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Red (30th Anniversary Edition) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B00065MDSQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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Reissue of 1974 album by the legendary British prog group. Five tracks, including 'Starless'. Discipline. 2005.

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By A Customer on March 30 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is stripped down King Crimson, essentially just a trio of outstanding musicians (Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, David Wetton who also sings) blazing away. There are two instrumentals, the glorious title track that starts the album, and "Providence" which starts off beautifully but soon becomes just indulgent sound effects. There are 3 other songs, all of them terrific. "Fallen Angel" proves Wetton was a more than capable singer and bass player; "One More Red Nightmare" really kicks; "Starless" is so good you lose track of its 12 minute length - the last half is an instrumental that builds to a fabulous crescendo. In my opinion this is the best of the pre-1980s King Crimson albums.
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By Martin A Hogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2009
Format: Audio CD
Remastered in DTS 5.1 Digital surround sound, this 1974 release is astounding. After purchasing, "In The Court of the Crimson King" in DTS 5.1, I had to get this and it's no disappointment. Unlike "In the Court..." this edition doesn't flaunt the surround sound as much, but still makes it sound like you are in the studio.

From the complex soundings of "Red" and the wild "Fallen Angel" to the more somber "Providence" the band can be clearly heard with no distortion whatsoever. Robert Fripp's guitar playing is simply amazing and every track is different in sound, feel and ambience. It's a real treat to hear different versions of "Red", "Fallen Angel" (love the instrumental songs) and "Providence". Also included is "A Voyage to the Centre of the Cosmos", which I did not realize was a live recording until the applause at the end!

While the CD is perfect for those who prefer stereo recordings (remastered to perfection), the DVD contains additional songs with videos. Sure, it was 1974 and there is not much in the way of psychodelia, but that's the point. It's the music that matters. The videos of "Lark's Tongue In Aspic: Part II" is nothing short of amazing and it makes me want for the album of that name. "Starless" is also a standout video cut, with the classical King Crimson song arrangement that is breathtaking. Sid Smith provides a nice biography of the band with Robert Fripp speaking about pop star status. This is more than progressive rock. This edition is a keeper.
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This is the first of the DVD-A 5.1 40th Anniversary Series. The second will be "In The Court Of The Crimson King" following about 6 weeks later.
That being said RED is by far one of Crimson's best album's. The Line up of Fripp, Wetton and Bruford worked great together. The only thing that stinks is they only made three album's (well studio there are also a bunch of live CD's from this point in Crimson's career). If you like Prog. Rock or band's like Tool or NIN you might really like this CD. Best tracks "Red" and "Starless". I can not wait for to hear the DVD-A 5.1 mix.(Just got this today from and Wow what a great mix. I was at first a little let down when i saw it was 48/24 and not 96/24 (there is a 96/24 stereo mix) but (for the first time) i really didn't notice any sound loss. This series was made from the original multi tracks and it really shows. The mix is what i call a center of room mix. That is were the sound is all around you and not just in the front with reverb in the back. Great liner notes and almost a half hour of live clips from French TV. These are in stereo (well double mono) but sound great. I guess French TV took better care then North American TV with the sound back in the 70's. Plus as far as i know this is all there is for this line up of King Crimson. Figures they can record anything today and most of the groups are crap.)

From DMG web site.
The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp.

Original album

1. Red
2. Fallen Angel
3. One More Red Nightmare
4. Providence
5. Starless

Bonus tracks

6. Red - Trio version
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King Crimson are without a doubt one of the most important prog bands in history. They were one of the originators of the genre, and unlike many of their peers, they continue to not only make great music today, but to push the boundaries of progressive music. They've made a lot of great music over the years, but "Red" is one of the most revered albums of their career. And it's easy to see why.
"Red" was an extremely groundbreaking record of the time. While a lot of prog bands in the 70's were doing more light-hearted and upbeat music awash in oodles of keyboards, Crimson made an album that was contrastingly dark, sinister, and heavy, and with very sparse use of keyboards. Needless to say, it stood out from the herd. Even as compared to their previous material, this was a very dark and menacing piece of music. However, it is certainly not without an element of beauty, as there are plenty of awe-inspiring melodies here as well.
The title track fires out of the gate, with its powerful and addictive riff. It's a very loud and hard-hitting track, but still maintains a very dark and spooky atmosphere (particularly the middle section). From there, the album moves into much softer territory, with the soothing ballad "Fallen Angel". Very nice guitar melodies, and excellent vocals. "One More Red Nightmare" gets things going again, with a very bouncy and catchy groove, combined with some wacked-out jazzy instrumentation. "Providence" is an amazing improv jam, with killer use of violin and saxophone to counter-balance Fripp's insane guitar work. The album reaches its pinnacle with the huge epic "Starless". This song is the perfect definition of buildup in music.
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