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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)

4.60 | 3075 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.79 | 1513 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.09 | 1522 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1324 ratings
Islands
1971
4.40 | 2018 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.89 | 1287 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2387 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1376 ratings
Discipline
1981
2.98 | 827 ratings
Beat
1982
3.24 | 820 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.63 | 760 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.16 | 183 ratings
Space Groove (ProjeKct Two)
1998
3.10 | 567 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.48 | 153 ratings
Heaven and Earth (ProjeKct X)
2000
3.97 | 872 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.58 | 402 ratings
A Scarcity of Miracles (a King Crimson Projekct by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins)
2011

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

2.46 | 314 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.01 | 365 ratings
USA
1975
2.88 | 23 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.52 | 281 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.73 | 133 ratings
B'Boom. Official bootleg - Live in Argentina
1995
2.59 | 160 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 137 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.38 | 220 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.75 | 101 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.46 | 226 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 6 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.67 | 6 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.50 | 6 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.59 | 85 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.01 | 88 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.61 | 74 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.04 | 110 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.65 | 59 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.63 | 66 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1. Live in Mainz, 1974 - Live in Asbury Park, 1974
2006
2.86 | 34 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol.2
2007
3.85 | 33 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.43 | 27 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.89 | 27 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
3.46 | 18 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
2.84 | 29 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.95 | 31 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.44 | 121 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.68 | 107 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.89 | 64 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.91 | 16 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.18 | 41 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.36 | 26 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012

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

3.89 | 79 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.09 | 53 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 42 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.17 | 36 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.93 | 20 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.28 | 34 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.79 | 70 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.56 | 65 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.59 | 41 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.48 | 31 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.96 | 21 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.31 | 13 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.75 | 75 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.54 | 18 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.45 | 20 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.94 | 13 ratings
The Elements
2014

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

4.34 | 46 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.23 | 37 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.82 | 19 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.56 | 33 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.73 | 15 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.00 | 17 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.40 | 5 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.10 | 21 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.08 | 17 ratings
Sleepless
1984
2.07 | 15 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 106 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.88 | 16 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
2.99 | 20 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.20 | 17 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.20 | 6 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.84 | 21 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.31 | 14 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.66 | 16 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 20 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.81 | 20 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.67 | 15 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.52 | 13 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.18 | 26 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.18 | 22 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.83 | 15 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.71 | 24 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.03 | 23 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.16 | 13 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.13 | 6 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.21 | 20 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.38 | 68 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.22 | 13 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 21 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.18 | 11 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.51 | 17 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.25 | 16 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.74 | 18 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.48 | 12 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.78 | 14 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.00 | 14 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.10 | 12 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.03 | 14 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.71 | 12 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.06 | 16 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.67 | 15 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.08 | 12 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.20 | 10 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.14 | 5 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
4.00 | 7 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.20 | 5 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.82 | 11 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.10 | 10 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.33 | 6 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.14 | 7 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.06 | 9 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.42 | 12 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.06 | 9 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
3.75 | 8 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.84 | 29 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by SteveG

2 stars Variations on a scene. Or a lack thereof.

First off, let's discuss the two white elephants in the room. King Crimson's three drummer lineup and the stingy amount of live tracks and their importance in the KC canon.

From the very moment that I read the news of Fripp's reassembled 2014 lineup, that was to feature three 'front line' drummers, I knew that this would be an impossible feat to transfer to a purely audible medium. I usually shy away from reviews that feature uber musicians like KC and prefer to leave it to the music pros. But as a live sound engineer, I felt my review of this album would be apropos.

I believe part of the reason for Fripp's veering into the 'theater of the usual' by placing three drummers up front is just that, theater. For a man that I'm surprised is not reclining on a couch at this stage in his career, while shredding out solos, a visual focus is necessary for such a staid live band. (They all performed in suits, remember?)

