Cirkus: The Young Person's Guide to King Crimson - Live

Cirkus: The Young Person's Guide to King Crimson - Live

by King CrimsonKing Crimson




There are so many King Crimson retrospective albums on the market that all but the most carefully attentive fans must to be hopelessly confused. Cirkus, great as it is in terms of content, doesn't help matters any. Pay attention now: whereas 1998's Absent Lovers (also a two-disc live album) documented King Crimson's 1984 tour (in support of Three of a Perfect Pair, the last album the band made before taking a ten-year break), Cirkus includes live material spanning the band's entire career, from its earliest 1969 lineup to its later double-trio configuration. That means that the material varies enormously in style; compositions from the late '60s and early '70s ("Ladies of the Road," "Starless," "21st Century Schizoid Man," etc.) tend toward that sprawling prog rock bombast that is thought of as typical of the era, complete with Mellotron and endless soloing. The early-'80s material is more tightly constructed and includes great live versions of "Neurotica" and the classic "Elephant Talk." There are also several performances of more recent tunes, on which the 1980s lineup has been augmented by another drummer and Chapman Stick player; the resulting sound combines some of the monstrous noise of the band's 1960s incarnations with the more disciplined structures of its 1980s phase, to good effect. Overall, the result will please fans, though newcomers may be bewildered by the huge variety of styles in evidence.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Dgm
UPC: 0633367060327
catalogNumber: 603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Jon Anderson   Vocals,Group Member
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums,Group Member
John Wetton   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Marc Charig   Cornet,Group Member
Keith Tippett   Piano,Group Member
Gordon Haskell   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Lake   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Robin Miller   Oboe,Cor anglais,Group Member
Trey Gunn   Guitar,Stick,Voices,Group Member
Boz Burrell   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mel Collins   Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
David Cross   Violin,Mellotron,Group Member
Nick Evans   Trombone,Group Member
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Mellotron,Group Member
Michael Giles   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Giles   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Tony Levin   Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Stick,Vocals,Chapman Stick,Group Member
Pat Mastelotto   Percussion,electronic percussion,Group Member
Andy McCulloch   Drums,Group Member
Ian McDonald   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
Jamie Muir   Percussion,Group Member
Peter Sinfield   Sounds,Group Member
Ian Wallace   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robert Fripp   Producer
Peter Sinfield   Illustrations
David Singleton   Producer
P.J. Crook   Cover Photo

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