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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In The Court Of The Crimson KingIn The Court Of The Crimson King
Sony Music Canada Inc. 2010
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In The Court Of(40th)In The Court Of(40th)
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The Elements Tour Box 2019The Elements Tour Box 2019
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Heaven & EarthHeaven & Earth
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The Reconstrukction Of Light (40th Anniversary Edition)The Reconstrukction Of Light (40th Anniversary Edition)
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In the Wake of PoseidonIn the Wake of Poseidon
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Discipline 2010
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Meltdown: Live In Mexico CityMeltdown: Live In Mexico City
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Discipline  (30th Anniversary Editio N)Discipline (30th Anniversary Editio N)
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Larks' Tongues in Aspic, 40th Anniversary EditionLarks' Tongues in Aspic, 40th Anniversary 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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GUITAR TECHNIQUES - KING CRIMSON - Lessons and Backing Tracks - CD GUITAR TECHNIQUES - KING CRIMSON - Lessons and Backing Tracks - CD USD $20.33 Buy It Now 1h 45m
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King Crimson ABSENT LOVERS: Live in Montreal 1984 rare mispressing! Robert Fripp King Crimson ABSENT LOVERS: Live in Montreal 1984 rare mispressing! Robert Fripp USD $19.95 (0 bids)
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KING CRIMSON Discography

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KING CRIMSON In The Court Of The Crimson King album cover 4.14 | 73 ratings
In The Court Of The Crimson King
Proto-Metal 1969
KING CRIMSON In The Wake Of Poseidon album cover 3.75 | 30 ratings
In The Wake Of Poseidon
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Lizard album cover 3.72 | 41 ratings
Lizard
Proto-Metal 1970
KING CRIMSON Islands album cover 3.38 | 28 ratings
Islands
Proto-Metal 1971
KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic album cover 4.33 | 73 ratings
Larks' Tongues In Aspic
Proto-Metal 1973
KING CRIMSON Starless And Bible Black album cover 4.03 | 28 ratings
Starless And Bible Black
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Red album cover 4.24 | 79 ratings
Red
Proto-Metal 1974
KING CRIMSON Discipline album cover 4.10 | 26 ratings
Discipline
Non-Metal 1981
KING CRIMSON Beat album cover 3.00 | 18 ratings
Beat
Non-Metal 1982
KING CRIMSON Three Of A Perfect Pair album cover 3.33 | 18 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair
Non-Metal 1984
KING CRIMSON THRAK album cover 3.45 | 18 ratings
THRAK
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON The ConstruKction Of Light album cover 2.50 | 15 ratings
The ConstruKction Of Light
Non-Metal 2000
KING CRIMSON The Power To Believe album cover 3.81 | 24 ratings
The Power To Believe
Non-Metal 2003

KING CRIMSON EPs & splits

KING CRIMSON VROOOM album cover 3.78 | 5 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 4.32 | 7 ratings
The Great Deceiver
Proto-Metal 1992
KING CRIMSON B'BOOM: Live In Argentina album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
B'BOOM: Live In Argentina
Non-Metal 1995
KING CRIMSON THRaKaTTaK album cover 3.33 | 3 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 3.88 | 4 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 3.92 | 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 3.25 | 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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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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4.79 | 3 ratings
The Noise: Live At Frejus
Non-Metal 1984
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Three Of A Perfect Pair: Live In Japan
Non-Metal 1984
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3.50 | 2 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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4.64 | 3 ratings
Eyes Wide Open
Non-Metal 2003
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4.64 | 3 ratings
Neal And Jack And Me
Non-Metal 2004

KING CRIMSON Reviews

KING CRIMSON Larks' Tongues In Aspic

Album · 1973 · Proto-Metal
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siLLy puPPy
There are many existential quandaries that the universe teases us with on a daily basis so it can be quite unnerving when your favorite musical artists create some more for you! I speak of KING CRIMSON’s lauded fifth album LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC. If you were like me upon first exposure to this eccentric and innovative album then you were wondering what in the world is ASPIC? Well, culinary types may know the answer but in reality the word has two actual meanings. Firstly it is a clear jelly typically made of stock and gelatin and used as a glaze or garnish or to make a mold of meat, fish, or vegetables and secondly we have to put on our botanist’s cap to realize that is either of two species of lavender, Lavandula spica or L. latifolia, that yield an oil used in perfumery. So which of these does this bizarre title refer to? I am eternally striving to figure this out but i digress before i even start.

