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" 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 (b. May 16, 1946). 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 and Peter Giles on drums and bass/vocals respectively. By October 1967, having changed their name to Giles, Giles & Fripp, they found themselves in London where they recor...
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KING CRIMSON discography


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KING CRIMSON top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.61 | 3668 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1829 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.12 | 1846 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.80 | 1610 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2464 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.92 | 1565 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 2885 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1646 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.01 | 1006 ratings
Beat
1982
3.26 | 987 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 920 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.14 | 221 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 679 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.41 | 189 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.96 | 1032 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.56 | 472 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 | 364 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 436 ratings
USA
1975
2.91 | 28 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.55 | 337 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.74 | 157 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.63 | 193 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 164 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 263 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.73 | 129 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.45 | 271 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
4.00 | 26 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.92 | 25 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.79 | 19 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.00 | 7 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 105 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.03 | 109 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.60 | 90 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 130 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.67 | 74 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.60 | 87 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
3.48 | 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
2.19 | 7 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.47 | 32 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 90 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015

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

3.98 | 36 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.86 | 14 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 133 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.75 | 125 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 69 ratings
Neal and Jack and Me
2004
3.95 | 18 ratings
Inside King Crimson 1972-1975 An Independent Critical Review With David Cross
2005
3.26 | 48 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
2007
4.28 | 41 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.55 | 63 ratings
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
2016

KING CRIMSON Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.91 | 97 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.14 | 63 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.66 | 53 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.20 | 42 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.97 | 24 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.34 | 44 ratings
Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners Guide to ProjeKcts
1999
3.84 | 88 ratings
Cirkus - The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
1999
3.58 | 74 ratings
The ProjeKcts
1999
4.57 | 46 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.51 | 35 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 24 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.53 | 17 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.77 | 95 ratings
In the Court of the Crimson King, 40th Anniversary Edition (5CD's + DVD)
2009
4.00 | 40 ratings
Lark's Tongue In Aspic (the complete recordings)
2012
4.63 | 43 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.63 | 16 ratings
Starless
2014
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Elements (2016 Tour Box)
2016

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

4.39 | 54 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.30 | 45 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 24 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 39 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.89 | 18 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
3.16 | 19 ratings
Sleepless
1984
3.67 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
2.15 | 18 ratings
The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat
1991
3.60 | 128 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
3.18 | 24 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.24 | 10 ratings
King Crimson - A Beginners' Guide To The King Crimson Collectors' Club
1999
3.86 | 26 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 | 21 ratings
Live in Detroit, MI
2001
3.70 | 29 ratings
Live At Plymouth, May 1971
2001
4.10 | 30 ratings
Live in Mainz, Gemany 1974
2001
3.15 | 16 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.19 | 7 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.23 | 24 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.37 | 83 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 25 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.13 | 16 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.53 | 19 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
3.54 | 15 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.92 | 16 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.08 | 17 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.09 | 14 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 16 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.78 | 14 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.11 | 19 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.74 | 17 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.21 | 14 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.27 | 11 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.25 | 7 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
4.13 | 8 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.14 | 7 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.23 | 13 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.44 | 9 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.22 | 9 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.14 | 12 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.91 | 11 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.40 | 15 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.19 | 12 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.52 | 45 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016

KING CRIMSON Reviews


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 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.52 | 45 ratings

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Live In Toronto
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Forgive my skepticism, but I have to ask: why bother releasing a live album recorded less than one month before the more comprehensive "Radical Action" CD/Blu-ray package, and featuring an almost identical song list? It looks like pure, mercenary redundancy, but after hearing it the reason should be obvious: on a chilly autumn evening in Toronto, the Crimson King put on a red-hot show.

Consider this one the undoctored live flipside to the 'virtual studio album' of "Radical Action", with all the arena ambience resored (the crowd was erased from the "Action" tapes), including the pre-concert No Photos request, very politely extended by Robert Fripp himself in a recorded announcement. It's hard not to smile when hearing the 69-year old gentleman rocker from Wimborne invite the audience to "please join in and have a party with King Crimson", like he's introducing a Parliament-Funkadelic dance act.

