32 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 26 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.83 | 23 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.71 | 30 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.10 | 30 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.15 | 17 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.18 | 8 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.23 | 25 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.37 | 87 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.63 | 27 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.13 | 16 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.52 | 20 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.28 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.84 | 25 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.56 | 16 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 17 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.11 | 19 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.04 | 15 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 17 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.79 | 15 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.13 | 20 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.78 | 18 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Two - Live at I.C. Light Music Tent 1998
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKt One - London Jazz Café
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at Fox Theatre
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Cactus Cafe
2005
0.00 | 0 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
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.25 | 12 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.79 | 14 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct One - London Jazz Café
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Poor David's
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Four - Live at Richard's On Richards
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Two - Park West, Chicago
2008
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.33 | 12 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.18 | 11 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.18 | 13 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.77 | 13 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.41 | 17 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.18 | 13 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
ProjeKct Three - Live at Electric Lounge
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Chicago (November 29, 1995)
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Jazz Club 1969
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
ProjeKt Two - Irving Plaza
2010
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
4.00 | 1 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Plumpton Festival
2015
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Marquee (August 10, 1971)
2015
3.60 | 5 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.59 | 60 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
3.81 | 8 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
3.39 | 23 ratings
Heroes
2017

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Meltdown: Live in Mexico by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2018
4.16 | 6 ratings

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Meltdown: Live in Mexico
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars Here's another box set live release of a band that makes sure that they can get all the money from their loyal fans. But at least this one is more affordable than those 13 CDs live release. I don't think there are many bands that can say that they have progressed in their quality of music over the years like KC. Maybe they have regressed with a couple of albums in the 80's, but this is an exception. The band's music is experimental always ahead of his time. Maybe they have invented the metal genre with some of their heavy parts starting with the legendary first album "ITCKC". 50 years later, it is impressive to see Robert Fripp pushing this band further by recruiting young and old musicians and keep the band alive. This live set complement the "Radical Action" previous release with a first set that has some songs that didn't appear on "Radical Action", like the neurotic "Neurotic", the intense "Cirkus", and the "Batlle Of Glass Tears" suite from the album "Lizard". But even more fun is the great "Fracture" song from "Starless and Bible Black". We have a couple of songs from the "Indiscipline" album, but for the title track, Jakko Jakszyk talk in a different way compared to Adrian which sounds a bit strange. I have enjoyed a lot the song "Fallen Angel", if there's one song that has influenced the sound of Anekdoten, this is the one.

The visuals on the Blu-Ray are like "Radical Action", a show with only a curtain with white light, it is looking more like a band playing in the studios than on a dark stage. As for the sound in stereo and surround, it's clear, perfect, and with 3 drummers you have something that is out of the ordinary. The band gives a lot of room to the drummers with many short solos that you can only hear on those live releases.

 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.04 | 1089 ratings

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Beat
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Everyone knows that the line up in King Crimson was always in flux. Part of this is from musicians wanting to move on to other projects, and part of this is from Robert Fripp forming the group in different line ups to meet the sound he wanted to achieve at the time. So, with the release of "Beat", which was the 9th studio album from King Crimson, we have the very first time that the band had the exact same line up as their previous album "Discipline". This is one reason why this album is so similar to the previous one, plus there was much more room to explore this sound.

Most everyone also knows that, even though this album sold very well and was the songs were received well in concert, it is probably their weakest album. Now, as excellent of a band as KC is, their weakest album still outshines the best of a lot of other bands. I tend to think that, even though I also consider it their weakest album, it is underrated because of the high bar of material they have put out throughout their discography.

There were plenty of in-group problems throughout the recording of the album. At one point, Adrian Belew told Robert Fripp to leave during the recording of the track "Requiem". Fripp was offended, of course, and disappeared for 3 days. Belew apologized to Fripp in a long phone call and soon everything was patched up, but the group had disbanded during this time and didn't tour again until later that year. Also, even though Belew and Bill Bruford thought this album was better than "Discipline" at first, Belew later contradicted that saying that some of the songs should not have been included in the album. Fripp never did like the album much and thought it was a reflection of how far the band had wandered from their original vision.

All this being said, I still enjoy this album and consider it to be better than what most people say it is. A lot of it is focuses upon the Beat Generation, which is the real meaning to the album title. It especially was inspired by the 25th anniversary of the book "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac.

