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King Crimson

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

In The Wake Of Poseidon (2010 Stereo Mix)
1. Peace - A Beginnig (0:50)
2. Pictures Of A City (8:01)
3. Cadence And Cascade (4:37)
4. In The Wake Of Poseidon (8:26)
5. Peace - A Theme (1:14)
6. Cat Food (4:53)
7. The Devil's Triangle (Part I) (3:46)
8. The Devil's Triangle (Part II) (4:00)
9. The Devil's Triangle (Part III) (3:44)
10. Peace - An End (1:57)

Bonus Tracks
11. Cat Food (single A Side) (2:46)
12. Groon (single B Side) (3:33)
13. Cadence And Cascade (Guide Vocal Greg Lake) (4:32)
14. In The Wake Of Poseidon (take 3) (9:15)
15. The Devil's Triangle (Part I Early Running Mix) (3:33)
16. The Devil's Triangle (Part II Fripp/Tippett Overdubs) (3:10)
17. The Devil's Triangle (Part III Steven Wilson Mix) (3:40)
18. Peace - An End (Alternate Mix) (2:06)

Lizard (2009 Stereo Mix)
19. Cirkus (6:42)
20. Indoor Games (5:35)
21. Happy Family (4:17)
22. Lady Of The Dancing Water (2:48)
23. Lizard (23:35)

Bonus Tracks
24. Indoor Games (Alternate Take) (5:39)
25. Happy Family (Alternate Take) (4:32)
26. Lady Of The Dancing Water (Alternate Take) (2:50)
27. Prince Rupert Awakes (Jon Anderson, Vocals 2017 Mix By David Singleton) (2:35)
28. Prince Rupert Awakes (Keith Tippett, Piano) (3:21)
29. Bolero - The Peacock's Tale (Original Studio Recording, Bass Overdub Tony Levin) (6:41)
30. Prince Rupert's Lament (Alternate Take, 2015 Mix By Jakko Jakszyk) (2:36)

Islands (2010 Stereo Mix)
31. Formentera Lay (10:17)
32. Sailor's Tale (7:34)
33. The Letters (4:29)
34. Ladies Of The Road (5:34)
35. Prelude - Song Of The Gulls (4:16)
36. Islands (12:02)

Bonus Tracks
37. Formentera Lady (Take 2, 2010 Mix By Steven Wilson) (2:23)
38. Sailor's Tale (Alternate Guitar Takes, Remix By Alex R. Mundy) (6:20)
39. Ladies Of The Road (Rehearsal/Outtake, 2010 Mix By Steven Wilson) (5:17)
40. Prelude - Song Of The Gulls (String Section, Take 2) (4:45)
41. Islands (Original Studio Recording, Vocal Overdub: Jakko Jakszyk) (9:17)

Live At The Zoom Club, Frankfurt April 12, 1971
42. Cirkus (incomplete) (5:18)
43. Get Thy Bearings (incomplete) (12:28)
44. The Court Of The Crimson King (7:54)
45. Lady Of The Dancing Water (3:59)
46. 21st Century Schizoid Man (8:18)
47. Pictures Of A City (incomplete) (8:27)
48. The Sailor's Tale (15:23)
49. Cadence And Cascade (6:51)
50. The Devil's Triangle (8:41)

Live At The Zoom Club, Frankfurt April 13, 1971
51. The Sailor's Tale (incomplete) (10:06)
52. Cirkus (7:39)
53. Get Thy Bearings (10:27)
54. Cadence And Cascade (4:14)
55. The Court Of The Crimson King (7:14)
56. 21st Century Schizoid Man (incomplete) (7:08)
57. Pictures Of A City (8:01)
58. The Sailor's Tale (14:40)
59. Lady Of The Dancing Water (2:54)
60. Get Thy Bearings (incomplete) (4:58)

Live At The Zoom Club, Frankfurt April 14, 1971
61. Cirkus (incomplete) (7:24)
62. Get Thy Bearings (14:11)
63. The Court Of The Crimson King (8:19)
64. 21st Century Schizoid Man (8:18)
65. Pictures Of A City (8:31)
66. The Sailor's Tale (13:59)
67. Cadence And Cascade (5:46)
68. The Devil's Triangle (8:32)

