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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 late 1968. 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 b ...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 late 1968. 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 King Crimson's 40th Anniversary in 2009, they have yet to release any new material. « hide

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LPs
The Power to Believe
2003

3.7
353 Votes
The ConstruKction of Light
2000

3.1
262 Votes
THRAK
1995

3.7
337 Votes
Three of a Perfect Pair
1984

3.5
363 Votes
Beat
1982

3.2
336 Votes
Discipline
1981

4.1
795 Votes
Red
1974

4.5
1,356 Votes
Starless and Bible Black
1974

3.9
521 Votes
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
1973

4.3
868 Votes
Islands
1971

3.4
479 Votes
Lizard
1970

4
633 Votes
In the Wake of Poseidon
1970

3.8
731 Votes
In the Court of the Crimson King
1969

4.6
2,716 Votes
EPs
Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
2002

3.2
52 Votes
Level Five
2001

3.6
22 Votes
VROOOM
1994

3.2
53 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
EleKtriK
2003

3.9
11 Votes
Eyes Wide Open
2003

4.3
3 Votes
Ladies of the Road
2002

3.3
8 Votes
VROOOM VROOOM
2001

4.1
23 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
6 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

4.1
4 Votes
The Great Deceiver (Volume 1)
1998

4.5
3 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

3.9
15 Votes
The Great Deceiver
1992

4.4
38 Votes
USA
1975

4
46 Votes
Earthbound
1972

2.1
53 Votes
Compilations
The Elements of King Crimson - 2014 Tour Box
2014

Road to Red
11/05/2013

4.5
2 Votes
The Condensed 21st Century Guide
2006

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

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

4
4 Votes
The Power to Believe Tour Box
2003

2.5
2 Votes
Beginners' Guide to the Collectors' Club
2000

2
2 Votes
The ProjeKcts
1999

3.8
11 Votes
Cirkus
1999

3.6
10 Votes
The Deception of the Thrush
1999

3.8
8 Votes
The Concise King Crimson
1993

2.9
8 Votes
The Essential King Crimson
1991

4.1
6 Votes
The Abbreviated King Crimson
1991

3.3
5 Votes
The Compact King Crimson
1986

3.6
8 Votes
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
1976

4.3
10 Votes

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