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KING CRIMSON

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King Crimson biography
Formed in London in 1968 - Several hiatus & reformations (1981,1994,2007 & 2013) - Still active in 2017

" When you want to hear where music is going in the future, you put on a King Crimson album."
- Bill Bruford, 1995

For all its break-ups, periods of non-existence and fluctuating methodology, King Crimson remains one of the interminably compelling bands playing within the domain of rock music to this day. Widely acknowledged as being the harbingers of the art-rock genre with their monumental 1969 album "In The Court Of The Crimson King", they paved the way for innovative art-rock/progressive rock bands such as Yes, ELP etc etc. in the early '70s as well as providing a stimulus for more recent neo-progressive bands like Tool and The Mars Volta through their post-progressive work in the early '80s and '90s. More of a frame of mind than a style, the music of King Crimson has constantly sought out sustenance through amalgamations of existing forms of music, veering away from any contemporary mould, nullifying any notions that it is necessary to adhere to proven formulas in order to create commercially feasible music.

From its formative years in Bournemouth, England in the late '60s, King Crimson's unwavering guiding light has constantly emanated from the abstruse intellect of guitarist ROBERT FRIPP. Although he maintains that he is not the band's leader per se, he attributes the band's enduring viability to the collective brilliance of its individual members even though it seems to disband and reform at the wave of his magic wand. Fripp began playing guitar at the age of eleven with 'Trad. Jazz' perfomer Acker Bilk providing him with early inspiration. By the age of 18, he was playing with a hotel band in his hometown of Bournemouth performing at bar-mitzvahs and weddings while developing his distinctive guitar style which incorporated many classical techniques. While other early influences included such diverse sources as Bartok, Debussy and Django Reinhardt, he was particularly drawn to the 1967 Beatles song "A Day In The Life" which, he claimed, affected him in similar ways as classical composers and it was around this time his designs for King Crimson began to take form. In early '67, after playing with other local pop outfits, he joined two brothers, MICHAEL GILES and Peter Giles on drum...
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KING CRIMSON discography


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

4.62 | 3890 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1934 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.12 | 1971 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.81 | 1709 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2625 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.93 | 1666 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 3078 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1750 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.03 | 1072 ratings
Beat
1982
3.26 | 1054 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.66 | 990 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.11 | 239 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.14 | 732 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.37 | 203 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 1102 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.58 | 507 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

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

2.47 | 381 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.03 | 462 ratings
USA
1975
2.90 | 32 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.56 | 359 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.75 | 166 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.60 | 198 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.79 | 173 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.45 | 275 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.73 | 136 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 281 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 30 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.97 | 30 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.79 | 24 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.50 | 12 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 110 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.04 | 115 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.64 | 95 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.03 | 138 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.68 | 77 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.60 | 94 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
2006
2.87 | 42 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 2 (Live in Bath, 1981 + Live in Philadelphia, 1982)
2007
3.82 | 41 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 3 (Live at the Sheperds Bush Empire,London,1996)
2008
3.50 | 39 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 4 (Live in Warsaw,2000)
2009
3.84 | 37 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 5 (Live in Japan,1995)
2010
2.26 | 8 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.48 | 35 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.03 | 96 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.73 | 43 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016
4.63 | 16 ratings
Live in Vienna + Live in Tokyo 2015
2017
4.85 | 28 ratings
Live In Chicago
2017
0.00 | 0 ratings
Meltdown: Live in Mexico
2018

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

4.00 | 39 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.70 | 20 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.45 | 138 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.76 | 130 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 72 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.92 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.26 | 48 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.31 | 45 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.62 | 93 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 | 100 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.15 | 66 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 55 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.21 | 45 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.94 | 25 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.34 | 45 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.84 | 89 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 74 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.55 | 48 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.53 | 38 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 27 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.44 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.78 | 105 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
4.02 | 42 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.65 | 48 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 37 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.62 | 21 ratings
Starless
2014
4.33 | 6 ratings
THRAK BOX
2015
3.93 | 15 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.71 | 7 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016
4.38 | 8 ratings
Sailors' Tales
2017
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Elements (2017 Tour Box)
2017

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

4.40 | 56 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.36 | 48 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 24 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 39 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.89 | 19 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
3.15 | 20 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.17 | 19 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 135 ratings
Vrooom
1994
3.50 | 4 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
1995
3.86 | 22 ratings
Dinosaur
1995
2.99 | 24 ratings
Live at Jacksonville 1972
1998
3.19 | 25 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.23 | 11 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.84 | 27 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
1999
3.35 | 18 ratings
Live in San Francisco - The Roar of P4 (ProjeKct Four)
1999
4.63 | 24 ratings
On Broadway - Live in NYC 1995
1999
4.33 | 26 ratings
Live at Cap D'Agde 1982
1999
3.83 | 25 ratings
Live in Central Park, NYC, 1974
2000
2.72 | 20 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.57 | 17 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 32 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 26 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.83 | 23 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.71 | 30 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.10 | 30 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.15 | 17 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.18 | 8 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.23 | 25 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.37 | 86 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.63 | 27 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.13 | 16 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.52 | 20 ratings
Live in Berkeley, CA 1982
2002
3.28 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct One - Jazz Cafe Suite, December 1 - 4, 1997
2003
3.84 | 25 ratings
Live in Guildford, 1972
2003
3.56 | 16 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 17 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.11 | 19 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.04 | 15 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 17 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.79 | 15 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.13 | 20 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.78 | 18 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.25 | 12 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.25 | 7 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
3.90 | 10 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.00 | 9 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.79 | 14 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.33 | 12 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.18 | 11 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.18 | 13 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.77 | 13 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.41 | 17 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.18 | 13 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
4.15 | 13 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.59 | 60 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
3.81 | 7 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
3.41 | 23 ratings
Heroes
2017

