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Poll Question: which King Crimson album do you prefer?
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    Posted: June 27 2017 at 08:36
just revisiting these albums for the first time in years (had a clear out of my old CD boxes).

to me both represent KC at their near peak - although neither is as good as Red (imo).

interested to see if you prog experts have a clear favourite, out of the two?!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 08:38
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 08:52
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 09:14
Very close, both different. SABB has a !of of live recordings compared to LTIA.
I used to know someone who got into King Crimson but wouldn't go any further than Earthbound.
I feel he really missed out on the bands greater work.
Very close! SABB has a great beginning and ending to the album than LTIA.
But the music gets more intricate on LTIA.
Going with LTIA.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 09:18
Larks Tongues.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 09:51
Larks for me as well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 09:55
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 11:06
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 12:28
Starless is great, but Larks' Tongues is transcendent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 12:47
hmm, not really into KC after Islands, but Larks gets the edge, although "The Night Watch" beats anything on that album
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 13:16
I prefer Larks, but not by much.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 13:29
Very close, Today I'll go with Starless. Tomorrow: Larks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 13:48
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 15:07
Shark dongs for me as well. It is my favourite Crimson album together with Lizard. Starless & Bible Black though contains their best tune in Fracture.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 15:12
Lark's Tongues takes me to those organic wild landscapes while SABB goes into (abandoned) sub-urban sites (with old concrete etc). I'd prefer open air but LTIA arrangements and transitions could be improved. Exiles and Easy Money not that great... Even if the LTIA summits are a bit higher, SABB has more to offer so I go for it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 15:32
ok cheers for the votes/replies... bit surprised how one-sided it is, but I agree with the majority opinion here as well tbh

I have the 2000 Starless CD remaster and in the liner notes theres a couple of pages with original album reviews of it from the time. interestingly most say or imply Starless is their best album yet.

the Sounds magazine review even says this:

"Larks Tongues In Aspic palled very quickly as an album, especially when you'd seen them play a good gig, but this one --- I suspect --- will maintain its ability to hold you through a sequence of twists and turns much longer than its predecessor."
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 15:40
LTIA. Haven't we been here before ??
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 15:52
Too close, can't decide. Since I got The Great Deceiver boxset, I've grown to love Starless & Bible Black almost as much as Larks. Trio and the title track are two of the very best improvisations I have ever heard. Normally I would have picked Larks without hesitation but I've listened to S&BB sooo much lately.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 17:14
Cannot choose, really.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2017 at 18:07
Larks Tongues in Aspic is my favorite KC álbum, but, Starless is great !
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