Progrography

King Crimson
It was as if a vast cosmos of faint lights shining suddenly crystallized with the release of In The Court of the Crimson King. King Crimson's debut was music turned magical invocation, the force of creation funneled through the fingers of man. The band that would be king started innocently enough in the eponymous psychedelic outfit of Giles, Giles and Fripp. The addition of Greg Lake, Ian McDonald and lyricist Peter Sinfield in late 1968 provided guitarist Robert Fripp with the arsenal he needed to break down the wall between music and art, something that bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd had chipped away at since the late '60s. Though the band's second album, In The Wake of Poseidon, continued to win them admirers, subsequent lineup changes soon proved distracting. Lizard and Islands, despite moments of brilliance, thrust its new recruits into the battle unprepared. With the addition of John Wetton, Bill Bruford and David Cross, King Crimson found a measure of stability and skill that allowed Fripp to craft the band's original chaos into a refined formula, a unique amalgam of pomp and perfectionism, destruction and discipline. However, by the mid '70s the band proved unworkable, with Fripp retiring to a solo career and session work (the remaining members of the band resurfaced briefly in UK). Crimson's death turned out to be dormancy when Fripp and Bruford returned in 1981 (with Tony Levin and Adrian Belew) on a new album, Discipline. Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair followed, the re-vamped Crimson cultivating a new audience with its uncanny precision and exotic textures that incorporated some of contemporary music's conventions. A second state of hibernation followed, this time tentatively broken by a series of releases in the mid '90s. Though Crimson is no longer the commercial force it once was, founder Robert Fripp continues to push his music forward. New works by Fripp, King Crimson and Bill Bruford can be found on Fripp's own Discipline label.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1969 October In The Court of the Crimson King
1969 October IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
1970 March 13 Cat Food
1970 May 15 IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON
1970 December LIZARD
1971 December ISLANDS
1972 June EARTHBOUND
1973 March LARKS' TONGUES IN ASPIC
1974 February The Night Watch
1974 February STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK
1974 October RED
1975 April U.S.A.
1976 February A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO KING CRIMSON
1976 February 21st Century Schizoid Man
1981 September DISCIPLINE
1981 November Matte Kudasai
1982 June BEAT
1982 June Heartbeat
1984 February Sleepless
1984 March 27 THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR
1984 Three of a Perfect Pair
1986 December THE COMPACT KING CRIMSON
1991 October 11 HEARTBEAT - ABBREVIATED KING CRIMSON
1991 December FRAME BY FRAME: THE ESSENTIAL KING CRIMSON
1992 October 30 THE GREAT DECEIVER (LIVE 1973-1974)
1993 October 19 SLEEPLESS: THE CONCISE KING CRIMSON
1994 December VROOM (EP)
1995 DINOSAUR (EP)
1995 SEX, SLEEP, EAT, DRINK, DREAM (EP)
1995 April 25 THRAK
1995 August 18 B'BOOM: OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK - LIVE IN ARGENTINA
1996 June 25 THRaKaTTaK
1996 SCHIZOID MAN (EP)
1997 April 15 EPITAPH
1998 January 13 THE NIGHT WATCH
1998 April 7 SPACE GROOVE
1998 June 23 ABSENT LOVERS: LIVE IN MONTREAL 1984
1998 October 13 SOMETIMES GOD SMILES: THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO DISCIPLINE VOLUME 2
1999 April 13 CIRKUS
1999 September 28 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME ONE
1999 October 26 THE PROJEKCTS
1999 October 26 DECEPTION OF THRUSH
2000 January 25 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME TWO
2000 April LIVE AT SUMMIT STUDIOS, 1972
2000 May 23 CONSTRUKCTION OF LIGHT
2000 August 8 BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PROJEKCTS
2000 August 8 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME THREE
2000 November 7 HEAVY CONSTRUKCTION
2001 November 13 VROOOM VROOOM
2001 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME FOUR
2001 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME FIVE
2002 October 8 HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY WITH (EP)
2002 LEVEL FIVE (EP)
2003 March 4 THE POWER TO BELIEVE
2003 December 15 ELEKTRIK
2005 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME NINE
2005 THE 21ST CENTURY GUIDE TO KING CRIMSON VOLUME TWO 1981-2003
2006 THE COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON VOLUME TEN
2006 THE CONDENSED 21ST CENTURY GUIDE TO KING CRIMSON 1969-2003
2006 THE COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON VOLUME ONE
2007 THE COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON VOLUME TWO
2007 COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON BOX 1 1969
2007 COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON BOX 2 1971-1972
2007 COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON BOX 3 1972-1974
2007 COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON BOX 5 1995 AND AFTER
2007 COLLECTORS' KING CRIMSON BOX 7 SESSIONS & REHERSALS
2008 May THE COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON VOLUME THREE
2009 April 18 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BOX
2009 May THE COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON VOLUME FOUR
2009 June 30 IN CONCERT TOKYO 1995

SEE ALSO...
ADRIAN BELEW discography
BILL BRUFORD discography
ROBERT FRIPP discography
GREG LAKE discography
UK discography
JOHN WETTON discography
The Roches: Keep On Doing

 

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