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KING CRIMSON

Eclectic Prog • United Kingdom


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King Crimson biography
Formed in London in 1968 - Several hiatus & reformations (1981,1994,2007 & 2013) - Still active in 2017

" 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. 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 GILES and Peter Giles on drum...
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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 | 3747 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3.83 | 1868 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
1970
4.12 | 1890 ratings
Lizard
1970
3.80 | 1647 ratings
Islands
1971
4.42 | 2522 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
1973
3.92 | 1605 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
1974
4.54 | 2953 ratings
Red
1974
4.11 | 1686 ratings
Discipline
1981
3.02 | 1034 ratings
Beat
1982
3.26 | 1017 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
1984
3.65 | 950 ratings
THRAK
1995
3.14 | 228 ratings
ProjeKct Two: Space Groove
1998
3.12 | 705 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
2000
3.40 | 194 ratings
ProjeKct X: Heaven And Earth
2000
3.95 | 1061 ratings
The Power To Believe
2003
3.57 | 485 ratings
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins: A Scarcity Of Miracles
2011

KING CRIMSON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.44 | 370 ratings
Earthbound
1972
4.02 | 447 ratings
USA
1975
2.89 | 29 ratings
Strange Tales of the Sailors
1991
4.56 | 350 ratings
The Great Deceiver: Live 1973 - 1974
1992
3.75 | 161 ratings
B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina)
1995
2.63 | 196 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
1996
3.78 | 168 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes One & Two
1997
4.44 | 266 ratings
The Night Watch
1997
3.72 | 133 ratings
Epitaph, Volumes Three & Four
1997
4.45 | 277 ratings
Absent Lovers - Live in Montreal, 1984
1998
3.96 | 28 ratings
Live At The Jazz Café (ProjeKct One)
1998
3.93 | 27 ratings
Masque (ProjeKct Three)
1999
3.76 | 21 ratings
Live Groove (Projekct Two)
1999
3.22 | 9 ratings
West Coast Live (ProjeKct Four)
1999
3.62 | 108 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
2000
4.03 | 111 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
2001
3.60 | 92 ratings
Level Five
2001
4.02 | 134 ratings
Ladies of the Road
2002
3.67 | 75 ratings
EleKtriK
2003
4.59 | 89 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
2.26 | 8 ratings
The Crimson Projekct - Offical Bootleg Live 2012
2012
3.51 | 34 ratings
Live In Japan (The Crimson Projekct)
2014
3.02 | 92 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
2015
4.77 | 13 ratings
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Vienna + Live in Tokyo 2015
2017

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

4.00 | 38 ratings
The Noise: Frejus
1984
4.69 | 16 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan
1984
4.44 | 135 ratings
Deja Vrooom
1999
3.76 | 127 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
2003
3.90 | 70 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
4.29 | 44 ratings
Live In Argentina 1994
2012
4.57 | 83 ratings
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
2016

