In 1971, after three albums, Robert Fripp put out what has been the 'jazziest' effort to date, something that strikes most people as odd, since they are not a jazz band, but a prog rock band. They've been blamed for having recorded in this album a work that is not any of the above, but I differ from those opinions. Having got myself deeper into jazz lately, I can appreciate what Fripp's ensemble set out to do and accomplished here. Though I can agree this is not their best musical endeavor, I love it for what it is and the sound they accomplished, once again reinventing themselves and the genre.
As would become the norm in KC's history, Fripp brought in some new musicians (a couple from previous records, like his long-time 'words, sounds and visions' companion, Pete Sinfield) to materialize his new musical vision. Boz Burrell took care of the bass and vocals, for the most part: not your Greg Lake from the first two, or up to par with Mel Collins, who also repeats on this one on vocals and sax, but far from poor, as some other reviewer argues. Ian Wallace works on percussion and drums, not an easy endeavor on this one, given the varied time signatures Fripp explores. A few other featured players complement the base quintet to create an album that is rather to the left of most Crimson works, but one that will keep you interested if you give it a try.