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Thrak [Import]

King Crimson Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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1. Vrooom
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking On Air
5. B'Boom
6. Thrak
7. Inner Garden I
8. People
9. Radio I
10. One Time
11. Radio II
12. Inner Garden II
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. Vrooom Vrooom
15. Vrooom Vrooom: Coda

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Thrak finds the quartet responsible for Discipline, Three of a Perfect Pair, and Beat in the '80s reassembled, with Trey Gunn on stick (a basslike instrument) and Pat Mastelotto on percussion joining original members Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Bill Bruford. Thrak is musically quite similar to the King Crimson albums of the '80s, but it has less of a tribal, rhythmic focus, giving the bulk of the space to the stringed instruments. Bruford and Mastoletto are present and active (check out "B'Boom") but seem to play more of a supporting role. Belew, back from his somewhat successful solo career, resumed his dominant position, providing all the vocals and plenty of his distinctive backward-sounding guitar work. --Adem Tepedelen

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Digtally remastered limited edtion miniature LP-like sleeve.

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By q
Format:Audio CD
This excellent cd was released in 1995. So, how do you get "30th Ann" edition? Do some homework, Amazon. Try using the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good May 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
King Crimson is a very interesting band. It fascinates me that they can master so many different mediums and playing styles. The beautiful and slow "One Time," "Walking On Air," and "Inner Garden" contrast sharply with the all out rocking Vrooom instrumantals. "B'BOOM" is a drum solo (I don't normally like drum solos, but this one is alright) that is a very good intro to "THRAK." "THRAK" is the heaviest (and scariest) song this band may have ever done (not counting what the band would go on to record after this release). In my opinion, this is the band's best and most creative instrumental since "Red." The "Radio" interludes are cool little swatches from Robert Fripp's solo Radiophonics CD. The two least Krimson sounding songs: "People" and "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" are both pretty easy to digest for neophytes, and are very much in the pop spectrum. "Dinosaur" sounds popish, but is actually a major rocker (one of my all-time favs). I really like Belew's singing on "Dinosaur" it's driving, rough, and even pleading; it's the epitome of what a rock singer should sound like. Check out the live Vrooom Vrooom CD too.
I only have one complaint with this CD. It comes in a mini LP slipcase and even has an inner sleeve for the actual CD. This is very cool. What kind of a complaint is this anyway?!? When I first pulled the CD sleeve out, I actually expected to see a mini vinyl, very nice effect actually. My complaint is that the case is about three quarters of an inch taller than a standard CD jewel case. Therefore, it doesn't fit on a standard sized CD rack/ shelf or in any sort of CD compartment you might have in your car. This is a big bummer for me because I keep all my CDs on my CD rack and I'd like to have this one in with the rest of my Krimson collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average Dec 30 2003
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Very average KC album, though a star above any of their work recorded in the 80's. Again, it is leaning completely toward the popular music spectrum, and whilst there are a couple of genuine songs on here that could have made it into a top ten for teenyboppers (discerning teenyboppers that is), it is largely very boring and very disappointing. Not one classic in site. (p.s. Check out 21st Century Schizoid Band on the web. It is a 70's reformation of KC band members minus Fripp, though includes Ian MacDonald).
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY good June 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
an excellent choice of a good chewy complex piece of music for the intellectually bored 'with the current music'
This cd is very complex, dense and full of suprizes. I feel it has everything for everyone.
Not recommended for those who like boy bands or plastic country music or pop music in general.
Good to give as a gift, intro someone into good music, give as a gift at xmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm scared. May 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Meshuggah can unleash a razor-sharp dismembering tempest of metal or lay down a groove heavy enough to tear open the earth. Strapping Young Lad has seizure-inducing blasts of intensity and riffs that can liquefy bones. The Dillinger Escape Plan is a jackhammer striking every square inch of your head at once.
But King Crimson's _THRAK_ is nastier than all of them.
This time around, King Crimson's avatars comprise a double trio, featuring Robert Fripp (guitar, mellotron), Adrian Belew (vocals, guitar), Tony Levin (bass, stick), Trey Gunn (Warr guitar), with Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto on percussion. They have created a daunting work, both inhumanly complex and frighteningly harsh, with guitar distortion that sounds like metal being torn apart by machines, and clamorous drumming. "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" is catchy as it moves around spiky grooves and shrapnel hurricanes of dense noise. "Dinosaur" is heavy, evil rock. "VROOM" in all its variations is heavy instrumental intricacy, seemingly chaotic but elaborately constructed. "People" is a mechanized funk with ringing metallic snares and guitar lines sharper than an assassin's blade.
"B'Boom" reveals King Crimson's matchless ability to create tension in music. On an array of minimalist percussion, ghostly guitar strokes create a hair-raising expectancy. The percussion drops out, leaving only a machine gun snare roll. Then the song kicks into all out war-mode, with heaving battle rhythms. The transition from here into "THRAK" is sudden and jarring. This nightmare inducing title track makes Meshuggah sound like a bunch of teddy bears. (And if you haven't had the extremely devastating pleasure -- or pain, depending on the person -- of listening to Meshuggah, just take for granted that they are sick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!!!! Dec 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
My girlfriend is a big Crimson fan so i buy her a copy of this Cd for this Christmas.I was really curious because when i read that this is 24bit remaster i think that this will be the best present for her.It was.First the Lp like sleeve is great with new booklet witch includes photographs of band during recording.But the best thing is the sound.What can i say,it is a [HDCD].Everything from drums to bass and guitar is more present and much clearer.And the vocals are just excellent.Bass goes now deeper and is well deffined.And specialy tracks like „Walking on Air" or „One time" are from this point of view much better.In some parts we have feeling that we are listening to different record of this album.Because the dynamics is different and there is much to hear too.So if you planed to buy this excellent album (witch my girlfriend and I considered as one of the best albums of 90's) this is the ONE choice.
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Published on Oct. 17 2002 by o dubhthaigh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of 90ies rock
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5.0 out of 5 stars La era del doble trio
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Published on March 31 2002 by Alfredo Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
I was waiting a long time for King Crimson to bring out something new. They have and it is sensational. I just love the style of music on this album. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2002 by "pharaoh_mamose"
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