King Crimson

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Divisive Cotton, May 16, 2011.

  1. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

    This is one band that have slipped under my radar so today I am listening to The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, vol 1

    Red is regarded as their greatest album so that's now in my playlist too

    There's no doubt Robert Fripp is a musical genius but does King Crimson float your boat?
  2. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    'discipline' is their best album (that i've heard anyway).
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  3. invisibleplanet

    invisibleplanet porter des cornes

    Yes. My boat is floated by King Crimson :)
    It's their complicated time signatures that really bliss me out :D
  4. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    the two before Red are petty good too, iirr. Albeit suffering from the dreaded 'Prog Pretension Pox' with their titles, Larks Tongue In Aspic & Starless & Bible Black. Their return, with the marvellously sensibly titled Discipline is superb, my fave.
  5. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I have a few tracks on my ipod - an ex girlfriend once put a crimson track on a mix tape for me :cool: I think it was 'heartbeat'? I will listen to them again.
  6. Meltingpot

    Meltingpot Living in our pools we soon forget about the sea

    Crimson are a band of contrasts. IMO it's hard to believe the same band can produce a track with the delicate beauty of "Trio" from "Starless and Bible Black" and, on the next album, something as raw and brutal as the title track "Red."

    I haven't heard any post '75 Crimson but I'm happy to take people's word for it if they say albums like "Discipline" are good.
  7. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    discipline has more in common with the more groovy end of krautrock and post punk than the earlier stuff tbh. you should get it though - tis brilliant. i've heard the later stuff is still good too, although i've yet to check it out.
  8. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    In The Court of the Crimson King, yes please. I quite liked Thrak too back when it was out.
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  9. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007

    Loved Court of the Crimson King and Wake of Poseidon at the time but not heard them for years. Beat, Discipline and Three of a Perfect Pair are the ones i listen to now, three of my favourite albums in fact.

    Robert Fripp is of course god, Bill Bruford's god too.
  10. rorymac

    rorymac Well-Known Member

    I think Robert is fantastic at what he does but it sucks .. a bit like Joe Satriani .. maaaan geezer looks like a rapist !
  11. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Court of the Crimson King & Larks Tongues in Aspic are the one's I have. Haven't played them for some time. Might do later. Thanks Urban :)
  12. seeformiles

    seeformiles Lost in the wood

    Another vote here for "Discipline" - lots of good stuff "Mate Kudesai", "Elephant talk", etc.
  13. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

    One of those bands that I'd see from time to time in Kerrrrang in the late 80s and thank gawd I was born slightly too late to get into that shite (so I thought then, with my thrash metal head on). Silly boy that I was.
  14. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I was the same purves, just about born when they were in full 70s flow and by the time I got around to listening to music properly it was all heavy and thrash metal for me, as well as punk, HC etc etc. Only really discovered the 70s in the 90s.
  15. southside

    southside Banned

    Nope don't really get them as they seem a bit too avaunt-guard although the musicianship is ace in the rhy section department I find a lot of their music to be over indulgent and inaccessible on the whole. I like Red though but a lot of it is pomp and boring. Bill Bruford is a great drummer and the bass player has quite a good voice but I'm not over keen on the production of the vocals on that album though the sound from Fripp's Les Paul Custom is unquestionably sublime.
  16. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Despite their different reincarnations and styles there is always something from each period that i have liked. Fripp's Soundscapes works , especially the one dedicated to his mother are well worth listening to.

    There was a spin off band made up of a number of original members who toured doing their early stuff about ten years ago who were quite fun called 21st Century Schizoid band and there was also some ex members who formed the King Crimson Trio which was basically a drums , bass and piano jazz version of King Crimson tracks.
  17. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    I've always liked them, since I first heard In the Court of the Crimson King, which is an ace album.

    Not that into prog and wanky rock mostly, but every now and then they get stuck in my head.

    Red is pretty ace too, but that awesome distortion from twenty-first century schizoid man wins it, phwoaaa. :cool:
  18. Meltingpot

    Meltingpot Living in our pools we soon forget about the sea

    I think "Trio" deserves another mention here, I'm playing it now;

    If there's a better chillout track than this one (apart from perhaps the slow movement of Brahms's 2nd piano concerto), I don't know what it is.
  19. ItWillNeverWork

    ItWillNeverWork Messy Crimbobs, fellow humans.

    It depends on the era of KC you're talking about. I love the earlier incarnation, but they got a bit funny in the 80's if you ask me - bought '3 of a perfect pair' and hated it. All that I had listened to up till then was Court of the Crimson King, and the two albums are very different. Red is my all time favourite album. Just beautiful. :cool:
  20. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

  21. dialectician

    dialectician The Main Enemy is at home.

    def one of the best of the mainstream prog bands. used to cane their pre-discipline stuff in 2011/12. but would rather Miles' electric period these days, esp the live recordings. mtume and dejonette are better drummers, that's not an opinion! might wheel out larks tomorrow, if only for the title track. that shit is brutal.
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  22. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Took me a while but I played them the other day. LTiA really suffers from a bad remaster, might have to hunt down a better version...
  23. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    There is perfume/cologne ad on at the moment that uses a snatch of '21st century Schizoid man'.
  24. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    Keep posting this but is a superb live version from a couple of years ago from the current line up

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  25. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    Bill Bruford's biography has some interesting insights on the Fripp Experience.

    "Whatever you did before joining King Crimson was not how things are done in King Crimson."
  26. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Rings a bell...
  27. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.

    Paco Rabane Invictus.
  28. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    in my teens i was so into crimson it was embarrassing.
    Starless and Bible Black was my addiction, but at one point i owned all their albums up to Red.
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  29. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Bless you.
  30. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato Grateful for what I have.


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