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King Crimson

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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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  • nicolasbj

    Discipline 10 / 10

    2 hours ago Reply
  • niQboy

    It's also my least favorite of their new-wave trilogy, but it still has some great moments. As a whole, it doesn't quite stun me as Discipline did, though.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • nicolasbj

    terrible album

    Yesterday 2:44am Reply
  • niQboy

    v As far as Beat goes, yes.

    Yesterday 11:05pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    v LOL it could definitely trick me into thinking it was a b-side or something. ¶ BTW, does anyone know if Steve Wilson will be releasing 40th anniversary DVD-A remix sets of "Beat" and "Three of a Pair"? I have them all up to "USA," and it feels strange not having the others. (Also, I'm not talking about these recent, gondo-huge 50 CD box set versions of Red and Larks; I'm talking about the simple 2-disc versions).

    Yesterday 4:55pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v wait. that's not a song from Beat album?

    26 Nov 1:12am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    v It's been 10 years, and I still feel like that meme is not yet ready to die. I love it every time I get RR'd.

    26 Nov 12:32am Reply
  • niQboy

    Great news, guys! We finally came up with an easy workaround for returning the album covers. It requires no technical wizardry or knowledge of HTML. Here's the step by step guide!

    25 Nov 8:40pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    v Not Frippian enough. I surmise he hates red because so many people like it.

    25 Nov 5:58pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    but last.fm is red and he likes red :P

    24 Nov 9:05pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    v Oh, I'm sure he'll find another reason to continue hating Last.fm anyway.

    24 Nov 3:57pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Last.fm radio is gone now anyway.

    23 Nov 7:40pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Yep, coming in January. Hopefully another tour will follow.

    22 Nov 6:30am Reply
  • niQboy

    Looks like we're getting a new live album after all. Thanks Frippucino!

    21 Nov 10:50am Reply
  • Assedor

    This deep and rich music envelops into the atmospheric state of mind and plunges in ambiguous concepts with enormous of interpretations.

    21 Nov 6:04am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    vv He posted about last.fm on his blog and said nothing of the album covers. What he was upset about was the "free" streaming last.fm was doing of KC songs and him not being compensated for it. Apparently for Fripp, the difference between last.fm and 1970s AM radio (when I first heard KC) is different, but between you and me, I think last.fm's music streaming service is no different from listening to the radio.

    20 Nov 11:49pm Reply
  • Carl_rere

    I love King Crimson but Fripp is an asshole -_-

    19 Nov 2:50pm Reply
  • Issa-Void

    Maybe it looks to him like we think more about our obsession with album covers than music itself. How many people should tell us that in the end music is more important than all this.

    19 Nov 12:43am Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    vv He's an eccentric personality, zedshtein. I don't think we can expect to understand his fears, his idiosyncrasies, etc. etc. Many of the world's great artists were plagued with feelings of seclusion, introversion, etc. which translated to the public eye in mysterious ways. From what I've read he doesn't like to be referred to as a genius, and doesn't like to be told what to do, but I've also read that he doesn't express himself clearly, so this is why some artists can't work with him - his expectations are unrealistic because he can't express himself, so nobody knows what he's thinking and feeling until it's too late. So to you and me it seems like he's just being pedantic about the sharing of album covers and what not, but in his mind, it gives him a sense of security and peace to do this. I don't expect to understand it ever, but I do find it odd.

    17 Nov 10:50pm Reply
  • Zzznoked

    Обложки альбомов даже удалили. Какая ж печаль

    15 Nov 3:44pm Reply
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