KING CRIMSON

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King Crimson are a rock band founded in London in 1968 by members from western England. Widely recognised as a foundational progressive rock group, the band have incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during their history (including jazz and folk music, classical and experimental music, psychedelic rock, hard rock and heavy metal, New Wave, gamelan, electronica and drum and bass). They have been influential to many contemporary musical artists and have gained a large following, despite garnering little radio or music video airplay. Peter Sinfield, interviewed for Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation in Three Movements, described Crimson thus: "[W]e had an Ethos in Crimson... We just refused to play anything that sounded anything like a Tin Pan Alley record. If it sounded at all popular, it was out. So it had to be complicated, it had to be more expansive chords, it had to have strange influences. If it sounded, like, read more...
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KING CRIMSON Discography

KING CRIMSON albums / top albums

KING CRIMSON In The Court Of The Crimson King album cover 4.36 | 101 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Proto-Metal 1969
KING CRIMSON In The Wake Of Poseidon album cover 3.86 | 42 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Lizard album cover 3.85 | 50 ratings
Lizard
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Islands album cover 3.71 | 37 ratings
Islands
Proto-Metal 1971
KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic album cover 4.37 | 93 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
Proto-Metal 1973
KING CRIMSON Starless And Bible Black album cover 3.90 | 39 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Red album cover 4.38 | 102 ratings
Red
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Discipline album cover 4.15 | 40 ratings
Discipline
Non-Metal 1981
KING CRIMSON Beat album cover 3.10 | 27 ratings
Beat
Non-Metal 1982
KING CRIMSON Three Of A Perfect Pair album cover 3.42 | 28 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
Non-Metal 1984
KING CRIMSON THRAK album cover 3.80 | 28 ratings
THRAK
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON The ConstruKction Of Light album cover 3.19 | 22 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON The Power To Believe album cover 4.00 | 31 ratings
The Power To Believe
Non-Metal 2003

KING CRIMSON EPs & splits

KING CRIMSON VROOOM album cover 3.90 | 7 ratings
VROOOM
Non-Metal 1994
KING CRIMSON Level Five album cover 4.19 | 4 ratings
Level Five
Non-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With album cover 3.83 | 5 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
Non-Metal 2002

KING CRIMSON live albums

KING CRIMSON Earthbound album cover 1.33 | 6 ratings
Earthbound
Proto-Metal 1972
KING CRIMSON USA album cover 4.02 | 10 ratings
USA
Proto-Metal 1975
KING CRIMSON The Great Deceiver album cover 4.61 | 10 ratings
The Great Deceiver
Proto-Metal 1992
KING CRIMSON B'BOOM: Live In Argentina album cover 3.34 | 7 ratings
B'BOOM: Live In Argentina
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON THRaKaTTaK album cover 3.90 | 6 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
Non-Metal 1996
KING CRIMSON Epitaph album cover 4.00 | 8 ratings
Epitaph
Proto-Metal 1997
KING CRIMSON The Night Watch album cover 4.78 | 7 ratings
The Night Watch
Proto-Metal 1997
KING CRIMSON Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal album cover 4.59 | 10 ratings
Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Heavy ConstruKction album cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON VROOOM VROOOM album cover 3.96 | 4 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
Non-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Ladies Of The Road album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Ladies Of The Road
Proto-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON EleKtriK: Live In Japan album cover 3.96 | 3 ratings
EleKtriK: Live In Japan
Non-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live At The Orpheum album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Live At The Orpheum
Non-Metal 2015

