The Abbreviated King Crimson

The Abbreviated King Crimson

by King CrimsonKing Crimson

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Overview

For an affordable and short (really short -- 23 minutes) introduction to the wonders of King Crimson, The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat will do the trick. The EP was released to coincide with the appearance of the mammoth box set The Essential King Crimson: Frame By Frame back in late 1991. Split almost 50-50 between early Crimson and the later '80s version of the group, many classic tracks are left off (nothing off the fan favorite Red is present), so it's certainly not a definitive King Crimson anthology. Still, the band's attention to detail and perfection are nearly unparalleled, as evidenced by Adrian Belew's Police-sounding guitar gracing the ballad "Matte Kudesai," and Tony Levin's bass showcase "Elephant Talk." And the two above-mentioned tracks show why Crimson was one of the few progressive art-rock bands to be embraced by the late-'70s/early-'80s new wave movement. Nearly all of the songs are either in edited or abbreviated versions, but the early classics "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In the Court of the Crimson King" shine even as shorter compositions. And of interest to King Crimson completists are the presence of such oddities as "Medley" (a combination of all the tracks on the album) and "The King Crimson Barber Shop" (Tony Levin shows that he's talented as a vocalist as well, handling all the vocals via modern technology).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/1992
Label: Caroline
UPC: 0017046146722
catalogNumber: 1467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Bruford   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums
Greg Lake   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Michael Giles   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass,Bass Guitar,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Stick,Vocals,Chapman Stick
Ian McDonald   Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Woodwind

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Bill Bruford   Composer
King Crimson   Producer
Robbin Thompson   Engineer
Rhett Davies   Producer,Engineer
Brad Davis   Engineer
Robert Fripp   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Tony Levin   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Songwriter,Contributor
David Singleton   Engineer
Bill Smith   Art Direction
Robin Thompson   Engineer

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