Beat [Bonus Tracks]

Beat [Bonus Tracks]

by King CrimsonKing Crimson

CD(Anniversary Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Overview

Beat is not as good as its predecessor (1981's Discipline), but it's not too shabby, either. The '80s version of King Crimson (Robert Fripp, guitar; Adrian Belew, vocals/guitar; Tony Levin, bass; and Bill Bruford, drums) retains the then-modern new wave sound introduced on Discipline. The band's performances are still inspired, but the songwriting isn't as catchy or strong. The moody love song "Heartbeat" has become a concert favorite for the band, and contains a Jimi Hendrix-like backward guitar solo. Other worthwhile tracks include "Waiting Man," which features world music sounds (thanks to some stunning bass/percussion interplay), and "Neurotica" does an excellent job of painting an unwavering picture of a large U.S. city, with its jerky rhythms and tense vocals. With lots of different guitar textures, bass explorations, and uncommon drum rhythms present, King Crimson's Beat will automatically appeal to other musicians. But since they're fantastic songwriters as well, you don't have to be a virtuoso to feel the passion of their music. [Beat was re-released on CD in 2016 and added four bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Discipline Us
UPC: 0633367400925
catalogNumber: 674009

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Bruford   Drums
Robert Fripp   Organ,Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass Guitar,Stick,Vocals

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
King Crimson   Composer
Claire Bidwell   Layout
Rhett Davies   Producer
Robert Fripp   Producer,Liner Notes,Frippertronics
Rob O'Connor   Cover Design
Steven Wilson   Producer
Margaret Belew   Composer
Hugh O'Donnell   Package Art Direction
Sid Smith   Liner Notes
Neil Wilkes   Authoring
Martin Bishopp   Layout

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