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Move the slider from left to right to gradually uncover the recorded world of King Crimson. A way of introducing the "Clueless" and the "Curious" to the classic albums, and the "Crimhead" and the "Connoisseur" to the deepest archives.

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Admiralpalast
Admiralpalast
King Crimson
2018
With Richard Palmer-James’ lyrics hovering somewhere between In The Ghetto and West Side Story, the roiling guitar arpeggios originally appeared in 1972 but were not pressed into a song until the making of the Red album where they were met in the middle by the Wetton-composed bridge.
Cirkus
Cirkus
King Crimson
2018
It was during soundchecks on the 2014 tour that this motif was initially tried and tested to see if it had legs. Thankfully it did and was featured in concert in its final form the following year, eventually making its recorded debut on Live In Toronto in 2016
Lichtburg
Lichtburg
King Crimson
2018
It’s probably wrong to single out one instrument in an ensemble but it’s hard to imagine this song without those intensely evocative Mellotron strings. It’s been said many times before but Peter Sinfield’s 1969 lyric remains ominously relevant to the world in which we live today. Uncertain Times indeed.
Sentrum Scene
Sentrum Scene
King Crimson
2018
King Crimson is recast as a mutant-jazz outfit with Mel’s surging baritone sax weaving its way through the Fripp-composed slashing chords that date back to the exploratory sessions prior to the recording of Exposure. Extra depth and texture comes via piano on this compelling remake of an old classic.
Sentrum Scene    Oslo, Norway
Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
King Crimson
2018
Composed by Fripp with some fine-tuning and assistance by Ian McDonald, the Crimson ballad has always been part of the band’s DNA so it’s especially welcome to see the very first one KC ever recorded making an other-worldly entrance to the set.
In the Court of the Crimson King 30th Anniversary Edition
In the Court of the Crimson King 30th Anniversary Edition
King Crimson
1969
Described by The Who’s Pete Townshend as 'an uncanny masterpiece', King Crimson’s debut was released in October 1969 becoming an instant chart hit on both sides of the Atlantic - not bad for a band who only got together less than ten months earlier. 21st Century Schizoid Man showcases the band’s ability to blend music that had the brutal...
Discipline
Discipline
King Crimson
1981
After seven years away from the public King Crimson returned in 1981 with a brand-new incarnation. Joining Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford are ex-Zappa/Bowie guitarist, Adrian Belew and ace session and Peter Gabriel bassist, Tony Levin. Incorporating sounds reminiscent of the resonant chimes of ancient gamelan music and the sleek, clear lines of...
Red
Red
King Crimson
1974
Recorded at the end of two lengthy tours of the USA in 1974, the final album of the 1970s finds King Crimson in an raw and uncompromising mood. Consisting of Crimson founder guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist and vocalist John Wetton and drummer Bill Bruford, the trio serve up a sound that’s metal-edged, gritty and powerful. Opening with the...
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
King Crimson
1973
King Crimson’s 1973 album marked a radical departure from everything they’d previously done. With guitarist Robert Fripp as the only survivor from the original line-up, the new line-up featuring the heat-seeking work of ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford and the virtuoso bass work of ex-Family bassist John Wetton, who also took on vocals here,...
Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
King Crimson
2017
If any song in the KC repertoire benefits from the expanded line-up and the additional texture it brings, it’s this venerable old warhorse. With an extra pair of hands at the keyboards, we can now hear the lines originally added by Ian McDonald on a Baldwin electric harpsichord back in 1969, restored and bringing an extra spring and sparkle to...
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