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.03 | 1072 ratings

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King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Chaser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Beat by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.03 | 1072 ratings

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Beat
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by jayem

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

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

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

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.93 | 1666 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars There's no way for any of the classic 70's KC albums with Bill Bruford to get less than 4 stars. This one is more experimental and has the ominous darkness in it. The first track, Great Deceiver, is the most accessible number of the album. The live tracks are sometimes leading nowhere until we come to the splendid last two tracks. It is great deal of experimenting and instrumental maturity that these two tracks epitomize. Fracture has a perfectly dark atmosphere and David Cross strenghtens the tone with his violin. Fracture is one of the reasons why this album deserves 4 starts despite the unfinished feeling about some of the live tracks here. For a better introduction into the KC of that era, start with Larks Tongues in Aspic instead.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 3078 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by PinkPangolin

5 stars Hello - I'm back. It's been a long time...! I have just played Red by King Crimson, and I just simply had to come back and write a review... Well.... OOOOAAAHHHHRRRPHHWWFF!! What can you say?? This album is beyond description of how good it is! It feels like Wetton and Bruford grabbed a hold of this and made it one of our masterpieces of all time. Featuring contributions from various members of the past it felt like Crimson were on the road to superstardom. Each track seems to better the last. With each number you think 'how can this get any better?'. And so it closes with 'Starless' ' which has got to win many votes for the greatest progressive rock track of all time. It has everything ' atmosphere, an absolutely stirring vocal melody that Wetton truly delivers, metal, beauty, jazz ' the flippin lot! And then Fripp builds with a most peculiar rising climbing guitar that feels like an eagle rising on a thermal up to the stars ' and then it bursts! In come Collins and MacDonald playing together for perhaps the first time with some of the greatest sax playing you'll ever hear ' what a climax with the melody reprising. You've got to play it LOUD! No wonder Bruford and Wetton wanted MacDonald back in ' they were on the starting block to a world of amazing music. And then' Fripp folded the band ' possibly the most incredibly stupid thing that happened in the history of progressive rock. Ah well'
 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.81 | 1709 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.12 | 1971 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 In The Wake Of Poseidon by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.83 | 1934 ratings

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In The Wake Of Poseidon
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.93 | 1666 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by WFV

5 stars Scrolling through these reviews I'm not surprised at all Red is considered the masterpiece and Starless is the headed stepchild. I've found most of the masses go for the glossy streamlined product. Me, I'll take the rougher road less traveled any day of the week.

My history with this album is deep - I found a pirated cassette in a store in my hometown called Big Lots when I was seventeen. My curiousity for prog music was already there from having heard Roundabout many times on classic rock radio. Still, that was pretty much it as I didn't know anybody who liked or collected prog music as a youth. My friends and I used to go to this store to look for music, I remember discovering tapes by the Chi-Lites and the Blind Boys of Mississippi, things like that. Well, when I stumbled upon Starless and Bible Black and saw the name King Crimson, I snatched it up right away, remembering from the liner notes I had read in the Rush Chronicles CD I bought from a used CD store that Geddy's gang used to play King Crimson when they were starting.

If I remember correctly upon leaving the store I popped it straight into the tape player in my 1988 Pontiac Le Mans. The first side I was a bit confused, but upon hearing Starless and Bible Black and Fracture I was mindblown. I had never, ever, ever heard anything like those tracks.

Nobody else in the car thought as I did. I think they wanted me to put back the Jane's Addiction tape.

It took me a while to develop a healthy regard for side A, and while We'll Let You Know may be a throwaway, I still like the sound of it. Ironically, I still love side B, but my favorite song here and maybe (this is saying a lot) in the Crimson canon is Trio.

In my eyes, Red is the girl you take home to mom and Starless and Bible Black is the girl you go out with on the sly. I've come to the conclusion my prog tastes ultimately swing in the King Crimson direction and if I had to pick one of the many great albums I'd pick Starless and Bible Black. Any album that begins with the words "Health Food Faggot" deserves the top spot.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.62 | 3890 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Ludenberger

5 stars This is it... THE progressive rock album. The album that countless prog artists draw inspiration from, even to this day. Simply put, even though progressive rock music was well on the rise in the late 1960s, the "classic wave" of prog was initiated by "In The Court." This album truly defined what prog rock meant, and at the time it was like nothing else the rock genre had ever seen... but you've no doubt heard all of this. Now for the quality of the album as a whole.