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

3.90 | 99 ratings
The Young Persons Guide To King Crimson
1976
2.15 | 66 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
1986
3.65 | 55 ratings
The Essential King Crimson: Frame by Frame
1991
3.20 | 44 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
1993
2.94 | 25 ratings
Schizoid Man
1996
3.34 | 45 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
4.55 | 48 ratings
21st Century Guide: Volume One (1969-1974)
2004
3.53 | 38 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two: 1981-2003 (4CD Box Set)
2005
3.98 | 26 ratings
The Condensed 21st Century Guide 1969 - 2003
2006
3.44 | 18 ratings
King Crimson - 40th Anniversary Tour Box
2008
4.78 | 99 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
4.65 | 45 ratings
The Road to Red
2013
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Elements (2014 Tour Box)
2014
4.63 | 16 ratings
Starless
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
THRAK BOX
2015
3.93 | 15 ratings
The Elements (2015 Tour Box)
2015
3.40 | 5 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
3.31 | 46 ratings
Cat Food
1970
3.88 | 24 ratings
The Night Watch
1974
3.63 | 39 ratings
Epitaph
1976
3.89 | 19 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 | 131 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
3.19 | 25 ratings
Live at The Marquee 1969
1998
3.23 | 11 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 | 17 ratings
Live in Northampton, MA (ProjeKct Two)
2001
4.18 | 8 ratings
The Guide to Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Parts 1-4)
2001
3.23 | 25 ratings
Live at The Zoom Club
2002
3.37 | 85 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002
3.24 | 17 ratings
The Champaign-Urbana Sessions, 1983
2002
3.62 | 26 ratings
Hyde Park, London, 1969
2002
4.13 | 16 ratings
Live in Nashville, TN, 2001
2002
3.52 | 20 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
3.56 | 16 ratings
Live in Orlando, FL, 1972
2003
2.88 | 17 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
2003
3.11 | 19 ratings
Live at Fillmore East, November 21 & 22, 1969
2003
4.04 | 15 ratings
King Crimson - CC - ProjeKct Three Live in Austin, TX , March 25, 1999
2004
4.06 | 17 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA , July 30, 1982
2004
2.79 | 15 ratings
Live in Brighton, October 16, 1971
2005
4.13 | 20 ratings
Live in Heidelberg, 1974
2005
3.78 | 18 ratings
Live in Warsaw, June 11, 2000
2005
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live at the Wiltern 1st July 1995
2006
4.25 | 12 ratings
Live in Munich
2006
3.25 | 7 ratings
ProjeKct Six - East Coast Live
2006
3.90 | 10 ratings
Projekct Two - CC- Live in Chicago, IL
2006
4.00 | 9 ratings
Projekct Three - CC - Live in Alexandria, VA, March 3, 2003
2007
3.79 | 14 ratings
Live in Denver, CO, March 13, 1972
2007
4.27 | 15 ratings
Live in Kassel, April 1, 1974
2008
4.33 | 12 ratings
Live at the Pier, NYC - August 2 , 1982
2008
4.18 | 11 ratings
Live in Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 1996
2008
4.18 | 13 ratings
Park West, Chicago, Illinois (August 7, 2008)
2008
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in Boston, MA, March 27, 1972
2009
4.41 | 17 ratings
Live Zurich, Nov. 15, 1973
2009
4.18 | 13 ratings
Live In Milan June 20, 2003
2009
4.08 | 12 ratings
Live in Toronto, June 24, 1974
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Recorded Live On The 2014 US Tour
2015
4.53 | 52 ratings
Live In Toronto
2016
3.96 | 5 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
2016
3.43 | 16 ratings
Heroes
2017

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 Lizard by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.12 | 1890 ratings

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Lizard
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars Planned spontaneity: 10/10

Clown, juggler, acrobat, sword swallower, lion tamer, it can only mean one thing... the circus has come to town! For their upcoming show, they have brought along a special guest: the iconoclastic and now jazzy KING CRIMSON, featuring Robert Fripp, Gordon Haskell, Mel Collins, Andy McCulloch, Keith Tippet, Robin Miller, Mark Charig, Nick Evans. The purpose of this unconventional partnership is to present tonight's theatrically bombastic show, the conceptual piece called LIZARD.

"People, oh all good people," says the announcer (who is actually Jon Anderson with a mustache. Boy, I wonder why is he hiding his identity), "This will be a unique experience! It will take you to lands so eerie you would never expect to visit!". Fripp, with a cold smile, continues. "I can guarantee you: this will be unlike anything ever seen."

LIZARD is... strange. Here, KING CRIMSON plays an in-between of free jazz and jazz fusion. Nowhere nearly as accessible or straightforwardly technical as MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, but also hardly grasping the absolute unorthodoxy of oddities like BITCHES BREW, LIZARD can be described at best as "free jazz with structure", something that sounds like an absurd oxymoron, but isn't. The jazz is improvisational, however, with limits demarked by the songs' skeletal chords and rhythm. Basically, the musicians perform a controlled experiment. It ends up sounding bizarre, unpredictable, but not really alienating.

Sadly, LIZARD's status as "not this nor that", its inhabitation in that grey area makes it underrated (rather than accessed) by both extremities. At one tip, settled by a demanding minority of bold avant-jazz lovers who expect nothing less than deranged subversiveness, it's not adventurous enough. To the numerous jazz fusion fans on the opposite hemisphere, it's too weird, too chaotic, and most importantly, it doesn't sound like 21st Century Schizoid Man. It doesn't sound like anything that resembles the first incarnation of KING CRIMSON at all, actually. "Jesus, dude. IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON was such a great followup... why did you need to do... this?"

