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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 | 3593 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1790 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.11 | 1807 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1573 ratings
Islands
1971
4.41 | 2410 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.92 | 1532 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2833 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1612 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 985 ratings
Beat
1982
3.25 | 967 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 900 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.16 | 213 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 664 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.43 | 181 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 1012 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 462 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 | 358 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 427 ratings
USA
1975
2.93 | 27 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.54 | 330 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 151 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.61 | 184 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 156 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 255 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.75 | 123 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.45 | 265 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.05 | 21 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.91 | 22 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.76 | 17 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.61 | 99 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.03 | 106 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.59 | 88 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 126 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.66 | 73 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.57 | 84 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
2007
3.82 | 41 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.46 | 37 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.84 | 37 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
2.12 | 6 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.45 | 32 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.01 | 85 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.98 | 35 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.85 | 13 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 131 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.74 | 122 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
3.26 | 48 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.30 | 41 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.68 | 41 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 | 91 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 | 39 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 | 84 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 72 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.57 | 45 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 | 94 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.96 | 37 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.62 | 41 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.92 | 32 ratings
The Elements
2014
4.54 | 13 ratings
Starless
2014
3.90 | 10 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
2.15 | 18 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.61 | 119 ratings
Vrooom
1994
2.50 | 2 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.86 | 21 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
3.00 | 22 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.19 | 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
4.21 | 30 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
4.07 | 29 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
3.37 | 79 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
4.70 | 38 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
4.00 | 2 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016

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 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.92 | 1532 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by DePloy

5 stars The beauty of a young, inquisitive spirit.

Starless and Bible Black was my first introduction to the world of progressive rock outside of the Yes on rock radio and Rush Chronicles. I remembered a quote where Geddy Lee stated he and Lifeson used to pretend they were King Crimson when they first started out when I found a cassette of Starless and Bible Black digging through the crates at a local Big Lots store. I think I was 17.

I'd gone through the heavy metal phase at 14, graduating to led zep and rush and the who et all on rock radio. Was this the next logical listen for my burgeoning prog ears?

Yes and no. Of course I tried Starless right away and thought it was weird. Loud. Creative and abrasive, but even then Starless and Bible Black and Fracture back to back made my jaw drop.

Soon I found the Weirdness of FZ appealed more to me. After thoroughly exploring his razor sharp ideology and absurdist wit I sought other hills to climb and came back to the dollar Starless and Bible Black cassette at university after quickly tiring of Dave Matthews, Phish, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones dreck.

Everyone around me hated it, but I finally got it and loved it double for that. AHA!

Crunchy, haunting, gorgeous, menacing, pastoral, a lot of adjectives can be used to describe the overall sound Fripp and co. display. For young, impressionable ears like mine at age 20, the most authentic descriptors would be influential and mindblowing.

I learned another lesson from this album when I bought it on CD in 1999, how different(better) remastering technology makes these classic analog recordings sound. I didn't listen to many cassettes after starting to make a bit of money.

The verdict is I'll be giving my male children a copy of this prior to enrolling at university (My daughter will get a copy of the first Return to Forever album)

What music is all about

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.11 | 1807 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgBlob

5 stars Another fantastic Crimson album. Ive been asked to review this album by a fellow PA member so im just going to jump right into it.

For some reason, King Crimsons early albums (after ITC, before Larks Tongues) have been sort of overlooked. Being my second favorite band of all time, I can enjoy all of their 70s albums. But Lizard is a very unique piece of music. Coming out after Poseidon, the 50/50 remake of their debut, Fripp decides to change up their sound completely. Now the only members playing from previous albums on here are Fripp and Sinfield on lyrics, the rest are new Jazz- oriented musicians, to change things up. Enjoying this album does require a taste, but once you acquire it, boy does it taste good.

Starting off extremely strong, Cirkus wakes you up with some evil-sounding mellotron. The jazz like drumming is very strong, and fripps classical guitar sound couldn't be better. This is probably Gordon Haskell's best singing on the album, he isnt an amazing singer, but this song wouldnt be the same without him. The beautiful sax solo midway is my favorite part, a delicate touch surrounded by chaos. Definitely one of the best songs here.

Indoor games and Happy Family go together quite well. Indoor games is quite a silly track, and if you asked me what its about, I wouldn't be able to answer very well. Hell, there are some words that don't even exist in here. There is a very tight jazzy instrumental section midway that i really enjoy. Happy family is another very odd track something about the events of a family dying, im not really sure though. This song has always given me the giggles for some reason, Haskells slightly distorted goofy singing here and there, surrounded by jazzy instrumental. This is the sort of song only a band like Crimson would produce.