Live At The Zoom Club, Frankfurt April 15, 1971
69. Pictures Of A City (incomplete) (7:26)
70. The Sailor's Tale (13:56)
71. The Court Of The Crimson King (7:42)
72. Cadence And Cascade (5:53)
73. The Devil's Triangle (8:43)

Live At The Zoom Club, Frankfurt April 13, 1971
74. The Devil's Triangle (7:53)

Live At The Marquee, London August 10, 1971
75. Pictures Of A City (10:17)
76. Formentera Lady (6:09)
77. The Sailor's Tale (8:39)
78. Cirkus (8:56)
79. The Letters (4:57)
80. Cadence And Cascade (4:43)
81. Improv (27:38)
82. Ladies Of The Road (6:07)
83. RF Announcement (3:25)
84. 21st Century Schizoid Man (11:29)

Live In Wilmington, DE February 11, 1972 (early show)
85. Pictures Of A City (10:12)
86. Formentera Lady (9:42)
87. The Sailor's Tale (6:23)
88. Cirkus (8:45)
89. RF Announcement (0:58)
90. Ladies Of The Road (6:19)
91. Groon (15:49)
92. 21st Century Schizoid Man (8:51)

Live In New York, NY February 12, 1972 (early show)
93. Pictures Of A City (incomplete) (2:43)
94. Formentera Lady (8:29)
95. The Sailor's Tale (6:27)
96. RF Announcement (0:51)
97. Cirkus (9:55)
98. Ladies Of The Road (6:23)
99. Groon (16:10)
100. 21st Century Schizoid Man (10:26)

Live In New York, NY February 12, 1972 (late show)
101. Pictures Of A City (incomplete) (2:28)
102. Formentera Lady (10:04)
103. The Sailor's Tale (5:53)
104. RF Announcement (1:28)
105. Cirkus (9:10)
106. RF Announcement (1:09)
107. Ladies Of The Road (6:33)
108. Groon (21:55)
109. 21st Century Schizoid Man (13:08)
110. Cadence And Cascade (incomplete) (1:35)

Live In Detroit, MI February 18, 1972
111. Pictures Of A City (9:41)
112. Formentera Lady (9:34)
113. The Sailor's Tale (7:00)
114. Cirkus (8:49)
115. RF Announcement (1:12)
116. Ladies Of The Road (6:00)
117. Groon (19:24)
118. 21st Century Schizoid Man (11:05)

Live In Pittsburgh, PA March 6, 1972
119. Pictures Of A City (8:38)
120. Formentera Lady (8:43)
121. The Sailor's Tale (7:00)
122. Cirkus (9:09)
123. Ladies Of The Road (6:21)
124. Groon (16:56)
125. 21st Century Schizoid Man (10:52)
126. Improv (6:35)

Live In Milwaukee, WI March 8, 1972
127. Pictures Of A City (9:39)
128. Formentera Lady (9:33)
129. The Sailor's Tale (8:28)
130. Cirkus (9:54)
131. Ladies Of The Road (6:36)
132. Groon (incomplete) (15:54)
133. 21st Century Schizoid Man (13:39)
134. Cadence And Cascade (4:40)

Live In Peoria, IL March 10, 1972
135. Cirkus (incomplete) (1:50)
136. RF Announcement (1:04)
137. Ladies Of The Road (5:53)
138. Groon - Peoria (incomplete) (19:31)
139. 21st Century Schizoid Man (incomplete) (7:37)
140. Improv (incomplete) (5:56)
141. Cadence And Cascade (4:47)

Live At Summit Studios, Denver March 12, 1972
142. Pictures Of A City (9:35)
143. Cadence And Cascade (4:49)
144. Groon (13:51)
145. 21st Century Schizoid Man (10:14)
146. Improv: Summit Going On (11:44)
147. My Hobby (1:28)
148. The Sailor's Tale (7:01)
149. Improv: Summit And Something Else (including The Creator Has A Master Plan) (15:31)