What should be immediately apparent, in contrast to the more perfectly mixed "Radical Action" set, is the raw energy of this recording, totally appropriate to the Beat the Bootlegs motivation behind it. The rhythm section is especially loud, almost to the point of audio distortion at times, hardly surprising with three drummers attacking their kits in precise unison and/or counterpoint (all of them ace players, but it still seems like a gimmick).

I won't repeat the commentary/chit-chat/criticisms of my parallel review on the "Radical Action" ProgArchives page ("it's only talk", after all)...except to note again how close the older songs stick to the original studio versions, sadly without any uncharted digressions, a Crimson hallmark in its glory days. Nostalgia is back in style for the new band, as heard in the walk-on tape for this gig: the old "Islands" album coda, with a young Fripp directing the string orchestra at Command Studio in London. That rose-colored intro sets up the nervous opening notes of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One", a juxtaposition that would have been more shocking in 1972 but still holds residual power in 2015.

A convincing argument is made in that first track: even with its cutting edge dulled by age, the Crimson King sounds pretty darn sharp. The set-list is mostly Golden Oldies now, but the performances are tremendously vital, and the songs themselves more relevant than ever (yes, even "The Letter"). Note the dramatic transition from the instrumental alarm-call of "Red" to the passionate eulogy of "Epitaph", together functioning like a musical barometer for our troubled times. And the 45-year old "Pictures of a City" has never sounded quite so urgent, rising to a climax approaching Holy Sh!t levels of intensity.

In the end your own preference for this set or "Radical Action" will likely depend on how polished you expect a live album to sound. Or, on an even more basic level, which album you happen to hear first. Either way, it's a vital snapshot of a surviving Progressive Rock giant flexing a few timeworn but well-toned muscles.

 Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind by KING CRIMSON album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.55 | 63 ratings

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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A stray thought, while unwrapping this lavishly packaged 4-disc live set (three CDs, plus a Blu-ray disc) from the newly-inflated King Crimson septet...whatever happened to the "small, mobile, intelligent units" Robert Fripp was aiming toward in his Drive to 1981?

Since the 1970s Fripp has arguably been the most progressive of any first-generation Prog Rocker, adamant in his resistance to a sentimental reformation of the original band. And yet here he is, nearing the twilight of his career, on stage performing beloved chestnuts like "Epitaph", "Sailor's Tale", and (not inappropriately) "21st Century Schizoid Man".

But if the Crimson King isn't looking forward any more, he's at least assembled a formidable unit to help relive the past. And after the letdown of the too-abbreviated "Live at the Orpheum" teaser it's reassuring to see the Crimson monster back on its feet...all fourteen feet, in this case.

The flute and sax work of old friend Mel Collins provides a welcome bridge to an earlier, warmer King Crimson, and offers an effective proxy for David Cross' violin on the Larks' Tongues-era songs: note his playful interpolations of Henry Mancini and Rimsky-Korsakov during the proto-metal "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One". Jakko Jakszyk 's voice is likewise a honey-toned throwback to the bygone days of Greg Lake and Boz Burrell, giving the new lineup another valid excuse to exhume such old material.

The few new songs offer encouraging evidence that the aging beast hasn't lost all its teeth yet, despite this being more of a reunion ProjKct than a creative rebirth. Nostalgia is clearly the order of the day, but with a conspicuous hole in the set-list shaped like Adrian Belew, effectively airbrushed out of the repertoire as completely and mercilessly as Gordon Haskell once was. The only selections from his more than 25-years at the front of the Crimson stage are Fripp-composed, or entirely instrumental.

And Belew isn't alone in his exile: the entire audience was amputated from these live tapes, in classic Fripp-like fashion. The guitarist as long been notorious for his reticence on stage, needing the attention of a receptive crowd to synergize his performance, but always at arm's length, and preferably without photographs. Maybe he decided to simply carry that wallflower impulse to its logical end.

The 1974 LP "Starless and Bible Black" followed the same approach, camouflaging a live recording as a studio album. But that was with all-new material, not the familiar oldies presented in these shows. Consequently there's a sense of detachment here at odds with a genuine live experience, all part of a calculated design (again, quintessential Fripp) extending to the matching formal stage outfits and choreographed song arrangements, split between three drummers.

And, outside of a few "B'Boom"-style interludes, there isn't any improvisation. Understandable perhaps, given the logistics of such an unwieldy ensemble. But it's still disappointing to see a muzzle tied around the historic Crimson ideals of serendipity and happy accidents.

