King Crimson

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King Crimson are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history of which 21 musicians have been members; since 2016 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey. Fripp is the only consistent member of the group, and is considered the band's leader and driving force. The band has earned a large cult following.

Developed from the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles and Fripp, the band was seminal in the progressive rock genre in its first five years with its standard of instrumentation and complex song structures. King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), remains its most successful and influential, with its elements of jazz, classical, and experimental music. Their success increased following an opening act performance for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, London, in 1969. Following the less successful In the Wake of Poseidon (1970), Lizard (1970), and Islands (1971), the group reached a new creative peak with Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), and Red (1974). Fripp disbanded the group in 1974.

In 1981, King Crimson reformed with a change in musical direction which lasted for three years, resulting in the trio of albums Discipline (1981), Beat (1982), and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984). Following a decade-long hiatus, Fripp revived the group in 1994 and released Thrak (1995). Since 1997, several musicians have pursued aspects of the band's work and approaches through a series of related bands collectively referred to as ProjeKCts. In 2000, the band reunited once more and released The ConstruKction of Light (2000). The band's most recent album is The Power to Believe (2003). In 2009 the band undertook a tour to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and continue to perform live in various capacities. King Crimson has been influential to several other musical artists.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson 4.95 56
1970 In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson 4 33
1970 Lizard King Crimson 4 25
1971 Islands King Crimson 4.15 11
1973 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic King Crimson 4.65 15
1974 Starless and Bible Black King Crimson 4.5 10
1974 Red King Crimson 4.55 16
1981 Discipline King Crimson 4.5 17
1982 Beat King Crimson 3.8 12
1984 Three of a Perfect Pair King Crimson 3.35 12
1995 THRAK King Crimson 3.65 9
2000 The ConstruKction of Light King Crimson 3.5 4
2003 The Power to Believe King Crimson 3.5 4
2016 Reharshals & Blows: May–November 1983 King Crimson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 A Young Person’s Guide to King Crimson King Crimson 4 4
1986 The Compact King Crimson King Crimson 4 4
1991 The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat King Crimson 2
1991 Frame by Frame: The Essential King Crimson King Crimson 1
1993 Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson King Crimson 2
1999 The Deception of the Thrush: A Beginners’ Guide to ProjeKcts King Crimson 1
2004 The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Volume 1: 1969–1974 King Crimson 2
2005 The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Volume 2: 1981–2003 King Crimson 1
2006 The Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson: 1969–2003 King Crimson 1
2008 40th Anniversary Tour Box King Crimson 1
2014 The Elements: 2014 Tour Box King Crimson 1
2015 The Elements: 2015 Tour Box King Crimson 1
Giganty Rocka King Crimson 1
The Greatest Hits King Crimson 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Cirkus: The Young Person's Guide to King Crimson Live King Crimson 2
2000 The Collectors’ King Crimson, Volume Three King Crimson 1
2007 The Collectors’ King Crimson, Box 1 King Crimson 1

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The VROOOM Sessions King Crimson 1

Album + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The Power to Believe Tour Box King Crimson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Earthbound King Crimson 5
1975 USA King Crimson 5
1992 The Great Deceiver King Crimson 5 4
1995 B’BOOM: Official Bootleg – Live in Argentina King Crimson 2
1995 Live in Chicago, IL King Crimson 1
1996 THRaKaTTaK King Crimson 4 2
1997 The Nightwatch: Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw November 23rd 1973 King Crimson 2
1997 Epitaph, Volumes 3 & 4 King Crimson 2
1997 Epitaph, Volumes One & Two King Crimson 3 2
1998 Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984 King Crimson 5 6
1998 On Broadway 1995 King Crimson 3 1
1998 Live at the Marquee 1969 King Crimson 1
1998 Live at Jacksonville 1972 King Crimson 2
1999 The Beat Club, Bremen 1972 King Crimson 1
1999 Live at Cap d’Agde 1982 King Crimson 1
1999 The ProjeKcts King Crimson 1
2000 Live at Summit Studios, Denver March 12, 1972 King Crimson 4 2
2000 Live in Central Park, NYC King Crimson 2
2000 Live at Moles Club, Bath - April 30, 1981 Discipline 1
2000 Heavy ConstruKction King Crimson 1
2000 Live at Plymouth Guildhall May 11, 1971 King Crimson 1
2001 Live in Mainz: March 30, 1974 King Crimson 1
2001 Live in Berkeley, CA - August 13, 1982 King Crimson 2
2001 Live in Detroit, MI, December 13, 1971 King Crimson 1
2001 VROOOM VROOOM King Crimson 1
2002 Live in Hyde Park July 5, 1969 King Crimson 2
2002 Ladies of the Road King Crimson 1
2002 Live at the Zoom Club King Crimson 1
2002 Live in Nashville, TN: November 9 & 10, 2001 King Crimson 1
2003 EleKtriK King Crimson 1
2003 February 27, 1972: Kemp Coliseum, Orlando, FL King Crimson 2
2003 Live in Guildford, November 13, 1972 King Crimson 1
2004 Live at Fillmore East, 1969 King Crimson 1
2004 Live in Philadelphia, PA – July 30, 1982 King Crimson 1
2005 The Collectable King Crimson Volume 4 – Live in Warsaw 2000 King Crimson 2
2005 June 28, 1974 – Casino, Asbury Park, New Jersey King Crimson 1
2005 Live at the Wiltern: July 1, 1995 King Crimson 1
2005 Live in Brighton - October 17, 1971 King Crimson 1
2005 Live in Heidelberg - March 29, 1974 King Crimson 1
2005 Zoom Club, Frankfurt, Germany – April 13,1971 King Crimson 1
2006 1971-04-12: Zoom Club, Frankfurt, Germany King Crimson 1
2006 March 6, 1972: Stanley Warner Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania King Crimson 1
2006 1974-06-27: Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC, USA King Crimson 1
2006 March 8, 1972: Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin King Crimson 1
2006 1973‐10‐23: Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland King Crimson 1
2006 The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 1 King Crimson 1
2007 1984‐06‐22: Hoffman Estates, Poplar Creek Music Theatre King Crimson 1
2007 Live in Kassel: April 1, 1974 King Crimson 1
2007 The Collectable King Crimson, Volume 2 King Crimson 3.5 1
2008 February 11, 1972: Armory, Wilmington, Delaware King Crimson 1
2008 1996‐08‐26: Philadelphia, PA, USA King Crimson 1
2008 Aug 7, 2008 – Chicago – Park West King Crimson 1
2008 Live in Milan, June 20, 2003 King Crimson 1
2009 1972-03-27: Boston, MA, USA King Crimson 2
2010 February 17, 1972: Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI King Crimson 1
2010 The Collectable King Crimson Volume 5 – Live in Japan 1995 King Crimson 1
2010 Live in Zurich (Novembre 15, 1973) King Crimson 1
2011 March 10, 1972: The Barn, Peoria, IL King Crimson 1
2011 Live in New Haven, CT – November 16, 2003 King Crimson 1
2012 February 19, 1972: Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, IL King Crimson 1
2012 February 25, 1972: Auditorium, Miami Beach, FL King Crimson 1
2012 March 11, 1972: FairGround Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN King Crimson 1
2012 March 13, 1972: Sound Track, Denver, CO King Crimson 1
2012 March 14, 1972: Sound Track, Denver, CO King Crimson 1
2012 March 21, 1972: Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA King Crimson 1
2012 March 31, 1972: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA King Crimson 1
2012 Live in Argentina, 1994 King Crimson 1

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