Earthbound
150. 21st Century Schizoid Man (11:38)
151. Peoria (7:22)
152. The Sailor's Tale (4:49)
153. Earthbound (6:14)
154. Groon (15:34)

Bonus Tracks
155. Pictures Of A City (8:21)
156. Formentera Lady (9:30)
157. Cirkus (8:24)

In The Wake Of Poseidon (Original Stereo/New Stereo/5.1 24/96 )
158. Peace - A Beginning
159. Pictures Of A City
160. Cadence And Cascade
161. In The Wake Of Poseidon
162. Peace - A Theme
163. Cat Food
164. The Devil's Triangle (Part I) (original Stereo/upmixed 5.1 Only)
165. The Devil's Triangle (Part II) (original Stereo/upmixed 5.1 Only)
166. The Devil's Triangle (Part III) (original Stereo/upmixed 5.1 Only)
167. Peace - An End

Additional Material (Original Stereo/New Stereo/5.1 24/96 )
168. Groon (2010 Mix)
169. The Devil's Triangle (Mixed From Surviving Multitrack Elements By Steven Wilson)

An Alternative Album Selection (Stereo 24/96)
170. Peace - A Beginning (Live Japan, 2015 From Japanese Heroes EP)
171. A Man, A City (Live Filmore West, Dece)mber 15th, 1969 From Epitaph)
172. Cadence And Cascade (Guide Vocal, Greg Lake From 40th Anniversary DVD-A)
173. In The Wake Of Poseidon (Unedited Master, Rough Mix)
174. Peace - A Theme (Robert Fripp, Rehearsal)
175. Cat Food (Mono Single Mix)
176. The Devil's Triangle (Part I) (Early Recording, Rough Mix)
177. The Devil's Triangle (Part II) (Mars, Part II,4 Track Recording)
178. The Devil's Triangle (Part III) (Mixed From Surviving Multitrack Elements By Steven Wilson)
179. Peace - An End (Alternate Mix From 40th Anniversary DVD-A)

Additional Material (Stereo 24/96)
180. Cadence And Cascade (Original Studio Recording. Vocal Overdub: Jakko Jakszyk)
181. Groon (Single B Side)
182. Cat Food (Single A Side)
183. In The Wake Of Poseidon (Instrumental Mix)
184. The Devil's Triangle (Mars, Pt III Piano Prominent)
185. Cadence And Cascade (Unedited Master)
186. Cat Food (Rehearsal Take)
187. Groon (Take 1)
188. The Devil's Triangle (Rehearsal Take, Wessex Studios)
189. Cadence And Cascade (Original Studio Recording, Vocal Overdub: Adrian Belew)
190. Groon (Take 4)
191. Groon (Take 5)
192. Groon (Take 6)
193. The Devil's Triangle (Part III) (Mars, Part Iii, 4 Track Recoding)
194. Cadence And Cascade (Rehearsal Take, Wessex Studios)
195. Groon (Take 15)

Needledrops: In The Wake Of Poseidon (Stereo 24/96)
196. Peace - A Beginnig
197. Pictures Of A City
198. Cadence And Cascade
199. In The Wake Of Poseidon
200. Peace - A Theme
201. Cat Food
202. The Devil's Triangle (Part I)
203. The Devil's Triangle (Part II)
204. The Devil's Triangle (Part III)
205. Peace - An End

Cat Food
206. Cat Food (Single A Side)
207. Groon (Single B Side)

Lizard (Original Stereo/New Stereo/5.1 24/96 )
208. Cirkus
209. Indoor Games
210. Happy Family
211. Lady Of The Dancing Water
212. Lizard

An Alternative Album Selection (Stereo 24/96)
213. Cirkus (Live, Moore Theatre, Seattle, June 11th, 2017)
214. Indoor Games (Alternate Take)
215. Happy Family (Alternate Take)
216. Lady Of The Dancing Water (Alternate Take)
217. Prince Rupert Awakes (Jon Anderson, Vocals, 2017 Mix By David Singleton)
218. Prince Rupert Awakes (Keith Tippett, Piano)
219. Bolero - The Peacock's Tale (Original Studio Recording, Bass Overdub: Tony Levin)
220. The Lizard Suite (Live, Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada, July 7th, 2017)