I actually applaud Fripp for this idea as any concert is a sensory experience. You feel the music. You see multiple drummers out of sync with each other. You hear the music. You've just had the emotional rollercoaster of waiting for the show to begin while in a community of like minded fans. Hopefully, you're tasting something pleasant as you smell your surroundings and the faint whiffs of hot electronics that emanate from the stage.

But despite what your eyes see and what your brain is interpreting, the sound mix of this concert is like any other with almost evenly distributed amplification projected outward, so that you can hear the back row of musicians as clearly as the front row.

Naturally, this type of sound dispersion must by means be similar to that of the ensuing audio recording for the show. Which is what we have here. The complete sensory experience of the concert has now been pared down now to only involve the senses of sound and touch (vibration).

The result is that the wonderful interplay between drummers and colorful touches of percussion and deft cymbal work has now been consigned to the right stereo channel and loses it's impact. There is a wonderful call and response drum interplay on The Construkction Of Light which works well as full stereo panning of the drums was utilized for that track only.

By the time we resume with album's last three tracks The Letters, A Sailor's Tale and Starless, we are back to a heavy left/right channel separation for the drums and Mel Colins' beautiful sax and flute playing. Jakscyk's and Fripp's guitars are also widely separated by extreme left/right separation.

I found Jakscyk's vocals to be well suited to the material performed and the band, on a whole, doing an admirable job but not even touching any breathless improvisations as was past practice.

The second white tusked beast in the room is the short amount songs that were assembled for this album and reason for their inclusion, while so many other stellar songs were reported to be played during this tour.

I can defend Fripp's need for theater, but not his judgment regarding the content of this live album.

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 In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD) by KING CRIMSON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
4.75 | 75 ratings

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King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
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5 stars I never really knew, did I, what to expect when I first bought this album in the early 90's. How could I have? Up til that point in time I was heavily into jazz-rock, hard rock and folk but never knew, really, what progressive music was all about. This was all due for a mindblowing change.

This album has been reviewed and re-examined over and over again and what remains to be said? Really not all that much. Everything about this album screams the birth of progressive rock and never before, I would like to loudly proclaim, has there been a muscial product of such immense power and might as this one. It remains still the cornerstone of the progressive rock movement and rightly so.

Every aspect of this masterpiece signals prog and acts as the blueprint of an entire genre and it's sub-genres. From the very artwork, which has never been rivalled, to the name of the group and the title of the album and it's songs. Just being named King Crimson is as far as prog goes just as brilliant and unsurpassed as Black Sabbath in the metal world. The cover says it all. Dreamy and thought provoking, just like the music within.

So, having put forth nothing that hasn't already been said about the album itself, what is there to say about this box set? Quite alot. I have been living with this album for so long and it has been a very intense love affair, so I feel this box has so much to offer.

First, there is quite a number of mixes of the original album. There's the mix from 2004, 2009 and even a 5:1 one. That is all very grand and wonderful in itself but the true delight is in the bonus tracks. Listening to the BBC sessions on disc 2 is mindblowing and I find it so amazing to hear these quite different versions.

Secondly, the main reason for getting this box is the live recordings from 1969 (Hyde Park and Fillmore East). Not only do I get the chance to hear the material in a live setting, the year of the album's release but also some tracks rarely heard. "Get thy bearings" is amazing, as is "Travel weary capricorn". The songs "Mars" and "Mantra" is such a delight to listen to aswell. "A man and a city" is amazing to listen to, bearing in mind that it appears on the follow-up the next year. The song hadn't been released yet. That is mindboggling listening experiences all of them.

While a lot of the material in the box are remixes of the original album, along with a de-clicked vinyl transfer (made from one in Robert Fripp's own archive, if that isn't enough to make a grown man cry I do not know), the best pieces are the ones I have previously mentioned. While it may not be truly necessary to listen through all the mixes one have to bow in awe to the brilliance and contents of this box. The brilliance, the unsurpassed brilliance at that, is all too evident and I cannot but hail this as a box as being essential. True, if you are not familiar with this music I suggest you get one of those single CD:s out there. But if you like me adore this piece of progressive history you truly need to acquire this box. It gives this album all the exposure it deserves. Amazing.

Apart from the music there is also a lot of pictures and a very nice booklet to go through. The adding of pins, a couple of photos on high quality paper and a thoughtful design makes it all the more enjoyable.

Easily one of the finest and most essential boxes around.

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 Hyde Park, London, 1969  by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
3.62 | 21 ratings

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Hyde Park, London, 1969
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars KING CRIMSON was acting in that Hyde Park concert (5-July-69) as one of the opening bands for the ROLLING STONES, which were playing their first concert with their new guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced the recently late Brian Jones (who left the band, or was fired, in June 1969). Jones died in 3-July-69, so unexpectedly, this Hyde Park concert finally was done as a tribute to him. In the late seventies I watched on TV to the ROLLING STONES`s part of the concert because it was broadcasted once on a TV channel in my city, and their performance was not very good, due more to the guitars being somewhat out of tune. Anyway, that concert was played before an audience of a half a million people, and it was a very good opportunity for KING CRIMSON particularly because then they had a reputation of being a very good band despite still not having recorded their first album ("In the Court of the Crimson King"), which was going to be recorded in late July and in August of 1969, and to be released in October 1969.

KING CRIMSON`s concert was a brief part in that day, lasting about 40 minutes. Anyway, the band played with a lot of energy, showing why they deserved that very good reputation. The recording is not very good, but it sounds somewhat "balanced". All the members of the band played very well, with the occasional out of tune vocals or with some mistakes done by them. But I can listen to Michael Giles`s very impressive drums playing, and to Ian McDonald`s talent playing flute, sax and mellotron, plus the sometimes very heavy bass guitar playing from Greg Lake and from Robert Fripp`s guitar playing. As a whole the band sounds very heavy and playing with a lot of energy. This line-up of the band really had very talented musicians, and it really is a shame that they only played together for one year (1969).

The band played three songs which they were going to record for their first album ("21st Century Schizoid Man", "In The Court Of The Crimson King", and a brief version of "Epitaph").. There is a lot of improvisation and interplay between the musicians. This can be listened in all the songs, but more particularly in "Get Thy Bearings " ( a song composed by Donovan), "Mantra", "Travel Weary Capricorn ", and "Mars" (this last one is a brief fragment from Gustav Holst`s "The Planets" suite). The audience sounds like they really enjoyed a lot their songs and playing. Maybe the set list was shortened to give the chance to the other bands to play.

A very interesting historical document which shows the importance of this band in the development of Prog Rock music. A very influential band, and the original line-up was maybe the best they had. One really wishes that their performances in concert could have been recorded better. And also one really wishes that one day the original line-up could do a reunion concert , or even to record a new album together...

In youtube recently I saw a brief video (of approximately one and a half minutes in lenght) of the band playing "21st Century Schizoid Man" in this Hyde Park concert. I don`t know if their part of the concert was also filmed in its entirety. It could be interesting to see their whole concert in video.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.84 | 29 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars The best official King Crimson live album for 40 years, but still could have been so much better

Live At The Orpheum features material that was recorded live on King Crimson's most recent tour which saw them perform some classic songs that they hadn't played live for a very, very long time. Sadly, not all of the classics that were performed are included on this live document. In fact, this live album features a heavily truncated set list. The long overdue return to some classic material was probably prompted by the welcome return of Mel Collins on saxophone and flute who previously was a member of the band in the early 70's. Mel also was a member of the excellent King Crimson alumni group the 21st Century Schizoid Band in which he collaborated with Jakko Jakszyk who handles lead vocals and second guitar here. Jakszyk is a very good singer and guitar player and his voice suits mellow songs like The Letters (originally from 1971's Islands) and Starless (from 1974's Red) perfectly. The latter song was also performed by the 21st Century Schizoid Band and so was the instrumental Sailor's Tale (also originally from Islands). These three songs are the best of this live album. The first four tracks include two shorter instrumentals that add little of interest to the proceedings and a version of ConstruKction Of Light (originally from the year 2000 album of the same name). The only other song from the 70's present here is One More Red Nightmare. As other have pointed out, the absence of 21st Century Schizoid Man is a disappointment and so is the lack of songs from the recent A Scarcity Of Miracles album (a King Crimson Projekct featuring Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, and Robert Fripp). Filling out the line-up here is Tony Levin on bass and Chapman stick and no less than three (!) drummers in Bill Rieflin, Pat Mastelotto, and Gavin Harrison. Personally, I think the idea of multiple drummers is silly and pointless. But thankfully it doesn't disturb too much.