I love it when albums have short melancholy breaks (Moonmadness, Lamb Lies Down, Hand. Cannot. Erase.), this is my favourite of them all. Lady of the Dancing Water lets soft flute and guitar give you a break from the madness and takes you to a meadow somewhere beside a lake. A perfect prelude for the epic title track.

The flipside is taken up entirely by the title track, one of my favorite songs of all time. Jon Anderson singing on a King Crimson album? Its any prog fans dream. Peters lyrics have never been better, and Anderson brings them to life perfectly. The chorus is very catchy, which is a very rare thing to find in the Crimson stables. When Anderson steps away from the mic, youre introduced to A Peacocks Tale, my favorite section of the song. Clarinet has never sounded better than in this light instrumental passage. Reminds me strongly of "Islands" occupying their next album. There's a minute of spoken word before hitting you in the face with the most image-provoking battle sequence you'll ever here. Thundering trombones blast, it has a certain medieval feel to it that I love. The thing I love most about this song is just how many instruments are being played. It amazes me just how overlooked this gem is, being one of my favorite side-longs. A Masterpiece.

Robert Fripp himself announced he didnt care for this album, which is a shame. I rate this album 4.5 stars, but im giving it 5, due to the fact that giving it 4 would be lowering its average. Highly underrated masterpiece of progressive rock.

 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 1573 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgBlob

5 stars Islands is a very special album to me. Partly because it was the first King Crimson album I ever listened to, and partly because it shows their softer side. For some reason, this album has been vastly underrated, and critics tend to really give it to the singing, which i thought fit the album perfectly.

Starting off with the entrancing Formentara Lady, which starts with some nice vocals and other classical instruments, and then launches into some experimental meanderings for the remaining five minutes. This section does tend to linger for a while, but its like nothing I've ever heard, the sound is something no other band has reached. It definitely deserves more credit.

At the end of Formentara Lady, the ride symbol slowly introduces Sailers Tail, a loud jazzy instrumental, that never gets out of hand. It has a Soft Machine sound to it, but undeniably King Crimson. They give it their all from beginning to end, not wasting any time. This is one of my top ten favourite Crimson tracks.

"Impaled on nails of ice!" The Letters is about two women fighting over a man, writing letters to one another. It begins mellow, but breaks into some chaotic sax, not unlike Van Der Graaf Generator. Clocking at only 4:32, it gets a lot done before the gentle ending leading to the Prelude.

Song of the Gulls is a beautiful classical track. This really shows how much King Crimson is capable of. They can compose chaotic songs like Schizoid Man, but song of the gulls is really something else.

I love albums that save the best for last. This is surely the case here with the 9 minute title track. This song is like a dream, with the lyrics taking you off to your own island somewhere. I enjoy the simplicity, but it isn't repetitive at all. Keeping you interested the whole way through, it is a song unlike any other (maybe Raven That Refused To Sing). Improving upon every listen, this ranks as one of my all time favorites.

 Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983) by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars -endless possibilities-

A collection of recorded impros which faithfully describes the magnitude of possibilities this lineup version of King Crimson (Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin & Bill Bruford) is capable , or was, to be more chronological precise back in 1983.

So to put things in perspective this , until now unpublished, material plowed the road towards "Three Of A Perfect Pair" released in 1984.

King Crimson in these recorded rehearsals is tasting the feel of each other again, looking for then unexistent sunken treasures, looking for the right cohersion and a new direction. Some tracks are the highlight of wherever the rest of the composition went, a couple are actual experimental impro-sketches of tracks which would lead to later transformations into the unknown and the rest are perfect-pitch constructed and performed compositions which enlightened the way to the, as mentioned, "Three Of A Perfect Pair", but never in this kind of music composition configuration, therefore unrecognizable, thus they sound like new.

As an outsider it is no less than a privilege to witness this level of musicians rolling up their sleeves and discovering and polishing so many mini-masterpieces or the same letting go some others which ANY other musician or band would feed on to to build a full release.

As far as the always subjective task of rating I will certainly be considering the ahead of its time ground breaking composition structures, eventhough this level of musicians took as primary rehearsals or possible, but not ready yet songs.

In understanding, also, that I am not the kind of fellow who is expecting the 209th live version of,... let me choose Easy Money, as an example, . No, I like many King Crimson studio releases, but some I like far more including their live "USA", but that is it! That is my kind of loyal following.