The first track takes right off where "Discipline" left off. "Neal and Jack and Me", the title of this track, refers to Jack Kerouac and his best friend Neal Cassidy. The lyrics allude to the "Me" character as the vehicles the pair toured in. It features that same industrial feeling that was prevalent on "Discipline" and has both Belew and Fripp's guitars playing in counter meters of 5 / 4 and 7 / 8. It also has that mechanical feel to it, almost like automation, helped along with Tony Levin's bass and Bruford's tricky drum patterns. It is a hard driving song that is one of the best on the album.

"Heartbeat" is inspired by Neal Cassidy's wife and her memoirs of the same name of her time with Beats. It is one of the songs that Belew claimed should have been left off the album. It is a more mellow tune, but with a changing meter throughout. Belew continues with his expressive voice as in the previous track, but a little more restrained. It follows a more standard rock structure as far as chorus/verse, but also utilizes Frippertronic style playing, as Fripp was interested in using this style in music that was more accessible, which he was actually successful in doing for various other artists.

"Sartori in Tangier" is an instrumental that starts off with Levin's bass in an atomospheric sound. Drums soon come in establishing an excellent driving rhythm along with the awesome bass. Then a really cool squealing guitar comes in providing the melody, which is probably mostly improvised. Again, you can hear Frippertronics deep in the mix on the last half of the song. The name of the track comes from Tangier, Morocco being the place of choice for the Beats for inspiration.

"Waiting Man" starts off again with that dual-guitar-face-off sound of automation and Belew's voice joins in with no other accompaniment. His vocals seem more improvised in this track with certain lyrics repeated to stress importance. Drums don't kick in until half way through when there is an instrumental break, with a continuation of the mechanical sound and other atmospheric textures being coaxed out of the guitars. When Belew's vocals return, it is in harmony, possibly with himself.

"Neurotica" takes it's name from a Beat-era magazine. Belew's vocals are spoken this time, and he sounds like someone rambling quickly with some kind of paranoia or something. The beginning of the track is actually taken from one of Fripp's solo albums where he is experimenting with Frippertronics. Later, Belew sings a few short passages, but the industrial sound of the guitars is also apparent. Just when you think Belew has reached some level of sanity, he goes off raving again.

"Two Hands" is the other song Belew wished they had left off the album. It starts off with a metallic sounding riff, but this is soon replaced with a soft percussive noise and a more mellow track. Belew takes on the same vocal Beatnick style as on "Waiting Man". While I find the guitar work very interesting, I don't care for Belew's delivery or the lyrics on this one, and I find it one of my least favorite KC tracks.

"The Howler" is inspired by the Beat poem "Howl" by Alan Ginsburg. The vocals are not as annoying as the last one, but has Belew utilizing his voice in a strange way, but it works here. Throughout the song, there is a 15 / 8 guitar riff that is similar to one Belew used for "Tom Tom Club"s song "Genius of Love".

The last track is an instrumental called "Requiem" which starts out using Frippertronics to build atmosphere. There is a drone in the background, and those are the only sounds utilized until about 2 minutes in when you hear bass and percussion thrown in. Belew also adds some tortured guitar sounds throughout. This one is entirely experimental and improvised, but just listen to the sounds these two geniuses get out of their guitars. Simply amazing. The 40th anniversary edition has a longer version of this which is twice as long, but I haven't heard it, so I can't really say how it is. But this version of the avant- prog track is quite intriguing.

The album, overall, is way too short, and that proves to be to its detriment. But I continue to believe that the album just gets a bad rap, mostly because it comes from a band that has such a high bar. Yes there are a few weak songs here, and because of the shortness of the album, these songs work against it to a higher degree than normal. Nevertheless, I still consider this a 4 star album that I like to return to on occasion when I feel like "Discipline" just isn't long enough. The two of them together would have made an amazing album.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.62 | 3922 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by NewProg

5 stars This album is a masterpiece, a super masterpiece, and let me tell you why

Music

Now if you know jazz, you know that you can change the tone of an entire chain with an E note at the beginning of the measurement. KC don't give a [&*!#], they do have these dark jazz progressions, but suddenly, somehow easily transition into lighter tones to support the bass guitar, and the massive saxophone notes on Schizoid Man just fill you with excitement. Meanwhile, the bass guitar is exciting, powerful, and the tuning is very different. While the guitar is more subtle on Schizoid Man, it's glaringly apparent on Epitaph, and the percussion is always following an impressive and amazing bass line, which is usually flat, but sometimes switches in the drum rhythms can throw you off instantly. Epitaph is one of my favorite songs on the album, but literally every song is amazing. Even Moonchild, which can sound pretentious but really it's brilliant soundscape, and sounds so calming and satisfying right before The almost title track (off by one word, IN) which highlights the best thing about this album, the glaring booms from the bass guitar, the amazing and masterful vocal harmony, and the surprise riff, which will catch you off guard the first time it happens. Overall, it's amazing. Music: 12/10

Vocals

Vocals are great. Mostly, it's that Greg Lake knows he can't over sing especially on something like ITCOTCK, so he keeps his voice right in the center between high and low, and while many crack over that, he can hold his voice perfectly. However, sometimes he can sound dull, like he does on I Talk to the Wind, and he can't deliver some quite important vocals on some songs, and so sadly I have to deduct points for that. Vocals: 9.4/10

Lyrics

The lyrics are difficult to explain, so I can't really, but all I have to say is that, lyrics wise, they are a more mature, introspective, interesting Beatles.