All of which probably reads like excessive Monkey Mind griping about an album I'm nevertheless calling 'an excellent addition to any Prog Rock music collection'. Criticism aside, the sound is tremendous, the performances airtight, and the older songs (ignoring the umpteenth reincarnation of "Red") fresher than ever, perfectly at ease alongside the new stuff. Imagine the aging monarch donning his old robes and finding they not only still fit, but after more than 45-years are almost back in fashion.

 The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974) by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 2006
4.60 | 87 ratings

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The Collectable King Crimson - Vol. 1 (Live in Mainz, 1974 + Live in Asbury Park, 1974)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by tvtennis

5 stars What makes us go back and listen to KC time and time again? This Live double set from 1974 is a good example why. It highlights the brilliance of the four musicians on stage. No more, no less, just four guys doing what they do best.

According to the CD booklet, the first CD (Mainz) is a Stereo soundboard recording. Like many of us that appreciate prog, I am a 'bit of an audiophile, and I don't have an issue with the sound. It is unpolished, but to my ears, it gives an additional appeal. More less what you may have heard if you were present at the time. I like the 2 channel separation, it is little more extreme than a more produced recording would sound, I think is sounds great. The second CD has been much talked about. It is the bulk of the "USA" release from 1975, but this time uncut without the Eddie Jobson overdubs, and it represents the entire set from that evening. The sound for the second CD has been drawn from the original multi track analogue tapes, and the sound quality is near flawless.

One other enjoyable thing about this release are the liner notes by John Wetton, who recounts the events leading- up to the show in Mainz, as well as Sid Smith (author of the unauthorised biography: "In The Court of King Crimson" 2001). To be perfectly honest, both CD's sound a 'bit unpolished, but very clear with very good separation, perhaps those are the reasons why I am drawn to them. We have to keep in mind that these recordings were made in 1974! That is quite some time ago.

 In The Court Of The Crimson King by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.61 | 3668 ratings

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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars INTRODUCTION FEATURING "EXPLANATION OF WHY THIS ALBUM IS SO MEANINGFUL"

If you attempt to picture yourself in 1969 and think of what are the other great "progressive rock" acts going on, you'll find plenty of good stuff. However as you may put, though, most of them were pretty mild. They didn't achieve their full potential in this sense, they were still ascending into a higher form of prog being. Look at YES, GENESIS, CAMEL, etc. All of them are genre-defining bands that, by 1969, were pretty tame. So under this context, KING CRIMSON was groundbreaking.

If you still can't picture the situation, let me give you an analogy. In the early 20th Century, Europe's avant-garde Modernist movements influenced and dictated many peripheric nations' cultural endeavors. This was the case for Brazil, too, until an ambitious young lad called Mário de Andrade, hoping to give his nation's culture identity, shoot out for the whole world to see the Cannibal Manifesto, which shook the nation and brought Brazil forward to the Modernist era. Naturally, Mário wasn't the first with this revolutionary dream, as many contemporaries of his were "militant" Modernists as well; but the thing is: Mário was the man that materialized it. That made it go from "hopes and dreams of progressive artists" into "a truly concrete movement".

Now, try to swap "Brazil" with "rock", "Europe's avant-garde movements" with "popular, repetitive and radio- friendly approach", "Mário de Andrade" with "King Crimson" and you'll be able to picture what I'm talking about. Right? Right? Great.

So, say what you want, but IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING is a compulsory item in the catalog of any prog enthusiast, for historical value. Undeniably, this album is overrated. But assuming of its importance for the genre, it's fair. Let people worship it, even if it's a little out of proportion... what harm does it make?

Now, regarding musical value, to how enjoyable this is... that's a whole different story. In general, the album is highly diverse and there's no way to label it as of, say, "well, if you like jazz, listen to this stuff" (which in my opinion is the most progressive thing to be). If you read the definition of "what is prog rock" and listen to several five-stars albums, you'll find said definition a little out of touch, as if there's not much connection between what is spoken and what really happens. Not with this. "There's a change from blues influence to jazz/classical music"? CHECK. "It's highly complex"? Look at Mirrors (21st Century Schizoid Man's instrumental part), CHECK. "It tries to be distinct from the pop type of music of the time"? Well, just how many songs are similar to the homonymic track? CHECK.