Therefore as such it collects all kind of music to be ideas, looking for a course to embark and in the hands of these musicians creativity is an understatement. Beyond the mere collectible tagging, this release will fill any kind of prog follower's expectations and maybe a bit more. Do not feel discouraged by the short running time of some tracks, what is recorded is nonexpendable and highly valuable.

****4 PA stars.

 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.83 | 1790 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Scorpius

4 stars Before we get the the review, lets get some background knowledge on the album. The year is 1969, and In The Court of the Crimson King is a huge hit. Half the band leaves very soon afterwards. Sinfield, Fripp, Lake (sort of), and Giles are left. They figure "Why fix an album structure that isn't broken?" The result is In the Wake of Poseidon. A solid, yet very misunderstood album. Now here's the review.

Peace - A Beginning: 6/10 A calm, decent opener to the album. It feeds right into the next track. "Peace" is a recurring theme on the album, which helps it flow a lot better than the debut did. Don't get me wrong from my rating, the song is great, but thereis just not enough to warrant a higher rating.

Pictures of a City: 8.5/10 A bizarre, speedy song compared to the first track. Has a nice solo and jazzy breakdown. If I had to compare it to Schizoid Man, as many people do, I would say it holds up pretty well, and even may have done a better job. Obviously the album is better produced, and more slick, but don't forget that sometimes, the original is just better because it's the one more people remember. I prefer Schizoid Man to this, but that doesn't mean it's a weak track at all. As a matter of fact, it may be the strongest track on the album.

Cadence and Cascade: 7/10 The calm song after the bizarre song. Again, when compared to the debut, it isn't as good, but its still the better produced song. This is the recurring theme with this album: better produced songs than the debut, but it doesn't make them classic just because they are technically better. Oh and lets not forget, Gordon Haskell sings the vocals on this track, whereas Greg Lake sings the rest of the album.

In the Wake of Poseidon: 8/10 The Epitaph of the album, if you will, but when it comes down to it, who cares? Epitaph was an amazing, strong track, and so is this. Its an amazing song from start to finish and if you pay attention to the song, it does some things completely different from Epitaph. Just because the songs sound similar at times doesn't make the album a track for track ripoff.

Peace - A Theme: 6/10 Here we see another "Peace" track, and like I mentioned earlier, they help the album flow better but that's really their only purpose, which limits them to a 6/10.

Cat Food: 7:10 A bizarre track to say the least. If you ever wanted to know what "pop" KC would have sounded like, this is probably it. The band just kind of goes crazy for 5 minutes while Lake sings about processed food taking over peoples minds. This song is something that can't be compared to anything on the debut, which to be honest, helps freshen up the album after a somewhat similar A side.

The Devils Triangle: ?/10 Hear me out with this one. The track was adapted from the 1969 band's live arrangement of Gustav Holst's "Mars: Bringer of War" from his The Planets Suite. I'm not really sure what to think of it. Its not bad by any means (I think), and its not something we saw on the debut, so its fresh. I think I like it, but its just such a bizarre track. As far as I can tell, it is comprised of 3 movements, and each are very different from the first. Its a very, very complex track, and I see it as a track that should be respected (due to its complexity), rather than liked. Call me a cop-out because of my rating, but I honestly can't come up with one.

Peace - An End: 6/10 The final "Peace" track, and the final track on the album. Yet again, it helps the album flow and finish up nicely. This is probably the best "Peace" track on the album, as it combines elements from the first 2 to make a nice closer.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope you enjoyed my personal view on "In the Wake of Poseidon". Like I alluded to earlier, I believe the A side of the album is more comparable to the debut. When in comes to the B side, I feel like all the material is fresh, which helps the album not be a track-for-track copy of the debut.

 Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.68 | 41 ratings

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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

5 stars Pretty sure I can justify a five-star rating for this one.

Even being that I've only been listening to it for a week, I can see the evidence of how much work went into this new "Radical Action..." box set. If you are not convinced, first consider that this is a live album in which the best performances of each track have been culled from their 2015 tours of the UK, Canada and Japan, and the audience sounds have been thoroughly removed to bring about sonic perfection - making it a (what did they call it?) "virtual studio album." And if you still aren't swayed, go on over to All About Jazz's website and read their review of this 3-cd + video (extra dvd's if you get the limited edition) box. You will gape at how many mic tracks had to be manually examined and processed to isolate the drum parts alone!

This purchase is a decent-sized outlay of money, so some might consider it a stretch to say the first track (the current 7-headed-beast's rendition of LTIA-1) is worth the price of admission. To be honest though, it's not that much of a stretch - this version sounds awesome, spacious, and *huge*.

