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KING CRIMSON

Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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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 | 3802 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1897 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.12 | 1923 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.81 | 1678 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2561 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.92 | 1631 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 2998 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1717 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 1053 ratings
Beat
1982
3.26 | 1038 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 968 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.11 | 234 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.13 | 718 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.38 | 199 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.95 | 1079 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 497 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

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

2.45 | 375 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 455 ratings
USA
1975
2.90 | 31 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.56 | 355 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.75 | 165 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.62 | 196 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 171 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 272 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.73 | 135 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.44 | 280 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 30 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.93 | 30 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.74 | 23 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.42 | 12 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 109 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.04 | 113 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.62 | 93 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 137 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.68 | 76 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.59 | 92 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
3.51 | 34 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 93 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.76 | 32 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016
4.43 | 7 ratings
Live in Vienna + Live in Tokyo 2015
2017
4.89 | 16 ratings
Live In Chicago
2017

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

4.00 | 38 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.72 | 18 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.45 | 137 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.76 | 127 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 71 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
4.30 | 45 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.59 | 89 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 | 104 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
4.64 | 47 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.58 | 19 ratings
Starless
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
THRAK BOX
2015
3.93 | 15 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.67 | 6 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016
4.17 | 6 ratings
Sailors' Tales
2017
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Elements (2017 Tour Box)
2017

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

4.39 | 55 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.33 | 47 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
2.15 | 18 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.61 | 132 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
2.79 | 19 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
2000
2.62 | 16 ratings
Live at Moles Club, Bath, 1981
2000
4.19 | 31 ratings
Live at Summit Studios 1972
2000
3.20 | 26 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions 1994
2000
3.81 | 22 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 | 85 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 26 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
4.58 | 57 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
3.81 | 7 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
3.40 | 20 ratings
Heroes
2017

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 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.81 | 1678 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Kornod

5 stars For me this album is one of the most interesting King Crimson effort, because it's at the same time something completely new for the band, and a delicate bridge between "Lizard" and "Lark's Tongues In Aspic".

Experimental nature of "Islands" is pretty much obvious in cause of contrast that was made by far more agressive sound of previous album. There we have very calm and almost meditative soundscapes which are being represented to us starting with the first section of the disc.

I think now it's time to say something about album's structure. For me it can be simply divided into three major parts, where the first consists of tracks 1 and 2 which make a so-called "Sailor's Tale Suite" I like to think about it as an almost twenty-minute piece becouse the transition between the tracks is insanely smoth and they are very similar to each other if we speaking about atmosphere. For me this part is probably the best in the entire album, cause it gives many different and entertaining moves, which combine variety of greatly enjoyable moods.

The second part takes it place at tracks 3-5 and is the most experimental part of the album. Although it's still enjoyable I personally think that it's a bit of a letdown of an album.

Finally the last part is the title track only. And that's where things get very complicated, because it's one of a few songs which I find deeply personal but I can't say definetely why it's so. Still it won't stop me from getting shivers every time I listen to it.

I already said a lot about my all-time favorite, though I can speak about how gorgeous it is about an hour or even more, but there is still one thing that I want to mention - if you really listen to it carefully, then you can see pieces and moods that'll directly make their way to next King Crimson work. It provides very nice transition of styles within band's dicography.

So, in the nutshell "Islands" is very calm but at the same time a very personal expirience, something that you need to listen at least once. For me it's true masterpice, and I won't hesitate even a bit from rating this 5/5.

 Live In Chicago by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2017
4.89 | 16 ratings

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Live In Chicago
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars Back in the 1980s, during the Discipline era of King Crimson, Robert Fripp decided that the band would not play any of the past groupings' songs, save for "Red" and "Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part 2". This was humorously portrayed in Tony Levin's "King Crimson Barber Shop Quartet" ("We don't play 21st Century Schizoid Man, but we're the King Crimson Band"). I had read some quotes from Fripp at the time where he said he was not interested in the past, only wanting to move forward.

I suspected a different motive. King Crimson had gone through so many personnel changes that KC at the time just wasn't the same band from the previous decade, and those old favorites performed by this group might not be up to par with Fripp's meticulous musical sensibilities.

Well, here we are some thirty-something years later, and Fripp now wants to grace us with new live versions of many of those old masterpieces.

I have the 2015 "Live At The Orpheum" CD, and while I liked the album, I found it somewhat lacking. The performances on that set kept too close to the originals, and was often lifeless.

