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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.
In the Court of the Crimson King
The only album from this decade/incarnation. Oh, and the album that turned rock upside down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|I think 1 & 2 deserve to be in the top 5, but the other 3 could easily be replaced by Lizard, Red, and Lark's Tongue in Aspic. Well maybe not THRAK. Tough call.|
|yeah. you need Red, Power to Believe, Beat, and other stuff on here. most of these albums are subpar.|
|i need more king crimson|
|The ConstruKction of Light over the Power to Believe! Are you out of your mind!|
Just kidding, but I can't say that I'm a fan of CoL.
|I only chose one album per decade, that was the idea. Red is debatable to take place of Starless and Bible Black (then again, so could Lark's Tonges), but there's no way Beat is better than Discipline for the 80s slot. |
And I think ConstruKctio of Light takes the 00s instead of Power to Believe.
|woops i didn't notice the decades part, my bad.|
|1) In the Court of the Crimson King|
2) Lark's Tongues in Aspic
5) ...I still have to hear these