Additional Material
221. Cirkus (Extract: Robert Fripp, Guitar)
222. Cirkus (Studio Run Through With Guide Vocal)
223. Cirkus (Extract (2): Robert Fripp, Guitar)
224. Indoor Games (Redux Mix)
225. Happy Family (Redux Mix)
226. Mel&Tron (Mel Collins, Robert Fripp, Working Idea)
227. Lady Of The Dancing Water (Take 1: Robert Fripp, Guitar)
228. Dawn Song (Take With Metronome)
229. Last Skirmish (Keith Tippett, Piano; Gordon Haskell, Bass; Andy McCulloch, Drums)
230. Cirkus (Mark Charig, Cornet; Gordon Haskell, Bass; Andly McCulloch, Drums)
231. Happy Family (Fulham Cafe Rehearsal)
232. Prince Rupert's Lament (Alternate Take, 2015 Mix By Jakko Jakszyk)
233. Big Top (Keith Tippett, Piano)
234. Prince Rupert Awakes (Endpiece: Jon Anderson, Vocals 2017 Mix By David SIngleton)

Needledrop: Lizard (Stereo 24/96)
235. Cirkus
236. Indoor Games
237. Happy Family
238. Lady Of The Dancing Water
239. Lizard

Rehersals For 1971/72 Band Line-Up
240. Blow No. 1
241. Blow No. 2
242. Blow No. 3

Islands (Original Stereo/New Stereo/5.1 24/96 )
243. Formentera Lady
244. Sailor's Tale
245. The Letters
246. Ladies Of The Road
247. Prelude: Song Of The Gulls
248. Islands

An Alternative Album Selection (Stereo 24/28)
249. Formentera Lady (Take 2, 2010 Mix By Steven Wilson)
250. Sailor's Tale (Alternate Guitar Tales, Remix By Alex R. Mundy)
251. The Letters (Outtake)
252. Ladies Of The Road (Rehearsal/Outtake, 2010 Mix By Steven Wilson)
253. Prelude: Song Of The Gulls (String Section, Take 2)
254. Islands Fragment (Reference Cassette Fragment: Robert Fripp, Mellotron)
255. Islands (Original Studio Recording, Vocal Overdub: Jakko Jakszyk)
256. Islands (Early Rehearsal Fragment: Robert Fripp And Paulina Lucas)

Additional Material
257. Formentera Lady (Early Take, Rough Mix)
258. Sailor's Tale (Edit, Alternate Mix, 2010 By Steven Wilson)
259. Drop In (Early Rehearsal)
260. Ladies Of The Road (Robert Fripp And David Singleton Remix)
261. Islands (Studio Run Through With Oboe Prominent)
262. Formentera Lady (Take 1)
263. A Peacemaking Stint Unrolls (Islands Session: Outtake)
264. Ladies Of The Road (Take 5)
265. Islands (Early Studio Run Through)
266. Formentera Lady (Take 3)
267. Studio Soundcheck (Boz Burrell, Robert Fripp, Ian Wallace, July 1971)
268. Fullham Palace Cafe Rehearsal (Mel Collins, Robert Fripp, Ian Wallace, December 1970)
269. Ladies Of The Road (Early Rough Mix)
270. Formentera Lady (Take 4)

Needledrop: Islands (Stereo 24/96)
271. Formentera Lady
272. Sailor's Tale
273. The Letters
274. Ladies Of The Road
275. Prelude: Song Of The Gulls
276. Islands

Live, 1971 Zoom Club, Frankfurt, April 12th
277. Cirkus *
278. Get Thy Bearings *
279. The Court Of The Crimson King
280. Lady Of The Dancing Water
281. 21st Century Schizoid Man
282. Pictures Of A City *
283. The Sailor's Tale
284. Cadence And Cascade
285. The Devil's Triangle

Zoom Club, Frankfurt, April 13th
286. The Sailor's Tale *
287. Cirkus
288. Get Thy Bearings
289. Cadence And Cascade
290. The Court Of The Crimson King
291. 21st Century Schizoid Man *
292. Pictures Of A City
293. The Sailor's Tale
294. Lady Of The Dancing Water
295. Get Thy Bearings *
296. The Devil's Triangle