The live/studio versions of "Pictures Of A City," "Easy Money," "Level Five," "Red," "Starless," "LTIA-II," and many other tracks are brilliant too, and the band are as on-form as they were in their recently published Toronto (20 November 2015) "Collector's Bootleg" ... if not quite as on-fire. It's fine though: for the group's intensity seeming just slightly lower, they've certainly since then developed - or at least discovered how to evince on record - more instrumental flourishes than in that unadulterated full concert recording. This may well -- efficaciously if not definitively -- be rounding out a chapter in the development of King Crimson, which hopefully will not be their final one. (Why would it be, with everyone in the band, particularly Fripp, playing with enough vim and vigor to put most other acts to shame).

The new strategy of three drummers in the front line is used to full effect here. Mel Collins's wind parts and Jakko Jakzsyk's vocals are solid and well-suited for this incarnation of the band. I am not going to lend any credence to those who maintain otherwise ... nor should you.

Which leads me on to my complaint that entirely too many have wailed (or at least whinged) that Crim in their current mode are doing solely nostalgia - heck, I think I myself may have semi-seriously joked about that in my Toronto review. But I'd be remiss not to mention that "Radical Action" includes nearly a half-hour of new material by the band. So pipe down, all you complainers. Take radical action by putting on this DVD ( or blu-ray) and submit to getting a better-than-best-seat-in-the-house view of a virtual studio concert at a fraction of the cost of the real thing ! (Or if you can't afford the $30 price tag, at least visit DGM Live's youtube publication of the "Easy Money" and "Starless" viddie excerpts.) Times are good.

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.11 | 1807 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

5 stars

L

While KING CRIMSON took the world by storm only a year previous in 1969 with their game changing debut, their follow up "In The Wake Of Poseidon" has always felt to me like a collection of B-sides from the leftover bin of tracks from the initial sessions that created them. With LIZARD, the second album of 1970 and third album overall, it feels like Robert Fripp and company took the whole project to a new level of complexity by not only keeping the previous elements that came before but also by upping the ante in pretty much every way. While not the only top class album to take complexity to new levels in the year 1970 (to my knowledge only Marsupalami, Soft Machine and Magma were contenders at this level), Robert Fripp steered his KING CRIMSON project into new grounds a mere fourteen months after the extraordinary "In The Court Of The Crimson King" was unleashed on an unsuspecting public and proved that he was a serious force to be reckoned with. LIZARD is a testament to a focused individual driven to evolve light years above the newly aroused competition nipping at his heals. LIZARD hasn't always been a bonafide masterpiece in my world but i can happily say that i've reached a point of understanding where it all makes perfect sense.

I

Only two years into the band's formation, Fripp was already seeing a rotating door policy of musicians who just couldn't jive with his ambitious visions. In only a year since the debut that ignited the progressive rock powder keg, vocalist and bassist Greg Lake jumped ship to join Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Drummer Michael Giles and wind instrumentalist Ian McDonald would jump ship together to create a lighter version of KC called McDonald And Giles (but McDonald would reunite on "Red") leaving Fripp as the only original member on LIZARD. The new KING CRIMSON circa last half of 1970 featured Fripp on guitar, Mellotron, synth, organs and other sundries, Mel Collins (Circus) on sax and flute, Andy McCulloch (Manfred Mann, Fields, Greenslade, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) on drums and Gordon Haskell (Les Fleur de Lys), a long time school friend of Fripp who had contributed one vocal track previously on "Poseidon" and now took the role as lead vocalist on side one. Jon Anderson of Yes would join in for the long behemoth title track that encompassed the entire second half of the original LP release. Also on board were the phenomenal Keith Tippett who also played as a session keyboardists on "Poseidon" as well as other session musicians who added oboe, cornet, trombone and extra vocals.

Z

Everything about LIZARD is more ornate than anything before starting with the album art cover itself. The original LP release was graced by two sides of medieval art with one side spelling KING and the other CRIMSON. While the music doesn't exactly lead to anything medieval per se save a few classical guitar workouts by Fripp, the album does display a sense of Renaissance in the music scene with its relentless fusion of classical, rock and jazz with the greatest emphasis on the latter. The jazz elements on here are off the hook with saxophone solos, jazzified song structures within the tracks and even segments of progressive big band interaction in full swing. Therefore if you don't haven't gotten an A in your jazz appreciation course you probably won't enjoy this as much as the full-blown jazz fusionist lovers. Miles Davis appears to have been a major influence on this one since the very same year as the KC debut, Davis himself was adopting rock into the jazz world. A year later and following in the footsteps of other rock to jazz fusionists like Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Prevention, KING CRIMSON was gracefully taking it on to create equally complex and sophisticated music.

