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 | 98 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 3.70 | 37 ratings
Islands
Proto-Metal 1971
KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic album cover 4.35 | 91 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 4.37 | 100 ratings
Red
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Discipline album cover 4.12 | 39 ratings
Discipline
Non-Metal 1981
KING CRIMSON Beat album cover 3.09 | 27 ratings
Beat
Non-Metal 1982
KING CRIMSON Three Of A Perfect Pair album cover 3.40 | 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 3.99 | 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 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 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 | 5 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic: The Complete Recordings
Proto-Metal 2012
KING CRIMSON The Road To Red album cover 4.50 | 4 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 Live At Fillmore East, 1969

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2004 · Non-Metal
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A reasonable-quality live recording from the 1969 version of King Crimson, this presents two essentially identical live sets from their stint at the Fillmore East, during the US tour which would see the demise of this version of the band. The most interesting item here is probably A Man, A City, which would later become Pictures of a City for the In the Wake of Poseidon album. The sound quality is decent - in line with other albums recorded at the Fillmore during this time period - but the fact that this is a brief set played through twice means that you'll probably end up only listening to half of this lot at any particular time. Three and a half stars.

KING CRIMSON Live In Philadelphia, PA, 1982

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2004 · Non-Metal
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The gold standard of live albums from the 1980s King Crimson has always been Absent Lovers, and this live release won't knock it off its perch any time soon unless you particularly despise Three of a Perfect Pair. This is a well-recorded, complete-sounding set from the Beat tour, with Belew-Fripp-Levin-Bruford lineup of King Crimson offering up the entirety of Discipline, plus about half of Beat, plus a couple of treats from the 1970s (Larks Tongues In Aspic Part 2 and Red) rearranged and updated to fit seamlessly into the sound of the 1980s lineup.

The band are on excellent form, by and large if you've heard the albums in question you know more or less what to expect, and Adrian Belew is perhaps the most exciting, characterful frontman that King Crimson ever had. What's not to love? (Note that if you're thinking of getting the On (and Off) the Road) boxed set, this is one of the live sets included.)

KING CRIMSON Live In Guildford, 1972

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2003 · Proto-Metal
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It's unfortunate that whilst we have ample soundboard recordings from the Starless and Bible Black/Red eras of King Crimson, the same isn't true of the Larks' Tongues In Aspic-era band - distinguished by the presence of Jamie Muir on percussion alongside Bill Bruford.

The Guildford tapes reproduced here are a welcome exception - a soundboard recording from what sounds like a pretty decent gig, what little we have of it. The only complete songs we have here are (99% of) Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Book of Saturdays, and an improv - but on the plus side, the improv is a truly epic affair. If we only had the full set, this might be a five star release; as it is it's a four star taster of what seems to have been a magical night.

KING CRIMSON Live In Orlando, FL, 1972

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2003 · Proto-Metal
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The sound quality of these King Crimson live releases from the Islands-era lineup can depend a little on whether new tapes have been recovered since the last rerelease and how much work on them has been done recently, and partly on the particular listener's sensitivities. As cassette recordings from the soundboard, they're never going to be perfect, but some people are more sensitive to some imperfections than others. For my money, the sound quality here is a step down from the Jacksonville recordings from a little earlier, at least in the latest editions of these live sets as put out in the Sailors' Tales boxed set.

KING CRIMSON Live At The Zoom Club, 1972

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2002 · Proto-Metal
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When the Larks' Tongues In Aspic lineup of King Crimson was brought together, Robert Fripp decided to begin their live career the same way the Islands lineup started out: with a multi-date residency at the Zoom Club in Germany. Luckily, an audience member happened to record one of these sets, and the cassette recording has been tidied up and issued by Discipline Global Mobile in various formats; the most tidied-up version is available on the Larks' Tongues In Aspic Complete Recordings boxed set, or for download from the DGM website.

The sound quality is clearly below that of a decent reel-to-reel soundboard tape, but is actually pretty good for an audience bootleg - heck, there's reasonable separation between the instruments, you can understand what's being sung, you can tell the difference between Bill Bruford's conventional drum kit and Jamie Muir's bizarre array of kitchen implements, by these standards it's better than Earthbound. Don't get me wrong, this a rough, lo-fi recording - but the dark, chaotic music evoked by this lineup adapts better to a slightly muzzy recording than, say, the more delicate symphonic work of earlier lineups did.

In addition, this is an absolutely dynamite set. Perhaps one of the most astonishing things about it is that the entirety of the Larks' Tongues In Aspic album is here - sure, it's not quite all in the form it'd eventually be set down on in the studio, but each song and instrumental from the album is recognisably present in at least an early form. In addition, there's absolute tons of improvisation here, with a 44 minute improvised piece - dubbed in retrospect Zoom Zoom - which really takes the band through its paces.

The improvisational abilities of the mid-1970s King Crimson are rightly celebrated, and it's truly astonishing how quickly they were able to get this good - a surefire sign that the band chemistry was something special. If you are a fan of mid-1970s Crimson, you're likely to find this release a treat; I'd only recommend skipping it over if you already have the Larks' Tongues boxed set which includes it, or if subpar recording standards are an absolute dealbreaker for you.

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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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