On 618 Favorites Lists

NEWS

09-24 King Crimson to reform

» Edit Band Information
» Edit Albums

» Add a Review
» Add an Album
» Add MP3
» Add News

King Crimson

King Crimson is one of the most innovative and enduring bands of the 20th century. Despite breaking up two separate times,the band continues, because,as Robert Fripp puts it, "King Crimson has a life of its own. It is a creative identity quite apart from the musicians who comprise it." The first incarnation of King Crimson was born in late1968. By July,1969, they were playing the famous Hyde Park free concert in London, lead by the Rolling Stones, only their seventh gig. And by October they had already released In the Court of the Crimson King, a groundbreaking album that set the bar fo ...read more

King Crimson is one of the most innovative and enduring bands of the 20th century. Despite breaking up two separate times,the band continues, because,as Robert Fripp puts it, "King Crimson has a life of its own. It is a creative identity quite apart from the musicians who comprise it." The first incarnation of King Crimson was born in late1968. By July,1969, they were playing the famous Hyde Park free concert in London, lead by the Rolling Stones, only their seventh gig. And by October they had already released In the Court of the Crimson King, a groundbreaking album that set the bar for progressive rock for years to come. Their debut incorporated jazz fusion, epic Mellotron, proto-metal,and innovative nightmarish themes into their lyrics.

Despite a brilliantly original debut album, the band had already begun to dissolve because of creative tensions on their first tour. 1970 through 1972 was the rockiest period for Crimson, around 7 musicians coming and going, but were still able to deliver follow-ups to their debut, from the classical-tingedIslands to the sprawling jazz albumLizard. By 1973, the band was a trio (though got heavy support from session players for their albums) and released the albumsStarless and Bible Blackand Red. Though both albums had the theatrical darkness of previous Crimson works, they were heavier than most bands of the time. This is partly because of the dense heavy bass work of John Wetton. King Crimson broke up shortly after the release. Robert Fripp's reasons were that he no longer connected with people at concerts, and that the band would eventually become a lifeless entity because the members lacked control of the group.

A rebirth occurred in 1981, when Fripp and drummer from the Red era Bill Bruford decided to form a new band. After recruiting bassist Tony Levin, and, for the first time in Crimson history, second guitarist Adrien Belew (who also served as vocalist and main lyricist,) the new King Crimson released a trilogy of albums from 1981 to 1984, Discipline, Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair, respectively. The band's sound had a New Wave feel to it, but not for long. The band disbanded once again after the albums.

The early 90s were spent with Fripp once again making plans for Crimson, and a new, more hard rock influenced Crimson, released THRAKin 1995. The lineup was a sextet, incorporating veteran members Fripp, Bruford, Levin, and Belew, and new ones, Trey Gunn, and Pat Mastelotto. The rest of the 90's held various Crimson side projects (4 of them, called 'ProjeKcts') and issued live recordings. Two albums have been released in the new millennium, as a quartet without Bruford and Levin. This quartet however went on unofficial hiatus in early 2004. In the years that followed, most of the band members were involved in other projects, but in late 2007, a new line-up was announced. King Crimson was now a quintet, consisting of Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelloto, and a new member: Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison (who became the group's first British member since the 70's). Although this line-up still holds and has done some touring, also in celebration of KingCrimson's 40th Anniversary in 2009, they have yet to release any new material. « hide