So, in short, we've got three adjectives for those lads: DISTINCTIVE. INNOVATIVE. UNIQUE.

A SMALL COMMENTARY ON EACH BAND MEMBER (FROM MOST TO LEAST HIGHLIGHTED).

MICHAEL GILES, just as fellow reviewer ProgMetaller2112 says, brings this up a notch. Not only his virtuosity is amazing, but he is immensely creative and present on EACH FRIGGIN' TRACK. I can bet that on every single song you'll notice him and his drumming shenanigans. He's the star of this whole damn thing.

IAN MACDONALD's superb performance at the instrumental parts "Mirrors" and "The Return of the Fire Witch" are the next big thing on this album. It's amazing that a man at one moment can be deranged and insane while on the other so calm and efficient.

ROBERT FRIPP's performance on both the acoustic and electric guitar are superb. His performance on Mirrors and In the Court of the Crimson King are spectacular, to say the least.

GREG LAKE's vocals are, above everything, FITTING, for each track. Which the way I see is more important than being "good" or "enjoyable".

PETER SINFIELD's lyrics are interesting. Even though he (probably) repeats the topic three times (Vietnam War & Politics on 21st Century Schizoid Man/Epitaph/In the Court of the Crimson King), the theme doesn't feel repetitive.

NOW, I PRESENT YOU, EACH TRACK. INDIVIDUALLY "ANALYZED".

21st Century Schizoid Man is the first thing Fripp and his lads brings to you, with what I personally consider the true "embodiment, archetype, paragon" of progressive rock - alternatively of what I deem the popular opinion is - and not In the Court of the Crimson King. Well, this might be a little because I prefer songs with three-digit tempos. Here we have the most marvelous fusion between jazz and rock I've seen, folks. It's a maddened and aggressive, as I've read somewhere, "proto-heavy metal" (or should it be progressive metal? Or would it be jazzgressive metal?). I believe it's in the vein of freestyle jazz. It features distorted vocals and a disorderly vibe. Intentional, you might deduce correctly; this song is a criticism of the Vietnam War and politics (Sinclair's first attempt to tackle the subject). The instrumental piece "Mirrors" (aforementioned, like, ten times by now?) is the pinnacle of musicianship in this album, where the saxophone, drums, and guitars altogether jam an insanely delightful cacophony. You get another verse & chorus and then the chaotic outro, which, in comparison to the next track, is a shock.

I Talk to the Wind is a calm song with three verses and two chorus repetitions, and overall simple and straightforward lyricism (accordingly to Genius.com, it's about religiousness, as "the wind" is a metaphor for God). Don't be fooled to associate "calm" with "uninteresting" or "boring", though (leave this to Epitaph). In spite of the track's tranquil atmosphere, the drums are potent, MacDonald's flute solo is serene, but attention-grabbing. I'm not a fan of slow/mellow songs, but even so, I'll definitively give this song more than only one shot.

Epitaph is a slow but definitively not calm song. It's now leaning towards a more emotional approach. It hasn't called my attention, both instrumental parts - the bridge "March for No Reason" and the outro "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" - are forgettable, just the song as a whole. It is vigorous if you put in perspective Lake's passionate performance as he sings the lyrics - themed by a lack of faith on humanity as we march towards an apocalypse because those in power are fools... and because of nukes, too - but otherwise, its just... bland. The very definition of "60's unhopeful song about Vietnam War". I find this the low point of the album.

Moonchild is another calm song, although not in the same sense of "I Talk to the Wind" (serene). I'd, instead, use the word soothing. The first part, "The Dream", brings me images of nighttime, melancholy and loneliness as the tale of the Moonchild are told (possibly referring to Aleister Crowley's 1917 novel, 'Moonchild'). Eventually, part two begins - The Illusion. Imagine if King Crimson decided to make an instrumental lullaby only with three instruments: a piano, a vacillating guitar, and maddened drums. For ten minutes. Impromptu. Yeah. Well, it's nowhere as bad as it seems, BUT the instruments are flickering. It can just go calm and rather boring right after an interesting drum passage. And, most importantly, out of nowhere you hear a blasting Mellotron that gets you thinking, "Hey, that's not Moonchild, that's In the Court of the Crimson King!".

