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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Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016
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In The Court Of(Std)In The Court Of(Std)
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Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017
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In The Court Of(40th)In The Court Of(40th)
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Live In Toronto, 2015Live In Toronto, 2015
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In The Wake Of Poseidon  (30th Anniv Ersary Edition)In The Wake Of Poseidon (30th Anniv Ersary Edition)
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Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey MindRadical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind
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Discipline: 40th Anniversary SeriesDiscipline: 40th Anniversary Series
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Starless And Bible BlackStarless And Bible Black
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Beat  (30th Anniversary Edition)Beat (30th Anniversary Edition)
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Larks' Tongues in Aspic. Edition Box Set] [Box] by King Crimson. Larks' Tongues in Aspic. Edition Box Set] [Box] by King Crimson. USD $122.00 Buy It Now 8h
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KING CRIMSON: In The Court Of The Crimson King LP (Germany, reissue, orange/blu KING CRIMSON: In The Court Of The Crimson King LP (Germany, reissue, orange/blu USD $20.00 Buy It Now 8h
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Filthy Friends RSD Exclusive 7 Filthy Friends RSD Exclusive 7" R.E.M. Sleater-Kinney Minus 5 King Crimson  USD $16.00 (0 bids)
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The Abbreviated King Crimson [EP] by King Crimson (CD, Oct-1991, EG Records (USA The Abbreviated King Crimson [EP] by King Crimson (CD, Oct-1991, EG Records (USA USD $15.00 Buy It Now 13h
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KING CRIMSON In The Court Of The Crimson King album cover 4.30 | 67 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Proto-Metal 1969
KING CRIMSON In The Wake Of Poseidon album cover 3.75 | 27 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Lizard album cover 3.74 | 38 ratings
Lizard
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Islands album cover 3.36 | 24 ratings
Islands
Proto-Metal 1971
KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic album cover 4.28 | 67 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
Proto-Metal 1973
KING CRIMSON Starless And Bible Black album cover 3.98 | 25 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Red album cover 4.33 | 73 ratings
Red
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Discipline album cover 4.14 | 23 ratings
Discipline
Non-Metal 1981
KING CRIMSON Beat album cover 3.31 | 15 ratings
Beat
Non-Metal 1982
KING CRIMSON Three Of A Perfect Pair album cover 3.39 | 15 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
Non-Metal 1984
KING CRIMSON THRAK album cover 3.42 | 16 ratings
THRAK
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON The ConstruKction Of Light album cover 2.42 | 13 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON The Power To Believe album cover 3.82 | 22 ratings
The Power To Believe
Non-Metal 2003

KING CRIMSON EPs & splits

KING CRIMSON VROOOM album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
VROOOM
Non-Metal 1994
KING CRIMSON Level Five album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Level Five
Non-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With album cover 3.57 | 3 ratings
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
Non-Metal 2002

