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KING CRIMSON - STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B00064WSNM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
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1. The Great Deceiver
2. Lament
3. We'll Let You Know
4. The Night Watch
5. Trio
6. The Mincer
7. Starless And Bible Black
8. Fracture

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"Starless and Bible Black" demanded the attention and concentration of the listener. Crimson's audience responded to the challenge, making it a much loved album by the band. As with the other recordings by the mid 70s lineup, the intervening years have seen the album's reputation increase among fans & musicians alike, while the then unusual approach to using live performances as core elements of subsequent studio recordings has also become increasingly commonplace.

The second Crimson album to feature the core lineup of guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist-singer John Wetton, and drummer Bill Bruford (plus violinist David Cross), 1974's Starless continues the complex structures and hard-edged grooves of Larks' Tongues in Aspic. It's a sound that's firmly departed from the mellotron-assisted psychedelic symphony approach of Lizard and In the Wake of Poseidon. The precursor to the landmark Red, Starless includes such Crimson classics as "The Great Deceiver," the eccentric ballad "Lament," the menacing 11-minute "Fracture," and the sprawling title track, an avant-rock "Bolero" that builds into a cacophony of abstract noise guitar, chattering percussion, fleshy funk bass lines and, yep, mellotron, this time in the service of dissonant harmonies and spooky sound bursts. A must for Crimson completists, and a great first bite for neophytes. --James Rotondi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2011
Format: DVD Audio
Steven Wilson has given us another great 5.1 mix. I think this could be the best mix yet. This is the second of three CD's this line up put out. I feel it's the weakest but still a great CD. This one is packed with extras. A few different mixes of the actual album, some live in central park footage (2 songs), part of a live show from Zurich (audio only) plus some other great live stuff. Excellent sound. By far the clearest I have ever heard this album. Must have crimson fans!
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Format: DVD Audio
This is one album, I've been waiting for a long while, mainly because they were sold out of the 40th Anniversary edition for a while and didn't want to get the 30th, and also because the supplier took forever...but that's another story. This has been long considered the "dark horse" Crimson album, but I feel its just as strong as RED. The fact that half of the album is recorded live and then supplimented with studio recording to complete the songs is amazing. The true prize of this edition is the DVD that comes with it. It comes with a new stereo mix and 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson (poucupine tree) as well as the radio single versions of songs, radio commericals for the album and!! The real treat 2 songs live and in video form of the band performing at Central Park in NYC. And I'd that wasn't enough you get the original album vinyl tranfer (UK release) I'm a big fan of these, as you can experience the album in the original form. If you don't have this album..go out and get it..don't get the 30th anniversary (unless you are a completest) because you get the 30th anniversary remaster included with this. Enjoy.
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Sandwiched in-between, "Lark's Tongue In Aspic" (LTIA) and "Red", "Starless and Bible Black" (SABB) is a composite of live, studio and concert performances; something I never knew in 1974. Following on the heels of the successful LTIA, King Crimson was in full drive concert mode all over the world. With little time to sit and write or record, the band took advantage of what they had and pieced together parts of concert performances, edited out the audience, added studio vocals and instrumental overdubs and created near perfect sounding songs.

All of the songs were recorded in multi-tracks, enabling the amazing Steven Wilson under the guidance of Robert Fripp to produce this edition. However, "Trio" and "The Mincer" were only available in stereo form, giving Wilson the opportunity to `Upmix' or sensibly create a surround effect with no gimmicks. The first few minutes of "The Night Watch" are from a live performance (Amsterdam) and the rest of the track was completed in the studio. Something you would never know. Even "Fracture" was taken from that show and Fripp double-tracked the lead line; something amazingly difficult to do.

Wilson's 5.1 surround mixing makes the album sound like brand new, eliminating any harshness and deepening and enriching every instrument and vocal. Much of this was necessary, given the inclusion of so much live material. The result is fantastic without being gimmicky (wait for LTIA to see what Wilson does with the sound effects). You get the full surround effect with minimal separation of instruments, but the clarity and immersion into the album is as good as anything King Crimson has released yet in this 40th anniversary collection.
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Format: Audio CD
After the aggressive transitions made by King Crimson with "Larks' Tongues In Aspic," this inventive band continued that path with "Starless and Bible Black," which is slightly heavier than its predecessor due to the fact that a large portion of the recordings found here were lifted directly from a live performance in Amsterdam in 1973 and cleaned up in production. The impact of those recordings made "Starless and Bible Black" a landmark album for King Crimson, but more importantly (along with the subsequent "Red") it is solid proof of this legendary prog rock band's influence on the sound of today's rock and heavy metal output (bands such as Tool--who were priveleged enough to share a tour with Crimson in recent years--have cited this group as a major influence).
As with everything produced by the Crims, the material here is nothing short of challenging. The album is as intriguing as it is bizarre (i.e. complex), and difficult to absorb, especially to those uneducated in King Crimson's weighty role in the vast, mind-bending field of "progressive" rock. Perhaps the group saw their influence and jumped on the chance to address it; the aptly titled 'Lament' starts off with bassist John Wetton's voice mourning for lost rock and roll dreams, and becomes a schizophrenic musical attack, complementing the frenetic-to-erratic likes of 'Great Deceiver,' 'Fracture' and the essential title instrumental (not to be confused with 'Starless' from the "Red" album). But still, amidst all this, emerge two of King Crimson's most lovely songs, the whistful 'Night Watch' and the heartbreakingly serene 'Trio,' both of which still somehow manage to fit perfectly with the rest of the music.
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