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KING CRIMSON - RED Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
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Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the Prog Rock band's classic 1974 album, released to coincide with King Crimson's 40th anniversary. The CD features three extra tracks (two previously unreleased) including pre-overdub mixes of the title track and 'Fallen Angel', which illustrate perfectly why the album has been such an enduring influence. The DVD features a 5.1 DTS mix and high resolution stereo mixes plus rare performance footage of four tracks broadcast by French TV in 1974. Presented as digipak in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by Robert Fripp and King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos and archive material.
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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.
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 Amazon.ca 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.
2. Fallen Angel
3. One More Red Nightmare
6. Red - Trio version
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"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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent 5.1 mix of great music.Highly recommended for all King Crimson fans.Published 6 months ago by Stan
Dark and beautiful. The tracks are perfectly written and executed. A classic for anyone that likes wild band interplay and adventurous rock'n'roll.Published 11 months ago by Tim Rutter
'Red' is not a [soundtrack] as such, as stated by Amazon Canada, although those who who grew up with this album during the mid 70's, like myself, may feel it has become part of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2009 by Dighton Forest
This album is great, probley the best King Crimson album, I love it and can't stop listning to it.
Red-An awsome song that has really cool guitar riffs and strange drum fills... Read more
This is it folks, the Holy Grail of Prog. On this one perfect record, Robert Fripp simultaneously paid homage to the genre he had helped create and drove that fading style kicking... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by William Scalzo
If you are a fan of music in general, Red by King Crimson is a must have. This was the most powerful lineup of members in my opinion. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Jason D. Engstrom
King Crimson broke up after recording Red in 1974, and boy they went out with a bang.
You're blown away right from the opening chords of the opening title track. Read more
The band assaults the ears with their extensive array of sounds and knocks you out. All the riffing is over-the-top in excellence. And the drums are played like riffing. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Say Tunne