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Red [CD+DVD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition]

King CrimsonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Red
2. Fallen Angel
3. One More Red Nightmare
4. Providence
5. Starless
6. Red [Trio Version][#][*]
7. Fallen Angel [Trio Version][#][*][Instrumental]
8. Providence [Full Version][*]

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Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD/DVD) edition of the Prog Rock band's classic 1974 album, released to coincide with King Crimson's 40th anniversary. The CD features three extra tracks (two previously unreleased) including pre-overdub mixes of the title track and 'Fallen Angel', which illustrate perfectly why the album has been such an enduring influence. The DVD features a 5.1 DTS mix and high resolution stereo mixes plus rare performance footage of four tracks broadcast by French TV in 1974. Presented as digipak in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by Robert Fripp and King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos and archive material.

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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 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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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive. No Question. June 16, 1999
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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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to listen to Red... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have loved this album since I was in High School. I purchased the CD for my car.
Published 3 days ago by Andrea Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the aggressive King Crimson
If you like the aggressive King Crimson, then this album is for you! Classic line-up with Bill Bruford's amazing drum beats, John Wetton's superb bass and vocals, and Robert... Read more
Published 19 days ago by K. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars King Crimson is one of the most greatest bands in non commercial terms
King Crimson is one of the most greatest bands in non commercial terms. As musicians they really innovative. Red is a raw album but deeply harmonic. The 5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aburbano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 2 months ago by Charles Malott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks very much
Published 2 months ago by Dan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD audio content is awesome. Enjoy
One my favorites. Red always stuck in my head from beginning to the end. Get this DVD + CD 40 Anniversary Series with bonus tracks and videos.DVD audio content is awesome. Enjoy!
Published 2 months ago by Paul Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of King Crimson's Peak
I'm not going to go too in depth here cause plenty of better reviewers have already done that. Instead, I'll just say that I consider the Bruford-Wetton era of King Crimson to be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Damian Venge
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds of Jethro Toll's Aqualung
Bought this is it was an inspiration for tool, and found the influences they had within.
Sound similar to Jethro toll
Published 4 months ago by Shai Rachamim
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget prog - one of the best albums ever, period
This is King Crimson's masterpiece. Red is the most immediate and powerful work Fripp & co. have ever put together. Read more
Published 4 months ago by coppertin
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad I found this!
Great album! I've listened to " In The Court Of King Crimson" many times. Wanted something new and this is a GREAT companion!!
Published 5 months ago by dlb491
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New 40th Anniversary Edition - DVD-A + CD
I sure wish the Amazon info gave me a clue whether or not this is the CD/DVD-A pressing?? It is not clear. As a huge fan of both KC and SW, this is the greatest musical gift in years. I just HOPE it is the right one. Over the years, I've had RED on 2 vinyls, both Cd editions, and now this? I'm... Read More
Sep 1, 2009 by Thomas E. Stazer |  See all 55 posts
Something is wrong!

I'm having the same problem...sending it back. The disk plays on the computer which makes me think that maybe the disk is PAL and not NTSC. Also, my version of Red is glitchy; Court is perfect.
Jan 14, 2010 by Nathan Shock |  See all 4 posts
Correction on audio for King Crimson Red
According to the back of the Red packaging, the DTS 5.1 is also 48/24.

Sometimes when people see DTS 5.1, they may automatically think 96/24 (like the Genesis albums are).

So if you're all about high fidelity, note that King Crimson's Red album in 5.1 is 48/24 for both MLP Lossless and DTS, and... Read More
Oct 6, 2009 by BingoMosquito |  See all 3 posts
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