KING CRIMSON — Starless And Bible Black

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Album · 1974

Filed under Proto-Metal
By KING CRIMSON

Tracklist

1. The Great Deceiver (4:02)
2. Lament (4:05)
3. We'll Let You Know (3:41)
4. The Night Watch (4:40)
5. Trio (5:40)
6. The Mincer (4:08)
7. Starless And Bible Black (9:11)
8. Fracture (11:12)

Total Time 46:44

Line-up/Musicians

- Bill Bruford / drums
- David Cross / violin, viola, kbds
- Robert Fripp / guitars
- John Wetton / bass, vocals

About this release

March 29, 1974
Island

Reissued as 40th Anniversary Edition with the following tracklist:

Disc 1: Cd

1. The Great Deceiver (2011 Stereo Mix) (4:02)
2. Lament (2011 Stereo Mix) (4:05)
3. We'll Let You Know (2011 Stereo Mix) (3:41)
4. The Night Watch (2011 Stereo Mix) (4:40)
5. Trio (2011 Stereo Mix) (5:40)
6. The Mincer (2011 Stereo Mix) (4:08)
7. Starless And Bible Black (2011 Stereo Mix) (9:11)
8. Fracture (2011 Stereo Mix) (11:12)
9. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part One (6:41)
10. Improv: The Mincer (4:21)
11. The Law Of Maximum Distress: Part Two (2:27)
12. Dr. Diamond (Live, June 23, 1973, Richards Club, Atlanta) (4:00)
13. Guts On My Side (Live, March 19, 1974, Palazzo Dello Sport, Udine) (4:30)

Disc 2: Dvd-Audio

Original Album Remixed In MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround

1. The Great Deceiver (4:02)
2. Lament (4:05)
3. We'll Let You Know (3:41)
4. The Night Watch (4:40)
5. Trio (5:40)
6. The Mincer (4:08)
7. Starless And Bible Black (9:11)
8. Fracture (11:12)

Bonus Track
9. Easy Money

2011 Stereo Mix In MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96)

10. The Great Deceiver (4:02)
11. Lament (4:05)
12. We'll Let You Know (3:41)
13. The Night Watch (4:40)
14. Trio (5:40)
15. The Mincer (4:08)
16. Starless And Bible Black (9:11)
17. Fracture (11:12)

2011 Stereo Mix (30th Anniversary Remaster) In MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96)

18. The Great Deceiver (4:02)
19. Lament (4:05)
20. We'll Let You Know (3:41)
21. The Night Watch (4:40)
22. Trio (5:40)
23. The Mincer (4:08)
24. Starless And Bible Black (9:11)
25. Fracture (11:12)

Zurich Volkshaus: November 15th 1973 PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)

26. Lament
27. The Night Watch
28. Fracture
29. The Law Of Maximum Distress Part One
30. Improv: The Mincer
31. The Law Of Maximum Distress Part Two

Additional Tracks

32. We'll Let You Know (Unedited From The Great Deceiver)
33. Dr. Diamond (Live, June 23rd 1973)
34. Guts On My Side (Live, March 19th 1974)
35. The Night Watch (Single Edit, Stereo)
36. The Night Watch (US Radio Single Edit, Mono)
37. Second Radio Advert
38. Second Radio Advert

Video Content

39. Easy Money
40. Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet

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KING CRIMSON STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK reviews

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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!
Warthur
A strong followup to Lark's Tongues in Aspic - though I don't think it's quite hits the fifth star, following up an absolute masterpiece with another excellent album is still an achievement to be proud of, and displays a level of consistency which previous lineups of King Crimson had failed to attain. The album takes an interesting approach of mixing studio tracks in with edited highlights from live performances, most of which coming from the legendary Netherlands concert which would be released in its entirety on The Night Watch. To be honest, I prefer hearing the relevant songs in that context, especially the side two improvisations, because the live album captures the concert atmosphere which inspired them very well. But either way, it's a good King Crimson album which no fan of the Larks'-to-Red sound will want to pass up.

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