King Crimson

~ Group

Wikipedia

King Crimson are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The band have undergone numerous formations throughout its history, of which 18 musicians have been full time members including 3 lyricists; since 2013 it has consisted of Robert Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin. Fripp is the only consistent member of the group, and is considered their leader and motive force. The band's lack of mainstream success have earned them a large cult following.

Developed from the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles & Fripp, the band were a seminal group in the progressive rock genre in their first five years with their standard of instrumentation and complex song structures. Their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), remains their 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. The result was Discipline (1981), Beat (1982), and Three of a Perfect Pair (1984). Fripp revived the group in 1995 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). Since 2007, the band continue to perform live in various capacities. King Crimson have been influential to several other musical artists.

  1. ^ Pete Prown; HP Newquist (1997). Legends of Rock Guitar: The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 78. ISBN 978-0793540426. ...British art rock groups such as the Nice, Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, the Moody Blues, and Procol Harum... 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "King Crimson Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "In the Court of the Crimson King". ABC Gold & Tweed Coasts (abc.net.au). Archived from the original on 27 May 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Buckley 2003, p. 477, "Opening with the cataclysmic heavy-metal of "21st Century Schizoid Man", and closing with the cathedral-sized title track,"
Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
Filter

Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 In the Court of the Crimson King 4.95 54
1970 In the Wake of Poseidon 4 33
1970 Lizard 3.8 25
1971 Islands 4 11
1973 Larks’ Tongues in Aspic 4.65 15
1974 Starless and Bible Black 4.5 10
1974 Red 4.55 16
1981 Discipline 4.5 17
1982 Beat 3.8 12
1984 Three of a Perfect Pair 3.35 12
1995 THRAK 3.65 9
2000 The ConstruKction of Light 3.5 4
2003 The Power to Believe 3.5 4

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Cirkus 2
2000 The Collectors’ King Crimson, Volume Three 1
2007 The Collectors’ King Crimson, Box 1 1

Album + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 The VROOOM Sessions 1

Album + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 The Power to Believe Tour Box 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Earthbound 5
1975 USA 5
1992 The Great Deceiver 5 4
1995 B’BOOM: Official Bootleg – Live in Argentina 2
1995 Live in Chicago, IL 1
1996 THRaKaTTaK 4 2
1997 The Nightwatch: Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw November 23rd 1973 2
1997 Epitaph, Volumes 3 & 4 2
1997 Epitaph, Volumes One & Two 3 2
1998 Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984 5 6
1998 On Broadway 1995 3 1
1998 Live at the Marquee 1969 1
1998 Live at Jacksonville 1972 2
1999 The Beat Club, Bremen 1972 1
1999 Live at Cap d’Agde 1982 1
1999 The ProjeKcts 1
2000 Live at Summit Studios, Denver March 12, 1972 4 2
2000 Live in Central Park, NYC 2

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.