Zoom Club, Frankfurt, April 14th
297. Cirkus *
298. Get Thy Bearings
299. The Court Of The Crimson King
300. 21st Century Schizoid Man
301. Pictures Of A City *
302. The Sailor's Tale
303. Cadence And Cascade
304. The Devil's Triangle

Zoom Club, Frankfurt, April 15th
305. Pictures Of A City *
306. The Sailor's Tale
307. The Court Of The Crimson King
308. Cadence And Cascade
309. The Devil's Triangle

Guildhall, Plymouth, May 11th
310. Cirkus
311. Pictures Of A City
312. The Sailor's Tale
313. The Letters
314. Lady Of The Dancing Water
315. Cadence And Cascade
316. Get Thy Bearings *
317. The Court Of The Crimson King
318. Ladies Of The Road
319. RF Announcement
320. 21st Century Schizoid Man
321. The Devil's Triangle

Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, May 28th
322. Pictures Of A City *
323. The Sailor's Tale
324. The Court Of The Crimson King
325. Cadence And Cascade *
326. Get Thy Bearings
327. RF Announcement
328. Ladies Of The Road
329. RF Announcement
330. 21st Century Schizoid Man
331. The Devil's Triangle
332. Cirkus *

Marquee Club, London, August 10th
333. Pictures Of A City
334. Formentera Lady
335. The Sailor's Tale
336. Cirkus
337. The Letters
338. Cadence And Cascade
339. Improv
340. Ladies Of The Road
341. RF Announcement
342. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Eastown Theatre, Detroit, November 13th
343. Pictures Of A City
344. Formentera Lady
345. The Sailor's Tale
346. Cirkus
347. Ladies Of The Road
348. Groon *
349. 21st Century Schizoid Man
350. RF Announcement
351. The Devil's Triangle
352. The Court Of The Crimson King
353. Lady Of The Dancing Water

USA Live 1972 (New Sequence Stereo 24/96) Earthbound
354. 21st Century Schizoid Man Wilmington, February 11th
355. Peoria Peoria, March 10th
356. The Sailor's Tale Jacksonville, February 26th
357. Earthbound Orlando, February 27th
358. Groon WIlmington, February 11th
359. Pictures Of A City Milwaukee, March 8th
360. Formentera Lady Milwaukee, March 8th
361. Cirkus Orlando, February 27th
362. Ladies Of The Road Orlando, February 27th
363. The Letters Denver, March 13th
364. The Sailor's Tale Jacksonville, February 26th (Extended Version)
365. Groon Peoria, March 10th (Extended Version)

Live At Summit Studios, Denver, March 12th
366. Pictures Of A City
367. Cadence And Cascade
368. Groon
369. 21st Century Schizoid Man
370. Summit Going On
371. My Hobby
372. The Sailor's Tale
373. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Including Summit And Something Else)

Schizoid Men (Stereo 24/48)
374. Schizoid Men 1
375. Schizoid Men 2
376. Schizoid Men 3
377. Schizoid Men 4
378. Schizoid Men 5
379. Schizoid Men 6
380. Schizoid Men 7
381. Schizoid Men 8
382. Schizoid Men 9
383. Schizoid Men 10
384. Schizoid Men 11

Needledrop: Help 6 (Earthbound)
385. 21st Century Schizoid Man
386. Peoria
387. The Sailor's Tale
388. Earthbound
389. Groon

Unidentified 1972 Show No. 1
390. Pictures Of A City *
391. Cirkus
392. Ladies Of The Road
393. 21st Century Schizoid Man
394. RF Announcement
395. The Letters

Unidentified 1972 Show No. 2
396. Pictures Of A City *
397. Cirkus
398. Ladies Of The Road
399. Formentera Lady Improv Section
400. The Sailor's Tale
401. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Wilmington, February 11th, Early Show
402. Pictures Of A City
403. Formentera Lady
404. The Sailor's Tale
405. Cirkus
406. RF Announcement
407. Ladies Of The Road
408. Groon
409. 21st Century Schizoid Man

