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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 ("JurassiKc THRAK")
1. JurassiKc THRAK

Disc 2 (Maximum "VROOOM")
1. VROOOM (including Coda: Marine 475)
2. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
3. Cage
4. THRAK
5. When I Say Stop, Continue
6. One Time
7. Funky Jam
8. Fashionable
9. Krim 3
10. Bass Groove
11. Calliope
12. No Questions Asked
13. Monster Jam

Disc 3 ("THRAK" original mix)
1. VROOOM
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking on Air
5. B'Boom
6. THRAK
7. Inner Garden I
8. People
9. Radio I
10. One Time
11. Radio II
12. Inner Garden II
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. VROOOM VROOOM
15. VROOOM VROOOM: Coda

Disc 4 ("ATTAKcATHRAK," The Vicar's "THRAK")
1. ATTAKcATHRAK: Part I
2. Fans, Sloth, Nuns, Felons
3. ATTAKcATHRAK: Part II
4. Declamatory Doth Madden
5. Witnessing Dumb Whodunnits

Disc 5 ("THRAK" 2015 mix)
1. VROOOM
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking on Air
5. B'Boom
6. THRAK
7. Inner Garden I
8. People
9. Radio I
10. One Time
11. Radio II
12. Inner Garden II
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. VROOOM VROOOM
15. VROOOM VROOOM: Coda

Disc 6 (Byte-Size THRAK)
1. Cloudscape
2. Elephant Talk (Live at the Broadway Theatre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1994)
3. Red (Live at the Broadway Theatre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 1994)
4. Walking on Air (Live at the Wiltern Theatre, San Francisco, California, 1 July 1995)
5. Heartbeat (Live in Córdoba, Argentina, 10 October 1994)
6. Dinosaur (Single edit)
7. One Time (Edited version)
8. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream (Edited version)
9. People (Edited version)
10. Walking on Air (Edited version)
11. Dinosaur (Album edit)
12. People (Remix)
13. Jimmy Bond (1997 Rehearsal)
14. Sad Woman Jam (1997 Rehearsal)
15. Tony's Jam (1997 Rehearsal)
16. Silent Night à la Frippertronics (Recorded in New York City, 1979)

Discs 7-8 ("Kcensington THRAK" - Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London, England, 17-18 May 1995)
1. Entry of the Crims (Walk On: Improv)
2. VROOOM
3. Coda: Marine 475
4. Frame by Frame
5. Dinosaur
6. One Time
7. Red
8. B'Boom
9. THRAK
10. Heartbeat
11. Matte Kudasai
12. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
13. People
14. VROOOM VROOOM
15. Two Sticks (Improv)
16. Elephant Talk
17. Indiscipline
18. Prism
19. The Talking Drum
20. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
21. Walking on Air

Discs 9-10 ("New YorKc THRAK" - Longacre Theater, New York City, New York, 20-25 November 1995; also released as "King Crimson on Broadway")
1. Conundrum
2. Thela Hun Ginjeet
3. Red
4. Dinosaur
5. VROOOM VROOOM
6. Frame by Frame
7. Walking on Air
8. B'Boom
9. THRAK
10. Neurotica
11. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
12. People
13. One Time
14. Indiscipline
15. Two Sticks (Improv)
16. Elephant Talk
17. Prism
18. The Talking Drum
19. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
20. Three of a Perfect Pair
21. VROOOM
22. Coda: Marine 475
23. Fearless and Highly THRaKked (Improv)
24. Free as a Bird (Solo Belew performance based on a demo)

Discs 11-12 ("Aztekc THRAK" - Metropolitan Theater, Mexico City, Mexico, 2-4 August 1996; portions of the concert released as "Live in Mexico City")
1. Conundrum
2. Thela Hun Ginjeet
3. Red
4. Frame by Frame
5. Dinosaur
6. One Time
7. VROOOM VROOOM
8. Matte Kudasai
9. B'Boom
10. THRAK
11. Waiting Man
12. Neurotica
13. The Sheltering Sky
14. Three of a Perfect Pair
15. VROOOM
16. Coda: Marine 475
17. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
18. Two Sticks (Improv)
19. Elephant Talk
20. Indiscipline
21. Prism
22. The Talking Drum
23. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
24. Biker Babes of the Rio Grande (Improv)
25. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Disc 13 (DVD-A) ("THRAK" original mix, 5.1 surround mix, and 2015 mix)
1. VROOOM
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking on Air
5. B'Boom
6. THRAK
7. Inner Garden I
8. People
9. Radio I
10. One Time
11. Radio II
12. Inner Garden II
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. VROOOM VROOOM
15. VROOOM VROOOM: Coda

Disc 14 (DVD)

Live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, 24-26 June 1995)
1. Red
2. B'Boom
3. THRAK
4. Matte Kudasai
5. VROOOM
6. Coda: Marine 475
7. Dinosaur
8. One Time
9. People
10. VROOOM VROOOM
11. Two Sticks (Improv)
12. Elephant Talk
13. Indiscipline
14. Prism
15. The Talking Drum
16. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
17. Walking on Air

Tony's Road Movies
1. The Race
2. Rehearsal I
3. Rehearsal II
4. Dressing Room
5. Tokyo
6. From the Hotel
7. Mr. Bill at the Station

THRAK EPK
1. Electronic Press Kit

Blu-ray 1

"THRAK" 5.1 surround mix, original mix, 2015 mix

"ATTAKcATHRAK" 5.1 surround mix, stereo mix

"Kcensington THRAK" 5.1 surround mix, stereo mix

"JurassiKc THRAK" stereo mix

"THRaKaTTaK" (2 October-29 November 1995)
1. THRAK
2. Fearless and Highly THRAKked
3. Mother Hold the Candle Steady While I Shave the Chicken's Lip
4. THRaKaTTaK Part I
5. The Slaughter of the Innocents
6. This Night Wounds Time
7. THRaKaTTaK Part II
8. THRAK (Reprise)

"B'Boom: Live in Argentina" (6-16 October 1994)
1. VROOOM (including Coda: Marine 475)
2. Frame by Frame
3. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
4. Red
5. One Time
6. B'Boom
7. THRAK
8. Two Sticks (Improv)
9. Elephant Talk
10. Indiscipline
11. VROOOM VROOOM
12. Matte Kudasai
13. The Talking Drum
14. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
15. Heartbeat
16. Sleepless
17. People
18. B'Boom (Reprise)
19. THRAK (Reprise)

Blu-ray 2

Live at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, 24-26 June 1995

Tony's Road Movies

THRAK EPK

"déjà VROOOM" (5-6 October 1999)
1. Circular Improv (Walk On)
2. VROOOM
3. Coda: Marine 475
4. Frame by Frame
5. Dinosaur
6. One Time
7. Red
8. B'Boom
9. THRAK
10. Matte Kudasai
11. Three of a Perfect Pair
12. VROOOM VROOOM
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. Two Sticks (Improv)
15. Elephant Talk
16. Indiscipline
17. The Talking Drum
18. Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
19. People
20. Walking on Air

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Fripp / guitar, melloton, soundscapes, vocals, production
- Adrian Belew / guitar, lead vocals, production
- Tony Levin / bass, extended-range bass, electric uptight bass, funk fingers, Chapman Stick, backing vocals, production
- Trey Gunn / Chapman Stick, Warr guitar, backing vocals, production
- Bill Bruford / drums, production
- Pat Mastelotto / custom percussion, production

Releases information

The expanded 40th Anniversary issue for the THRAK album.

Thanks to Michael678 for the addition
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3.31
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
43%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
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Review by Man With Hat
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team
2 stars The AttaKck Of Thrak

Another year, another large King Crimson box. After dedicating significant attention to the trio of albums from the 'classic' 70s quintet/quartet, the Crim brain trust skips ahead to the mid 90s double trio. This lineup only produced one album, but toured excessively, resulting in more than several live albums. This incarnation of the band could certainly kick up a racket and could get a bit outside during their most exploratory moments, but also has a surprising and almost unnecessary delicate side. Thrak Box attempts to make sense of this part of King Crimson's history, giving a brief run up to the creation of Thrak, the album itself, and a slight taste of the six headed beast in action on tour.

Unfortunately, this is the first megabox (if it could even be called that at only 12 disks) that feels like a letdown. Of the 12 disks involved, very few include new material, there are no full live shows (just three amalgamated sets from multiple dates at the same venue), and two copies of the studio album proper. The tour was well documented by the band, with professional (and full) recordings of large swaths of this tour, so choosing so few live shows to feature feels incredibly odd. Likewise, the King Crimson Collectors Club released two full albums of rehearsals by this lineup, of which only a handful of tracks appear spattered over two different disks. While I'm not a fan of including already released material in these large boxes, it would have made sense to include more of the road to Thrak, as this box is meant to represent the entirety of this particular era and, especially, as this box isn't exactly bursting at the seams with content. And some of what was included is equally as head scratching.

First, the positives: Disk 1 and Disk 4. Disk 1 is entitled JurassiKc Thrak and is comparable to 'Keep That One , Nick', from the Larks' Tongues box, essentially allowing the listener to sit in on a recording session with King Crimson and listen as ideas are tossed about and tracks are demoed and experimented with. Disk 4 is entitled AttaKcathrak, and is similar to Thrakattak, i.e. a fusion of various improvs from live shows, edited together to form new musical events. Both of these disks are previously unreleased, exclusive to the box, and pretty wonderful. The live shows (disks 7-12) are also of high quality. Each complies a complete setlist from each of the three venues (as opposed to being a complete show from one night). All three show the power of the mighty beast, but AzteKc Thrak is definitely my favorite. Disk 2 is somewhere between the good and the bad. An expanded Vrooom EP, it's nice to have, although it feels a bit thrown together, as if they just wanted to get enough material tacked on to the end to call it a complete album. Disks 2 and 5 are both the studio album Thrak (albeit different mixes) and having both is completely unnecessary in this reviewers' eyes. The worst offender is disk 6, Btye-Size Thrak. A collection of single edits, 4 live cuts (two of which are of some of KC's least interesting material), three sessions outtakes (that would have made more sense on disk 2), and two short frippertonic pieces. Why anyone thought this was a positive addition to the thrak box is truly a wonder. (As an aside, even though this is only 12 CDs (16 disks total) it is still as expensive as the larger set The Road To Red, and only slightly more than the smaller Complete Larks' Box.)

All in all, this is an unfulfilling exploration of the mid 90s edition of King Crimson. By no means as definitive a dive as the previous megaboxes, the selections presented here range from disappointing to confusing (aside from the first and fourth disk). So much material was left on the sidelines, that it makes it feel like this box is an afterthought, meant to only give a faint whisper of what King Crimson were about at the time. This set can only be recommended to diehard fans of the double trio. 1.5 stars on my personal scale, rounded up to 2 stars for this website.

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars The double trio lineup of King Crimson was a short-lived one, producing only an EP, an album, and a brace of exciting live performances, but the THRAK boxed set does a good job of giving you as much double trio action as you could possibly want. Including THRAK itself in multiple mixes, plus the VROOOM EP, various rehearsal materials, and a nice cross-section of their live efforts during the period, the THRAK box will surely be enough to sate anyone's desire for more double trio material than we just got on the original album - and the new mix of the album helped me come to terms with it to an extent I hadn't been able to before.

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