Benjamin Kuettel

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01.15.19 50th Anniversary of King Crimson 12.20.18 Top 25 Records of 2018
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50th Anniversary of King Crimson

King Crimson arguably founded progressive rock, and it's amazing that they are still together after 50 years with some members that date back decades alongside Robert Fripp. They're undoubtedly one of the most consistently impressive prog bands right now, and their longetivity is not matched by most of their peers, the best comparison probably being Rush. I would say they're touring their finest line-up and putting on their best performances these past couple years. I was lucky enough to see them for my birthday in 2017, thankfully when they reincorporated their hits into the setlist and had three synchronized drummers playing at once. To say they're unique and talented at their craft is an understatement. I recently listened to their newer material, mostly live recordings, more closely and decided to make a playlist of new songs that have only been heard live these past few years into what would realistically be a new studio EP or LP. Comment your opinion on these songs if you've heard them and share in the love of one of the mightiest bands on the planet.
1King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Banshee Legs Bell Hassle: there are other instrumentals that would technically be considered new material, half of them drum solos, but I decided to mainly keep this playlist focused on the songs with vocals that would realistically make a hypothetical studio recording one day. Figured this would be a nice intro to kick things off.
2King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind): I've seen this track divided into three parts, including "Meltdown" in the middle, and also one 10:30 long epic as well. Sort of a heavy rock instrumental with some flute soloing in the section half. This and "Radical Action II" remind me of "Level Five" from The Power to Believe.
3King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Meltdown: I enjoy this one a lot, sort of sounds like a sequel to "The ConstruKction of Light" or an expansion of the intro to "Vicarious" by Tool.
4King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Radical Action II: Similar to the first Radical Action, shorter and less going on than the first one.
5King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Suitable Grounds For The Blues: A lumbering jazz rock track with more of that heavy rock riffing, similar to The Power to Believe.
6King Crimson
Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind

Interlude: nice flute instrumental.
7King Crimson
Live in Chicago

The Errors: This is another heavy jazz rock song that sounds like it's from another time in some ways, not weird or abstract enough to be reminiscent of Lizard but it has that kind of spirit mixed with the styles of 2000s King Crimson.
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