New York, February 12th, Early Show
410. Pictures Of A City *
411. Formentera Lady
412. The Sailor's Tale
413. RF Announcement
414. Cirkus
415. Ladies Of The Road
416. Groon
417. 21st Century Schizoid Man

New York, February 12th, Late Show
418. Pictures Of A City *
419. Formentera Lady
420. The Sailor's Tale
421. RF Announcement
422. Cirkus
423. RF Announcement
424. Ladies Of The Road
425. Groon
426. 21st Century Schizoid Man
427. Cadence And Cascade *

Chicago, February 17th
428. Cirkus
429. Groon

Detroit, February 18th
430. Pictures Of A City
431. Formentera Lady
432. The Sailor's Tale
433. Cirkus
434. RF Announcement
435. Ladies Of The Road
436. Groon
437. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Jacksonville, February 26th
438. Pictures Of A City
439. Cirkus
440. Ladies Of The Road
441. Formentera Lady
442. The Sailor's Tale
443. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Orlando, February 27th
444. Pictures Of A City
445. Formentera Lady
446. The Sailor's Tale
447. Cirkus
448. Ladies Of The Road
449. Groon
450. 21st Century Schizoid Man
451. Earthbound
452. Cadence And Cascade

Pittsburgh, March 6th
453. Pictures Of A City
454. Formentera Lady
455. The Sailor's Tale
456. Cirkus
457. Ladies Of The Road
458. Groon
459. 21st Century Schizoid Man
460. Improv I
461. Cadence And Cascade *

Milwaukee, March 8th
462. Pictures Of A City
463. Formentera Lady
464. The Sailor's Tale
465. Cirkus
466. Ladies Of The Road
467. Groon *
468. Groon *
469. 21st Century Schizoid Man *
470. 21st Century Schizoid Man
471. Cadence And Cascade

Peoria, March 10th
472. Cirkus *
473. Announcement
474. Ladies Of The Road
475. Groon Peoria *
476. 21st Century Schizoid Man *
477. Improv *
478. Cadence And Cascade

Indianapolis, March 11th
479. Formentera Lady *
480. The Sailor's Tale
481. Drum Solo
482. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Denver, March 13th
483. Formentera Lady *
484. The Sailor's Tale
485. Ladies Of The Road
486. The Letters
487. 21st Century Schizoid Man

Denver, March 14th
488. Formentera Lady
489. The Sailor's Tale
490. Cirkus
491. Ladies Of The Road
492. The Letters
493. Improv
494. 21st Century Schizoid Man
495. Cadence And Cascade

Earthbound Extended (New Sequence Stereo 24/48)
496. 21st Century Schizoid Man Wilmington, February 11th
497. Peoria Peoria, March 10th
498. The Sailor's Tale Jacksonville, February 26th
499. Earthbound Orlando, February 27th
500. Groon WIlmington, February 11th
501. Pictures Of A City Milwaukee, March 8th
502. Formentera Lady Milwaukee, March 8th
503. Cirkus Orlando, February 27th
504. Ladies Of The Road Orlando, February 27th
505. The Letters Denver, March 13th
506. The Sailor's Tale Jacksonville, February 26th (Extended Version)
507. Groon Peoria, March 10th (Extended Version)

Live At Summit Studios, Denver, March 12th (Stereo 24/48)
508. Pictures Of A City
509. Cadence And Cascade
510. Groon
511. 21st Century Schizoid Man
512. Summit Going On
513. My Hobby
514. The Sailor's Tale
515. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Including Summit And Something Else)

Schizoid Men (Stereo 24/48)
516. Schizoid Men Part 1
517. Schizoid Men Part 2
518. Schizoid Men Part 3
519. Schizoid Men Part 4
520. Schizoid Men Part 5
521. Schizoid Men Part 6
522. Schizoid Men Part 7
523. Schizoid Men Part 8
524. Schizoid Men Part 9
525. Schizoid Men Part 10
526. Schizoid Men Part 11

Needledrop: Help 6 (Earthbound)
527. 21st Century Schizoid Man
528. Peoria
529. The Sailor's Tale
530. Earthbound
531. Groon

