Red (30th Anniversary Edition) Original recording remastered
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Reissue of 1974 album by the legendary British prog group. Five tracks, including 'Starless'. Discipline. 2005.
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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.)
From DMG web site.
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.
2. Fallen Angel
3. One More Red Nightmare
6. Red - Trio version
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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My rating is based solely on the 5.1 surround mastering job they have done with this album. A truly collectible pressing of this classic album, re-mastering and surround mix pull... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alpina Roadster-S
Excellent 5.1 mix of great music.Highly recommended for all King Crimson fans.Published 12 months ago by Stan
Dark and beautiful. The tracks are perfectly written and executed. A classic for anyone that likes wild band interplay and adventurous rock'n'roll.Published 16 months ago by Tim Rutter
Remastered in DTS 5.1 Digital surround sound, this 1974 release is astounding. After purchasing, "In The Court of the Crimson King" in DTS 5. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2009 by Marty From SF
'Red' is not a [soundtrack] as such, as stated by Amazon Canada, although those who who grew up with this album during the mid 70's, like myself, may feel it has become part of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2009 by Dighton Forest
This album is great, probley the best King Crimson album, I love it and can't stop listning to it.
Red-An awsome song that has really cool guitar riffs and strange drum fills... Read more