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

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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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  • MisterJunior

    I agree with you about live vs. studio. I think that applies pretty well to King Crimson in general. The live album s are evidence of that. And fortunately for us, every iteration of the band has been documented with a terrific live album. Lately I've really been liking Heavy ConstruKction

    27 Jul 3:05am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @Wotsthedeal I think it's something to do with there not being all that much in the way of adequately recorded, as-yet-unreleased live material from the 80s lineup, plus that configuration's lack of improvisational playing relative to other eras of KC, that is the reason for the lack of any boxes relating to the three 80s albums. I believe -- and this is just my own speculation, mind you -- this THRAK box will be the last of these big box sets that they do for any of their albums/lineups, because the double trio was such a unique concept in Crimson's history, they were keen on improvising and there's quite a lot of well recorded material from which they can draw for such a release. They still need to issue the "40th Anniversary Editions" of Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair, though (and ConstruKction of Light and Power to Believe).

    27 Jul 2:55am Reply
  • dr_bun

    Red really is one of the greatest albums of all time

    27 Jul 12:25am Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    To me, the double trio has always sounded better live than in studio, VROOM VROOM is a great example why. I find it a bit odd that they skipped through their 80s albums and went straight to THRAK with these box releases. Unless there was one that passed me by.

    25 Jul 3:05am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Just noticed: "Classic rock?" Interesting tag for King Crimson.

    22 Jul 7:35pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @Wotsthedeal it's one of my favorite eras of the band. I try not to lament the passing of each iteration of Crimson because it seems like every direction Fripp has taken them in following a break-up has been interesting and worthwhile, but I feel like there was a lot more that needed to be said by the "double trio." I love the recordings that are available from that lineup, including the "VROOOM Sessions" King Crimson Collector's Club release. VROOOM VROOOM is a great live album from the double trio, too. The box has been mentioned a few times on the DGM site so it's definitely a reality, but the contents of it are a mystery. I would say the only things that are certainties to be included are a new stereo mix either by Wilson or Jakko and a 5.1 mix by Wilson. I know some people think The Road to Red, Starless, etc., were overkill but I'm such a fanatic I'd welcome similar boxes for ALL their albums. Beatbox? Yes please! :)

    20 Jul 6:59pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    @MisterJunior I haven't heard anything about a THRAK boxset, but I'd love to see it happen. The live performances from that era are amazing. And it's pretty cool to see a big boxset from a time other than the 73-74 trio. I'd be more than happy if most of the material sounded nearly as good as the Heavy ConstruKction album

    20 Jul 6:16am Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    A hero is among us! Hope this stops it all.

    20 Jul 6:03am Reply
  • W-90

    "this album covers copyright thing should be mentioned first thing in the band's wiki so no one asks about it in the shoutbox again." - Done.

    18 Jul 10:53pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    https://rateyourmusic.com/list/HoustonMcGrit/king_crimsons_studio_albums__ranked/ Here's a ranking I did of King Crimson's studio albums over on RYM if anyone's interested.

    18 Jul 1:34am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    So... anyone have any dirt on THRAKBOX(X) to share with the rest of us? Back in January or February there were rumblings that it was coming in "late 2015" but details have been pretty scant since then. I would say that a Road to Red-style box highlighting the THRAK/double trio era/material has the potential to be the best thing King Crimson has ever released. Wilson giving a new stereo mix of the record, a 5.1 mix and whatever live material can be found from the lineup cleaned up and presented in pristine sound would just about make me cream myself. The question is how much double trio live stuff is out there; I've always been under the impression there's nowhere near as much as there is of the '72-'74 group.

    14 Jul 9:51pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    It happened in early 2011. Plenty of discussion on it back then.

    27 Jun 1:13pm Reply
  • tcbp

    no pictures, but last.fm radio plays their songs. Strange

    23 Jun 5:16pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Leaded or unleaded.

    20 Jun 5:47pm Reply
  • microtesla

    Cash or credit.

    19 Jun 3:34am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Paper or plastic.

    16 Jun 6:17pm Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    Elitism or stupidity.

    16 Jun 8:19am Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    new music? Oh boy..

    15 Jun 5:13pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    According to the DGM site, KC has a few new songs in the can and they're planning a new album. I hope that the people on here who are so hung up on the missing artwork will be able to enjoy the new album despite the absence of a thumbnail of its cover on last.fm.

    14 Jun 10:33pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    music is overrated

    14 Jun 7:39am Reply
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