KING CRIMSON live albums

KING CRIMSON Earthbound album cover 0.96 | 3 ratings
Earthbound
Proto-Metal 1972
KING CRIMSON USA album cover 3.97 | 6 ratings
USA
Proto-Metal 1975
KING CRIMSON The Great Deceiver album cover 4.29 | 6 ratings
The Great Deceiver
Proto-Metal 1992
KING CRIMSON B'BOOM: Live In Argentina album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
B'BOOM: Live In Argentina
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON THRaKaTTaK album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
THRaKaTTaK
Non-Metal 1996
KING CRIMSON Epitaph album cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
Epitaph
Proto-Metal 1997
KING CRIMSON The Night Watch album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Night Watch
Proto-Metal 1997
KING CRIMSON Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal album cover 4.61 | 5 ratings
Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Heavy ConstruKction album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Heavy ConstruKction
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON VROOOM VROOOM album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
VROOOM VROOOM
Non-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Ladies Of The Road album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Ladies Of The Road
Proto-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON EleKtriK: Live In Japan album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
EleKtriK: Live In Japan
Non-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live At The Orpheum album cover 3.33 | 3 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 3.50 | 2 ratings
On Broadway
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At The Marquee, 1969 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Marquee, 1969
Non-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At Jacksonville, 1972 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Jacksonville, 1972
Proto-Metal 1998
KING CRIMSON Live At Cap D'Agde, 1982 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Cap D'Agde, 1982
Non-Metal 1999
KING CRIMSON The Beat Club, Bremen, 1972 album cover 3.67 | 3 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 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live In Central Park, NYC, 1974
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live At Summit Studios, 1972 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Summit Studios, 1972
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live At Moles Club, Bath, 1981 album cover 2.50 | 1 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 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At Plymouth Guildhall, 1971
Proto-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON Live In Detroit, MI, 1971 album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Detroit, MI, 1971
Proto-Metal 2001
KING CRIMSON Live In Mainz, Germany, 1974 album cover 3.50 | 2 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 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live In Hyde Park, 1969
Proto-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON Champaign-Urbana Sessions album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Champaign-Urbana Sessions
Non-Metal 2002
KING CRIMSON Live At The Zoom Club, 1972 album cover 3.25 | 2 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 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live In Orlando, FL, 1972
Proto-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live In Guildford, 1972 album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live In Guildford, 1972
Proto-Metal 2003
KING CRIMSON Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982
Non-Metal 2004
KING CRIMSON Live At Fillmore East, 1969 album cover 3.00 | 2 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 2.50 | 1 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 | 1 ratings
Live In Denver, 1972
Proto-Metal 2007
KING CRIMSON Live In Kassel, 1974 album cover 2.00 | 1 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 2.50 | 1 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 2.50 | 1 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 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson
Proto-Metal 1976
KING CRIMSON The Compact King Crimson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Compact King Crimson
Non-Metal 1986
KING CRIMSON Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson album cover 0.00 | 0 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 3.67 | 3 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic: The Complete Recordings
Proto-Metal 2012
KING CRIMSON The Road To Red album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Road To Red
Proto-Metal 2013
KING CRIMSON The Elements Of King Crimson album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Elements Of King Crimson
Non-Metal 2014

KING CRIMSON singles (11)

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

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

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4.25 | 2 ratings
The Noise: Live At Frejus
Non-Metal 1984
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair: Live In Japan
Non-Metal 1984
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Live In Japan 1995
Non-Metal 1996
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4.67 | 2 ratings
Deja VROOOM
Non-Metal 1999
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
Non-Metal 2003
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Neal And Jack And Me
Non-Metal 2004

KING CRIMSON Reviews

KING CRIMSON Discipline

Album · 1981 · Non-Metal
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martindavey87
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.

KING CRIMSON USA

Live album · 1975 · Proto-Metal
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FMOTP
I'm a little surprised at the lack of reviews/ratings for King Crimson's USA. I once read a statement by Maynard James Keenan calling King Crimson the biggest musical influence on Tool. By the time USA was released, centering on tracks from the 3 previous albums, metal was clearly a large part of King Crimson's musical recipe. These are great performances of great music. My favorite tracks are the two bonus songs from the 2002 reissue; it's the version to get. I haven't heard THE NIGHT WATCH or THE GREAT DECEIVER compilations for comparison, but I think the sound quality of USA is perfectly acceptable. The only consideration that reduces my rating of USA, for the MMA website, is its place on the "metal" scale.

KING CRIMSON Starless And Bible Black

Album · 1974 · Proto-Metal
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Unitron
Starless and Bible Black is the sixth studio album from progressive rock band King Crimson.

I'm certainly in the minority in thinking this is King Crimson's best album, but I think this is where they finally got all of their different ideas and styles to actually work together. The band was able to mix so many styles such as hard rock, classical music, funk, and weird stuff that I don't know how to categorize, yet blend it all into one great album.

The album immediately starts rocking with the opener "The Great Deceiver", with quite a catchy riff. Yes, you read that correctly. This is a King Crimson album that actually has catchy riffs, memorable hooks, song structure, and tasty bass licks all the while maintaining the sense of experimentation that the band is known for. Even the most experimental songs, such as the closing piece "Fracture" and the title cut, have many moments where you can tap your foot to some really cool riffs.

Despite this album having no bad songs, "We'll Let You Know" is hands down the best song on the album as well as the band's best song. John Wetton's funky bass deliciousness and Bill Bruford's powerful drums are the main event in this song, with Fripp's dissonant guitar coming in as a contrast. "Lament" is another highlight, and while "The Night Watch" and "Trio" are my least favorites, they showcase the classical influence featured in an otherwise hard rocking album.

