by King CrimsonKing Crimson


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King Crimson fell apart once more, seemingly for the last time, as David Cross walked away during the making of this album. It became Robert Fripp's last thoughts on this version of the band, a bit noiser overall but with some surprising sounds featured, mostly out of the group's past -- Mel Collins' and Ian McDonald's saxes, Marc Charig's cornet, and Robin Miller's oboe, thus providing a glimpse of what the 1972-era King Crimson might've sounded like handling the later group's repertory (which nearly happened). Indeed, Charig's cornet gets just about the best showcase it ever had on a King Crimson album, and the truth is that few intact groups could have gotten an album as good as Red together. The fact that it was put together by a band in its death throes makes it all the more impressive an achievement. Indeed, Red does improve in some respects on certain aspects of the previous album -- including "Starless," a cousin to the prior album's title track -- and only the lower quality of the vocal compositions keeps this from being as strongly recommended as its two predecessors.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Discipline Us
UPC: 0633367050724
catalogNumber: 670507

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums
John Wetton   Bass,Vocals,Voices
Marc Charig   Cornet
Obin Miller   Oboe,Wind
Mel Collins   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
David Cross   Violin,Keyboards
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Keyboards,Mellotron
Ian McDonald   Flute,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bill Bruford   Composer
King Crimson   Producer
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Robert Fripp   Composer
Richard Palmer-James   Composer
Rod Thear   Engineer
John Kosh   Artwork,Cover Design

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