Similar Bands: Motorpsycho, The Enid, The Moody Blues, Yes, Robert Fripp

LPs
The Power to Believe
2003

3.7
326 Votes
The ConstruKction of Light
2000

3.1
237 Votes
THRAK
1995

3.7
306 Votes
Three of a Perfect Pair
1984

3.5
331 Votes
Beat
1982

3.2
306 Votes
Discipline
1981

4.1
738 Votes
Red
1974

4.5
1,264 Votes
Starless and Bible Black
1974

3.9
489 Votes
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
1973

4.3
804 Votes
Islands
1971

3.4
427 Votes
Lizard
1970

4
576 Votes
In the Wake of Poseidon
1970

3.8
670 Votes
In the Court of the Crimson King
1969

4.6
2,526 Votes
EPs
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002

3.2
50 Votes
VROOOM
1994

3.2
49 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Argentina
06/11/2012

3.2
3 Votes
The Collectable King Crimson: Volume Five
2010

The Collectable King Crimson: Volume Four
2009

The Collectable King Crimson: Volume Three
2008

4
1 Votes
The Collectable King Crimson: Volume Two
2007

The Collectable King Crimson: Volume One
2006

4.2
19 Votes
Neal and Jack and Me
2004

3.8
2 Votes
The Power to Believe Tour Box
2003

2.5
2 Votes
EleKtriK
2003

3.9
10 Votes
Eyes Wide Open
2003

4.3
2 Votes
Ladies of the Road
2002

3.2
7 Votes
VROOOM VROOOM
2001

4.1
23 Votes
Level Five
2001

3.6
21 Votes
Live in Mainz
2001

Heavy ConstruKction
2000

3.6
21 Votes
Live in Central Park, NYC
2000

3.3
6 Votes
Live in Mexico City
1999

2.8
3 Votes
ProjeKct Four - Live in San Francisco
1999

3.7
3 Votes
On Broadway
1999

4
5 Votes
Live at Cap D'Agde
1999

3.7
6 Votes
The Beat Club, Bremen
1999

3.4
7 Votes
ProjeKct One - Live at the Jazz Café
1999

3.8
5 Votes
Live at Jacksonville
1998

2.4
6 Votes
Live at The Marquee
1998

2.3
6 Votes
Absent Lovers
1998

4.3
38 Votes
The Great Deceiver (Volume 2)
1998

4.3
5 Votes
The Great Deceiver (Volume 1)
1998

4.6
4 Votes
Epitaph
1997

3.9
27 Votes
The Night Watch
1997

4
30 Votes
THRaKaTTaK
1996

3
16 Votes
Deja VROOOM
1995

3.5
1 Votes
B'BOOM
1995

4
14 Votes
The Great Deceiver
1992

4.4
36 Votes
USA
1975

4
41 Votes
Earthbound
1972

2.1
50 Votes
Compilations
Road to Red
11/05/2013

4
1 Votes
The Condensed 21st Century Guide
2006

3.3
2 Votes
The 21st Century Guide: Volume Two
2005

3.8
4 Votes
The 21st Century Guide: Volume One
2004

4
3 Votes
Beginners' Guide to the Collectors' Club
2000

2
2 Votes
The ProjeKcts
1999

3.8
11 Votes
Cirkus
1999

3.6
9 Votes
The Deception of the Thrush
1999

3.8
8 Votes
The Concise King Crimson
1993

2.8
6 Votes
The Essential King Crimson
1991

4.3
4 Votes
The Abbreviated King Crimson
1991

3.5
4 Votes
The Compact King Crimson
1986

4
6 Votes
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
1976

4.5
9 Votes

Music Lists
04.18.14  My Personal 100 Favorite Albums04.18.14  Hench's Top 20s: 1974
04.18.14  Any Bebop Recs?04.17.14  Some Of My Favorite Users, Pt. 3
04.17.14  I'm The New User, Mrderp04.17.14  Hench's Top 20s: 1973
04.17.14  Top 5 Prog Epics04.16.14  Aids' Top 100: Current Favourite Al
04.16.14  Sputniks Best Users04.15.14  5 Straight 5 Pages For Animals!!!
04.14.14  Hench's Top 20s: 197004.14.14  AIMD - April (1st Half)
04.13.14  Birthday Cds04.13.14  Recommend Me Your Top Three Albums
04.11.14  My Top 15 Favorite Albums Of All Ti04.09.14  Jazz Fusion Recs
04.09.14  5 Favorite Fairy Tail Girls04.08.14  King Crimson Ranked (imo)
04.07.14  20 Greatest04.07.14  Battle Of The Prog Wave 3
» More Lists (1299)

Contributors: LokitheTrickster, Lowder91bird, Frippertronics, Mad., dariosoares, taylormemer, ThrashingWhiplash, rockandmetaljunkie, Ire, jefflebowski, siddha, Thor, Krow, Hoppoman, Nagrarok, The What, doqtor, clairvoyant, pulseczar, adr, rrodjf, Nagrarok, Youtellme, KILL, tylerdurdenpt, rockandmetaljunkie, taylormemer,

FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy