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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 at Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury on 31 Aug 2015
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  • An Evening With King Crimson on 11 Sep 2015
  • King Crimson at The Lowry, Manchester on 12 Sep 2015
  • Elements of King Crimson on 14 Sep 2015
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  • An Evening with King Crimson on 17 Sep 2015
  • King Crimson at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 18 Sep 2015
  • King Crimson at l'Olympia, Paris on 20 Sep 2015
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  • King Crimson at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on 24 Sep 2015
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  • King Crimson at Théâtre St-Denis, Montreal on 16 Nov 2015
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  • King Crimson at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto on 19 Nov 2015
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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 | 3200 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.80 | 1579 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.09 | 1587 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.79 | 1382 ratings
Islands
1971
4.40 | 2113 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.90 | 1342 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.53 | 2495 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1429 ratings
Discipline
1981
2.99 | 863 ratings
Beat
1982
3.24 | 854 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.63 | 789 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.16 | 192 ratings
Space Groove (ProjeKct Two)
1998
3.10 | 590 ratings
The ConstruKction of Light
2000
3.47 | 160 ratings
Heaven and Earth (ProjeKct X)
2000
3.97 | 905 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.59 | 417 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 | 326 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 381 ratings
USA
1975
2.93 | 24 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.52 | 292 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.75 | 139 ratings
B'Boom. Official bootleg - Live in Argentina
1995
2.61 | 165 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 141 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.41 | 227 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.77 | 106 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.46 | 234 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.33 | 9 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
4.11 | 9 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
4.00 | 9 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.61 | 91 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.02 | 92 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.63 | 78 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.05 | 116 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.66 | 62 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.62 | 72 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1. Live in Mainz, 1974 - Live in Asbury Park, 1974
2006
2.91 | 38 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol.2
2007
3.88 | 37 ratings
The collectable King Crimson volume three
2008
3.52 | 33 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 4
2009
3.97 | 32 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson: Vol. 5: Live In Japan, 1995
2010
3.51 | 20 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.13 | 56 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.97 | 33 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 125 ratings
Deja VROOM (DVD)
1999
3.70 | 111 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.89 | 65 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.95 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.20 | 42 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.38 | 31 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012

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

3.89 | 80 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.10 | 54 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.66 | 44 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.18 | 37 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
3.03 | 22 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.32 | 36 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.82 | 73 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 68 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.59 | 42 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.50 | 32 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 22 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.43 | 14 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.75 | 84 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
3.71 | 23 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.58 | 29 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
4.03 | 19 ratings
The Elements
2014

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

4.35 | 48 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.25 | 39 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.87 | 21 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.59 | 35 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.81 | 16 ratings
Discipline 12'' Sampler
1981
3.07 | 18 ratings
Matte Kudasai
1981
3.67 | 6 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet
1981
3.15 | 22 ratings
Heartbeat
1982
3.14 | 18 ratings
Sleepless
1984
2.14 | 16 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.59 | 108 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.94 | 17 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
3.01 | 21 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.23 | 18 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.27 | 7 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.86 | 22 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.36 | 16 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.68 | 18 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.34 | 21 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.84 | 21 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.76 | 16 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.59 | 14 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 28 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 23 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.84 | 18 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.74 | 26 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.05 | 25 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
3.24 | 21 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.39 | 71 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.26 | 14 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.65 | 24 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.15 | 13 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
3.77 | 19 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.55 | 13 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 15 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 15 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 | 15 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.82 | 13 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.09 | 17 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.71 | 16 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.15 | 13 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
4.25 | 8 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.11 | 10 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
4.11 | 10 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
3.89 | 9 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011

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 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.90 | 1342 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars Review n' 219

King Crimson - Starless And Bible Black

Underrated gem between gems. My favorite from the classic Crimson era. The album isn't solid, almost falling totally in the avant-garde genre but consistent tracks, which explores deeper and expandables atmospheres. And why not? Wheren't they listed as "Ecletic Prog?"Side A was made of medium lenght tunes. Side B sounds like a jam, a goddamn clever jam, where we can experience the far reach of our inner cosmic conscience. Right from the start, the classic KC freak jazz style theme will slap the listener in the face. The lyrics are far unusual. Pretty interesting the way the mood changes while it flows naturally like, passing through brutal ball crushing parts as "The Great Deceiver" to the quiet mellotron of Lament. Then I listen to The Night Watch and I wonder why the hell it isn't a classic prog hymn. Fripp touches are the best. From beauty to dissonant chords and chaotic guitar dreamscapes, it's marvelous. Here I can hear the depth and truely interaction between the members which was never heard before, playing music together, with their souls.

A silly observation. The (probably) most famous hentai series - japanese pornographic cartoons - is called Bible Black. The hentai works list from the same director includes: Discipline, Starless: 21st Century Nymphomaniacs and Heartwork: Symphony of Destruction (this last one an incontestable reference to Carcass and Megadeth).

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2495 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by A_Flower

5 stars This album is a gem in progressive rock. It is as good as In the Court of the Crimson King, if not, better. This is King Crimson's seventh studio album and last for a seven year period. The line up on it is a trio of just Fripp on guitar, Wetton on vocals/bass, and Bruford on drums.

The album starts with the title track of "Red". This is instrumental and is heavy on guitar. It has multiple riffs and is known as one of the greatest guitar songs. Wetton also does a superb job on the bass in this song as Bruford is drumming.

The second track is called "Fallen Angel." on the album opens with some violin and fades into Wetton singing. This song is also known to be the last song featuring acoustic guitar. It's lyrics talk of brotherhood in New York City. The middle section has a repeating lick with trumpets and singing. It then goes into my personal favorite guitar section. Fallen Angel is a beautiful and slightly underrated prog rock song

The next song on the album is "One More Red Nightmare." This starts out with heavy guitar and drumming. The lyrics talk about a man having a nightmare about a crashing airplane. What's really amazing is Bruford's drumming. He makes a sound that sounds like a whip and I often pretend to whip things while listening to it. The song has a few superb sax solos which are mind blowing.

The b-side starts with what i think everyone would agree is the worst part of the album. "Providence." This was a live improvisation with audience noise edited out like on "Starless and Bible Black" However this takes five minutes to build up unlike the good improvisations. Although the last three minutes are probably one of Crimson's finest improvisations.

And so we get to the fifth track on the album, the twelve minute swan song, "Starless" It starts with mellotron and a small melody on the guitar. The lyrics are about depression, making it a good song to listen to for if you have a bad day. The sax is quite beautiful within these first four minutes of beauty. After the first four minutes, the song sets you up for a build up with a strange riff running the whole thing. As it builds up it gets better and finally goes into a jazz section-then a quick melody reprise-then more jazz, and then it hits you-the beautiful guitar riff from the start is played and melotron slithers in, with heavy guitar, and goosebumps every time. Starless is known to be Crimson's greatest achievement.

What I realized about this album is how much it echoes "In the Court of the Crimson King" The first song is a heavy guitar song with a different middle section on each, the second song is a more relaxing multi-insterment song, the third song is a more intense and popular song on each, the fourth song is an improvisation on each, and the last song is a beautiful long song on each. It's interesting if you think about it. Overall, "Red" is an amazing album and a must have for anyone who loves prog rock.

RANKING OF SONGS

1. Starless 2. One More Red Nightmare 3. Fallen Angel 4. Red 5. Providence

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.13 | 56 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars The good news here is that King Crimson, after four and a half decades, still exists. Also, after years of running away from Crimson's back catalog of simply amazing music, his Frippness is now embracing the history of the band.

I'm sad to say I missed this tour last fall, coming at I time when attending such a concert was not an easy thing for me. I hear the live shows were spectacular. Unfortunately, I have only this disc and DVD to judge them.

My first impression is that the trio of drummers seems to have been a focus of this tour. And they do not disappoint, for the most part. It says something about Bill Bruford's abilities that these three percussionist together on One More Red Nightmare and Starless cannot match the jaw- dropping drumming on the original versions.

But don't get me wrong. These are very good renditions of songs from different stages of KC's vast and varied career. Obviously, Fripp is the only one here who played on all of the original versions of these songs. Other than Smilin' Bob, Mel Collins goes back the furthest of this group, having appeared on "Lizard" (sadly not represented here), "Islands" and "Red". Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto represent the later incarnations of the band (although the 80's albums are also not referenced), and Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk are here from the most recent grouping.

While they are quite competent at performing the classic songs, I am sad to say that they barely put their own musical signatures on these classic tracks. In fact, the only true variation from the original versions is Levin's funky bass line in Starless.

Still, this is an enjoyable disc. Particularly the fine version of Sailor's Tale.

One last note. Instead of giving us a CD and DVD of different formats of the same set, it would have been a better gift to the fans to give us the entire set. Hearing these guys play Larks' Tongues In Aspic 1 & 2 and of course 21st Century Schizoid Man would have made this album far more enjoyable.

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.13 | 56 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A band with three drummers? If this could have happened when I was a teenager (and it was more than 30 years ago!) I could have been very "excited" and "surprised" ("A band with three drummers? Wow!") to see and to listen to this "experiment". But...in the present for me this "experiment" only sounds more like another one done by Robert Fripp in a very long list. It is not the first time that KING CRIMSON has more than one drummer in the line- up, but I still think that with one very good drummer in any band is enough. Fortunately, one of the drummers in this new line-up (Bill Rieflin, with the other two drummers being "old" members Pat Mastelotto and Gavin Harrison) plays keyboards in some parts of some songs (particularly in the songs from the seventies "The Letters", "Sailor's Tale" and "Starless"). And my main interest to listen to this album was to listen to those songs from the seventies (which also include "One More Red Nightmare", from their "Red" album) played again with Mel Collins playing flute and sax. For me, the best period from this band was the 1969-74 period. Alll these songs are very well played, but with three drummers they sometimes sound with some excess....but very well anyway. It could have taken a lot of rehearsals to the three drummers to coordinate between them about who was going to play "what and when" in every song.

In this new KING CRIMSON line-up there are two former members of the 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID BAND (Mel Collins, who also was a member of KING CRIMSON between 1970 and 1972, and Jakko Jakszyk, lead singer and guitarist who does a good job in this live album). Also Tony Levin plays bass and stick (with him being also and "old" member of the band from the eighties and nineties, a period of the band which I don`t like, due more to the musical influences of Adrian Belew than from the musical influences of Levin and other members from that period). From the Belew line-ups there is a song called "The Construcktion of Light", with the typical "obsessive" interplay from the guitars (a thing which I never liked from the Belew line-ups), but with very good flute and sax played by Collins. "Walk On : Monk Morph Chamber Music" is a brief instrumental "experimental" musical piece which works more as an introductory piece to the concert while the musicians walk to the stage. "Banshee Legs Bell Hassle" is another experimental instrumental musical piece which for me sounds a bit influenced by their "Larks Tongues in Aspic" album from 1973.

A four star rating for this live album from me, only for the inclusion of some songs from the seventies. But I still think that it is not necessary to have three drummers in a band....in any band.

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2495 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Terakonin

5 stars Where to begin? This is an incredible album, no doubt about it. The three remaining members of King Crimson are at the top their game, and it really shows in this masterful fusion of music that is both rough and melodic at the same time.

Red, the instrumental title track, and arguably Fripp's signature piece, opens the album. It is an excellent taste of what is to come over the next forty minutes, and a great example of King Crimson's increasingly heavy sound at this time. There would be many metal bands that wish they had written this track. (8/10)

Fallen Angel follows up, and is perhaps one of the greatest examples of Wetton's rough and heartfelt vocals. With a ridiculously well-crafted introduction and lyrics that tell the story of a man who loses his younger brother in a gang fight, the vocal and instrumental crescendos that accompany the utterances of the title manage to make this song sound like the apocalypse itself. (10/10)

One More Red Nightmare is a song that has a faint tinge of dark humour about it. With lyrics that revolve around a man's nightmares while asleep on a bus, and a riff brought to life by Bruford's virtuoso drumming ability, this track is the final piece before the eight minutes of chaos that lead into the climax of the album. (9/10)

The aforementioned eight minutes of chaos, known as Providence, is an improvised piece that is perhaps the weakest track of the album, but is far better than the track I consider its equivalent on their first album- Moonchild. It is a much more solid track, but not really one that is listened to by itself- it adds to the experience of the album as a whole. (6.5/10)

Ah, Starless. The jewel of the album, and possibly one of the greatest songs ever written. A melodic first few minutes driven by Fripp's lilting guitar lines and Wetton's cryptic vocals, it soon launches into Fripp's infamous two-note solo, building tension throughout the middle section of the song as Bruford and Wetton are free to surround the guitar line with swirling basslines and well-placed percussion sounds. The solo ends with a heavier, jazzier interpretation of the opening vocal melody that tantalisingly does not complete, leaving us to remain on tenterhooks through a neatly knitted web of saxophone and guitar. The song ends, after nearly twelve minutes, with a melancholy call back to the beautiful opening theme. (10+/10)

The perfect swan song for the 1970s King Crimson, and perhaps their best album. 10/10

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.13 | 56 ratings

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Live At The Orpheum
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TheWalrus123

3 stars I don't get the point of this album at all. Is it just a warm up to see how the line-up will function before bigger things are planned? That would make sense.

Is it a technical exercise to evaluate the three drummer concept? (Which like 3D in movies, is a novelty which works but adds little and isn't necessary).

Frankly, I'm underwhelmed. The band play well as would be expected from any Crimson line-up. It's nice to hear older songs played live. It's great to have Mel Collins back. Jakko's vocals serve these old songs well (apart from One More Red Nightmare); sitting back rather than being a front man.

But so what?

It only serves to drive me back to the original versions and to crave for something new.

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 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.53 | 2495 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I'll admit right up front that King Crimson has yet to really sink in for me. I have four albums now, and none of them move me to the point that I feel that I love them and that I can listen to them any time from front to back. Strangely enough though, each year that I have bought a King Crimson album there has been one song that has made it into my top ten most listened to songs purchased in that year. Since 2012, I have been making a playlist for all my purchases of each year and at the end of the year I can check to see which songs got the most play. In 2012 one song was "One More Red Nightmare" from this album here. In 2013 it was "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part One" and in 2014 it was "Thela Hun Ginjeet" from "Discipline". So even though I still don't get King Crimson like some people do, I can find something to love from each album I've bought so far.

"Red" was my second acquisition after the classic debut. "In the Court of the Crimson King" still leaves me wondering. I like "21st Century Schizoid Man" and the title track, but the rest of the album hasn't yet sunk in. So, what was it that prompted me to get "Red"? One was the reviews that I read that said "Red" had lots of good proto-metal on it. I'm a big fan of late sixties and early seventies heavy metal, or what they call these days "proto-metal", so that was a strong selling point for me. But more than that is the appearance of Bill Bruford on this album. I had recently been listening carefully to his drumming with Yes, especially on the first album and "The Yes Album" and I wanted more.

Now I said that I haven't really been able to get into King Crimson and until the other night, "Red" was no exception. I loved "One More Red Nightmare" for almost everything about it. I don't like that sound that resembles an electronic handclap but the heavy guitar rocks and Bill Bruford gives such a fantastic performance here. Even John Wetton's vocal performance is actually quite suitable. I say this because one thing I do not like about "Red" and "Larks' Tongues" and even the UK debut is Wetton's singing. He does very well on Asia's debut but he doesn't strike me as having mastered control of his voice with King Crimson or UK. And that might be the main reason why the two KC albums of the seventies that I own have not left me in spasms of joy.

But wait! I did say until the other night I could not get into King Crimson albums. The other night I gave this album my full attention and working around the vocal performances that sometimes made me wince ("Fallen Angel" and "Starless and Bible Black") I found that there was some excellent music and very cool sounds to enjoy. Of course the title track, an instrumental, is easy for me to like because of the heavy guitar and Bruford's drumming. A great start! "Fallen Angel" might not be so bad except for the vocals. A weak track for me though I'll admit the music is pretty good.

I've already sung praises for "One More Red Nightmare" but I'll say again, Bruford's drumming is his best post Yes performance that I have heard. "Providence" actually was a third choice for me because of where the music gets to after 4:50. Up to then there is a slow building of scritchy scratchy violin, random percussion bits, some bass rumbles and hiccoughs, and a general feeling that the musicians are all playing extremely remotely from each other and just sending out signals to locate each other in deep space, working slowly towards getting together to finally actually make music. When this happens after 4:50, the effect is a great highlight of the album. John Wetton's bass and Bill Bruford's drumming really make this track. Robert Fripp adds some feedback and distortion and there's more violin and a bit of flute in parts, but I love the music mostly for Wetton and Bruford.

"Starless and Bible Black" I had written off as another semi-ballad with Wetton's unimpressive vocals; however, I found that as the song gets moving along the music becomes really captivating. There's some great stuff happening there. As a result of my discoveries, I have come to think of this album not only as a remarkable piece of work for its reputation as one, but I have come to actually feel it's a remarkable piece of work. Hey, I'll give it four stars at least for what this album is to prog history, but now I'll give it four stars because I sincerely feel it deserves it.

Why not five stars? Well, there's Wetton's vocals which for me at least have not come into full bloom yet. And in "Providence" the 4:50 of waiting for the musicians to coalesce their individual squawks, peeps, patters and rumbles is actually a bit long unless one is in the mood to have the patience to let it develop. I understand what they were doing. But it can sometimes seem like what I call "being weird for the sake of weirdness". But that's King Crimson, isn't it?

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 Live At The Orpheum by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2015
3.13 | 56 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 | 84 ratings

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In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

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
3.65 | 24 ratings

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Hyde Park, London, 1969
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

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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