Despite its obvious flaws (and discounting the vast catalogue of archival live releases that have appeared over the years, most of which I am not familiar), this new live album is the most interesting live release under the King Crimson name since 1975's USA with John Wetton. Still, if you want to hear classic King Crimson songs performed live I would much rather recommend the excellent live double album Pictures Of A City - Live In New York by 21st Century Schizoid Band which blows Live At The Orpheum (and much else) away by a million miles. That brilliant alumni band featured Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk as well as other ex-King Crimson members in Ian McDonald, Peter Giles and Ian Wallace. Also, live releases by John Wetton (for example, his Amorata concert video and the Nomansland live album) and Greg Lake (for example, the Greg Lake DVD video) feature strong versions of classic King Crimson songs that overall outshine Fripp's band.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.84 | 29 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Garrett Verdoni

4 stars First off, the album is a slight disappointment because of the songs from the tour that were left off. I saw the tour when they cam to wisconsin, and I was blown away by the versatile Krim material they chose. Much to my chagrin, their incredible arrangements of Talking Drum, Lark's Tongues in Aspic Part Two, Red, Level Five, and of course, 21st Century Schizoid Man were not included on this live album. While I do appreciate the fact that it highlights some lesser known Krim songs, I would have liked to hear some more of the "hits" (if you can really call them that). Aside from that, it's pretty good. The mixing does a fairly good job in translating the triple drummer sound to your headphones (although most of the songs selected didn't really highlight it except ConstruKction of Light). And the sound quality of all the other instruments is also impeccable. The two best songs are undoubtably ConstruKction of Light and Starless, both utilizing the seven musicians to their maximum capacity.

Overall, the album doesn't represent the fearlessness that was shown during the concert, but it is worth having if you want to hear what the new King Crimson sounds like.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
2.84 | 29 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ExittheLemming
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2 stars A Scarcity of Standing Room

One of the great consolations afforded by the Crim's vast eclectic output is that even at their most willfully impenetrable, piously abstruse or drippily soporific, they are seldom predictable and at the very least their abject chaff is some of the most harvestable chaff available. Discipline Global Mobile's ever growing silos of repatriated bootlegs and official live recordings are testimony to our voracious appetite for what can be some extremely indigestible fodder. Kudos are therefore due to 'this Fripp' winning a seemingly losing battle against the institutionalised exploitation of musicians and their lack of protection from copyright piracy that he has waged for nigh on 40 years. By his own account, Bob has described this as a dispiriting and ruinously expensive fight against the legal obfuscation of his previous management and the complicity of a judiciary swayed by precedents set by industry practices that have never been sufficiently challenged or subjected to any form of rigorous scrutiny. Similar to those exorcists who have expelled demons and prevailed, all will testify that every victory is accompanied by the death of yet another little portion of their human soul. Bob Fripp has never done 'safe', his courtiers are never allowed to 'tread water' and despite his measured urbane mildness and inscrutable candor his sworn enemies have always been mediocrity and conservatism.

Why then has he granted royal assent to the release of 41 minutes of the most anodyne and tame Crimson to have hit the shelves since erm...In the Wake of Poseidon? (another pale imitation of a former glory in their discography)

There's a danger here in falling into the trap of judging this record by what it does NOT contain i.e. as if it were a clumsily truncated souvenir of a much lengthier statement of intent that featured performances of Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part I, The Light of Day and the title track from A Scarcity of Miracles, VROOM, Level Five, Pictures of a City and what is becoming the increasingly revisionary encore 21st Century Schizoid Man

I'm at a loss as to the reasons for such zealous editing unless there were fidelity issues with the available recordings, but that being the case, wouldn't they have been able to reassemble the entire performance from other shows on the itinerary? Either way, it's a very 'white bread' choice of material that gazes longingly in the rear view mirror while straying perilously close to stalling in the middle of the road. Second guessing the Frippmeister is invariably futile but I suspect that what has been dubbed the 'Seven-Headed Beast of Crim' will prove to be about as feral as Mr & Mrs Fripp's agoraphobic pet white rabbit 'Willyfred'

First of all, new boy Jakko Jakszyk is a demonstrably fine guitarist and decent singer who cut his teeth in the '21st Century Schizoid Band' but if you wanted fresh young blood to forge the way ahead consistent with a progressive mandate, would you recruit from a Crimson tribute band? (that's like asking a historian to read your palm) His voice is hopelessly unsuited to the otherwise excellent One More Red Nightmare where he's about as convincing as a chunky beggar who commutes to work. On the up-side, his vocals and guitar on Starless are excellent and merely serve to confirm that perhaps his tonsilry is more comfortable within the ballad realm.

What's always struck me as rather indefensible is the rough ride that the outgoing Adrian Belew was routinely shown by large swathes of the Crimson fanbase. What other member of a 1st Division Prog band was still perceived as the 'new boy' 20 years after the fact? For me, his vocal, guitar and compositional abilities dwarf those of Jakszyk but I seriously doubt that the jury will still be out on the latter 20 years hence. Maybe Uncle Bob just wanted a lower profile front-man?

Similarly, one of the conclusions begging to be drawn from this line-up (inferred or otherwise) is provided by the flute and sax contributions of Mel Collins who featured originally on four of the numbers included here. Notwithstanding Mel's impeccable credentials and unswerving good taste, at 67 years old, this seasoned session luvvy is never gonna be charged with Lese-majeste. Check out his solos however on Construktion of Light which shed some unprecedented erm..light on that rather unjustly neglected new millennium Crim issue.

There are three drummers on this album but scant evidence to justify their inclusion. (Does Robert harbor designs to eventually have his entire touring band seated in the manner of a Rock orchestra?) For those sad hirsute plankton in our midst, you are advised that Pat Mastelotto is mixed on the left, Gavin Harrison on the right and Bill Rieflin in the centre. The only track where a twelve limbed percussion critter is audibly present is on Construktion of Light where they do weave an attractive composite rhythm apportioned across the stereo spectrum.

The inclusion of Sailors Tale is a treat as I think it a vastly undervalued track in the Crim's output. Levin's visceral and guttural bass adds an even more pressing urgency to the propulsive groove and Bob conspires to replicate his sublime thrashing detuned strumming 'solo' (albeit in shortened form). The Letters is every bit as as overwrought and unwittingly comedic as that of the studio original. Sinfield's cod Gothic approximation of Lord Byron selling fish from a big frilly shirt has not aged well in the interim.

Unfortunately what new material is on display offers very little clues as to what the future holds for King Crimson: Banshee Legs Bell Hassle and Walk On, Monk Morph Chamber Music are but two wispy and perishable ambient scooby snacks the likes of which we have heard countless times before. I went to see the Crimson ProjeKCt (sic) last year in Brisbane, Australia which boasted a paltry TWO drummers and have to report that the entire ensemble of Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelloto, Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Markus Reuter in their various permutations, provided more evidence of progressive intent and innovation that anything on Live at the Orpheum The foregoing is not sufficient cause for abdication just yet, but with every passing year, Toyah Willcox is starting to approach the mantle of a post-Punk Wallis Simpson.