Lyrics: 10/10

Overall, it's a masterpiece, and while vocals present issues for me, the music makes 2 points up for it,

OVERALL: 31/30 BEST PROG ALBUM ALL TIME BABYYYYYY

 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.04 | 1089 ratings

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Beat
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Chaser

4 stars It took me many years to appreciate how good Beat actually is.

I first listened to this album as a teenager. I was not musically experienced enough to appreciate it at that time. I thought it was mediocre and I put it away in my record collection to gather dust for many years.

Maybe twenty years later I began to play this album once again, and, by that time, I had gained enough musical maturity to appreciate it in a way that I couldn't before.

Of the 1980's trilogy of albums Discipline is unquestionably the strongest album, but I regard Beat as the second best of the three, followed by Three of a Perfect Pair.

The musicianship, as always on King Crimson albums, is superb, and all of the musicians really shine on this album.

Bruford shows his incredible range of percussive talent across the varying tracks on the album, from the freeform style of Requiem, to the delicate percussion on Two Hands, to the furious drumming on Neurotica.

Fripp and his Frippertronics and guitar work are exemplary, especially on the outstanding and technically complex "Sartori in Tangier", and also (with Belew) in the great use of dissonance on "The Howler".

Belew's vocals are very original for the time, especially on "Neurotica" where he delivers the vocal in a rap style, with lyrics throughout the album that hark back to the beat writers of the 1950's and 1960's.

The best track on the album is "Sartori in Tangier" with it's creative guitar and organ work, but many of the other tracks are excellent, including "Requiem", and I also very much like "Waiting Man" and "Neurotica".

Some of the tracks are not as strong, notably the opening two tracks, but all tracks are good, and whilst this is not a five star album, I would score it 3.64 and round it up to four stars.

 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.04 | 1089 ratings

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Beat
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by jayem

4 stars With ingredients not very different from Discipline's, Beat has a flashier sound especially due to the use of (sometimes boosted up) chorus effects.

Dorian short synth guitar solo of energetic Neal and Jake and Me is amazing cathartic... Heartbeat is a well crafted mellow pop song that tempers the crazy moments to come. Sartori in Tangiers sounds very new wave virtual tech world related, and doesn't call to my mind anything from north Africa. Waiting Man has those amazing superimposed layers creating rythmical offests, along with some surprize,s creating a unique groove, very exciting for dance(sport). Neurotica mixes fast pace new jazz with a kind of reggae beat and takes us in the heart of the "oppressive flashy modern city (with some room for calm times)" that the whole album evokes. Two hands balances greatly the crazy tracks that precede and succeed... The Howler has even more tension than Neurotica and is one of Crimson's craziest yet coherent songs.

It has a lot to offer, is overall still one of his kind with a strong ID and therefore the reasons given for punishing it with 1 or 2 star read as completely indefensible. I cannot give five but I'd give more than four.

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.93 | 1685 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars There's no way for any of the classic 70's KC albums with Bill Bruford to get less than 4 stars. This one is more experimental and has the ominous darkness in it. The first track, Great Deceiver, is the most accessible number of the album. The live tracks are sometimes leading nowhere until we come to the splendid last two tracks. It is great deal of experimenting and instrumental maturity that these two tracks epitomize. Fracture has a perfectly dark atmosphere and David Cross strenghtens the tone with his violin. Fracture is one of the reasons why this album deserves 4 starts despite the unfinished feeling about some of the live tracks here. For a better introduction into the KC of that era, start with Larks Tongues in Aspic instead.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 3112 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by PinkPangolin