KING CRIMSON is one of the most revered bands in all of the progressive rock playbook and one of the reasons why this band could do no wrong for many during the first leg of this band’s career is that Robert Fripp and whomever he was collaborating with would consistently crank out one album after another with little or nothing in common. One of the biggest reasons for this is that the lineup changed often and as a result pretty much every album in the beginning featured a completely different musical cast and Fripp as the de facto band leader wisely molded any particular album’s thematic underpinnings to the strengths of whichever cast members were in the KING CRIMSON show at any given moment. While members came and went since the debut “In The Court Of The Crimson King,” the band completely melted down after 1971’s “Islands” leaving only Fripp to carry on the name and create a new band from scratch.

Fripp was a magnet for talent and had no problem recruiting a new batch of veritable prog stalwarts eager to play with the already legendary band that single handedly launched the big bang of prog in 1969 with the lauded debut. The lineup that appeared on LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC would result in being a wise choice as it would prove to be a fairly stable lineup until the band’s first dissolution after “Red.” Bassist / vocalist John Wetton joined the team after having previously played with Mogul Thrash, Gordon Haskell and Family. Violinist David Cross made his debut here and fresh out of Yes, drummer Bill Buford found a new home in one of prog’s early powerhouses adding his extraordinary drumming talents and taking KC into new music territories. Also joining ranks was percussionist Jamie Muir of The Music Improvisation Company projects (with Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Hugh Davies) who only played on this one album. While the only one of the team who didn’t continue on with KC, it was his interest becoming a Bhuddist monk that led him to leave the music world for a monastic lifestyle.

For once Fripp took a little more time to craft the next phase of the KC’s career. After stuffing four extremely demanding albums into a three year timespan, Fripp was more than ready to take a deep breath and plan the next move carefully. The new incarnation of the band crafted yet another masterful album that got back to the band’s progressive rock origin’s after “Islands” ethereal space music. LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC may have been more rockin’ but still as eclectic as ever with lots of inspiration of both Easter and Western European classical traditions, jazz and free improvisation. LARKS’ TONGUE is also unique in that it has two full time percussionists with Bill Bruford handling drums, timbales, cowbells and wood blocks and Muir adding different styles of ethnic percussion and a wealth of assorted items not normally associated with music. The result was an interesting mix of more accessible elements mixed with avant-garde strangeness much like the debut album.

The original release of LARKS’ TONGUE IN ASPIC consisted of only six tracks with the opener and closer creating a two part suite of sorts that was interrupted by the creamy filling in between. The two title tracks would ultimately continue on to other albums. “Part III” would emerge on “Three of a Perfect Pair” and “Part IV” on “The Construction of Light.” “Part I,” the longest track on the album is the most intense as well as it starts with a series of metallic clangs and what sounds like those wind chimes before the track shifts into a series of varied passages that showcase Robert Fripp’s angular guitar antics along with David Cross’s virtuosic violin playing. While the many shades of percussion are many, the driving force of both parts is clearly the heavy metal guitar riffing that provides a groove to latch onto before Fripp dives headfirst into the world of avant-prog weirdness. Another thing i have noticed about the LARKS’ suites is how the main percussive drive seems to have inspired the modern day drumming style of sludge metal with its sparse percussive bombast that punctuates certain rhythmic timings.

The mid-section is just as varied as the title track suites themselves. Of the four tracks, John Wetton provides vocals on “Book of Saturday,” “Exiles” and “Easy Money.” The first track which is perhaps the most accessible track with an easy to follow vocal melody backed up by jazzy psychedelic meandering but obviously crafted into some sort of avant-groove. “Exiles” while starting out in the clouds and venturing through murky atmospheric turbulence ultimately lands and creates another vocal led number that alternates with the orchestrated space effects. In some ways, this track is the only track that resembles what appeared on the preceding “Islands.” The track “Easy Money” bursts out some of the best guitar tones in the entire KC canon with grungy hisses emerging in fully distorted power chords while Wetton does some sort of vocal dance around the pounding bass and heavy percussive drive. The track which is about the antics of a snake oil salesman finds a way to incorporate a funky rock beat within a greater jazzified complexity with somewhat lighthearted lyrics that keep the album from drowning in darkness. In all honesty, the vocal tracks have always proved less compelling but add the human touches to keep this album from drifting out into space.

