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London, England, United Kingdom (1968 – 1974, 1981 – 1984, 1994 – 2009, 2013 – present)

King Crimson are a progressive rock group from London, England, United Kingdom formed in 1968 by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles. Though originally an all-British musical group, later members have included a number of Americans, most notably Adrian Belew, and Tony Levin. The name “King Crimson” was coined by Peter Sinfield as a synonym for Beelzebub, prince of demons.

King Crimson’s debut album was In the Court of the Crimson King. The first major success of the new genre of progressive rock, many bands that would come to dominate ‘prog’ in the 1970s first sought to emulate In the Court of the Crimson King, including Genesis, The Alan Parsons Project, and later Rush.

The line-up of King Crimson has at times changed drastically from album to album. Original lead singer and bassist Greg Lake left the group - as did lyricist Peter Sinfield - and went on to fame with Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970, replaced by Gordon Haskell, Boz Burrell, and, briefly, Jon Anderson of Yes. Also from Yes came drummer Bill Bruford, who joined King Crimson in 1972 and became one of the more enduring members. For the next three years, Bruford and Fripp were joined by future Asia frontman John Wetton. With comparatively few additional musicians, these mid-1970s albums and performances showed a more raw and stylistically focused - though still improvisational - King Crimson. In 1974 the band split temporarily.

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  • Juniahh

    "and the debut is so over rated" wow, so tru dis gui.

    16 Apr 4:31am Reply
  • gabriel_th

    Islands needs more love! [5]

    15 Apr 2:42am Reply
  • zoborey

    what's wrong with this page?

    14 Apr 10:18pm Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Are you guys still trying to find out where the album covers went missing? Have you looked behind the drawers?

    14 Apr 7:48pm Reply
  • dreamforever05

    Where album covers are?[3]

    14 Apr 12:56am Reply
  • dr_bun

    and the debut is so over rated, albums like red and larks tongue blow it out of the water

    9 Apr 1:12pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I'm 99.9% sure that this is the best progressive rock band of all time

    9 Apr 12:58pm Reply
  • LakeGlade12

    Fripp is one of a kind, in more ways that one ;-)

    8 Apr 5:39pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    does any artist do this? Only grumpy old fantastic guitarists :)

    6 Apr 11:29pm Reply
  • realyst

    "Due to certain legal restrictions imposed on Last.fm by King Crimson's Management, we are currently unable to display images or accept image uploads to this page. We apologise and are working to resolve this matter."

    6 Apr 6:33pm Reply
  • Defiled

    Where album covers are?[2]

    6 Apr 1:36pm Reply
  • Rustain

    Islands needs more love! [4]

    4 Apr 1:30am Reply
  • nomanner

    Where album covers are?

    3 Apr 8:29pm Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    LOL! I obviously haven't listened to KC or visited this page in awhile and I wasn't aware of the issue with images. Social media is how music fans interact with each other and the artists these days. Great job alienating your own fans Robert Fripp.

    2 Apr 10:58pm Reply
  • mauesndkj

    Islands needs more love! [3] -> Magical and underrated album. I don't know why so much people dislike it!

    1 Apr 9:45pm Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    Starless and Bible Black needs more love! [3]

    31 Mar 6:43pm Reply
  • Freiszcze

    Well, level of their progness should be obcious, since all their covers are the same. The difference sticks in details (of the covers of course).

    30 Mar 12:18am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    The covers are too prog for me. [3]

    28 Mar 9:27pm Reply
  • tiagohardrock

    King Crimson, Yes, ELP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL

    27 Mar 7:27pm Reply
  • microtesla

    I 'm too derp to 'get' Providence. The rest of Red is freaking amazing though.

    23 Mar 6:59am Reply
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