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KING CRIMSON - STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK Original recording remastered
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Again - Simply a great reworking of this album from the basic remaster to the 5.1 - could have done without 1 or 2 tracks, but love it.Published 20 months ago by This is not a review it is a comment on Amazon setting ates. Before rendering a review read the book
"The Night Watch" is worth the whole album. John Wetton's vocal is amazing and Robert Fripp and David Cross's guitar/ violin intro delivers instant chills. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Paul L. Raukar
This album is very good and very likable, but there just aren't too many standouts. First there are "The Great Deceiver" and "Lament," which were both studio-recorded. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Lens Fortwright
The sole subject of this review is the song 'Trio' (the entire "Starless and Bible Black" album has been newly remastered and re-released on CD). Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Bud Sturguess
I tell you, one star is way too much for what this thing deserves.
I admit it, once upon a time I also thought there was some beauty in chaos like KC puts into their albums. Read more
Most of this stuff was recorded live and "The Great Deceiver" box set has ALL this stuff. But back to this album - when this came out I knew I could never come back, knew... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Robert J. Salo
The album begins in blistering pace with the delivery of Great Deceiver, a rock classic in perfect timing (albeit I sense the engineer has speeded it up slightly), accompanied by... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by jason woodards
Sandwiched in time between two undeniable Crimson masterpieces ("Larks' Tongues in Aspic" and "Red"), the second of the three Bruford/Wetton era albums is often overlooked. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by Eddie Konczal