Unidentified 1972 Show No. 1 (Stereo 24/48)
532. Pictures Of A City *
533. Cirkus
534. Ladies Of The Road
535. 21st Century Schizoid Man
536. RF Announcement
537. The Letters

Unidentified 1972 Show No. 2 (Stereo 24/48)
538. Pictures Of A City *
539. Cirkus
540. Ladies Of The Road
541. Formentera Lady Improv Section
542. The Sailor's Tale
543. 21st Century Schizoid Man

New York, February 12th, Early Show
544. Pictures Of A City *
545. Formentera Lady
546. The Sailor's Tale
547. RF Announcement
548. Cirkus
549. Ladies Of The Road
550. Groon
551. 21st Century Schizoid Man

New York, February 12th, Late Show
552. Pictures Of A City *
553. Formentera Lady
554. The Sailor's Tale
555. RF Announcement
556. Cirkus
557. RF Announcement
558. Ladies Of The Road
559. Groon
560. 21st Century Schizoid Man
561. Cadence And Cascade

Bonus Discs:
Auditions/Rehearsals
562. Blow No. 1 (45:09)
563. Blow No. 2 (27:38)

Auditions/Rehearsals & Unidentified 1972 Show No. 1
564. Blow No. 3 (24:23)
565. Pictures Of A City * (5:28)
566. Cirkus (8:57)
567. Ladies Of The Road (6:07)
568. 21st Century Schizoid Man (11:28)
569. RF Announcement (11:36)
570. The Letters (9:06)

Unidentified 1972 Show No. 2
571. Pictures Of A City * (7:41)
572. Cirkus (9:31)
573. Ladies Of The Road (6:11)
574. Formentera Lady (7:02)
575. The Sailor's Tale (20:22)
576. 21st Century Schizoid Man (10:50)

Total Time* 1422:21

*Only counting tracks with designated times.

Line-up / Musicians

- King Crimson

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KING CRIMSON Sailors' Tales ratings distribution


3.70
(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(47%)
47%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
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Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is a release which is difficult to properly assign a score to. On the one hand, purely on the basis of the quality of the music here, I'd say it's a solid four star release; the studio albums covered (In the Wake of Poseidon. Lizard, and Islands) all have their charms, but they suffer from being overshadowed by In the Court of the Crimson King preceding them and Larks' Tongues In Aspic following on from them.

On the live side of things, Earthbound is a horrible release which should never have been put on the market to blacken the reputation of the Islands-era lineup. However, by bringing together here a great swathe of live recordings of the Islands-era lineup, Sailors' Tales comprehensively redeems their reputation.

The 1971 live sets are mostly proper soundboard recordings from the extensive gigging which preceded the recording of Islands, and so sound pretty good; the 1972 live sets are primarily taken from cassette recordings from the soundboard (as opposed to reel-to-reel) and the sound quality is much more variable; the major exception is the superb Summit Studios session, which - having taken place "live in the studio" - offers the finest-sounding document we have of the Islands-era lineup in full flight.

Overall, I'd say they were a pretty good lineup in their time, but at the same time I wouldn't give any of their live sets the full five stars. There's always something preventing it - whether it's Boz stumbling over the lyrics here and there, or Ian Wallace going entirely too self-indulgent with one of his drum solos (he has a bad tendency to make them drag out way too long), or Peter Sinfield mucking about with the VCS3 a little too much, or the sound quality taking a hit, there's no one set here which attains quite the transcendent level that, say, the mid-1970s lineups of the following years would gain, though they're still a damn good band.

So, a four star boxed set? Again, yes, assessed solely on musical quality. At the same time, as a historic artifact, as a really in-depth experience to wallow in and explore over an extended period of time, I'd give it five stars. The price tag is a little high, but considering the sheer amount of music you get here, I'd say it represents amazing value for money. (Compare the price tag to the cost of buying the relevant albums and live King Crimson Collectors' Club issues individually.) The good ship King Crimson sailed a difficult course during the era documented here, but the journey is a fascinating one to accompany Cap'n Fripp on.

