King Crimson

King Crimson

One of the pioneers of the progressive rock genre. The first official rehearsal of the band was on January 13, 1969. The first line-up comprised guitarist Robert Fripp, lyricist and lighting man Peter Sinfield (who “invented” the name of the band), composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Michael Giles. They toured extensively and released the album In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson), a seminal piece of late ’60s music. Shortly afterwards, the band split to reform again suffering continuous personnel changes for a period of two and a half years (early 1970-mid 1972), releasing three more studio albums and one recorded live, with Robert Fripp as the only remaining member.

The new King Crimson that evolved in July 1972 (featuring ex-Yes drummer Bill Bruford, ex-Family and later Asia (2) bassist/vocalist John Wetton and other more transitory members) marked a turn toward a heavier progressive sound, with experimental and fusion overtones, climaxing in unique semi-improvisatory live performances. This core line-up carried on until mid-1974, when Fripp broke up the band (as he thought) for good.

In mid-1981, after a full 7 years, a newly-formed band including Robert Fripp, with Adrian Belew on vocals and guitar, Tony Levin on bass and Chapman Stick, and Bill Bruford on acoustic and electronic drums, changed its name from Discipline to King Crimson. This line-up remained intact until summer 1984, releasing three studio albums.

Ten years later (May 1994), King Crimson started rehearsing again, this time as a "double trio" including Pat Mastelotto on drums and percussion and Trey Gunn on Stick in addition to the 1980s line-up; it released two full albums and a handful of EPs through Fripp's own Discipline Global Mobile label. A process of “fractalization” led to the creation of multiple spin-off groups containing three or four King Crimson members, dubbed "ProjeKcts" One, Two, Three, Four, and X, which released live and studio sessions through DGM. Having regained the rights to the full King Crimson catalogue, DGM put out numerous other recordings from all periods of the band's existence, including "King Crimson Collectors' Club" bi-monthly releases available only to members of the label's website. In the hands of DGM, the King Crimson back catalogue (with most late additions available only on FLAC/MP3 format rather than on CD) grew enormously, making it one of the biggest for any rock group ever.

The next reincarnation of the band, jokingly dubbed the "double duo", omitted Bill Bruford and Tony Levin. Its first complete studio album was “The ConstruKction of Light” (May 2000), and the line-up carried on until the end of 2003. Since then, Tony Levin rejoined the group and Trey Gunn departed. In 2008, with the addition of Gavin Harrison the new King Crimson began performing again.

Robert Fripp stated in an August 2012 interview that he had retired from the music business, but 2014 found a new King Crimson line-up touring, including Fripp (guitar), Mel Collins (saxophones, flute), Tony Levin (basses, stick), Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion), Gavin Harrison (drums, percussion), Jakko M. Jakszyk (vocals, guitar, flute), and William Rieflin (drums, percussion, synthesiser).

King Crimson Discography


8245 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (Album) Island Records, Island Records 8245 US 1969 Sell This Version
SD 8266 King Crimson In The Wake Of Poseidon (Album) Island Records, Island Records SD 8266 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
3100 359 King Crimson Lizard (Album) Island Records 3100 359 France 1970 Sell This Version
SD 7212 King Crimson Islands (Album) Island Records, Island Records SD 7212 US 1971 Sell This Version
6396 040 King Crimson Earthbound (Album) Island Records 6396 040 France 1972 Sell This Version
ATLP 049 King Crimson Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Album) Island Records ATLP 049 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
50.058 King Crimson Starless And Bible Black (Album) Island Records 50.058 Venezuela 1974 Sell This Version
113-038 King Crimson Red (Album) Island Records 113-038 Uruguay 1974 Sell This Version
GWEA-5169 King Crimson USA (Album, Comp) Island Records, Island Records GWEA-5169 Mexico 1975 Sell This Version
28MM 0064 King Crimson Discipline (Album) EG, Polydor 28MM 0064 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
23692-1, 1-23692 King Crimson Beat (Album) EG 23692-1, 1-23692 US 1982 Sell This Version
none King Crimson BBC College Concert #26(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1983 Sell This Version
EGLP 55 King Crimson Three Of A Perfect Pair (Album) EG EGLP 55 UK 1984 Sell This Version
DGM9904 King Crimson The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974) (Album) Discipline Records (3), Discipline Records (3), Virgin, Virgin DGM9904 US 1992 Sell This Version
KY190-2 King Crimson B'Boom (Official Bootleg - Live In Argentina) (Album) Discipline Global Mobile KY190-2 Philippines 1995 Sell This Version
KC PRO 2 King Crimson THRAK (Album) Discipline Global Mobile, Discipline Global Mobile, Virgin, Virgin KC PRO 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DGM96042 King Crimson THRaKaTTaK (Album) Discipline Global Mobile DGM96042 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CN 2063/S King Crimson The Night Watch (Live At The Amsterdam Concertgebouw November 23rd 1973) (Album) Discipline Global Mobile, Discipline Global Mobile CN 2063/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
DGM9607D King Crimson Epitaph (Album) Discipline Global Mobile, Discipline Global Mobile DGM9607D US 1997 Sell This Version
CLUB2 King Crimson Live At Jacksonville, 1972 (Album) Discipline Global Mobile CLUB2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CLUB 1 King Crimson Live At The Marquee 1969 (Album) Discipline Global Mobile CLUB 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
DGM9804 King Crimson Absent Lovers (Live In Montreal 1984) (Album) Discipline Global Mobile DGM9804 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CLUB 5-6, CLUB 5/6 King Crimson On Broadway(2xCD, Album, Club) Discipline Global Mobile, Discipline Global Mobile CLUB 5-6, CLUB 5/6 UK 1999 Sell This Version
DGM9913 King Crimson The ProjeKcts(Box + CD, Album, Enh + CD, Album + CD, Album + CD,) Discipline Global Mobile DGM9913 US 1999 Sell This Version
CLUB3 King Crimson The Beat Club Bremen 1972(CD, Album, Mono, Club) Discipline Global Mobile CLUB3 UK 1999 Sell This Version


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