I'll give them a break, it must have been a shocker. In the dawn of 1970 KING CRIMSON was playing mellow and atmospheric symphonic prog but only a few months later they changed their style completely. Now, they're playing weird jazz. Weirder than 21st Century Schizoid Man (which isn't even weird, to begin with). This is visible since the opener: LIZARD begins with a somber tone, brought by Cirkus. Right away, KING CRIMSON's new incarnation brings solid musicianship through an organized polyphonic instrumental jamming (under Haskell's rude vocals). Although the track seems to indicate a certain conceptual (or atmospheric) seriousness, this is an erroneous assumption, promptly corrected on the next track. Indoor Games' brass melody has an air of mockery and Gordon Haskell's reverbed vocals sound cheerful in a rather... mischievous way. Happy Family continues with this frolic mood. But it is also the most inaccessible and anarchical song. Everything: the guitars, the keyboards, the Mellotron, the flute, the oboe; they all together jam with autonomy, absolutely disconnected, almost cacophonically. Starkly contrasting with this madness, Lady of the Dancing Water is warm and delicate, like a lullaby. Fripp gentle strums the guitar, Collins calmly blows the flute. Images of a lake come to your mind. Well, if it didn't before, I hope it does now you've read this.

The big boy occupies the second side. LIZARD . The eponymous track. From the Old French lesarde. (Aren't them beautiful words? Both lizard and lesarde.) Dynamic, medievalesque, ever-changing and spectacularly composed and played (even if somewhat disjunct), it brings up a notch the already formidable songwriting. The abstract lyrics construct imageries of a whimsical world dwelled by sentient lizards and brave princes (which so happen to be the name of coastal Canadian cities) who participate in poetic battles of symbolic proportions and cryptical significances. Or... something like that, I guess. It's a beautiful, powerful and boldly creative song and deservedly hailed as one of KING CRIMSON's finest pieces. It features Jon Anderson (the main vocalist of YES). By the way, that's the reason Anderson was hiding his identity. He didn't want to spoil the surprise. Seriously, when I spontaneously discovered it was him (I was listening to this at school) I giggled like a fan girl "It's Jon Anderson, oh my god". Luckily, no one was around.

Big Top is the [song and album's] outro. A circus-esque melody begins at the right speaker and fades from the left, simulating the passage a musical act right in front of the listener. And thus the show is over. The circus left town with its fanciful world of adventures and eclectic improvisational jazz fusion. Some who experienced LIZARD deems it as bland, boring, disconnected, too coldly calculated, too inaccessible, or directionless. Others, like me, call it inspirational, superb, breathtaking, yadda yadda yadda. It's all a matter of perspective. For anyone willing to give a shot at a slightly weird and unorthodox jazz, but only slightly, LIZARD's at your service. The circus is willing to play their show again, and again, and again... if you're willing to listen to it.

 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.11 | 1686 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars My introduction to King Crimson came through hearing the song 'Red' which I found incredibly boring and repetitive. Such a shame, that King Crimson, one of the most famous progressive rock bands of all time, would turn out to be such a letdown. Fast forward a few years and I'm at my local, trusty car-boot sale. We all love a bargain, and when I saw someone selling this CD for 50p, I knew it was time to jump in and give the band a proper chance.

Well, they won me over, because 'Discipline' turned out to be a pretty good record.

Consisting of musically intelligent and creative individuals, these guys know how to write some totally different and unique songs. My personal faves, 'Elephant Talk' and 'Thela Hun Ginjeet', both have lyrical themes that are certainly unlike any others I've heard before. Both interestingly show how musical inspiration can come from anywhere.

Despite these two highlights though, at times it feels like the rest of 'Discipline' just kind of plods along. The songs aren't terrible, in fact, each song by itself is good and very easy to listen to, but I find myself getting bored trying to listen to the whole album in one sitting. In that regard, whilst this release may have converted me into a fan, it's still not something I'm likely to rant and rave about any time soon.

I guess I'm all talk.

 Discipline by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1981
4.11 | 1686 ratings

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Discipline
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars Mindbogglingly King Crimonish: 10/10

KING CRIMSON is, in my opinion, the utmost emblematic band of progressive rock, mostly because they hold true to the genre's name and don't think twice before completely transforming their core and musical style.