My favorite track has to be the excellently packaged “The Talking Drum” which masterfully weaves together tribal percussion with Eastern violins and a mean dirty avant-counterpoint of the guitar that dances around the dominant groove which hypnotically ratchets up the tension with a frenzy of sounds growing ever louder until the track merges with the second LARKS’ TONGUE suite that takes the album out with a bombastic metal guitar, screeching violin and incessantly caffeinated percussion that climaxes in a purely cacophonous din. Wow. What did i just hear? This album is not the easiest listen for sure. In fact it’s taken a long time for me to appreciate it. While some tracks stood out at first, others took their sweet time gestating in my soul but after a ridiculous number of listens, the complexities of KC started to settle and make themselves at home in the musical rolodex in my mind. This is a very weird and charming album to say the least. Inspirational for jazz, metal, prog and the avant-garde noise rock bands to come. Fripp had already shown his true genius at this stage but on LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC he clearly showed that there were no limits in its sheer magnanimous nature. Jelly or lavender? I still don’t know. Knowing Fripp and his KC project, it will remain an eternal mystery just like how this album came to be. Maybe the LARKS know.

KING CRIMSON Live In Mainz, Germany, 1974

Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs) · 2001 · Non-Metal
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Warthur
A decidedly welcome live release from the mid-1970s lineup of King Crimson; OK, sure, we have USA, we have The Great Deceiver, but even then there's still treats to be had here. Of course, the mid-1970s Crimsos had their famous penchant for improvisation, and you have several such pieces here, as well as an actual composed song that never made it onto a studio album in the form of the sleek and scandalous Dr Diamond. Combine this with excellent versions of old favourites, and the fact that the audio cuts off abruptly towards the end (this was sourced from a soundboard recording).

KING CRIMSON Islands

Album · 1971 · Proto-Metal
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siLLy puPPy


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KING CRIMSON took the world by storm by unleashing an upgraded form of art rock that would be penned progressive rock and would forever change the coarse of rock music while launching an arms race of rock music that quickly increased the sophistication, however the band despite its brilliant debut “In The Court Of The Crimson King” was not only prolifically eclectic but quite volatile. It wouldn’t take long for various members to butt heads about which particular style to emphasize and which direction the band should steer towards. While the band had only released the debut in October 1969, a restless ambitiousness possessed those who stuck around and 1970 saw two more albums, “In The Wake Of Poseidon” and “Lizard” which explored even more eclectic sounds. It was at this point that bassist Gordon Haskell and drummer Andy McCulloch were finding Robert Fripp’s avant-garde tastes too much to handle and were more interested in remaining in a more focused blues rock arena, but Fripp was having none of it and after an acrimonious kerfuffle, the two split and a new version of KING CRIMSON arose from the ashes.

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Despite a burgeoning prog rock scene just two years after it all began, Fripp was having trouble finding suitable replacements as many of his picks were in other commitments. John Wetton had joined Family, Bryan Ferry was off to Roxy Music. After the monumental task of filling the slots, the role of new lead vocalist and bassist was awarded to Raymond “Boz” Burrell who ironically didn’t even know how to play bass at the time and learned how in order to join the band based on his skills as a rhythm guitarist. He wouldn’t last long in KC and would go on to join Bad Company. The position of drummer was given to a relative unknown named Ian Wallace and then KING CRIMSON spent 1971 recording their fourth album ISLANDS which was released in December on Island Records. Another feature of this new lineup was that they were capable of playing live which KC hadn’t done since the short-lived first lineup after the debut. The band spent 1971 touring and recording before the new albums even released.