You have to wonder who this release is aimed at as I fear there is too little novelty to stir the hard-nosed Crimhead from his lair which leaves the tenuous 'Crimson virgin' demographic. If you belong to the latter then you are getting a well played and well recorded bite sized selection of no-brainer material culled from the years 1971 to 2000. From that perspective this album starts to make sense and might come to resemble USA from 1975 which perhaps served as a little appetiser for the considerably more expansive (and expensive) the Great Deceiver box set. We can but wait to see what type of main course will follow the aperitif represented by Live at the Orpheum

Robert Fripp is 68 years old and as far as being dragged through the digestive tract of a music industry's irritable bowel goes, has paid his dues several time over. If he wishes to see out his time as a performer by playing an unimpeachable back catalogue with his mates to critical and audience acclaim, who am I do deny him this thoroughly merited succour?

Just don't expect me to ask you to read my palm Bob.

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 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.89 | 1287 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Tombo2

4 stars Cigarettes, ice cream, Frippertronics.

The title implies a void of nothingness, but to the contrary, a little of everything pops up on Starless and Bible Black; the second album by this King Crimson lineup. Excellent in its own right, but a bit uneven compared to its predecessor. The darker tone of Larks' Tongues in Aspic is still there, but there is a surprising amount of whimsy as well.

The first three tracks seem to carry a running theme about ego and dishonesty, particularly as it relates to the music industry. The punchy "The Great Deceiver" and "Lament" contain lyrics about liars and cheats, while "We'll Let You Know" is purely instrumental but you have to wonder if the title was inspired by something uttered to Robert Fripp by some music industry lackie after having heard some of KC's material. What? They won't play 10 minute instrumentals on FM radio?

Things get more serious from here, but there is a lighter feel to "The Nightwatch" (about the famous Rembrandt painting). Even more-so on the improvised "Trio", an oriental inspired theme, owing its tranquility (and title) to the lack of Bill Bruford's drums. Still, two of the best songs on the album.

The back-half of Starless and Bible Black sinks back into the darkness. The totally improvised title track and the powerful "Fracture" recall the best parts of Larks' Tongues. The latter being possibly the best instrumental in the whole Crimson repertoire.

The unevenness on Starless and Bible Black may be because apart from the first two tracks, nearly the entire album was recorded at live shows with only a few overdubs in studio. Regardless, it is one of King Crimson's finest and worth checking out for a fan of any of their work. You're sure to see something in this darkness.

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 Larks' Tongues In Aspic by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.40 | 2018 ratings

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Larks' Tongues In Aspic
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Tombo2

5 stars Listening to Robert Fripp speak, you can tell he has a calculating mind. It makes you wonder what's going on in his head when the band is on stage and wildly improvising for minutes at a time. I would guess that somehow he's got it all planned out. The parts he plays, even the parts the rest of the band plays; though they probably don't know it. This, I figure, is because he's just as calculating about the players themselves. Fripp knows how to pick 'em.

So it was, a lot of the material for Larks' Tongues had been conceived and written while the previous version of the band was together. Fripp just didn't feel they were the right ones to record it with. So in true Crimson style, the whole band got replaced. His calculations were dead on though. This lineup produced three classics starting with this album.

Larks' Tongues has a darker feel to it than anything before. John Wetton's gruff voice is neatly suited for this style of music, but the album's real highlights happen when the microphone is put away; "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Parts 1 & 2" and "The Talking Drum". But despite all the gloom, don't expect a lot of droning or ambience. There's constant energy. Due in some part to Bill Bruford's technical drumming and enhanced by Jamie Muir's odd percussion. David Cross (not Tobias Funke) rounds out the lineup with strings.

But it's the man with the master plan, who drives the Frippmobile on this one. With his guitar and soundscapes Fripp is still Fripp and Larks' Tongues is still KC. So if you like the previous albums you should find enjoyment in this one as well. Only by putting the right pieces in order, Larks' Tongues is a new Crimson; the best one yet.

