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King Crimson's Masterpieces by Decade

It seems King Crimson has had one masterpiece for each incarnation of the band, which are generally divided by the decades. Here's the list of them, and just why the rule so much.
1King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


The only album from this decade/incarnation. Oh, and the album that turned rock upside down.
2King Crimson
Starless and Bible Black


A perfect synergy of jazz-mentality-live skirmishes and calculated studio work. The definitive 70s-era album, with one of the greatest instrumental pieces ever (Fracture). Most would argue that Red should fill this slot, but this has got everything Red has and more.
3King Crimson
Discipline


The obvious choice. Everyone thought Crimson was done forever, including the band members themselves, but one day on the way to practice for his new band, Robert Fripp felt the presence of the Crimson King once again. And this innovative, groundbreaking, Fripp/Belew masterpiece was born. With its strange intelocking guitars and unique rythym section, nothing ever had or ever will be made that sounds like this. A stunning entrance for long-time member Adrian Belew.
4King Crimson
THRAK


Amazing. Choatic, but coherent. Crashing, ominous, dark instrumentals. Intense. Fill the gaps in with amazing Crimson-esque, dark pop songs, ethereal guitar effects, and some absolutely great vocals/lyrics from Belew, and you've got THRAK. Also spurred the avant-masterpiece THRAKATTAK.
5King Crimson
The ConstruKction of Light


Beautiful, interlocking guitars that call back the 80s band. Heavy, intense instrumentals. Guitar skirmeshes to end all dual guitar work. Amazing. Also notable is the band's willingness to embrace technology to their advantage (yet not use it as a crutch), something the purists will lose out on.
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