But here, after 2 years plus of touring on the KC catalog of music, this new set takes off. The life they breathe into all of the music, no matter which King Crimson iteration played the original version, is astounding. The three drummers, which often didn't blend on the earlier release, now come together to form 1 Bruford, or at least a reasonable facsimile.

And they throw in a couple of new tracks, which sound like they might have been leftovers from "A Scarcity Of Miracles".

My favorite tracks on this are "Larks'Tongues In Aspic, Part 1", modernized, but as earth-shaking as ever, "Cirkus" and "The Lizard Suite", two song I never thought Fripp would be playing again, and the almost 16 minute version of "Schizoid Man".

The best performer here is Mel Collins, who's sax & flute work brings me back to the good old days when he seemed to be sitting in with nearly every British prog band.

Truly an amazing trip through the entire history of the king of prog.

 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.02 | 455 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thwok

4 stars I once read that Maynard James Keenan called King Crimson the biggest musical influence on Tool. KC's sound had certainly become more aggressive by the time of their second live album. By 1975 David Cross & John Wetton were touring members of the band; USA represents the band at their peak imho.

These are simply great performances of great music. My favorite tracks are the two bonus songs from the 2002 reissue; it's the version to get. I haven't heard other live compilations, which seen to breed like rabbits, for comparison.

I think the sound quality of USA, the main issue with EARTHBOUND, is perfectly acceptable. Deciding whether these live performances are "better" than the studio ones is purely subjective, so it's up to each individual. I don't listen to many live albums, but this is about as good as you can get!

 Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2016
4.76 | 32 ratings

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Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

5 stars THE HALL BECAME THE KING'S HALL LAST NIGHT! Wow! What a show! I just saw KC on their Radical Action tour last night at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI! Tremendous!! This cd/dvd 4 disc set does a very good job of encapsulating what we saw last night. I, not being the absolute card carrying KC fan was blown away! Although there was no way that I was going to miss the chance to see this classic group (ensemble)! Hell, none of us are getting any less finite! It was so impressive to just see consummate musicians performing their craft! No pussyfooting around, just damn fine music! Although this may or may not be the way many a long time fan of KC who are far more knowledgeable about them and their music feel, I personally love this box set. Both the live cd's and the fine blu ray! To me the interpretations on this set aren't quite as cold and sterile as mostof the original studio recordings. It was cool to see Robert Fripp and all of his cohorts as they directed crimson waves of energy deep into our auditory cortices! It was an awesome experience! I really love this set and although I was a slightly greater than slight fan of the band before, this has raise their stock in my book substantially! To anyone who likes KC but doesn't love their music or doesn't know it too well, I highly recommend this set! It is a monumental statement and a fine, classy representation of a considerable overview of this amazing King's oeuvre! Well that's it, take care and enjoy God's gift of music!
 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.58 | 57 ratings

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Live In Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

5 stars I started listening to King Crimson my sophomore year in college 2006-07 and by then there was no active Crimson and wouldn't be for quite a while longer. Certainly, I never thought that any future lineup would give an airing to the classic 70s material, but when this band formed, it was one of the most pleasant of surprises. Having three drummers adds even more texture to material that was already rich and complex. I've seen them live in person twice and it neat to see how the drummers trade lines, play off each other, and accentuate unusual beats and patterns. I love it how Pat Mastelotto has picked up where Jamie Muir left off in 1973 with all the unconventional percussion in addition to the regular kit. This album focuses on the 70s material, though I appreciate a nod to the underappreciated 2000s lineup with Level Five and The Construkction of Light (though I wish they hadn't cut out the vocals on the latter). The return of Mel Collins on sax and flute was really exciting, and it's especially interesting to hear him interpret songs that were originally recorded without winds, like VROOM and Level Five. Also nice that they didn't just play the hits, and instead dived into the catalog and gave great readings to a couple really great tracks from the Islands album, Sailors Tale and The Letters. See this band live if you get the chance.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 2998 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by thesameoldfears

5 stars What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one of the true masterpieces of the prog rock genre and one of my favorite albums. This album the 7th and last before a long hiatus, and as well as being the the 3rd album in the trilogy of the Bruford/Wetton lineup. So it has "finale" written all over it, and boy does it deliver. Red takes all the distinctive elements of previous albums (the heavy guitars, the improv, the wind instruments, the mellotron) and wraps into one package. The last song Starless is one of my favorites of all time, the last two minutes of this song are incredibly moving. Essential listening.
 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.62 | 3802 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by The Prognaut
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Arguably, the best progressive rock record of all time. Unarguably, a cornerstone to understand the complexity and depths of the genre. Over the years, this record specifically has been target of several and endless debates between experts, fans and music enthusiasts of whether it defines the origins of Progressive Rock in its whole or not. "In The Court of The Crimson King" is as core musical creation just as any other that emerged alongside at the time the genre was being conceived. What makes ITCOTCK outstand from the rest, is its pure and unique blend of trademark sounds, the eerie mysticism, the overwhelming mixture of profound lyrics and the heavenly powerful lineup.

When the first notes of "21st Century Schizoid Man" rumble to the common ear, a feeling of panicking vertigo and lightheaded symptoms strike irreparably. It's a sense of collapsing discomfort that you end up getting used to over time and oddly how, enjoying endwise. The elaboration is brilliantly terrifying, almost as subtle as strange with a pinch of uttered mildness. In the years to come, this piece will turn into one of the most meaningful progressive rock songs of all time to all those own and strange to the genre.

Right after, "I Talk to the Wind" flutters shyly through delicate fluty notes that lead the way to a beautiful ballad. The words come out suitably exquisite to intertwine with the musical passage where a dreamlike scene takes places before your eyes.

And just when you start feeling this reassuring feel of detachment from the world outside your head, "Epitaph" jumps right in to blur away all that. This third piece in the album can be plainly defined as "mind-blowing". It's quite ironic to believe that a song can make you feel as gloomy as happy in a matter of almost nine endless minutes. There's no question about how magnificent was Greg LAKE behind the mic during his time with KING CRIMSON and in my humble opinion, this song is mainly carved in our minds due to the devoted voice of this man.

"Moonchild" is to me, a much underrated song that undoubtedly suits the wholeness of the record. It floats through enigmatic and comforting sounds, the instrumental section slowly reveals the enchantment of the track as it goes forward, letting us appreciate some intricate guitar and cymbal notes in between that create this moody ambiance all around the song.

Last but not least impressive, "The Court of the Crimson King" blasts away to wind up this 1969 record superbly. This piece was determinant to embrace the spirit of KING CRIMSON then and now of course. The song has turned into this sort of hymn, mandatory to refer to any entry in the history book of this iconic band. To me, it's not possible to think of KING CRIMSON's legacy without bringing this composition to the table. And far beyond from all that, this song seems to hold the essence, the origin, the birth and the entireness of the band that has lasted and prevailed for almost 50 years. Long live the King.

 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.12 | 1923 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars Planned spontaneity: 10/10

Clown, juggler, acrobat, sword swallower, lion tamer, it can only mean one thing... the circus has come to town! For their upcoming show, they have brought along a special guest: the iconoclastic and now jazzy KING CRIMSON, featuring Robert Fripp, Gordon Haskell, Mel Collins, Andy McCulloch, Keith Tippet, Robin Miller, Mark Charig, Nick Evans. The purpose of this unconventional partnership is to present tonight's theatrically bombastic show, the conceptual piece called LIZARD.

"People, oh all good people," says the announcer (who is actually Jon Anderson with a mustache. Boy, I wonder why is he hiding his identity), "This will be a unique experience! It will take you to lands so eerie you would never expect to visit!". Fripp, with a cold smile, continues. "I can guarantee you: this will be unlike anything ever seen."

LIZARD is... strange. Here, KING CRIMSON plays an in-between of free jazz and jazz fusion. Nowhere nearly as accessible or straightforwardly technical as MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, but also hardly grasping the absolute unorthodoxy of oddities like BITCHES BREW, LIZARD can be described at best as "free jazz with structure", something that sounds like an absurd oxymoron, but isn't. The jazz is improvisational, however, with limits demarked by the songs' skeletal chords and rhythm. Basically, the musicians perform a controlled experiment. It ends up sounding bizarre, unpredictable, but not really alienating.

Sadly, LIZARD's status as "not this nor that", its inhabitation in that grey area makes it underrated (rather than accessed) by both extremities. At one tip, settled by a demanding minority of bold avant-jazz lovers who expect nothing less than deranged subversiveness, it's not adventurous enough. To the numerous jazz fusion fans on the opposite hemisphere, it's too weird, too chaotic, and most importantly, it doesn't sound like 21st Century Schizoid Man. It doesn't sound like anything that resembles the first incarnation of KING CRIMSON at all, actually. "Jesus, dude. IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON was such a great followup... why did you need to do... this?"

I'll give them a break, it must have been a shocker. In the dawn of 1970 KING CRIMSON was playing mellow and atmospheric symphonic prog but only a few months later they changed their style completely. Now, they're playing weird jazz. Weirder than 21st Century Schizoid Man (which isn't even weird, to begin with). This is visible since the opener: LIZARD begins with a somber tone, brought by Cirkus. Right away, KING CRIMSON's new incarnation brings solid musicianship through an organized polyphonic instrumental jamming (under Haskell's rude vocals). Although the track seems to indicate a certain conceptual (or atmospheric) seriousness, this is an erroneous assumption, promptly corrected on the next track. Indoor Games' brass melody has an air of mockery and Gordon Haskell's reverbed vocals sound cheerful in a rather... mischievous way. Happy Family continues with this frolic mood. But it is also the most inaccessible and anarchical song. Everything: the guitars, the keyboards, the Mellotron, the flute, the oboe; they all together jam with autonomy, absolutely disconnected, almost cacophonically. Starkly contrasting with this madness, Lady of the Dancing Water is warm and delicate, like a lullaby. Fripp gentle strums the guitar, Collins calmly blows the flute. Images of a lake come to your mind. Well, if it didn't before, I hope it does now you've read this.

The big boy occupies the second side. LIZARD . The eponymous track. From the Old French lesarde. (Aren't them beautiful words? Both lizard and lesarde.) Dynamic, medievalesque, ever-changing and spectacularly composed and played (even if somewhat disjunct), it brings up a notch the already formidable songwriting. The abstract lyrics construct imageries of a whimsical world dwelled by sentient lizards and brave princes (which so happen to be the name of coastal Canadian cities) who participate in poetic battles of symbolic proportions and cryptical significances. Or... something like that, I guess. It's a beautiful, powerful and boldly creative song and deservedly hailed as one of KING CRIMSON's finest pieces. It features Jon Anderson (the main vocalist of YES). By the way, that's the reason Anderson was hiding his identity. He didn't want to spoil the surprise. Seriously, when I spontaneously discovered it was him (I was listening to this at school) I giggled like a fan girl "It's Jon Anderson, oh my god". Luckily, no one was around.

Big Top is the [song and album's] outro. A circus-esque melody begins at the right speaker and fades from the left, simulating the passage a musical act right in front of the listener. And thus the show is over. The circus left town with its fanciful world of adventures and eclectic improvisational jazz fusion. Some who experienced LIZARD deems it as bland, boring, disconnected, too coldly calculated, too inaccessible, or directionless. Others, like me, call it inspirational, superb, breathtaking, yadda yadda yadda. It's all a matter of perspective. For anyone willing to give a shot at a slightly weird and unorthodox jazz, but only slightly, LIZARD's at your service. The circus is willing to play their show again, and again, and again... if you're willing to listen to it.

 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.11 | 1717 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars My introduction to King Crimson came through hearing the song 'Red' which I found incredibly boring and repetitive. Such a shame, that King Crimson, one of the most famous progressive rock bands of all time, would turn out to be such a letdown. Fast forward a few years and I'm at my local, trusty car-boot sale. We all love a bargain, and when I saw someone selling this CD for 50p, I knew it was time to jump in and give the band a proper chance.

Well, they won me over, because 'Discipline' turned out to be a pretty good record.

Consisting of musically intelligent and creative individuals, these guys know how to write some totally different and unique songs. My personal faves, 'Elephant Talk' and 'Thela Hun Ginjeet', both have lyrical themes that are certainly unlike any others I've heard before. Both interestingly show how musical inspiration can come from anywhere.

Despite these two highlights though, at times it feels like the rest of 'Discipline' just kind of plods along. The songs aren't terrible, in fact, each song by itself is good and very easy to listen to, but I find myself getting bored trying to listen to the whole album in one sitting. In that regard, whilst this release may have converted me into a fan, it's still not something I'm likely to rant and rave about any time soon.

I guess I'm all talk.

 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.11 | 1717 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars Mindbogglingly King Crimonish: 10/10

KING CRIMSON is, in my opinion, the utmost emblematic band of progressive rock, mostly because they hold true to the genre's name and don't think twice before completely transforming their core and musical style.

