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The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 2: 1981-2003

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It appears that just when you thought the folks at Discipline Global Mobile had re-released every single King Crimson track in as many configurations as possible, they surprise you with another compilation: 2005's The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 2: 1981-2003. Following in the footsteps of 2004's The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1: 1969-1974, the second volume combines the best tracks from Crimson's studio albums from the advertised period, as well as mixing in live takes and rarities. When Crimson reconvened in 1980 after an extended hiatus, no one could have predicted that the group would have more in common sonically with Talking Heads and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It appears that just when you thought the folks at Discipline Global Mobile had re-released every single King Crimson track in as many configurations as possible, they surprise you with another compilation: 2005's The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 2: 1981-2003. Following in the footsteps of 2004's The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 1: 1969-1974, the second volume combines the best tracks from Crimson's studio albums from the advertised period, as well as mixing in live takes and rarities. When Crimson reconvened in 1980 after an extended hiatus, no one could have predicted that the group would have more in common sonically with Talking Heads and the Police than Yes and Genesis. But with newcomers Adrian Belew vocals/guitar and Tony Levin bass/stick joining previous Crimson members Robert Fripp guitar and Bill Bruford drums, the "new look" Crimson managed to be quite musically daring without the bloat of '70s-era prog, and in a few instances, managed to be gasp! accessible. This point is proven on disc one of Vol. 2: 1981-2003, as highlights are plucked from the group's trio of studio albums from the early '80s: 1981's Discipline, 1982's Beat, and 1984's Three of a Perfect Pair. Also included are several rarities that only hardcore fans will have heard previously: the self-descriptive "King Crimson Barbershop" from 1982 as well as several latter-day tracks off the obscure 2004 EP Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With. Disc two shows early-'80s Crimson flexing their muscles in concert with the majority of the tracks coming from the 1998 release Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984, while discs three and four focus on the group's mid-'90s to early-21st century period. With the group toughening up its sound and adding a few new members to the Belew/Fripp/Levin/Bruford lineup before scaling back to a four-piece lineup that saw only Belew and Fripp remain, the band sounds very Tool-esque on the selections from 1995's THRAK, 2000's The ConstruKction of Light, and 2003's The Power to Believe. And as an added bit on the end of disc four, you get a taste of a few Crimson offshoot projects, including ProjeKct One Bruford, Fripp, Levin, and Trey Gunn and ProjeKct Two Belew, Fripp, and Gunn. The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Vol. 2: 1981-2003 is best suited for those looking to dig deep into the "Adrian Belew phase" of Crimson. But if you're a longtime fan who already has most of Crimson's studio albums and archival releases, there isn't much here that you probably don't already own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • UPC: 633367055125
  • Catalog Number: 551
  • Sales rank: 160,185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Elephant Talk (4:44)
  2. 2 Frame by Frame (5:08)
  3. 3 Matte Kudasai (3:46)
  4. 4 Thela Hun Ginjeet (6:26)
  5. 5 The Sheltering Sky (8:23)
  6. 6 Discipline (5:02)
  7. 7 Heartbeat (3:54)
  8. 8 Waiting Man (4:26)
  9. 9 Neurotica (4:49)
  10. 10 Requiem (6:36)
  11. 11 Three of a Perfect Pair (4:10)
  12. 12 Sleepless (5:24)
  13. 13 The King Crimson Barber Shop (1:36)
  14. 14 Form No. 1 (3:03)
  15. 15 Bude (0:25)
  16. 16 Potato Pie (4:33)
  17. 17 Clouds (0:31)
  18. 18 Einstein's Relatives (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Entry of the Crims (4:42)
  2. 2 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 3 (2:47)
  3. 3 Thela Hun Ginjeet (5:54)
  4. 4 Matte Kudasai (3:40)
  5. 5 The Sheltering Sky (10:32)
  6. 6 Neal and Jack and Me (5:39)
  7. 7 Indiscipline (8:10)
  8. 8 Sartori in Tangier (4:21)
  9. 9 Frame by Frame (3:55)
  10. 10 Man with an Open Heart (3:40)
  11. 11 Waiting Man (6:00)
  12. 12 Sleepless (6:11)
  13. 13 Three of a Perfect Pair (4:24)
  14. 14 Discipline (4:52)
  15. 15 Elephant Talk (5:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Vrooom (4:38)
  2. 2 Coda: Marine 475 (2:41)
  3. 3 Dinosaur (6:37)
  4. 4 Walking on Air (4:38)
  5. 5 B'boom (4:11)
  6. 6 Thrak (0:43)
  7. 7 Fearless and Highly Thrakked (3:50)
  8. 8 Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream (4:44)
  9. 9 Radio II (0:43)
  10. 10 The Power to Believe I (0:43)
  11. 11 Level Five (7:15)
  12. 12 Eyes Wide Open (4:10)
  13. 13 Elektrik (8:00)
  14. 14 Facts of Life (Intro) (1:38)
  15. 15 Facts of Life (5:05)
  16. 16 The Power to Believe II (7:44)
  17. 17 Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With (3:30)
  18. 18 The Power to Believe III (4:12)
  19. 19 The Power to Believe IV (2:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Vrooom Vrooom (5:03)
  2. 2 Neurotica (3:39)
  3. 3 Prism (2:54)
  4. 4 One Time (6:53)
  5. 5 Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 4 (10:47)
  6. 6 Prozakc Blues (5:28)
  7. 7 The Construkction of Light (8:39)
  8. 8 Frakctured (8:38)
  9. 9 The World's My Oyster Soup/Kitchen Floor Wax Museum (5:50)
  10. 10 Sus-Tayn-Z (7:51)
  11. 11 X-Chayn-Jiz (4:18)
  12. 12 The Deception of the Thrush (5:20)
  13. 13 2 II 3 (1:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Crimson Primary Artist
Adrian Belew Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Bill Bruford Percussion, Drums, Electric Drums, electronic percussion
Trey Gunn Guitar, Stick, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Robert Fripp Organ, Guitar, Mellotron
Tony Levin Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Stick, Vocals, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Pat Mastelotto Percussion, Drums, electronic percussion, Trap Kit
Technical Credits
Adrian Belew Composer
King Crimson Composer
David Bottrill Producer
Rhett Davies Producer
Brad Davis Engineer
Robert Fripp Producer, Liner Notes, Soundscape, Frippertronics
Ken Latchney Engineer
Rob O'Connor Cover Design
David Singleton Producer
The Vicar Producer, String Arrangements
Machine Producer, Engineer
Tony Arnold Engineer
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Ioannis Cover Art
Timothy Eames Cover Art
Peter Willis Cover Art
Alex Mundy Digital Editing
John David Miller Cover Painting
P.J. Crook Cover Art, Cover Painting
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