KING CRIMSON - DISCIPLINE
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With this 1981 LP, King Crimson became one of the few bands to release a classic in three different decades. This was their highest-charting LP (#45) in 11 years, and that Fripp/Belew guitar interplay still dazzles; includes a bonus alternate version of Matte Kudesai !
The title says it all and the title track further demonstrates the concept as the band runs through a series of incredibly intricate, ever-changing guitar patterns and time signatures. When Robert Fripp resurrected the King Crimson banner for this 1981 release, he assembled an amazingly skilled--indeed, disciplined--group of musicians. But this record is not so much about skill as it is about transforming the complex into the beautiful. By turns explosive ("Indiscipline"), driving ("Thela Hun Ginjeet"), and quietly meditative ("The Sheltering Sky"), Adrian Belew (whose vocals and lyrics reflect his tenure with the Talking Heads) injects a degree of manic humor to the proceedings. All this technical proficiency would be for nothing if these weren't such wonderfully compelling songs. --Percy Keegan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is as close to perfection as anything that came out in the early 1980s. Better than everything Crimson did in the 1970s, which is a high bar already, and pretty much anticipating much of what was to come. "Beat" and "Three of a Perfect Pair" are great but never as good as this one.
With the entire British scene having fallen to pieces in the wake of punk, reggae, Elvis Costello, and that empty feeling of not being able to replace greatness (Led Zep, Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood, The Who, The Stones, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck: none of them was getting any younger) with pretensions (not just a pun about The Pretenders... U2 anybody? Duran Duran?), this album is a pretty lonely gem for its time.
Yet it is not for everybody though. For people who need neat melodies and comforting harmonies, satisfaction may come at too big of an expense. For the thinking person, this record is maybe the greatest achievement of its decade.
Side Note: It took me a while to figure out that there's actually a bonus track on this. I kept thinking that Discipline sounded identical to Matte Kudesai because Discipline is listedas the last track on the CD. The last track is actually an alternate version of Matte Kudesai and is on the CD case, but not with the other tracks.
After 1975's incredible Red, King Crimson was disbanded. Robert declared that he would continue to operate as "a small, intelligent, highly mobile unit" (whatever that means). After fruitful collaborations with David Bowie and Brian Eno, and his own experiments in ambeint music, Fripp decided to resurrect the King in 1981. Except for "batterie" Bill Bruford, the lineup was new (and stayed unchanged for more than one album, a Crimson first). Adrian Belew, formerly of the Talking Heads, was the new vocalist and also added a second guitar, while session master Tony Levin added his ample talents on bass as well as the Chapman Stick, a 12-string instrument that is a prominent feature in this and later Crimson releases.
What's really noticeable is how big of a departure Discipline is from Red. No longer the heavy, cerebral, avant/fusion/metal of the previous lineup, the new lineup sounds more like the Talking Heads taken in a more "prog" direction (being a fan of the T-Heads, that is a compliment). Bruford's polyrhythmic African-sounding percussion is a standout. He relies way more on his skins and very rarely on cymbals, which is a major change from his previous style. Moreover, his drumming is less "busy" here, less jazzy. The twin guitars add a totally new element to the band--no longer does Fripp dominate. There are lots of fleet arpeggiated guitar lines, often in harmony with each other.Read more ›
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Simply a great reworking of this album from the basic remaster to the 5.1 - love it.and looking forward to 3 of a perfect pairPublished 20 months ago by This is not a review it is a comment on Amazon setting ates. Before rendering a review read the book
After listening to "Red" I decided to buy the whole set. Great new remastered version of the best eight classical KC albums. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2013 by Dr. Snorkelstein
This will be a very short review since I am sure millions of people have purchase this one already, I am just slow. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2012 by Daniel Fournier
I love this album, it's my favourite but the cd shipped to me didn't play the first song Elephant talk! Borked!Published on June 6 2011 by Caillech
Vraiment, Discipline est un disque solide. Il n'y a aucun maillon faible dans ce premier enregistrement du Crimson des années 80. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Intendant Pun
I'm not a serious music listener or anything, and even though I just got this CD by chance, it has become one of my favorite. Such a creative CD!Published on March 16 2004 by yangyi chen
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