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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Koch International
  • ASIN: B00065MDSQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Reissue of 1974 album by the legendary British prog group. Five tracks, including 'Starless'. Discipline. 2005.


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By A Customer on March 30 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is stripped down King Crimson, essentially just a trio of outstanding musicians (Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, David Wetton who also sings) blazing away. There are two instrumentals, the glorious title track that starts the album, and "Providence" which starts off beautifully but soon becomes just indulgent sound effects. There are 3 other songs, all of them terrific. "Fallen Angel" proves Wetton was a more than capable singer and bass player; "One More Red Nightmare" really kicks; "Starless" is so good you lose track of its 12 minute length - the last half is an instrumental that builds to a fabulous crescendo. In my opinion this is the best of the pre-1980s King Crimson albums.
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Gigantic sound: possibly the rawest, definitely the most stripped down Crimson line-up. Also, the last entry from the classic period. Powerful sonic experience and, despite the rage, not devoid of melody. Any downside? only the unavoidable conclusion the end arrived suddenly and that there may have been songs left unsung and music never played...
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on Sept. 8 2009
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This is the first of the DVD-A 5.1 40th Anniversary Series. The second will be "In The Court Of The Crimson King" following about 6 weeks later.
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.)

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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.

CD
Original album

1. Red
2. Fallen Angel
3. One More Red Nightmare
4. Providence
5. Starless

Bonus tracks

6. Red - Trio version
7.
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King Crimson are without a doubt one of the most important prog bands in history. They were one of the originators of the genre, and unlike many of their peers, they continue to not only make great music today, but to push the boundaries of progressive music. They've made a lot of great music over the years, but "Red" is one of the most revered albums of their career. And it's easy to see why.
"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.
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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 and screaming toward a possible future. Then he blew the whole thing up, ending the band for the rest of the 70's before Red was even released.
Aided and abetted by John Wetton on bass and vocals and the incredible Bill Bruford on percussion, the mid-70's Crim created a loud, powerful, improvisational form of progressive rock unlike anything that had come before, and so far ahead of it's time that it's time still hasn't come. King Crimson had been moving towards this melding of traditional symphonic prog with improvisation and new technology on Larks Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black, but Red was the last and best.
"Fallen Angel" and "One More Red Nightmare" find a slight return to the Greg Lake-era of song based material, with the band, now a trio, augmented by various horns from past associates Mel Collins, Mark Charig and Robin Miller.
"Providence" is a dark improvisation featuring the recently departed David Cross on violin. The presence of all these former members and guests on this album is part of it's classic status. It was the end of a band (at least until Fripp reformed the Crim in 81) and the end of an era, and this album truly feels like a valedictory summation. And the best is yet to come.
"Starless" is quite simply my all-time favorite prog song ever, by anyone.
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