Finally, the legendary In the Court of the Crimson KIII-III-III-III-III-IIIIIING. Folks, this is an amazing song. The Mellotron riff makes you think "Now that's some real psychedelic stuff" (and in a good way!), it's so simple yet so effective at being distinctive and easily recognizable. This is yet another track criticizing Vietnam War. 21st Century Schizoid Man did so by predicting a lot of bad stuff happening, and being angry about it. Epitaph did that too, but this time, by being emotionally appealing. In the Court of the Crimson King does so by being highly poetic and mesmerizing, and variating from powerful passages (such as the chorus) to smooth ones (such as the flute solo of "The Return of the Fire Witch"). Right after the last chorus, as the outro "The Dance of the Puppets"'s silence ends, a rather... unexpected, short piece comes in. "Is this Zelda? Nintendo? On '69?" You'll ask yourself. Would I be surprised to know this song influenced 8-bit music? Not one bit (no pun intended).

SO, IN THE END..

. this is an essential masterpiece of progressive rock music. Personally, I can't consider this one of my favorite albums - although 21st Century Schizoid Man is my newest darling - but I don't even need it to be to recognize how amazing KING CRIMSON was. To think of this as a debut (well, to be honest KING CRIMSON'S debut was actually live to, like, 250,000 people maybe?) just gets me even more amazed. Anyone who's new to the genre should listen to this. Anyone who's old should listen again. Anyone who likes good music should listen to this. Anyone who hates Vietnam War and wants it to end should listen to it. Anyone who likes Mellotron should listen to this.

Okay, I'll make myself simpler: anyone, and that includes everyone, should listen to this.

 USA by KING CRIMSON album cover Live, 1975
4.02 | 436 ratings

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USA
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars Sure I've known King Crimson since about 1989. and own all their 1970s studio albums, but never tried any of their live albums. I was told Earthbound was to avoid, but USA, released after their breakup, was obviously much better. It was recorded towards the end of their existence, so obviously Larks' Tongues in Aspic is the most emphasized album, although only one cut from Starless & Bible Black is represented. If you own the CD reissue, you also get "Fracture" from the same album, as well as "Starless" from the as-yet-to-be released Red (that one was actually meant for Starless and Bible Black, but didn't all fit, although given that album was consisted of short pieces on side one, two or three lesser songs could have been easily removed for "Starless"). "Asbury Park" is exclusive to this album, recorded in New Jersey at the same town famous for Bruce Springsteen. This is an incredible live album that's required for all fans of King Crimson, just get a load of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II", "Lament", and "Exiles". The latter arranged a bit different. I also needs to be pointed out some of David Cross' violin playing was poorly recorded on tape, so Eddie Jobson had to touch it up afterwards. "Asbury Park" is a nice, fun enjoyable jam, but it's really cool to hear the Fripp-Bruford-Wetton-Cross lineup do their take on "21st Century Schizoid", the only song from an earlier lineup, on the album. It's a bit strange to hear John Wetton do a song suited for Greg Lake. At times when I feel King Crimson sound like they spend too much time messing about, on this album they really mean business and avoid some of the bad tendencies that bog down the band (the 3/4s of "Moonchild" being a prime example"). Essential album required in your collection.
 Red by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.54 | 2885 ratings

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Red
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Kaelka

5 stars I don't know about you guys, but I have my own personal musical "moments", a precise event within a song that really send shivers down my spine every time, even though I've known every single note of it for years. For instance, there's that moment when Viv Stanshall whispers "plus... tubular bells" and the bells kick in. Or the end of the introductory speech when the singer bellows "Mekanïk... Destruktiw... Kommandoh!" and the whole Magma band launches into the number. Or (I bet you don't know that one, check it on YT) the moment the bombard kicks in in Gwendal's "Panxty-Birke". Or again, and to come back to King Crimson, the explosion of sound that marks the start of "Fracture"'s final section.

Well for me there's one of those in "Red", and it's not (although it could do as well) the moment when the sax opens the end section of "Starless". No, it's really the bridge in "Fallen Angel" that makes me want to cry every time. Maybe it's only a personal thing, I don't know.

