As Robert Fripp had done with King Crimson's first live LP, Earthbound (1972), USA (1974) is a single-disc concert package documenting the quartet during its most concurrent swing through North America. As with its predecessor, USA was also issued as a sonic cenotaph of the concurrently defunct Krim…
This gig appears to be a testimony to the recuperative powers of John Wetton’s constitution. Having been out partying in the company of David Enthoven and Richard Palmer-James the night before in Munich, he still manages an impressive performance on Doctor Diamond and indeed throughout the rest of the gig. Though the good Doctor would forever elude them in the studio it seems that the band really beginning to find the soul of this song in concert. Fracture has a risky quality tonight; Bruford is in an adventurous mood whilst David’s tron is a touch out of tune.
Making order on my vinyl library, I found my old copy of "In the court of the Crimson King". It is an original US pressing in textured gatefold sleeve. With great shape and pretty good sound quality (I recommend listening "I Talk To The Wind").
20 CDs of live material from the final USA & Canadian 1974 tours, 1 CD of studio material featuring a new stereo mix of “Red”…
This is the long awaited independent critical review of the music of King Crimson when the Wetton/Bruford/ Fripp triumvirate were at the heart of the band. The extraordinary music created by Crimson at this time spanned three great studio albums; Larks Tongues In Aspic, Starless and Bible Black and Red as well as the posthumous live album USA. For many fans this was the ultimate incarnation of King Crimson. Featuring Larks Tongues In Aspic Part 1, Easy Money, Improvisations, Book Of Saturday, Red and Starless. BONUS TRACKS New versions of Starless and Red by John Wetton. Features rare footage of King Crimson in concert.
"In the Court of the Crimson King" is the 1969 debut album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. The album reached #5 on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States.
The album is generally viewed as one of the strongest of the progressive rock genre, where King Crimson largely stripped away the blues-based foundations of rock music and mixed together jazz and Classical symphonic elements. In his 1997 book "Rocking the Classics", critic and musicologist Edward Macan notes that "In the Court of the Crimson King" "may be the most influential progressive rock album ever released".