KING CRIMSON demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KING CRIMSON On Broadway album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
On Broadway
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At The Marquee, 1969 album cover 3.36 | 2 ratings
Live At The Marquee, 1969
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At Jacksonville, 1972 album cover 3.82 | 2 ratings
Live At Jacksonville, 1972
Proto-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At Cap D'Agde, 1982 album cover 3.45 | 2 ratings
Live At Cap D'Agde, 1982
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972 album cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The VROOOM Sessions album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The VROOOM Sessions
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON Live In Central Park, NYC, 1974 album cover 2.62 | 3 ratings
Live In Central Park, NYC, 1974
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live At Summit Studios, 1972 album cover 4.36 | 2 ratings
Live At Summit Studios, 1972
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live At Moles Club, Bath, 1981 album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Moles Club, Bath, 1981
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live In Berkeley, CA, 1982 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Berkeley, CA, 1982
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Nashville Rehearsals, 1997 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Nashville Rehearsals, 1997
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live At Plymouth Guildhall, 1971 album cover 3.46 | 3 ratings
Live At Plymouth Guildhall, 1971
Proto-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live In Detroit, MI, 1971 album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Live In Detroit, MI, 1971
Proto-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Live In Mainz, Germany, 1974 album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Live In Mainz, Germany, 1974
Non-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Live In Nashville, TN, 2001 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Nashville, TN, 2001
Non-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON Live In Hyde Park, 1969 album cover 3.88 | 3 ratings
Live In Hyde Park, 1969
Proto-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON Champaign-Urbana Sessions album cover 3.91 | 2 ratings
Champaign-Urbana Sessions
Non-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON Live At The Zoom Club, 1972 album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
Live At The Zoom Club, 1972
Proto-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON The Power To Believe Tour Box album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The Power To Believe Tour Box
Non-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live In Orlando, FL, 1972 album cover 3.04 | 3 ratings
Live In Orlando, FL, 1972
Proto-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live In Guildford, 1972 album cover 3.88 | 3 ratings
Live In Guildford, 1972
Proto-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982 album cover 3.86 | 2 ratings
Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982
Non-Metal 2004
KING CRIMSON Live At Fillmore East, 1969 album cover 3.42 | 3 ratings
Live At Fillmore East, 1969
Non-Metal 2004
KING CRIMSON Warsaw, Poland, 2000 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Warsaw, Poland, 2000
Non-Metal 2005
KING CRIMSON Live In Heidelberg, 1974 album cover 4.32 | 2 ratings
Live In Heidelberg, 1974
Proto-Metal 2005
KING CRIMSON Live In Brighton, 1971 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Brighton, 1971
Proto-Metal 2005
KING CRIMSON Live At The Wiltern, 1995 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live At The Wiltern, 1995
Non-Metal 2005
KING CRIMSON Live In Munich, 1982 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Munich, 1982
Non-Metal 2006
KING CRIMSON Live In Denver, 1972 album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Denver, 1972
Proto-Metal 2007
KING CRIMSON Live In Kassel, 1974 album cover 4.27 | 2 ratings
Live In Kassel, 1974
Proto-Metal 2007
KING CRIMSON Live At The Pier, NYC, 1982 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Pier, NYC, 1982
Non-Metal 2008
KING CRIMSON Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1996 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1996
Non-Metal 2008
KING CRIMSON Live In Milan, 2003 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Milan, 2003
Non-Metal 2008
KING CRIMSON Live In Boston, MA, 1972 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Boston, MA, 1972
Non-Metal 2009
KING CRIMSON Live In Zurich, 1973 album cover 4.32 | 2 ratings
Live In Zurich, 1973
Proto-Metal 2009
KING CRIMSON Live In Chicago, IL, 1995 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Chicago, IL, 1995
Non-Metal 2010
KING CRIMSON Live in New Haven, CT, 2003 album cover 4.32 | 2 ratings
Live in New Haven, CT, 2003
Non-Metal 2011
KING CRIMSON Live In Toronto, 1974 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Toronto, 1974
Proto-Metal 2011
KING CRIMSON Live In Toronto album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Toronto
Non-Metal 2016
KING CRIMSON Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Rehearsals & Blows (May-November 1983)
Non-Metal 2016