This album is unfortunately often forgotten, when I think this is the album where it feels like a full band effort and they experimented without forgetting to write songs. It wouldn't be until 2003's The Power to Believe when they would even come close to the high quality of this release. If you enjoy heavy rock with a quirky and funky twist, check this album out. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

KING CRIMSON Lizard

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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siLLy puPPy


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While KING CRIMSON took the world by storm only a year previous in 1969 with their game changing debut, their follow up “In The Wake Of Poseidon” has always felt to me like a collection of B-sides from the leftover bin of tracks from the initial sessions that created them. With LIZARD, the second album of 1970 and third album overall, it feels like Robert Fripp and company took the whole project to a new level of complexity by not only keeping the previous elements that came before but also by upping the ante in pretty much every way. While not the only top class album to take complexity to new levels in the year 1970 (to my knowledge only Marsupalami, Soft Machine and Magma were contenders at this level), Robert Fripp steered his KING CRIMSON project into new grounds a mere fourteen months after the extraordinary “In The Court Of The Crimson King” was unleashed on an unsuspecting public and proved that he was a serious force to be reckoned with. LIZARD is a testament to a focused individual driven to evolve light years above the newly aroused competition nipping at his heals. LIZARD hasn’t always been a bonafide masterpiece in my world but i can happily say that i’ve reached a point of understanding where it all makes perfect sense.

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Only two years into the band’s formation, Fripp was already seeing a rotating door policy of musicians who just couldn’t jive with his ambitious visions. In only a year since the debut that ignited the progressive rock powder keg, vocalist and bassist Greg Lake jumped ship to join Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Drummer Michael Giles and wind instrumentalist Ian McDonald would jump ship together to create a lighter version of KC called McDonald And Giles (but McDonald would reunite on “Red”) leaving Fripp as the only original member on LIZARD. The new KING CRIMSON circa last half of 1970 featured Fripp on guitar, Mellotron, synth, organs and other sundries, Mel Collins (Circus) on sax and flute, Andy McCulloch (Manfred Mann, Fields, Greenslade, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) on drums and Gordon Haskell (Les Fleur de Lys), a long time school friend of Fripp who had contributed one vocal track previously on “Poseidon” and now took the role as lead vocalist on side one. Jon Anderson of Yes would join in for the long behemoth title track that encompassed the entire second half of the original LP release. Also on board were the phenomenal Keith Tippett who also played as a session keyboardists on “Poseidon” as well as other session musicians who added oboe, cornet, trombone and extra vocals.

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Everything about LIZARD is more ornate than anything before starting with the album art cover itself. The original LP release was graced by two sides of medieval art with one side spelling KING and the other CRIMSON. While the music doesn’t exactly lead to anything medieval per se save a few classical guitar workouts by Fripp, the album does display a sense of Renaissance in the music scene with its relentless fusion of classical, rock and jazz with the greatest emphasis on the latter. The jazz elements on here are off the hook with saxophone solos, jazzified song structures within the tracks and even segments of progressive big band interaction in full swing. Therefore if you don’t haven’t gotten an A in your jazz appreciation course you probably won’t enjoy this as much as the full-blown jazz fusionist lovers. Miles Davis appears to have been a major influence on this one since the very same year as the KC debut, Davis himself was adopting rock into the jazz world. A year later and following in the footsteps of other rock to jazz fusionists like Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Prevention, KING CRIMSON was gracefully taking it on to create equally complex and sophisticated music.

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Just to give you a sense of how complex this album is, most of the lyrics are actually represented in the art work itself. For example, the “I” in CRIMSON is a caricature of The Beatles and is a direct reference to the track “Happy Family” which referred to the breakup of the band. The lyrics get even more detailed about certain aspects of the band. The artwork and lyrics go hand in hand to create a much larger story as does the music thus creating a never ending level of complexity that the listener can delve into as deeply as the listener wants. The downside to all this complexity including the hardcore jazz aspects is that it is a bit alienating for the uninitiated and non-adventurous listeners especially following much more digestible tracks like “20th Century Schizoid Man” that had put KING CRIMSON in the eyes and ears of a totally new generation of music lovers only a year prior. LIZARD perhaps had gone too far too fast for many fans, however this album is not without its instant gratification. There are melodies aplenty to be savored albeit with allusions to all kinds of obscurities in the mix, both lyrically and musically. The music literally has taken decades for fans to catch up with.

