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Move the slider from left to right to gradually uncover the recorded world of King Crimson. A way of introducing the "Clueless" and the "Curious" to the classic albums, and the "Crimhead" and the "Connoisseur" to the deepest archives.

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Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall
King Crimson
2015
Arguably the most popular and highly regarded track by King Crimson fans, the appearance of Starless on a British stage comes with an added poignancy. While American audiences heard the track performed in the 1970s this was a pleasure denied UK and European fans when the band ‘ceased to exist forever’ in 1974. Such is the power and...
Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall
King Crimson
2015
Lyricist Richard Palmer-James’ tale of rock stars, chancers, city slickers and those who rest on their laurels is given full voice here by Jakko, whose vocal improvisation in the middle section quickly became one of the more cathartic moments in the KC setlist. Away from all the obvious drama, there’s some lovely keyboard work on Mellotron...
Usher Hall
Usher Hall
King Crimson
2015
It’s astonishing that after so many decades 21st Century Schizoid Man should resonate so strongly with punters. Familiarity has something to do with it of course - this is without doubt *the* best-known track in the KC canon - but it can’t just be that, can it? A song for the times.
Usher Hall
Usher Hall
King Crimson
2015
There’s a lot of fun and fascination to be had listening closely to Tony Levin’s roving bass line whenever Crimson play this one. Having performed this monster track since 1981 to his credit he’s constantly finding different ways for his fingers to explore the way to the centre of the piece.
Tivoliredenburg
Tivoliredenburg
King Crimson
2015
A consistently powerful opener at concerts, it’s such an effective introduction to what King Crimson is all about; unexpected dynamics, complex and contrasting juxtapositions of time, tone and timbre as well as some plain old-fashioned rocking out of course. Following the flute solo, the climb-out to the coda is an object lesson in tension and...
Tivoliredenburg
Tivoliredenburg
King Crimson
2015
Taken from the final night of this European tour, Epitaph makes its stately appearance on the KC setlist after the punchy hoo-haa of Easy Money. Ian McDonald’s Mellotron orchestrations composed in 1969 add to the portentousness of the track and remain a majestic achievement, beautifully rendered here by Bill Rieflin and Robert Fripp together...
Admiralpalast
Admiralpalast
King Crimson
2018
With Richard Palmer-James’ lyrics hovering somewhere between In The Ghetto and West Side Story, the roiling guitar arpeggios originally appeared in 1972 but were not pressed into a song until the making of the Red album where they were met in the middle by the Wetton-composed bridge.
Cirkus
Cirkus
King Crimson
2018
It was during soundchecks on the 2014 tour that this motif was initially tried and tested to see if it had legs. Thankfully it did and was featured in concert in its final form the following year, eventually making its recorded debut on Live In Toronto in 2016
Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Bunkamura Orchard Hall
King Crimson
2015
When Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk were playing Starless in the 21st Century Schizoid Band in 2004 it’s highly unlikely they ever envisaged that they’d be both on stage performing the song as members of King Crimson but here they are, eleven years on, doing exactly that!
Lichtburg
Lichtburg
King Crimson
2018
It’s probably wrong to single out one instrument in an ensemble but it’s hard to imagine this song without those intensely evocative Mellotron strings. It’s been said many times before but Peter Sinfield’s 1969 lyric remains ominously relevant to the world in which we live today. Uncertain Times indeed.
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