Well they already told you, "Red" is a masterpiece, the best album by the best KC lineup. It's really hard (and actually pointless) to make a decent comparison, but I rate it significantly above "In the Court of the Crimson King" in Crimson's discography, even if their first release is also a "chef d'oeuvre", and one that opened the way for the whole of prog rock.

Now, "Providence" is often considered the weak link of the album, but I think it's there to remind us, forever, that Fripp, Bruford and Wetton were (and still are!) fabulous musicians who never hesitated to improvise, in the studio but also on stage. Name another rock band of King Crimson's fame who ever did the same!

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.92 | 1565 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by DePloy

5 stars The beauty of a young, inquisitive spirit.

Starless and Bible Black was my first introduction to the world of progressive rock outside of the Yes on rock radio and Rush Chronicles. I remembered a quote where Geddy Lee stated he and Lifeson used to pretend they were King Crimson when they first started out when I found a cassette of Starless and Bible Black digging through the crates at a local Big Lots store. I think I was 17.

I'd gone through the heavy metal phase at 14, graduating to led zep and rush and the who et all on rock radio. Was this the next logical listen for my burgeoning prog ears?

Yes and no. Of course I tried Starless right away and thought it was weird. Loud. Creative and abrasive, but even then Starless and Bible Black and Fracture back to back made my jaw drop.

Soon I found the Weirdness of FZ appealed more to me. After thoroughly exploring his razor sharp ideology and absurdist wit I sought other hills to climb and came back to the dollar Starless and Bible Black cassette at university after quickly tiring of Dave Matthews, Phish, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones dreck.

Everyone around me hated it, but I finally got it and loved it double for that. AHA!

Crunchy, haunting, gorgeous, menacing, pastoral, a lot of adjectives can be used to describe the overall sound Fripp and co. display. For young, impressionable ears like mine at age 20, the most authentic descriptors would be influential and mindblowing.

I learned another lesson from this album when I bought it on CD in 1999, how different(better) remastering technology makes these classic analog recordings sound. I didn't listen to many cassettes after starting to make a bit of money.

The verdict is I'll be giving my male children a copy of this prior to enrolling at university (My daughter will get a copy of the first Return to Forever album)

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 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.12 | 1846 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgBlob

5 stars Another fantastic Crimson album. Ive been asked to review this album by a fellow PA member so im just going to jump right into it.

For some reason, King Crimsons early albums (after ITC, before Larks Tongues) have been sort of overlooked. Being my second favorite band of all time, I can enjoy all of their 70s albums. But Lizard is a very unique piece of music. Coming out after Poseidon, the 50/50 remake of their debut, Fripp decides to change up their sound completely. Now the only members playing from previous albums on here are Fripp and Sinfield on lyrics, the rest are new Jazz- oriented musicians, to change things up. Enjoying this album does require a taste, but once you acquire it, boy does it taste good.

Starting off extremely strong, Cirkus wakes you up with some evil-sounding mellotron. The jazz like drumming is very strong, and fripps classical guitar sound couldn't be better. This is probably Gordon Haskell's best singing on the album, he isnt an amazing singer, but this song wouldnt be the same without him. The beautiful sax solo midway is my favorite part, a delicate touch surrounded by chaos. Definitely one of the best songs here.

Indoor games and Happy Family go together quite well. Indoor games is quite a silly track, and if you asked me what its about, I wouldn't be able to answer very well. Hell, there are some words that don't even exist in here. There is a very tight jazzy instrumental section midway that i really enjoy. Happy family is another very odd track something about the events of a family dying, im not really sure though. This song has always given me the giggles for some reason, Haskells slightly distorted goofy singing here and there, surrounded by jazzy instrumental. This is the sort of song only a band like Crimson would produce.

I love it when albums have short melancholy breaks (Moonmadness, Lamb Lies Down, Hand. Cannot. Erase.), this is my favourite of them all. Lady of the Dancing Water lets soft flute and guitar give you a break from the madness and takes you to a meadow somewhere beside a lake. A perfect prelude for the epic title track.