It's important to mention, right away, that I think that Robert Fripp is KING CRIMSON and vice-versa. His mind is the combustible of KING CRIMSON's repertoire. From his mind comes the rough, brute ideas. The other musicians, of course, are also important because they help him to sculpt the band's music, but they're not inherent to the band. Maybe to an incarnation's musical style they might be, but not to KING CRIMSON as a musical project.

Anyway. The year is 1981 and whether or not willingly Fripp did it (again): he reinvented progressive rock (with DISCIPLINE). But that's strange. Fripp assumed prog and all its values were dead, so why would be "reinvent" it? And, most importantly, why did he resuscitate King Crimson, assuming it died after Red?

Well, apparently, Fripp feels restless when he's not experimenting. You see, his experience during 70s KING CRIMSON was, even if troubled, quite fulfilling - he was able to unleash his creativity with complete artistic freedom. However, for as much it was great to be an artist, the music industry grew tiresome for our British lad and he gave up. Simultaneously, the progressive movement was dying, and that means KING CRIMSON unavoidably would perish as well. After all, everything it represented would, in this dawning new era, be meaningless - what's the point of a group of dudes experimenting in an environment violent inventiveness isn't cherished, but actually frowned upon? An environment where radio-friendliness and cash making matters more? And so, in 1974, KING CRIMSON was disbanded. An unwise idea.

Fripp's spirit remained uneasy the following years and he tried to appease it in every way possible, going as far experimenting that hot new thing called New Wave(with the self-titled album of his ephemerous band 'The League of Gentlemen' on 1979). Although short, the experience with that band experience sufficed for Fripp to adapt to the new musical landscape. He decided he wanted to play New Wave, but add his own weirdizer touch to it.

Haunted by KING CRIMSON's ghost, he recruited a second guitarist (Adrian Belew) to prove, conclusively, the upcoming project DISCIPLINE was distinct from the 70s progressive rock legend. Unfruitfully. "In the first week of the rehearsal, I knew the band I was hearing. There was no doubt the band playing was King Crimson". And so KING CRIMSON was back from the death. At least semantical and philosophically (in the sense of being creative) because materialistically Fripp constantly stressed that "Sure, this is King Crimson. But [...] it's a modern rock band playing in 1981." It was important to root this new incarnation on the new conjecture, rather than nostalgically recall the past (as Neo-prog was doing at the time).

Well, that answers the question. But another relevant inquiry is brought: how does it sounds like ?

Ranging from puzzling African-inspired polyrhythms sections to deliciously delicate atmospheric gamelan (Asian, specifically, Indonesian) rock music, DISCIPLINE is different from anything KING CRIMSON had ever released, or that anyone had ever released, for that matter. New Wave is the main influence, but DISCIPLINE ends up being much more than that, an amalgam of styles, rather than just "progressive new wave" (a title appropriately convened to BEAT).

The swanky trait of the band is easily recognizable on Elephant Talk's experimentalist new wave, from its sarcastic lyrics to the complex funky background. The guitar solo announces a novelty, the conception & usage of the eerie Frippertronics, which can distort and "synthesize" the guitar far more wickedly than any pedal could ever do. Frame by Frame is commercially friendlier, even with its intricate structure. Matte Kudasai is introspective, melodic, and paradoxically warm and melancholic; Adrian Belew's emotive vocals, accompanied by occasional guitar swells, are able to create a strong atmosphere. The dissonant anger of Indiscipline is homologous to RED's or LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC's hard-rocking/borderline metal parts. I suppose that it was successful to appease some die-hard KING CRIMSON fans who must've listened to that and thought "it's not that bad... not at all". Or so I hope Thela Hun Gijeet is pretty funky but disoriented. I can't understand its purpose or goals. The Sheltering Sky is where the gamelan music strikes at full force through its multi-layered meditative ambiance, it even features slit drums. My favorite track, followed right after by the legendary namesake track, Discipline. Technically impressive and sonically intricate, Fripp's intention was to create an exercise where all instruments have equal importance, and such isonomy would be guaranteed through... you guessed it... discipline. An exercise where only the most disciplined musicians can keep their sh*t together through the hypnotic disorientating music.

DISCIPLINE's paramount achievement is to combine so much disparate musical styles in a fluid album, bonded by New Wave tendencies. Highly technical, progressive, but far from from inacessible or overly pretentious. Erudite yet lightheartedly enjoyable.

Quite an experience.