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ISLANDS is the oddball in the already eclectic canon of this hard to categorize musical entity. With the new members on board, so too came their musical sensibilities but the main drive was the differences in musical tastes that founding members Robert Fripp and Peter Sinfield were undergoing. Fripp was moving to a harsher dissonant sound that would peak on the future “Red” whereas Sinfiled was more interested in the softer orchestral jazz collaborations that Miles Davis performed with artists such as Gil Evans, thus making ISLANDS the most overtly jazzy album of KC’s career. In fact ISLANDS has many unique qualities absent from other KC albums. Not only does it feature the only foray into the world of chamber rock string ensembles on “Prelude: Song Of The Gulls” but finds an overall more atmospheric approach that in some ways is an early example of what post-rock would eventually become, namely a chamber rock plethora of instrumentation that creates non-rock music in atmospheric textures.

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Clearly a mellower affair than the previous heavier rockers, ISLANDS finds a tug-of-war in action where Fripp’s heavy guitar antics flare up in tracks like “Sailor’s Tale” but find themselves subdued beneath an airy-fairy gentleness of a totally relaxed vocal style of Burrell whose hypnotic bass playing surely giving rise to this proto-post rock effect. Once again the five official band members were joined by a few extra session musicians including the ferocious piano attack of Keith Tippett as well as a more pronounced use of the cornet and oboe. Given that the jazz elements are the main focus, the squawking saxophone is ubiquitous and the under represented bass flute finds some key moments on ISLANDS as well. All in all, the strange elements vying for control make this totally unique as the different instruments find themselves performing unconventional roles but somehow create a larger sum of the parts that takes the listener to some journey into the heavens above as displayed by the album cover art of the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius.

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“Formentera Lady” kicks off the album in a near ten minute hypnotic groove of a repetitive bass line and avant-garde backing of the callithump of various instruments that freely float around but the following “Sailor’s Tale” provides the closest thing to a true rocker with a boisterous attempt by Fripp to deliver some angular guitar workouts as well as a more energized Ornette Coleman styled saxophone workout. The album teeters on the precipice of order and chaos with moody melodies struggling to find full fruition and extreme bouts into noisy angularity at its most delicate balance on “The Letters.” The most cheery and melodic track comes in the form of the Beatles-esque “Ladies Of The Road” which delivers a rather catchy ear hook and even culminates in some amazing vocal harmonies but not without a hypnotic bass groove that ushers a frenetic sax and irritable guitar along the way. This is probably the track where all the styles on board coalesce the most sublimely.

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After the chamber rock string ensemble fluffer of “Prelude” Song Of Gulls,” the album ends with the vocal jazz title track that begins with a gentle piano and almost sedate bass flute as it slowly drifts into higher gear but never really sets the world on fire but still finds away to drift on for over nine minutes as it engages in a rather cyclical melodic flow much like modern post-rock with a jazzy talking sax that punctuates the otherwise serene and hypnotic atmospheric haze. There is also a hidden track after a few seconds of silence that simply finds the band in the studio practicing. ISLANDS was probably the toughest nuts to crack of the early KC albums as it took a long time for it to sink in. While still not my preferred album of choice when rocking to the Crimson ones, it is nevertheless an interesting specimen of progressive rock that tackles jazz-fusion, symphonic chamber music and twisted illogical art rock all rolled up into one. It’s almost as if this was a precursor of what Talk Talk would conjure up in the late 80s with albums like “Spirit Of Eden,” a bold musical statement that allowed the textures and ambience of the instruments paint an impressionist aural experience.

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This is one of those divisive albums where some claim it to be the pinnacle of the KC sound and others the exact opposite calling ti the biggest disappointment. I started out as the former but have come to terms with this interesting musical spectacle, that is understanding it on its own terms and not imposing my will of what it should’ve been. This is a subtly beautiful album that admittedly takes a lot more time to warm up to but seems to make more sense with a fair amount of listens. Once again, the turmoil that was KING CRIMSON would find band members not seeing eye to eye and the lifestyle choices of drug using band members led the sober Robert Fripp to drift away into his own world which caused the band to break up but as is well known, Fripp would regroup in a couple years and deliver a completely new third major lineup of the band and release the completely different “Lark’s Tongues In Aspic” which would allow much of the rock aspects to once again reign. While it took some time, warm up to ISLANDS i did and once i did, it shed a new light on its place in the rock history books.

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.

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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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