The flipside is taken up entirely by the title track, one of my favorite songs of all time. Jon Anderson singing on a King Crimson album? Its any prog fans dream. Peters lyrics have never been better, and Anderson brings them to life perfectly. The chorus is very catchy, which is a very rare thing to find in the Crimson stables. When Anderson steps away from the mic, youre introduced to A Peacocks Tale, my favorite section of the song. Clarinet has never sounded better than in this light instrumental passage. Reminds me strongly of "Islands" occupying their next album. There's a minute of spoken word before hitting you in the face with the most image-provoking battle sequence you'll ever here. Thundering trombones blast, it has a certain medieval feel to it that I love. The thing I love most about this song is just how many instruments are being played. It amazes me just how overlooked this gem is, being one of my favorite side-longs. A Masterpiece.

Robert Fripp himself announced he didnt care for this album, which is a shame. I rate this album 4.5 stars, but im giving it 5, due to the fact that giving it 4 would be lowering its average. Highly underrated masterpiece of progressive rock.

 Islands by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.80 | 1610 ratings

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Islands
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgBlob

5 stars Islands is a very special album to me. Partly because it was the first King Crimson album I ever listened to, and partly because it shows their softer side. For some reason, this album has been vastly underrated, and critics tend to really give it to the singing, which i thought fit the album perfectly.

Starting off with the entrancing Formentara Lady, which starts with some nice vocals and other classical instruments, and then launches into some experimental meanderings for the remaining five minutes. This section does tend to linger for a while, but its like nothing I've ever heard, the sound is something no other band has reached. It definitely deserves more credit.

At the end of Formentara Lady, the ride symbol slowly introduces Sailers Tail, a loud jazzy instrumental, that never gets out of hand. It has a Soft Machine sound to it, but undeniably King Crimson. They give it their all from beginning to end, not wasting any time. This is one of my top ten favourite Crimson tracks.

"Impaled on nails of ice!" The Letters is about two women fighting over a man, writing letters to one another. It begins mellow, but breaks into some chaotic sax, not unlike Van Der Graaf Generator. Clocking at only 4:32, it gets a lot done before the gentle ending leading to the Prelude.

Song of the Gulls is a beautiful classical track. This really shows how much King Crimson is capable of. They can compose chaotic songs like Schizoid Man, but song of the gulls is really something else.

I love albums that save the best for last. This is surely the case here with the 9 minute title track. This song is like a dream, with the lyrics taking you off to your own island somewhere. I enjoy the simplicity, but it isn't repetitive at all. Keeping you interested the whole way through, it is a song unlike any other (maybe Raven That Refused To Sing). Improving upon every listen, this ranks as one of my all time favorites.

 Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983) by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars -endless possibilities-

A collection of recorded impros which faithfully describes the magnitude of possibilities this lineup version of King Crimson (Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin & Bill Bruford) is capable , or was, to be more chronological precise back in 1983.

So to put things in perspective this , until now unpublished, material plowed the road towards "Three Of A Perfect Pair" released in 1984.

King Crimson in these recorded rehearsals is tasting the feel of each other again, looking for then unexistent sunken treasures, looking for the right cohersion and a new direction. Some tracks are the highlight of wherever the rest of the composition went, a couple are actual experimental impro-sketches of tracks which would lead to later transformations into the unknown and the rest are perfect-pitch constructed and performed compositions which enlightened the way to the, as mentioned, "Three Of A Perfect Pair", but never in this kind of music composition configuration, therefore unrecognizable, thus they sound like new.

As an outsider it is no less than a privilege to witness this level of musicians rolling up their sleeves and discovering and polishing so many mini-masterpieces or the same letting go some others which ANY other musician or band would feed on to to build a full release.

As far as the always subjective task of rating I will certainly be considering the ahead of its time ground breaking composition structures, eventhough this level of musicians took as primary rehearsals or possible, but not ready yet songs.

In understanding, also, that I am not the kind of fellow who is expecting the 209th live version of,... let me choose Easy Money, as an example, . No, I like many King Crimson studio releases, but some I like far more including their live "USA", but that is it! That is my kind of loyal following.

Therefore as such it collects all kind of music to be ideas, looking for a course to embark and in the hands of these musicians creativity is an understatement. Beyond the mere collectible tagging, this release will fill any kind of prog follower's expectations and maybe a bit more. Do not feel discouraged by the short running time of some tracks, what is recorded is nonexpendable and highly valuable.

****4 PA stars.

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