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The album seems to be as divided musically as it is divided from the front and back side of the album cover. Side one sporting Haskill’s vocals is the jazzier of the two sides which focuses more on the jazz meets rock aspects fueled with dissonant yet melodic hooks and horn heavy segments with occasional avant meanderings, whilst side two is much more in the symphonic prog world with Jon Anderson displaying sublime vocals and a glimpse into his future solo career projects. It also has a propensity to delve into the world of free jazz and the avant-garde including warped time perception and utter detachment from the musical world altogether. While the two album sides are clearly delineated by style, they somehow form a cohesive mood and feel after many listens. The prog behemoth that constitutes the title track includes four segments with the third being subdivided into three subparts and successfully manages to create a frenzied prog workout that takes the listener on a true musical journey very much in accord with classical music symphonies, operas, concertos and sonatas. The transitions from one style to another are somewhat subtle as they never just jump into each other’s turf. The transitions are gradual like gentle sand dunes slowly changing the topography of a vast desert where mirages from a camel ride slowly merge into each other. It’s really hard to grasp upon just a listen or two how much was put into this one.

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The simple truth is that LIZARD is one of the very first progressive rock albums that is like climbing Mt Everest. You need to acclimate yourself to comprehend its sheer intensity. For the uninitiated this is the equivalent of a sea level dweller accustomed to an ample air supply gasping for air in an oxygen depleted environment and thus will come across like an atmospheric hypoxia induced sleepless night at the base camp where only groggy faded memories of what occurred will semi-percolate into the consciousness. This is an album that is a true 10 on the progometer scale. A code red, 3rd degree progressive jazz/classical/rock behemoth of the ages. That means that it requires several stages of musical development to truly “get it.” You must not only have your rock and classical musical sensibilities in top shape but you will go nowhere until your jazz appreciation skills have been fine tuned and honed to the point that mutli-genre fusion is like second nature. A true work of art that was perhaps overly ambitious for its era but sophisticated enough to evoke a sheer sense of timelessness.

KING CRIMSON Beat

Album · 1982 · Non-Metal
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aglasshouse
Not much is needed to be said about King Crimson's 1982 album Beat, other than it is more or less the same as many other 70's bands' absorption of 80's sound. Beat is infamous for it's split between fans of King Crimson; some say it's good musicianship pulls it through even with the musical styles it harnesses , others say it's just a sellout album that only features a modicum of King Crimson's actual talent. Personally I don't belong to the KC fan clique but I sure can tell you this a terrible album. Dated and extremely wince-worthy, Beat showcases perhaps every single way you can mess up 80's pop rock. The instruments sound watered down, annoyingly twanging out heavily effect-laden chords, the electro-drumming from Bill Bruford, who I know is a fantastic drummer, sounds completely artificial, and the keyboards and "Frippertronics" add a terrible atmosphere to the whole piece. The album has a pseudo rock-and-roll vibe, showcased mainly by Andrew Belew's croon (and in a way his attire shown in the band's live performances of the album). The album needs not one, not two, but three different guitarists (if you count Tony Levin's Chapman stick as one) to keep it afloat. Even with such a plethora of strings the album is weak. The whole album also has a sort of selfishness that differentiates itself from it's kin. It's minimalist album art, it's structure as an album. This may be just King Crimson still not getting over the fact that they made artsy bollocks in the last decade and can't go a single album without showcasing it like a bunch of prudes, but I really can't say for sure.

Frankly it's insulting to see these talented musicians go under just to please a certain audience. Perhaps this was all a Fripp plan and has some art rock meaning behind it. Perhaps it's a botched follow-up to 1980's Discipline. Perhaps it's just a bad album and that's all. The world may never know. But I'll take a shot in the dark and say it's the third option. All in all it's just my interpretation of 80's cheese. Sometimes it's innocent and fine, other times it's infuriatingly stuck-up and full of itself. This is one of those other times. Not recommended.

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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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