5 stars Hello - I'm back. It's been a long time...! I have just played Red by King Crimson, and I just simply had to come back and write a review... Well.... OOOOAAAHHHHRRRPHHWWFF!! What can you say?? This album is beyond description of how good it is! It feels like Wetton and Bruford grabbed a hold of this and made it one of our masterpieces of all time. Featuring contributions from various members of the past it felt like Crimson were on the road to superstardom. Each track seems to better the last. With each number you think 'how can this get any better?'. And so it closes with 'Starless' ' which has got to win many votes for the greatest progressive rock track of all time. It has everything ' atmosphere, an absolutely stirring vocal melody that Wetton truly delivers, metal, beauty, jazz ' the flippin lot! And then Fripp builds with a most peculiar rising climbing guitar that feels like an eagle rising on a thermal up to the stars ' and then it bursts! In come Collins and MacDonald playing together for perhaps the first time with some of the greatest sax playing you'll ever hear ' what a climax with the melody reprising. You've got to play it LOUD! No wonder Bruford and Wetton wanted MacDonald back in ' they were on the starting block to a world of amazing music. And then' Fripp folded the band ' possibly the most incredibly stupid thing that happened in the history of progressive rock. Ah well'
 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.81 | 1727 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

3 stars The 4th and final album of the Sinfield era, "Islands" is romantic, experimental and jazzier than ever. It holds the advantage over "Lizard" in some ways, especially because Boz Burrell, a much better vocalist (and my personal favorite), and Ian Wallace, a much more creative drummer, hop on board for this mostly relaxed album. Robert Fripp also plays a much larger role, exemplified with his "Sailor's Tale" that is somewhat of a precursor to the wonderful experimentation that would happen in "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" 2 years later.

The album opens with "Formentera Lady," which isn't the typical King Crimson album opener expected of the previous albums, but it really sets the tone for an exotic experience. It begins with Keith Tippet's signature piano flourishes and some outstanding saxophone work from Mel Collins. The vocal work from Boz Burrell is some of the best on the album, and Ian Wallace's percussion in this song sounds like what was to come from players like Bill Bruford or Jamie Muir. The song is also a whopping ten minutes, but like most KC songs, it doesn't overstay its welcome.

"The Letters" is a somber song with more excellent vocals, especially near the end of the song. As I said, "Sailor's Tale" is one of the great experimental works from not only the band but also Mel Collins, however I think this song does overstay its welcome in length, especially after "Formentera Lady."

Speaking of overly long songs, one song that I've never been fond of is "Prelude: Song of the Gulls," which is pleasant for about a minute but goes absolutely nowhere. I get that it's supposed to be a calm buildup before the final track, but it's just not fulfilling enough and "Islands" just isn't as powerful as songs like "Lizard" and "The Court of the Crimson King."

Another great moment on this record is "Ladies of the Road," with harmonies comparable to that of The Beach Boys in the chorus, which is easily the highlight of the song. I also love how Mel Collins uses the saxophone on this track, making it work with a bluesy number such as this.

Overall, the record isn't nearly as strong as the previous ones, but it's pretty good regardless. 3/5

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.13 | 1988 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

5 stars After the release of "In The Wake Of Poseidon" and most of the original band going off to pursue other musical avenues, most bands would just part ways, not bounce back to release the eclectic masterpiece that is "Lizard." Not only did King Crimson managed to pull the impossible off like they always do, but they even managed to release it in the same year as the previous album. Like "In The Court of the Crimson King," this album shows that KC are already ahead of other artists by leaps and bounds.

Fripp and Sinfield remain from the original band, making even more of a collaborative effort this time between two creative minds. Not only does Pete Sinfield return to write the lyrics, this time he also designs one of King Crimson's finest album covers, as well as one of prog's finest. Mel Collins joins the band as an official member this time around, bringing his amazing flute and especially amazing saxophone skills to the table. As for other members, Gordon Haskell comes on to do most of the vocals and bass guitars here, and he does a fine job, but not an outstanding one. Andy McCulloch is the drummer of the band, but it seems like he was just told to do his best impression of what Michael Giles was doing.

Moving forward from where the last two albums left off, "Lizard" decides to go in the jazzier direction that the early band seemed destined to go in at some point. Flutes, saxophones, trombones, cornets, and more take the spotlight, as opposed to a more traditional rock format using guitars. Many jazz sections are found in the tracks on this album, especially on tracks like "Indoor Games" and the title track.

"Cirkus" is the perfect opening track, and it immediately grabs your attention with abstract lyrics, and the highlight of the song, which are the menacing mellotron and horn sections after each verse. It's also one of Haskell's finest vocal performances on the album, and overall, a circus I like coming back to again and again.

"Indoor Games" follows a similar bombastic format to "Cirkus," getting even jazzier this time. With a "hey ho" from Haskell, we're launched into the next attraction of the circus, which is "Happy Family." Many consider this to be a weak song, but I think it's the perfect culmination of what "Cirkus" and "Indoor Games" were leading up to. Oh, and it's about the Beatles, too.