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 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.11 | 1376 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars And it came to pass that there was a drought in the land and the King called Crimson was lost in the wilderness. And after seven years, the King returned, somewhat altered, but ready to spread the word that Prog had returned to the masses. And there was much rejoicing.

So, why am I adding another review to the long list of reviews for this album? Because I love King Crimson, that's why. Never a band to be predictable, but a band bent on progressing. The new incarnation of KC returned with barely a resemblance of the previous line-up. The only survivors from the hiatus were Robert Fripp (of course) and Bill Bruford. They were now joined by two new and extremely talented musicians, Adrian Belew from Talking Heads and Frank Zappa's band for a short while and Tony Levin, bass player extraordinaire. And there was a new sound. Sort of a industrial proto-prog way beyond the cutting edge and ahead of their time once again. Sure there was no beautiful singular masterpiece like "Starless" on this album like there was on "Red", but you can't keep making the same song and sound over and over and consider yourself progressing. Besides, other masterpieces were to come.

The sound is definitely different, and a lot of KC fans could not accept the progression that KC made, but they also ended up winning over a lot of new converts. The one thing that did not change was the ingenuity and influence they would continue to exert not just in prog but other forms of music as well. Whether you liked the change or not, it can not be denied that they would continue to have a great influence. Yes they adopted some new styles that were popular at the time, but they took those styles beyond anything that was being listened to at that time.

This album is full of rapid fire guitar hooks, crazy percussion, some frippertronics added in, and wonderful atmospheric sounds that people were not used to hearing from guitar players. Adrian's vocals definitely worked with the music and his guitar work enhanced and strengthened the spotlight on Fripp's sound and guitar work. Together, they formed a guitar team unmatched and put together sounds that were unheard of then. Listen to them now, and they are still timeless and pertinent, but not quite as new sounding as they were then.

Most of this album is straight ahead hard rock, but not like you would normally think of hard rock. There are a few quieter tracks, but the are still just as innovative, especially "Sheltering Sky" which took frippertronics to a new melodic level. And the rapid fire guitar work in "Frame by Frame" and "Discipline" is jaw droppingly amazing music.

This music speaks to me and gives me chills every time. I honestly don't know any other way I could rate this other than being a true masterpiece in that it embodies the whole idea of what progressive music is. Robert Fripp and crew were only bringing us the beginnings of Math and Post Rock with this album and the other two that followed. Pushing the limits like KC did only opened up the way for what was to come in the future. 5 well-deserved stars, and the King continues to astonish both believers and non-believers.

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 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by HoldsworthIsGod

5 stars King Crimson, never a band to be predictable, after a six-year hiatus releases a New Wave album? And with the seven billionth lineup? Could this possibly work in their favor? Well, much like Rush's Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, yes. A resounding yes. With new guitarist/singer Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, David Bowie) and bassist/Chapman Stick extraordinaire Tony Levin (later to join up with future Dream Theater members in Liquid Tension Experiment) and longtime members Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp, their sound veers towards a more mainstream, Talking Heads-esque style, with influences from Javanese Gamelan music showing. The opener, "Elephant Talk", fuses go-go finger-tapped basslines with animal noises and alphabetical synonyms for the word "talk". Adrian Belew (one of my favorite guitar players) makes the song entertaining, and sort of comical (working with Frank Zappa will do that to you). "Frame By Frame" follows, with rapid Fripp guitar leads and syncopated rhythms, leading up to a really nice slower section in 7/8. "Matte Kudasai" (Japanese for "please wait") opens with seagull imitations from Belew, which is the vehicle to a ballad. The side ends with "Indiscipline", a heavier song that recalls KC lineups of yore. Side 2 opens with "Thela Hun Ginjeet", a paranoid funk track rivaling anything David Byrne ever wrote. The side concludes with two instrumentals, "The Sheltering Sky" (a reference to the Beat poets that would influence the next album, Beat) and "Discipline" (which is Danny Carey from Tool's favorite track). The album is a relatively easy listen, without many offensive tracks.

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