 Heroes by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Heroes
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars For over 14 years I've been waiting for King Crimson to comeback to Mexico City, and this will finally happen this weekend (Jul 14), so as you can imagine, I am as excited as a child with a toy. King Fripp and his colleagues will hit the stage for five unique evenings in which we will find a lot of songs from the band's catalogue, including probably the ones featured on this EP.

This is a short EP that shows us the current lineup, with a bunch of extraordinary musicians that have been in the musical scene for so many years making related and non-related King Crimson music. Robert Fripp has gathered a new elegant lineup that brings Jakko as the singer, a man who has a nice voice that perfectly fits with some of the classic tunes. It is a mistake to try to compare his vocal range with Lake, Wetton or Belew, so when you decide to simply enjoy Jakszyk's voice you will be enchanted by his subtle tune.

Fripp originally recorded guitars for "Heroes", an anthem created by David Bowie who passed away last year. He was friend of Fripp (and so many people) so the King decided to play the song in a frequent basis for the last 2016-tour, and even put its name for this new EP: Heroes (Live in Europe 2016), a nice homage to Bowie. The song can be found here in two forms, the one recorded live in Germany, and a radio-edited version. I am eagerly waiting of it to be performed here in my city.

A wonderful version of "Easy Money" is featured here, though the essence does not change, there are so many figures and solos that I assume change every concert as a part of that improvisation they always give. It is relevant what Mel Collins creates here (and in all of the songs of the tour, actually), he can bring a lot of nuances and atmospheres, he is capable of changing our mood with his sax and flute, and in this track one can easily notice that. Of course, mellotron and guitars play also a cool role on this song, which sounds truly powerful with this lineup.

The weak part of this EP is this edited "Starless" version. Man, you know how powerful that song is, how people love it, you cannot give us only a sneak peek of it. The four minutes are cool and let our imagination play, but it is cruel to cut that masterpiece and I think it was a mistake to include this edited form in this release. "Hell Hounds of Krim" show (as KC use to) the talent and interplay of the drummers. For me it is difficult to recognize what three drummers in the same stage can do, I am not a drummer at all but it will be a delight to watch those big guys playing and exciting us. Of course, uncle Tony Levin who is a true KC reference will also give us countless moments of passion and elegancy through his bass and stick.

This is a good but non-essential EP that give us a hint of how the current lineup sound. The highlight is definitely "Easy Money", followed by "Heroes".

Enjoy it!

 Heroes by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Heroes
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by LastSonOfGallifrey

4 stars Since this is my first review for Progarchives, I'll keep it short and sweet. I really like the newest line-up of King Crimson, and I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've heard from them. This latest EP includes a handful of tracks that we have heard from this line-up before, as well as a terrific tribute to the late David Bowie on the title track. Since Mr. Fripp played on the original "Heroes", I've always thought it very appropriate that he would, from time to time, have KC perform this song in concert. I quite liked the version from the Heavy ConstruKction box set, but I feel that this version is even better. While I love Adrian Belew in and out of KC, I never felt that he was quite right for any of the material that was not a part of the albums he was recorded with them. His sometimes nasal vocals did not, I felt, fit into 21st Century Schizoid man, and they weren't a perfect fit for "Heroes" either. I think that Jakko truly outdid himself on this new version of "Heroes", and would highly recommend this EP for Crimson and Bowie fans everywhere.

I docked it a star for the unfortunate edit on Starless.

 Three Of A Perfect Pair by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.26 | 1017 ratings

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Three Of A Perfect Pair
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

3 stars A tired, second-generation King Crimson: 6/10

For people who aren't familiarized of KING CRIMSON's, and particularly, Robert Fripp's peculiarities - the paradigmatic frontman -, the philosophy that moves them is based on expanding the boundaries of music and exploring the most enigmatic melodies. The reason they're called "Eclectic prog" is exactly thanks to this characteristic: they're much experimental, at the verge of avant-garde music boundaries. That's the reason why the band is so respected and influential - it has a little more to do with just releasing IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING.

THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR is part of the post-progressive KING CRIMSON era. Fripp sort of acknowledges that the progressive movement, especially its foremost principles, are dead. He preferred, then, to preserve prog's original objective of musical expansiveness with different methodologies, which culminates in DISCIPLINE, founding a genre that is originated from prog, but isn't prog itself. It is distinct as because of its differentiated basis - most notably the art and avant-garde rock genres, as well metal influences -, and its name is the aforementioned post-progressive.