"Lady of the Dancing Water" is similar to "Cadence and Cascade," and although I probably like "Cadence" a bit more, this is such a peaceful song to close off the first side, giving the first 3 songs room for a better experience. The best part of the song is Collins's flute playing, and it echoes the brilliance of Ian McDonald's playing on "I Talk To The Wind."

Finally, the track that makes this album a prog essential is the title track of "Lizard." First and foremost, it is one of the first side-long suites in prog, coming in a year before ELP would release "Tarkus." It set a trend that other artists such as Genesis and Yes would take inspiration from. Speaking of Yes, one of the best things on the song is the fact that Jon Anderson, the vocalist for Yes, comes in to sing "Prince Rupert Awakens," and the song fits his voice perfectly. Next in the suite we move directly into "Bolero," the jazziest piece on the album which culminates in crashing cymbals, leading into the chilling opening notes of "The Battle Of Glass Tears." This section takes up most of the suite, but it doesn't disappoint and it really feels like a battle. Even Haskell's vocals fit the section well, representing a calm before the storm. The suite is ended off with "Big Top," a short nostalgic piece on the mellotron that never fails to give me chills.

Even though this album is said to be "hard to get into," it is worth it and overtime, its true musical excellence of "Lizard" starts to show. 5/5

 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.83 | 1953 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

4 stars Even though "In The Wake Of Poseidon" lacks the impact and innovation of King Crimson's debut, it certainly isn't a sophomore slump. It isn't nearly as adventurous of an album, and most of the tracks derive from songs on "In The Court," but by no means does this make it bad. It does a pretty serviceable job of following up one of the best progressive rock albums of all time, in my opinion.

For this album, the only remaining and credited members in the band are Robert Fripp and Peter Sinfield. Greg Lake still lends his vocal talent on most of the songs, but his bass parts were left unfinished after he joined ELP, so King Crimson alumni Peter Giles steps in to record the bass parts. Ian McDonald still holds writing credits to songs on the album, but the great Mel Collins fills in for his woodwind parts and Keith Tippett fills in the spot for a pianist. Fripp also picks up the keyboards, something that would be seen on every KC album to come, save for David Cross playing some here and there in the mid-70s. Gordon Haskell, one of Fripp's good friends at the time, sings on "Cadence and Cascade," since vocals were unfinished by Lake. Michael Giles also returns to bring his stroke of brilliance on the drums, but he just plays as a session musician this time around.

Even with all of these drastic personnel changes, King Crimson still manages to pull off a great album, although not as tight of an experience as "In The Court of the Crimson King."

One of the more notable and inventive tracks on the album is "Peace," which is scattered throughout the album in three sections, and the final section is just beautiful. The vocal performance from Lake is so touching and calming, and Fripp's simple guitar work makes all of the difference.

"Cat Food" is also the most adventurous, off-the-wall, and just amazing things on the album. The concept is absolutely bonkers: I originally thought it was a blues tune about how bad cat food is, but I was actually corrected (see comments) and the song is really about how frozen food and food manufactured to just be heated up is bad, so the band is comparing it to cat food. Still, a pretty bizarre concept and definitely progressive lyrically. It also contains bits of nods to the Beatles, such as the bassline being eerily similar to "Come Together." This is the best song on the album, and the things that really make it are Lake's amazing vocal performance and Keith Tippett's abstract piano additions.

"The Devil's Triangle" is a wonderfully intense instrumental piece mostly by Fripp on the mellotron, and some writing and arrangements done by McDonald. "Garden of Worm" is the best section on this monster of a track, and it even includes vocal samples from "The Court of the Crimson King" from the first album.

"Cadence and Cascade" is simply breathtaking, and still one of King Crimson's best tracks to date. Gordon Haskell does a fine job on vocals (even if they were pitched during mixing) and it is a beautiful song, especially during the section starting with the lyrics "Caravan hotel..."

"Pictures of a City" is good, but it is evident that this song is heavily based on "21st Century Schizoid Man" and it begs for more development. It's an enjoyable song, and I especially enjoy Peter Giles's performance on this track. The title track is also derivative of past songs, sounding similar to "Epitaph" and using lyrical structure similar to that of "The Court of the Crimson King." However, Lake's vocal performance is great here, and Fripp and Sinfield's chemistry is shown through the guitar sounds made in response to certain lyrics. My only real gripe about the song is its lackluster interlude entitled "Libra's Theme."

Overall, it's a 4/5. Yes, it has more flaws than the debut, but it is still a solid album and is worth it if you really liked the first album (I certainly did.) Thankfully, the ever-progressive King Crimson catalogue gets even better from here.

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