KING CRIMSON re-issues & compilations

KING CRIMSON A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson
Proto-Metal 1976
KING CRIMSON The Compact King Crimson album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
Non-Metal 1986
KING CRIMSON Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson
Proto-Metal 1991
KING CRIMSON Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson
Non-Metal 1991
KING CRIMSON Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
Non-Metal 1993
KING CRIMSON Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide To King Crimson Live
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The Deception Of The Thrush: A Beginners' Guide To Projekcts album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Deception Of The Thrush: A Beginners' Guide To Projekcts
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The ProjeKcts album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The ProjeKcts
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume 1: 1969-1974 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume 1: 1969-1974
Proto-Metal 2004
KING CRIMSON The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume 2: 1981-2003 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume 2: 1981-2003
Non-Metal 2005
KING CRIMSON Condensed 21st Century Guide To King Crimson (1969-2003) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Condensed 21st Century Guide To King Crimson (1969-2003)
Non-Metal 2006
KING CRIMSON The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 1 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 1
Proto-Metal 2006
KING CRIMSON The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 2 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 2
Non-Metal 2007
KING CRIMSON 40th Anniversary Tour Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
40th Anniversary Tour Box
Non-Metal 2008
KING CRIMSON The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 3
Non-Metal 2008
KING CRIMSON The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 4 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 4
Non-Metal 2009
KING CRIMSON The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 5 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 5
Non-Metal 2010
KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic: The Complete Recordings album cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic: The Complete Recordings
Proto-Metal 2012
KING CRIMSON The Road To Red album cover 4.50 | 5 ratings
The Road To Red
Proto-Metal 2013
KING CRIMSON The Elements Of King Crimson album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Elements Of King Crimson
Non-Metal 2014

KING CRIMSON singles (11)

.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Court Of The Crimson King
Proto-Metal 1969
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Cat Food / Groon
Proto-Metal 1970
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Night Watch / The Great Deceiver
Proto-Metal 1974
.. Album Cover
3.25 | 2 ratings
Epitaph / 21st Century Schizoid Man
Proto-Metal 1976
.. Album Cover
3.67 | 2 ratings
Thela Hun Ginjeet / Elephant Talk
Non-Metal 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Matte Kudasai
Non-Metal 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Elephant Talk
Non-Metal 1981
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Heartbeat
Non-Metal 1982
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sleepless
Non-Metal 1984
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
Non-Metal 1995
.. Album Cover
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dinosaur
Non-Metal 1995

KING CRIMSON movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

.. Album Cover
4.79 | 3 ratings
The Noise: Live At Frejus
Non-Metal 1984
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair: Live In Japan
Non-Metal 1984
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
Non-Metal 1996
.. Album Cover
4.67 | 2 ratings
Deja VROOOM
Non-Metal 1999
.. Album Cover
4.64 | 3 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
Non-Metal 2003
.. Album Cover
4.64 | 3 ratings
Neal And Jack And Me
Non-Metal 2004

KING CRIMSON Reviews

KING CRIMSON The Road To Red

Boxset / Compilation · 2013 · Proto-Metal
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When it comes to the monster King Crimson boxed sets I've covered so far, I'd put The Road to Red on a tier above Sailors' Tales and the Larks' Tongues box, but below that of Starless.

In terms of sound quality, whilst it's a bit less consistent than the Starless box, it's nonetheless streets ahead of most of the material on Sailors' Tales and Larks' Tongues. In terms of the live sets presented on the box, there's obviously a lot of fantastic performances here, but I'd say that by and large the performances on the Starless box have the edge on them, with some exceptions.

In addition, there's a more nuanced reason why I think Starless is a five-star set whilst The Road to Red is more four- and-a-half stars. On the European tours covered in Starless, King Crimson were typically the headliners, with set lengths giving them space to sprawl. Conversely, in many of the US dates chronicled here, their improvisations where greatly curtailed due to the fact that they were working as a support act. Consistently, the better gigs here are the longer concerts where they were headlining and had the space to really get into it.

It's still a fantastic collection for anyone who loves mid-1970s King Crimson (and the new mix of Red is great), but I just don't think it hits five stars.

KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic: The Complete Recordings

Boxset / Compilation · 2012 · Proto-Metal
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As well as providing the album itself in its original mix and in the updated mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp (a fairly tasteful, light update which doesn't mess too much with perfection), this continues the run of Crimson boxed sets which come stuffed with live sets from the relevant lineup.

