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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The KC lineup in 1974 is considered by many to be the finest progressive rock lineup to record and included Robert Fripp (electric and acoustic guitars; mellotron); John Wetton (bass and lead vocals); master drummer/percussionist Bill Bruford; along with David Cross (violin); Mel Collins (soprano saxophone); Ian McDonald (alto saxophone); Robin Miller (Oboe); and Marc Charig (cornet). I think it goes without saying that the guys in KC during the 1973-1974 timeframe were some of the finest musicians around. The ensemble work is simply out of this world, and Bill Bruford once again demonstrates how to properly use the drum kit. What is missing from this lineup are softer acoustic textures - this record seemed intent on blasting the VU needle all the way into the "Red". This is a good thing by the way.
The five pieces on Red range in length from 6'00" to 12'18". Musically, the pieces on Red present a thunderous wall of sound that is menacing and at times somewhat violent. Jagged and frantic guitar parts, heavily distorted bass parts, and wall shaking drumming dominate the album, with comparatively delicate woodwind parts scattered throughout. The ensemble work is unbelievable and the Bruford/Wetton rhythm section never ceases to amaze.Read more ›
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After loving In the Court of the Crimson King, I was severely let down by this album. I only like the first and the last songs. The rest left me feeling underwhelmed. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Karl Bissinger
DEFINITELY THE BEST CRIMSON ALBUM....4 of the 5 songs are simply amazing, i can listen to starless like 10 times in a row. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Portano
Crimson was, in many ways, a horse of a different color when compared with many of their progressive peers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo
good album. good 5.1 mix. if you like king crimson and 5.1, it is one to getPublished 5 months ago by ...
Heard this Crimso' offering as a high school nymph when it was first released and fell in love with it forever. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Rednight
My favorite KIng Crimson album which is saying a lot consider their impressive discography.Published 6 months ago by Tony
This was a birthday present for my boyfriend and he loves it. Great sound quality, great price, great album.Published 7 months ago by Amanda
Decent, but not the amazing bit of prog that it is made out to be by many folks.Published 8 months ago by RENJ