King Crimson

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What's it called?: 
USA 40th anniversary cd/dvd
What does it sound like?: 
This landmark album has been given the 40th anniversary treatment by Mr Fripp and his cohorts. It is as stunning now as it was on its original release way back when, capturing the band at the peak of their powers on their 1974 USA tour. The cd features a new 2013 mix of the full album, now incorporating what were originally bonus tracks on previous reissues. The DVD takes this and adds the 2005 mix, the 30th anniversary remaster and a transfer of the original vinyl. Its nicely packaged, and is also available as part of the 'Road To Red' box set. The 2013 version adds new power and clarity, and the transition from the ambient intro music from Fripp and Eno's No Pussyfooting to the the jarring Larks Tongues In Aspic still stuns the senses after all these years.The highlight though has to be a magical rendition of Starless, still unrecorded at that time, perhaps the archetypal Crimson piece....and then all is rounded off with the old chestnut 21st Century Schizoid Man.
What does it all *mean*?: 
As mentioned above, this is also part of the Road To Red set - the 2013 mix certainly adds a new sense of the power and majesty of the band in concert in their heyday. Maybe the extra versions on the DVD are a bit surplus to requirements but hey.....
Goes well with …: 
Want to hear a true innovator at his peak, then check this out. As if that wasn't enough to persuade you to part with your cash, there's also peerless percussion from Bill Bruford and Wetton's voice is in fine fettle throughout.
Might suit people who like …: 
Prog fan, rock fan, fusion fan, there's something for you here - there's even a few hints of the Mahavishnu Orchestra going on at times ! Quick - ask Santa to put one in his sack for you while there's still time!


has been played less than USA, it always felt like a 'contractual obligation' album. I have The Great Deceiver and, I must say find it heavy going. There's no need for me to buy this, is there?
Starless and Bible Black was where I came in and I'd probably be suckered into a boxset of that. Thanks for your review and please don't think I'm a negative kinda bloke, I just know what I like and I'm passionate about what I like.

what they say about reviews - it's just one person's opinion - and yours is just as valid as Bargepole's !

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