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Reissue of 1974 album by the legendary British prog group. Five tracks, including 'Starless'. Discipline. 2005.

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

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B00065MDSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Red", in many ways, is the definitive King Crimson album and statement, the song itself as much as the album. The closing statement by the '70s Crimson, "Red", came after much struggle and turmoil within the band, and the recording sessions would be the straw that broke the camel's back-- the band, by this point consisting only of Robert Fripp (guitar, mellotron), John Wetton (bass, vocals), and Bill Bruford (percussion), further augmented by another melody player on most tracks, fell apart compeletely.

The album opens on a dark note-- the title track, an instrumental masterpiece composed by Fripp and generally regarded as one of the great statements of the band, lives up its reputation. Powerful, dark, and with a haunting bridge, it grabs hold and pulls the listener with it. Unlike previous Crimson albums, when the mood evolved, a state of darkness remains on this one-- "Fallen Angel", alternating between ballad form verses (featuring some totally stunning guitar work from Fripp) melts into a dark chorus (featuring a riff Fripp first tossed around in an improv when this band first came together) where several layers of guitars are added together with a positively haunting cornet solo by Mark Charig on top of all of it. The piece shows how far this band has come-- the musicians are pretty much psychic in their playing, and Wetton's vocal resonates a condidence he's never displayed.

Speaking of confident delivery, on "One More Red Nightmare", Wetton sings the piece, which runs at a breakneck pace, flawlessly. One of my complaints on the previous record was that his vocal sounded rushed, here again completely self-assured, there's no rushing. The piece also features jaw-dropping drumming from Bill Bruford and a monster sax solo courtesy of former band member Ian McDonald.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
So much could be said for this album in spite of these reviews and the many liner notes accompanying King Crimson box sets. Not only is this an excellent album that represents all that is Crimson, it might also be the last word that slammed the door shut on what was once the most maligned but certainly most intriguing genre of rock music in its storied history - progressive rock. Even though the term made Robert Fripp cringe, King Crimson was (from their lofty beginnings with "In the Court of the Crimson King" to their harsh excursions through "Larks ..." and "Starless ..." ) a progressive band, because hardly a single song followed the verse/chorus/verse/chorus/guitar solo/chorus/fade-out formula pervasive throughout what passes as popular music today. Each Crimson excursion explored beyond the boundaries most bands feared to cross. While some fared not as well ("Formentera Lady"), most succeeded (esp. "Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part II").
Red, once thought to be the end of the band after the top of Robert Fripp's head blew off (read said liner notes!), revealed a troubled mind (Fripp) in conflict with the music business, his own muses and his ambitious bandmates John Wetton and Bill Bruford. Wetton's vocals developed with such conviction and delivery - his bass fretwork fast and heavy (second to only Chris Squire at the time); and lest anyone might still have been questioning Bruford's startling decision to leave Yes at their peak, Bruford, with drumming agile, intricate and heavy, emerged with such force and abandon (to make up for the departed Jamie Muir) that John Bonham and Keith Moon must have returned to the drawing board.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Southerland on October 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I will focus on the 5.1 surround mix, because to me, that is the reason to purchase this set. I first listened to the MLP lossless version on a NAD t585 universal player with B&W CM series speakers. The sound was fantastic. Steven Wilson, who did the surround mix, understands surround as well as or better than just about anyone, and he deliberately put King Crimson "in the room" with the listener. There are different ways to go about a surround mix; in this case, Mr. Wilson chose not to attempt to recreate a "live" feel which would place the listener in the audience. With Red in 5.1, you feel as though you are right there - on stage or in the studio.

The music surrounds you, but the mix is not too gimmicky. To me, it is a perfect balance of restraint and creativity. Some songs benefit more from surround than others; I thought that the "in your face" power of "Red" was perhaps the least interesting (as a surround experience). "Starless" was a different matter. I've listened to it several times in each format, and the 5.1 MLP lossless is a revelation. The clarity of the bass and John Wetton's voice in 5.1 lossless was wonderful. Once again, the mix benefits from Steve Wilson's experience; Wetton's voice is in the center-left channel rather than floating in the center, as is common in other surround mixes. Too me, this is a more natural choice.

I mentioned my equipment because I think that it makes a difference in the listening experience. Obviously, if you do not have a DVD-Audio player, you will have to listen to the DTS surround version. I was impressed with the DTS sound as well. I prefer the MLP lossless, but if I did not have the ability to directly compare, I am sure that I would have been quite satisfied with the DTS version. There is no Dolby Digital surround mix.
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