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Thrak [Import]

King Crimson Audio CD
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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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Digtally remastered limited edtion miniature LP-like sleeve.


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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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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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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Speaking strictly on the topic of rematering CDs that came out in the 90's, one is normally a bit skeptical about how improved anything could be, especially with Fripp in the picture, but God Bless him, he did it. A lot of his colleagues could take reams of pages from Fripp's book.
As to THRAK itself, this was one powerful recording when it first arrived 8 years ago, and its power has not diminshed over time. Along with the THE COURT, DISCIPLINE and RED, there is something totally unrelenting in the pursuit of MUSICKING here that was terrifying, dynamic, inspiring. For any of us who were great devotees of the double trio, this album seemed to promise so much, yet it would prove to be so difficult to follow up and take to another level. But here at the beginning, it is still astonishing to listen to what is going on. A spectacular acheivement! When you recall that most of the pop world was bopping along to Prince's Little Richard knockoffs, much as the pop world once bopped to the Rolling Stones' pale imitations of the wild ecstases of the chitlin circuit, it becomes quite clear how unprepared rock was and always is for Crimson. Years later, the avant garde takes up themes and directions for which the King gets pilloried, but in its nascent state, it suggets things far too powerful for easy digestion, and that of course is anathema to the music biz.
So here is KC going for the jugular and all hail the remastered efforts for making audible the brave thrusts, parries, leaps, and bravado of the six members of this exceptional team. Fripp seems to enjoy listing in the remasters, the very bad press they get. Some of it actually is spot on, and because of that the sheer genius of THRAK is underscored. Some of it is just plain humourous, and if you can't have a good laugh at yourself, well, ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording, but it's not even 20 years old.
This excellent cd was released in 1995. So, how do you get "30th Ann" edition? Do some homework, Amazon. Try using the internet.
Published 12 months ago by q
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
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... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by jason woodards
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY good
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. Read more
Published on June 10 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!!!!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by Petr Pour
4.0 out of 5 stars Progressive music minus the pomp
"Thrak" was King Crimson's mid-90's return to the scene and this record show's the band's synergism (compromise? Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Beast! Beast, I say!
"VROOOM: An inevitable and remorseless forward movement which carries everything before it." (KC guitarist Robert Fripp)
And so begins King Crimson's 1995 return to duty after... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by spiral_mind
5.0 out of 5 stars KC Returns, At Long Last!
After Three of a Perfect Pair, KC suffered its longest hiatus, over ten years. The comeback would have to be significant, and it certainly was. Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Shaw N. Gynan
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of 90ies rock
A very good record. The best of crimson of nineties. Double trio improvisations.. very inspired solo guitars and heavy metal riffs by Robert Fripp, virtuosos gunn and levin on... Read more
Published on June 6 2002 by tonysuper
5.0 out of 5 stars La era del doble trio
Esta representa la cuarta era de este extraordinario grupo producto de las reuniones de Fripp, con Adrian Belew, Levin y Bruford, osea la ultima alineacion que existiò del... Read more
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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