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King Crimson


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4.45 | 274 ratings

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5 stars Now this is one heck of an album. Nearly all the songs are excellent choices and performed better than on album. What I like most of this album is that it's more of a hard rock/metal feel to it - which I'm pretty sure is the sound Robert Fripp mainly was going for.

CD 1 is the best of the two, as none of the songs isn't exciting (except for Starless & Bible Black if you're not into that kind of improv) and they all got a hard, crunchy, raw feel and most of them got a little extra when compared to the album versions. I especially like Fracture, which got some of the best instrumental parts I've ever heard.

CD 2's rather weak compared to the first, but it's got one song that almost makes it better than that first one: Trio. This song is beatiful - it's too beatiful to ever have been written, which isn't surprising as it is a live improvisation. I love it.

You could easily buy this CD and forget about buying Lark's Tongues in Aspic and Starless & Bible Black - though you might want to get Lark's either way because the studio version of "Book of Saturdays" is way better and this live album does not contain LTIA part one.

It's a pity it's rather hard to get; I don't think you can get it at DGM anymore, nor at Amazon (except for some Japanese collector's item version which will cost you about 60$). I bought mine at Amazon marketplace - it was still in excellent condition and it arrived terribly quick so you may want to give that a shot.

Rosescar | 5/5 |


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