"In The Court" brings together a truly spectacular team of musicians, including the early guitar brilliance of Robert Fripp (who, at the time, wasn't as major of a component in the group as he would come to be), the bass and chilling vocals of Greg Lake, Michael Giles's punchy drum lines that vastly increase the depth of each song on here, and the mystical lyrics of Pete Sinfield that rival the writing styles of Lewis Carroll himself. However, the member that I think really shines on this album is Ian McDonald: his intense and artful saxophone playing, his gentle strokes of brilliance from several woodwind instruments, and of course, one of the earliest uses of a prog staple, the mellotron. Each member brings something new to the table, and I love that about this album. If you were to take even one of the band members off of this album, a big chunk of its sheer quality and mastery would be severely missed.

This album also brings together styles of music previously unseen on rock albums, and it also introduced staples that are still being used (and sometimes abused) in prog rock today. Jazz music is an obvious influence here, seen on the improvisation-heavy "Moonchild" and the jazz instrumentation McDonald brings to the table, and other things used include the pop song structure of "I Talk To The Wind," a little bit of blues infused into "Schizoid Man," and even baroque music with the epic flourishes used on McDonald's mellotron.

As for the real shining moments on the album, "21st Century Schizoid Man" is an instant classic that grabs your attention on the very first listen, what with its surprising, striking opening chords and the distorted vocals from Lake. Even music fans who aren't usually too keen on progressive rock can appreciate this one just for its intensity, especially for a rock song from 1969.

"The Court of the Crimson King" is another essential track from this album, including some of Sinfield's finest lyrical work with the band. Michael Giles is also an integral part of this song's brilliance. It is even stronger in the context of the album, because after the quiet, slightly meandering improvisation on "Moonchild," the listener is just hit with a rush of intensity, almost like a musical apocalypse to close the album off.

"Epitaph" is also one of the most successful tracks on the album for similar reasons as the final track. It is an emotional rollercoaster, improved by the musical chemistry on this track between Lake, Giles, and Fripp. The lyrics also expand on the political commentary of "Schizoid Man," making it a fitting track on the album.

Personally, some of my favorite moments come from "I Talk To The Wind," especially McDonald's final flute solo to end off the track. I also really like the fantasy imagery in the lyrics of "Moonchild."

As for weak moments on the album, the only one that is generally pointed out as a weak moment is the improvisation entitled "The Illusion" for the most of "Moonchild." Yes, it's no masterpiece, and it definitely isn't King Crimson's best when it comes to improv that we would later see in the mid-70s, but it is still musically interesting and works just fine in the context of the album, although it is the weakest track.

Overall, this album is a 5/5, and it still holds up today thanks to the fine production. Progressive rock and its many artists wouldn't nearly be as massive if it wasn't for the influence, innovation, and mastery of this classic. It is simply essential, and a must-hear for fans of prog and rock alike.

 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 3078 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by TheDapperFactor

5 stars An absolute masterpiece

King Crimson did not take long to recover from the (mildly) disappointing "Starless and Bible Black" as their next album, Red, is one of their finest. Despite only being a three-piece, the Crim is rocking hard as ever in this masterpiece.

Red| 9.5/10 One of the finest album openers of all time. Seriously, this song is an amazing song on its own, let alone being surrounded by the amazing works of this album. The polyrhythms make it an interesting listen every time, no matter how much I listen to it.

Fallen Angel| 8.5/10 One of Wetton's finer moments as a vocalist (R.I.P). Also, one of Palmer-James' finer lyrical works. "Lifetimes spent on the streets of a city / Make us the people we are / Switchblade stings in one tenth of a moment / Better get back to the car". Definitely not normal "progressive rock" lyrics (sometimes its good to not hear about crimson kings or moonlit knights).

One More Red Nightmare| 9/10 Fripp's standard rock (with a Fripp twist) riff abilities are on full display, but what really does it for me is Bruford's drumming. It is tight, professional, and complex. Wetton's voice fits the lyrics and overall attitude of the song perfectly.

Providence| 7.5/10 The definite ugly duckling of the album. It has a pretty standard Crimson improv feel to it. Bruford's interaction between the hi-hat and the side stick present themselves very well here, and the song is pretty well put together for improvisation. If Crimson rep this song with Fracture, this album would be even more of a masterpiece than it is. (I know the time period is a bit off, but one can dream)

Starless| 10/10 Holy [&*!#]. At the time I am writing this, this is my favorite song of all time. I am happy to give this masterpiece a 10/10. Talk about a perfect demonstration of cohesiveness and structural brilliance. This song is a timeless masterpiece. i can not even begin to explain the emotions I go through when that ending sax solo begins. The lyrics are concise and effective. One of the few good prog "epics" that does not require fancy lyrics with weird phrasing.

Average: 8.9/10

Weighted Average: 9/10

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