EGKC 8 Red
Produced by King Crimson
Released on October 1974
UK CHART POSITION #45 . . . US CHART POSITION #66
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EGKC 8 cover  

L ess is more on Red, where the trio of Bruford, Fripp and Wetton execute lucid arrangements of top-shelf material. The opening title track picks up where “Fracture” left off, an angular, instrumentally daunting composition that presages the style expounded on in 1981’s Discipline. “Fallen Angel” and “One More Red Nightmare” move with purpose, a pair of songs that rank with Crimson’s best. On side two, violinst David Cross and a handful of ex-Crimsonites are re-admitted to the fold for the experimental art jazz of “Providence” and the brilliant song, “Starless.” This last track reveals a restraint not found in the band’s earlier work -- from Fripp’s deceptively simple guitar solo to Bruford’s studied manipulation of percussion, “Starless” proves the pinky of God is more powerful than the hands of man. Not everyone is enamored of Red - one critic called the final track “listless” -- but for those that have been watching Crimson closely to this point, it’s a near-final step in evolution.

EGKC 8 back cover
EGKC 8 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. RED    (Robert Fripp)    6:20
  2. FALLEN ANGEL    (Robert Fripp/John Wetton/Robert Palmer-James)    6:00
  3. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE    (Robert Fripp/John Wetton)    7:07
  4. PROVIDENCE    (David Cross/Robert Fripp/John Wetton/Bill Bruford)    8:08
  5. STARLESS    (David Cross/Robert Fripp/John Wetton/Bill Bruford/Robert Palmer-James)    12:18

CREDITS

BILL BRUFORD -- percussives
ROBERT FRIPP -- guitar and mellotron
JOHN WETTON -- bass and voice
Marc Charig -- cornet
Mel Collins -- soprano saxophone
David Cross -- violin
Ian McDonald -- alto saxophone
Robin Miller -- oboe
George Chkiantz -- engineer

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1974 Island LP/CS ILPS 9308  
US October 1974 Atlantic LP/CS SD 18110  
NET   Island LP 88345IT  
GER   Polydor LP 2344 070  
US January 1987 Editions EG LP/CD/CS EGKC 8 Collector's Edition
UK 1989 Editions EG CD EGCD 15  
JPN   Discipline CD PCCY-1427 limited edition 24-bit digital remaster
JPN   Discipline CD PCCY-1529  
US 1999 Caroline CD 1508  

 

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