A

Just to give you a sense of how complex this album is, most of the lyrics are actually represented in the art work itself. For example, the "I" in CRIMSON is a caricature of The Beatles and is a direct reference to the track "Happy Family" which referred to the breakup of the band. The lyrics get even more detailed about certain aspects of the band. The artwork and lyrics go hand in hand to create a much larger story as does the music thus creating a never ending level of complexity that the listener can delve into as deeply as the listener wants. The downside to all this complexity including the hardcore jazz aspects is that it is a bit alienating for the uninitiated and non-adventurous listeners especially following much more digestible tracks like "20th Century Schizoid Man" that had put KING CRIMSON in the eyes and ears of a totally new generation of music lovers only a year prior. LIZARD perhaps had gone too far too fast for many fans, however this album is not without its instant gratification. There are melodies aplenty to be savored albeit with allusions to all kinds of obscurities in the mix, both lyrically and musically. The music literally has taken decades for fans to catch up with.

R

The album seems to be as divided musically as it is divided from the front and back side of the album cover. Side one sporting Haskill's vocals is the jazzier of the two sides which focuses more on the jazz meets rock aspects fueled with dissonant yet melodic hooks and horn heavy segments with occasional avant meanderings, whilst side two is much more in the symphonic prog world with Jon Anderson displaying sublime vocals and a glimpse into his future solo career projects. It also has a propensity to delve into the world of free jazz and the avant-garde including warped time perception and utter detachment from the musical world altogether. While the two album sides are clearly delineated by style, they somehow form a cohesive mood and feel after many listens. The prog behemoth that constitutes the title track includes four segments with the third being subdivided into three subparts and successfully manages to create a frenzied prog workout that takes the listener on a true musical journey very much in accord with classical music symphonies, operas, concertos and sonatas. The transitions from one style to another are somewhat subtle as they never just jump into each other's turf. The transitions are gradual like gentle sand dunes slowly changing the topography of a vast desert where mirages from a camel ride slowly merge into each other. It's really hard to grasp upon just a listen or two how much was put into this one.

D

The simple truth is that LIZARD is one of the very first progressive rock albums that is like climbing Mt Everest. You need to acclimate yourself to comprehend its sheer intensity. For the uninitiated this is the equivalent of a sea level dweller accustomed to an ample air supply gasping for air in an oxygen depleted environment and thus will come across like an atmospheric hypoxia induced sleepless night at the base camp where only groggy faded memories of what occurred will semi-percolate into the consciousness. This is an album that is a true 10 on the progometer scale. A code red, 3rd degree progressive jazz/classical/rock behemoth of the ages. That means that it requires several stages of musical development to truly "get it." You must not only have your rock and classical musical sensibilities in top shape but you will go nowhere until your jazz appreciation skills have been fine tuned and honed to the point that mutli-genre fusion is like second nature. A true work of art that was perhaps overly ambitious for its era but sophisticated enough to evoke a sheer sense of timelessness.

 Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.68 | 41 ratings

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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars The band decided to remove the audience in this live recording which gives the impression that you are listening to a studio recording. And what is more interesting is that the songs have been re-worked with 3 drummers, some flutes, and saxophones. The rhythm section having more space, the sound is obviously louder. The drummer Bill Rieflin is also handling the keyboards parts including that precious mellotron sound on some old songs. The set list contains a lot of old songs, some songs after the 80's period including some new songs. The new songs worked very well with the rest of the songs. "Meltdown" and the Radical Action" suite have some intense moments. And to mix things up, there are some lighter songs, like "Epitaph", and the jazzy "Scarcity of Miracles". Let's say that the sound on this 3cd set is excellent. As for the Blu-Ray, the band decided again to do something different. They hired only 1 man behind the camera, who installed stationary cameras so that he had to bring together footage from those cameras to replace the lack of motion that we usually have on a standard video. Those cameras were needed to superimpose fading images of close shots of each musician over the static wide shot of the stage. Most of the material comes from the Takamatsu shows because it was the best sounding for Jakko Jakszyk. The DTS surround sound is big and loud. They pushed this to the limit with the 3 drummers. However, I could hear some kind of "crackling" noise in a few spots in my rear speakers, especially in the drum solo. In conclusion, while lacking visuals, the video is still enjoyable. I know that the band wanted to focus on the music, but a little more visuals can't ruin the music. This live recording gives us the best overall picture of the band's discography that every King Crimson fan will enjoy and a lot of Progressive Rock fan.

 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.70 | 38 ratings

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Live In Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by toilet_doctor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2833 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Scorpius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating - 5/5

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