It's important to mention, right away, that I think that Robert Fripp is KING CRIMSON and vice-versa. His mind is the combustible of KING CRIMSON's repertoire. From his mind comes the rough, brute ideas. The other musicians, of course, are also important because they help him to sculpt the band's music, but they're not inherent to the band. Maybe to an incarnation's musical style they might be, but not to KING CRIMSON as a musical project.

Anyway. The year is 1981 and whether or not willingly Fripp did it (again): he reinvented progressive rock (with DISCIPLINE). But that's strange. Fripp assumed prog and all its values were dead, so why would be "reinvent" it? And, most importantly, why did he resuscitate King Crimson, assuming it died after Red?

Well, apparently, Fripp feels restless when he's not experimenting. You see, his experience during 70s KING CRIMSON was, even if troubled, quite fulfilling - he was able to unleash his creativity with complete artistic freedom. However, for as much it was great to be an artist, the music industry grew tiresome for our British lad and he gave up. Simultaneously, the progressive movement was dying, and that means KING CRIMSON unavoidably would perish as well. After all, everything it represented would, in this dawning new era, be meaningless - what's the point of a group of dudes experimenting in an environment violent inventiveness isn't cherished, but actually frowned upon? An environment where radio-friendliness and cash making matters more? And so, in 1974, KING CRIMSON was disbanded. An unwise idea.

Fripp's spirit remained uneasy the following years and he tried to appease it in every way possible, going as far experimenting that hot new thing called New Wave(with the self-titled album of his ephemerous band 'The League of Gentlemen' on 1979). Although short, the experience with that band experience sufficed for Fripp to adapt to the new musical landscape. He decided he wanted to play New Wave, but add his own weirdizer touch to it.

Haunted by KING CRIMSON's ghost, he recruited a second guitarist (Adrian Belew) to prove, conclusively, the upcoming project DISCIPLINE was distinct from the 70s progressive rock legend. Unfruitfully. "In the first week of the rehearsal, I knew the band I was hearing. There was no doubt the band playing was King Crimson". And so KING CRIMSON was back from the death. At least semantical and philosophically (in the sense of being creative) because materialistically Fripp constantly stressed that "Sure, this is King Crimson. But [...] it's a modern rock band playing in 1981." It was important to root this new incarnation on the new conjecture, rather than nostalgically recall the past (as Neo-prog was doing at the time).

Well, that answers the question. But another relevant inquiry is brought: how does it sounds like ?

Ranging from puzzling African-inspired polyrhythms sections to deliciously delicate atmospheric gamelan (Asian, specifically, Indonesian) rock music, DISCIPLINE is different from anything KING CRIMSON had ever released, or that anyone had ever released, for that matter. New Wave is the main influence, but DISCIPLINE ends up being much more than that, an amalgam of styles, rather than just "progressive new wave" (a title appropriately convened to BEAT).

The swanky trait of the band is easily recognizable on Elephant Talk's experimentalist new wave, from its sarcastic lyrics to the complex funky background. The guitar solo announces a novelty, the conception & usage of the eerie Frippertronics, which can distort and "synthesize" the guitar far more wickedly than any pedal could ever do. Frame by Frame is commercially friendlier, even with its intricate structure. Matte Kudasai is introspective, melodic, and paradoxically warm and melancholic; Adrian Belew's emotive vocals, accompanied by occasional guitar swells, are able to create a strong atmosphere. The dissonant anger of Indiscipline is homologous to RED's or LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC's hard-rocking/borderline metal parts. I suppose that it was successful to appease some die-hard KING CRIMSON fans who must've listened to that and thought "it's not that bad... not at all". Or so I hope Thela Hun Gijeet is pretty funky but disoriented. I can't understand its purpose or goals. The Sheltering Sky is where the gamelan music strikes at full force through its multi-layered meditative ambiance, it even features slit drums. My favorite track, followed right after by the legendary namesake track, Discipline. Technically impressive and sonically intricate, Fripp's intention was to create an exercise where all instruments have equal importance, and such isonomy would be guaranteed through... you guessed it... discipline. An exercise where only the most disciplined musicians can keep their sh*t together through the hypnotic disorientating music.

DISCIPLINE's paramount achievement is to combine so much disparate musical styles in a fluid album, bonded by New Wave tendencies. Highly technical, progressive, but far from from inacessible or overly pretentious. Erudite yet lightheartedly enjoyable.

Quite an experience.

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