This box is hampered somewhat by two factors: Jamie Muir really wasn't in the band that long, disappearing shortly after the studio album was done, and the band didn't do many soundboard tapes during this era (the Guildford Civic Hall gig being a happy exception). That means that most of the live sets here hail from audience cassettes, which are somewhat varied in their quality as you might imagine.

Some of them are pretty good - with the Zoom Club and Hull Technical College tapes at least sounding better than Earthbound, and offering full sets. (It helps a lot that the chaotic music that Crimson presents here suffers less from a lo-fi presentation than, say, the material that the Islands-era lineup were performing.) And the Beat Club tape is a live-in-the-TV-studio affair, so that sounds great.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Glasgow Green's Playhouse and Portsmouth Guildhall tapes are really not good - to the point where even the high quality of the music itself couldn't save them as it did with some of the other audience tapes. Still, overall the good outweighs the bad in this collection, and it's well worth it if you love the Larks' Tongues material, want some really massive improvs featuring that lineup, and have a tolerance for sometimes dodgy sound quality.

KING CRIMSON Live In Zurich, 1973

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2009 · Proto-Metal
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This is one of the best-sounding live concerts available from the Starless & Bible Black era of King Crimson, thanks to being recorded using mobile studio facilities. Eight of these tracks were on the Great Deceiver boxed set, but here you get the entire set. The band are on top form and it all sounds very excellent; at the same time, it's worth noting that the set is also available as part of the Starless boxed set, which you're likely to at least be considering if you're keen enough on this period of King Crimson to delve into full concert recordings like this.

KING CRIMSON Live in New Haven, CT, 2003

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2011 · Non-Metal
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A decent live recording of the last date on King Crimson's 2003 US tour in support of the Power To Believe Album. Like most live sets that have been salvaged from this tour, the setlist is heavy on then-recent Crimson material - The Power To Believe, plus material from The ConstruKction of Light rendered more interesting thanks to extensive live refinement, plus a pinch of VROOOM. In addition, we get the encores here - a little Elephant Talk to remember the 1980s lineup of the band by, and a spot of Red to represent the band's original 1969-1974 run.

With more recent King Crimson live sets largely being exercises in exploring the band's entire back catalogue, Live In New Haven might represent King Crimson at the furthest extent of their musical experimentation into uncharted territory, prior to this (still valuable and interesting) round of exploration of their legacy that they've turned to in the intervening decade or so.

KING CRIMSON Live In Kassel, 1974

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2007 · Proto-Metal
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Right at the tail end of King Crimson's European tour of 1974 - followed by the grand slog through the USA which culminated in David Cross leaving the band and, shortly after, Robert Fripp dissolving the group following the recording of Red - this Kassel gig, captured on decent-quality soundboard tapes, finds the band in an aggressive mood, like they're roaring to see the finish line just up ahead. The set is incomplete - it cuts out partway through Fracture - but the quality of what you get is superb and it's only this incompleteness which stops it getting five stars. Then again, if you're digging this deep into this phase of the band's history, you may as well get the Starless boxed set - which includes this plus all the other surviving soundboard tapes from this tour.

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adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
You're reading too much into an outdated rating guideline there my friend. :P

As for album placements, don't forget that collabs can question the team via the CZ and non-collabs can post their concerns here: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=60&title=report-errors-omissions-here

more than 2 years ago
I mean, Islands is my favourite KC album by far but I haven't rated it here because 5* says "a masterpiece of metal music" which it absolutely isn't ;)
more than 2 years ago
I'm of the opinion that Lizard and Island are not very protometal at all, but the first two qualify IMO
more than 2 years ago
The first 4 album are under Proto - Metal?? What the?? I can understand the John Wetton era but the first 4? You are surely joking
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I agree, The Power to Believe is definitely a metal-based album.

Tupan wrote:
more than 2 years ago
The Poer to believe is non-metal? Are you joking?

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