Review by Man With Hat
COLLABORATOR Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team
3 stars In The Wake Of The Strange Tales Of Sailors

Following the previous years' megabox, Sailors' Tales summarizes a period of King Crimson, as opposed to a singular event in the history of King Crimson. However, this period was a bit more tumultuous than the 80s Krim. After In The Court Of The Crimson King, King Crimson only existed as a studio entity. There was no permanent lineup of musicians until the Lizard sessions, which after recording Lizard promptly dispersed. Finally, when it came to recording Islands a stable lineup coalesced around Ian Wallace, Boz Berrell, Mel Collins, Peter Sinfield, and Fripp. This is the lineup that dominates this box. The Islands quintet toured extensively, even producing Crimson's much maligned first official live album, Earthbound. With The King Crimson Collectors Club, this lineup has been fleshed out a bit more, with some excellent live albums (such as Detroit 71, Live At The Marquee, and Summit Studios) that show that they could make a maelstrom that could swallow ships whole. So, a collection of 16.5 discs of primetime live Crim from this era was most welcomed by myself.

For the most part, this hits the mark. When this band cooks, the fire really does burst. Collins, Wallace, and especially Fripp tear the sonic tapestry with abandon. Fripp's tones at this time were immaculate and he could really deliver a laser beam of pure sonic hell when he wanted to. Sinfield's addition of playing the VCS3 adds wonderful ambience and a bit of aural terror when applied correctly (mostly in The Sailor's Tale and Groon) and makes Wallace's drum solos much more interesting than a typical drum solo. They also had a tendency to expand certain songs and fully let the musical demons fly, which is what this lineup of Crim does best IMO. As for the best shows...I would give it to Wilmington, Detroit, and New York. Another plus for this box is the scarcity of repeated material. The two Marquee discs, Summit Studios, and Earthbound are the only shows to be previously released (not counting the studio albums, of course), which is a very good ratio for these KC Megaboxes.

However, there are two big unfortunate drawbacks. The first is sound quality. This fluctuates throughout the box, ranging from excellent to perfectly acceptable to fairly poor. (The main exception to this is the Summit Studios disc, which to be fair, was recorded professionally in a studio, thus not really an appropriate comparison to the rest of the shows which were recorded on a stage, usually from cassette sources.) This certainly isn't the most subtle band, but it is still nice to be able to hear everything clearly, which for some shows isn't the easiest task. That said, nothing in this box is as bad as some of the recordings on the Larks' Tongues box (which given the dates both shows come from is a bit odd), so I wouldn't rank it last in this catalogue. But it definitely stands out, especially after the clarity of the Thrak & Eighties boxes. The second issue is the big one for me...tape dropouts. Cassettes are not an efficient way to record long form sound sources. They much be changed fairly often. This would probably be less of an issue with shorter songs, but especially with the long form pieces Crimson play, this gets to be frustrating very quickly. There are 15 incomplete pieces here, which doesn't sound like a lot, but these don't just cut off a minute of the beginning...most of these cut off somewhere in the middle, once the piece gets fully revved up. This is most infuriating in things like Groon, The Sailors Tale, and 21st Century Schizoid Man. Also, disc 16, Live At The Barn in Peoria, is particularly plagued by this issue, with only Fripp's announcement, Ladies of the Road, and Cadence & Cascade unaffected by incompleteness of recording. That's about 10 minutes of music, and certainly not the 10 minutes I would have chosen, with Groon, 21st Century Schizoid Man, and an improv in the setlist. I have to imagine there was a better choice of a show to include in this box. Even something that has been previously released, would have been an improvement, as this one show in particular is almost impossible to listen to. Luckily, there are several gigs that appear without the dreaded tape change, all of which are satisfying if for no other reason.

All in all, this is one of the better megabox sets that Crimson has been rolling out for nearly a decade now. Well packed with new material, Sailors' Tales is certainly worth the price, even with the issue of tape dropouts and uneven recording quality. That said, this certainly isn't for casual fans. If you enjoyed any of the King Crimson Collectors Club releases of this lineup, you should investigate this set. If you don't care for the Islands lineup, this probably won't change your mind. I would give this a 3.5 on my personal scale and I feel 3 stars is about right for progarchives. Conditionally recommended.

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