It is the 80's, though. Britannia's waves are ruled by a new, synthetic wave: the new wave. DISCIPLINE's successfully merged it with several other influences, creating a genuinely progressive masterpiece in every aspect conceivable. THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR, though, has the post-progressive avant-garde and pop alloy a little worn out, as it shows rather than comfortable balance a downright polarized, peeling physiognomy: at one side it is pure pop and the other is pure experimentation. The album sounds somewhat unsettling, but that's because of the Frippertronics, that this time sounds anxious and neurotic, meticulously cold and robotic.

While it might seem a good idea to separate the album in two hemispheres, it isn't. It just shows that KING CRIMSON has always explored all corners of New Wave they could find. The experimental portion, for instance, is hardly New Wave. It is unidentifiable, purely experimental, even repeating moods and atmospheres from the band's previous incarnations, and that just points out they're out of creative mojo, needing to repeat experiments that were already done.

Individually, though, the album is thought-provoking and breaks the disco new-wave paradigm of its time, so it's enough to call it a day.

 Starless And Bible Black by KING CRIMSON album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.92 | 1605 ratings

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Starless And Bible Black
King Crimson Eclectic Prog

Review by Orpheus-keys

4 stars Due to being sandwiched between highly-acclaimed 1973's Larks' Tongues In Aspic and 1974's Red, - one may find it easy to understand why Starless and Bible Black gets overlooked. Before the recording of this album, experimental percussionist Jamie Muir left the group leaving Bill Bruford as the sole percussionist. Perhaps in order to compensate for their loss; this album features some of Brufords' most wacky percussive ideas which often consist of organic-sounding, highly polished staccato rolls. Guitar-wise, Robert Fripp takes on a more subdued, fairly noisy yet accompanying role for the majority of the album and often the time in which you can hear him at his clearest will most likely be the gentlest sections. Musically Starless and Bible Black is a game of two halves; - Side One has six short-to-mid-length pieces, two of which are complete instrumentals. It begins with 'The Great Deceiver' which is a very cluttered and disonnant song and it's also the closest you'll hear to a 'rock' song on this album. To follow up is 'Lament' which is a very dynamic piece of music for its short length. A gentle ballad for the most part but with a tendency to spiral into syncopated-riff mayhem. 'We'll Let You Know' is a very representative song of the album as an entirety as it showcases very archetypal Crimson quiet improv jamming with flashes of vibraphone swirls and a hazy backdrop; yet it fails to fo find its drive nor find its purpose. 'The Night Watch' is a nice vocal-led quiet song with a quasi-political undertone yet lacks real accessibility and enchantment. 'Trio' and 'The Mincer' are both left-field, experimental and mostly instrumental songs which are quite in keeping with the general mood of the album however they're not tracks one would listen to outside of the album's context. Side Two is entirely instrumental and consists of two long tracks, the first of which is the title track 'Starless and Bible Black' which is nine-minutes long and for the most part very sleepy and inconsequential. Flashes of inspiration appear throughout but at this stage it fails to capture one's attention entirely. 'Fracture' is a massive improvement and easily my personal favourite on the album; a composition solely written by Fripp and lasting eleven-minutes. The track is incredibly dynamic and undergoes many interesting key changes, mood changes and time signature changes. It begins quietly yet springs into life with a quintessentially scary and dischordant ending section akin to 'The Devil's Triangle' from 1970's 'In the Wake of Poseidon' .. and then the album finishes.    Overall; - a sprawling and ambitious work by Crimson which often gets slated due to its high focus on noodly inprov-driven instrumentals and fuzzy production values, yet I personally like it as it's quite exotic and very different. It has a certain aesthetic charm to it that only those who have listened will understand. Definitely one of Crimson's most left-field releases yet full of moments of euphoria and high levels of musicianship.  
 Live In Toronto by KING CRIMSON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.53 | 52 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 missing from the "Action" tapes restored, 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 or something.

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 a lot of residual power in 2015.

A convincing argument is made in that first track: even with its cutting edge dulled by age, the new Crimson King sounds pretty darn sharp. The set-list is mostly Golden Oldies, 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
4.57 | 83 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 of them, 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. But nostalgia was clearly the order of the day, 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 stage reticence, 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 (and quintessentially Frippish) design 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
4.59 | 89 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.

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