The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1: 1969-1974

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This set compiles what Robert Fripp contends is "a comprehensive overview for new ears of all that is necessary in the Crimson corpus." Going on to acknowledge that "old-generation completists might disagree with some choices, but material not included here is available for new-generation completists, should they wish." Enthusiasts' personal preferences aside, The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1: 1969-1974 2004 is the first of two four-disc volumes gathering the entire recorded output of the band in its variety of personnel. Each CD contains highlights from a specific era, either in the studio or live, and the material is presented in chronological order. Disc...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This set compiles what Robert Fripp contends is "a comprehensive overview for new ears of all that is necessary in the Crimson corpus." Going on to acknowledge that "old-generation completists might disagree with some choices, but material not included here is available for new-generation completists, should they wish." Enthusiasts' personal preferences aside, The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1: 1969-1974 2004 is the first of two four-disc volumes gathering the entire recorded output of the band in its variety of personnel. Each CD contains highlights from a specific era, either in the studio or live, and the material is presented in chronological order. Disc one tracks through In the Court of the Crimson King 1969, In the Wake of Poseidon 1970, Lizard 1970, and Islands 1971. Suitably, most of the debut effort is presented from recently recovered master tapes that had been unavailable for all prior pressings of the CD. Other truncated titles are the instrumental edits of the tracks "In the Wake of Poseidon" and "Islands," as well as an abridged version of "Sailor's Tale." Disc two offers a concert counterpart with ten selections from each of the touring incarnations of King Crimson circa 1969-1972. Among the standouts are a hard-driving cover of Donovan's "Get Thy Bearings," the rave-up "Groon," and an instrumental edit of "21st Century Schizoid Man" -- the latter pairing from February 11, 1972. Disc three houses cuts from Larks' Tongues in Aspic 1973, Starless and Bible Black 1974, and Red 1974, with abridged readings of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1" and "Starless" being the only comparative anomalies. Disc four concludes the collection in epic fashion with what is hands-down the most compelling aggregate of performances ever assembled from the 1973-1974 lineup. The vast majority of the USA 1975 album is featured, with the notable exception of a slightly abridged "Exiles." Additionally, "Improv: Augsburg" is the sole inclusion to be previously unreleased and is excerpted from a March 27, 1974, show. The 24-page booklet has plenty of eye candy and visual ephemera surrounding a detailed chronology and discography of the band through its breakup in 1974.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • UPC: 633367040329
  • Catalog Number: 670403
  • Sales rank: 373,668

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:24)
  2. 2 I Talk to the Wind (6:05)
  3. 3 Epitaph (8:47)
  4. 4 Moonchild (3:37)
  5. 5 The Court of the Crimson King (9:27)
  6. 6 Peace - A Theme (1:14)
  7. 7 Cat Food (4:52)
  8. 8 Groon (3:32)
  9. 9 Cadence and Cascade (4:37)
  10. 10 In the Wake of Poseidon (4:02)
  11. 11 Ladies of the Road (5:30)
  12. 12 Sailor's Tale (7:19)
  13. 13 Islands (5:30)
  14. 14 Tuning Up (0:49)
  15. 15 Bolero (6:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Court of the Crimson King (6:55)
  2. 2 A Man, A City (12:10)
  3. 3 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:30)
  4. 4 Get Thy Bearings (10:53)
  5. 5 Mars (6:41)
  6. 6 Pictures of a City (8:44)
  7. 7 The Letters (4:28)
  8. 8 The Sailor's Tale (4:49)
  9. 9 Groon (6:44)
  10. 10 21st Century Schizoid Man (9:47)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1 (10:46)
  2. 2 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1 (2:51)
  3. 3 Easy Money (8:01)
  4. 4 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 (7:11)
  5. 5 The Night Watch (4:41)
  6. 6 The Great Deceiver (4:02)
  7. 7 Fracture (11:12)
  8. 8 Starless (4:36)
  9. 9 Red (6:15)
  10. 10 Fallen Angel (6:03)
  11. 11 One More Red Nightmare (7:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Asbury Park (7:00)
  2. 2 The Talking Drum (5:45)
  3. 3 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 (6:29)
  4. 4 Lament (4:18)
  5. 5 We'll Let You Know (5:22)
  6. 6 Improv: Augsburg (5:52)
  7. 7 Exiles (9:12)
  8. 8 Easy Money (10:01)
  9. 9 Providence (9:22)
  10. 10 Starless and Bible Black (8:16)
  11. 11 21st Century Schizoid Man (5:49)
  12. 12 Trio
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Crimson Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Drums
John Wetton Bass, Vocals
Marc Charig Cornet
Keith Tippett Piano
Gordon Haskell Bass, Vocals
Greg Lake Bass Guitar, Vocals
Obin Miller Oboe, Cor anglais
Boz Burrell Bass, Vocals
Mel Collins Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
David Cross Violin, Viola, Mellotron
Nick Evans Trombone
Robert Fripp Guitar, Mellotron, Devices
Michael Giles Percussion, Drums
Peter Giles Bass
Paulina Lucas Soprano
Andy McCulloch Drums
Ian McDonald Reeds, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Mellotron, Vibes, Woodwind
Ian Wallace Drums
Technical Credits
Gustav Holst Composer
Bill Bruford Composer
Donovan Composer
King Crimson Producer
John Wetton Composer
Greg Lake Composer
George Chkiantz Engineer
David Cross Composer
Robert Fripp Composer, Director, Producer
Michael Giles Composer
Richard Palmer-James Composer
Ian McDonald Composer
Jamie Muir Composer
Peter Sinfield Composer, Director, Lyricist, Producer, Illustrations
Robin Thompson Engineer
Gered Mankowitz Cover Photo
Nicholas Deville Cover Art
Barry Godber Artwork
Hunter MacDonald Engineer
Ginni Barris Cover Painting
Tammo DeJongh Cover Painting
John Robson Engineer
Tom Phillips Artwork
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