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

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

by King Crimson
 
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'

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Discipline Us
UPC:
0633367040329
catalogNumber:
670403

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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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