Submitted by bargepole on 15 December 2013 - 12:17pm
What's it called?:
Red - 2013 version
What does it sound like?:
This is perhaps the pivotal release in the Crimson canon. An astonishing album by the core trio of Fripp, Bruford and Wetton, this was the last release before Fripp called a halt to the band for the next few years. What do you get in this 2 cd set ? The original 1974 album augmented by the full version of Providence, originally available on the Great Deceiver set. This is accompanied by a second cd - and this is the key selling point - of a 2013 stereo mix newly created by Fripp and the ubiquitous Steven Wilson. Musically this is a stunning experience, ranking alongside Wilson's recent work on Yes's Close To The Edge. Make no mistake, this is one heavy album, and that is really brought to the fore here. The original track listing is supplemented by trio (pre overdub) versions of the title track and Fallen Angel, both of which reveal hidden depths to these pieces and are certainly well worth checking out.
What does it all *mean*?:
As with the USA set reviewed elsewhere on here, this album is also available as part of the Road To Red box. Forty years after its original release, this is still a magnificent piece of work, and its influences continue to resonate today.
Goes well with …:
Anyone wanting an introduction to King Crimson could do worse than start here - to these ears the album still represents the epitome of this trio's work, and this reaches its zenith on the peerless Starless, still their masterpiece.
Might suit people who like …:
KC fans will have this already in one of its incarnations, but the 2013 mix is certainly worth shelling out for, either for yourself or to bring a little seasonal cheer into the heart of any prospective prog fan who is seeking an introduction to KC.