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Thrak Import

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KING CRIMSON Thrak CD

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vroom
  2. Coda Marine
  3. Dinosaur
  4. Walking On Air
  5. B'boom
  6. Thrak
  7. Inner Garden 1
  8. People
  9. Radio 1
  10. One Time
  11. Radio 2
  12. Inner Garden 2
  13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
  14. Vroom Vroom
  15. Vroom Vroom: Coda


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B00065MDTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first thing I noticed about King Crimson's eleventh studio LP s is how surprisingly brutal, heavy and most of all inventive these rock granddads sound. It's astonishing to think how old these guys were when they came together for "Thrak"...you've got Robert Fripp - 49, Adrian Belew - 46, Tony Levin - 49, Trey Gunn - 35, Bill Bruford - 46 and Pat Mastelotto - 40. Supremely old in relation to the 90s rock scene - yet they sound more inspired, more fresh and inventive than 99% of the material being churned out at this time.

While "Thrak" is not considered a metal album, it is undoubtedly brutal and retains a "heavy" feel without ever cranking the guitar distortion. This is partly down to the "double trio" line-up consisting of two drummers (Bruford and Mastelotto), two bassists (Levin and Gunn) and two guitarists (Fripp and Belew). The resulting sound is immense. Just one listen to the bewildering "Vrooom" gives a sense of what "Thrak" is all about. Classic Fripp guitar melodies and riffs, complex, jazzy and intertwining drum patterns and thundering baselines. As I mentioned "Thrak" is not a metal album, but to me this sounds as (if not more) brooding, intense and relevant when compared to the majority of metal acts around today. Then there's "B'boom" and the title track, the former being a drummers heaven with a duet solo that builds to a bewildering, syncopated groove. This gives way to the scary onslaught of the title track - evolved around blasts of intense guitars and difficult rhythms, the song sounds more like modern metal gods Meshuggah than anything King Crimson has ever put out.

Amidst this mayhem, "Thrak" also showcases King Crimson at their classic rock best. "Dinosaur" sounds like 70s prog rock given a twisted revamp.
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Robert Fripp doesn't look like a rock musician. He looks more like a parish vicar with his round face and rimless glasses. He doesn't talk like one either--we're all used to London Cockney or Liverpool Scouse from British rockers, but Fripp's dry, clipped tones are reminiscent of the late John Houseman. Then he picks up his Gibson Les Paul and the whole prissy facade collapses. What blasts forth from his amp is the muscular, blunt-force style the Les was built for. Jazziz magazine called King Crimson "thinking man's metal" on strength of this album. Crimson is back--all the way back. This is Crimson NOW, not "remember when". They've taken the minimalist approach they had in the '80s and combined it with the noir aspect they had earlier. "Vrooom", for example, owes a lot to the title instrumental from the "Red" album. The title track "Thrak" is a percussive track based on drums, like drummer Bill Bruford did years ago in Yes's "Five Percent For Nothing", only a lot more jarring. I mean, the whole band's going "SLAM-SLAM....SLAM-SLAM" along with his sledgehammer both-hands hits on the toms (I had the album on when my brother showed up and he went "ho-ly s#&t...!"). There's more than just a little John Lennon in "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream", with its seemingly-mindless title and I Am the Walrus-derived lyrics. Likewise in the way singer Adrian Belew imitates Lennon's vocal style in "I'm a Dinosaur", a boy-was-I-ever-dumb look back at the Baby Boom generation's love-and-peace trip (as well as a veiled laugh at themselves as a middle-aged band trying to "re-emerge").Read more ›
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Speaking strictly on the topic of rematering CDs that came out in the 90's, one is normally a bit skeptical about how improved anything could be, especially with Fripp in the picture, but God Bless him, he did it. A lot of his colleagues could take reams of pages from Fripp's book.
As to THRAK itself, this was one powerful recording when it first arrived 8 years ago, and its power has not diminshed over time. Along with the THE COURT, DISCIPLINE and RED, there is something totally unrelenting in the pursuit of MUSICKING here that was terrifying, dynamic, inspiring. For any of us who were great devotees of the double trio, this album seemed to promise so much, yet it would prove to be so difficult to follow up and take to another level. But here at the beginning, it is still astonishing to listen to what is going on. A spectacular acheivement! When you recall that most of the pop world was bopping along to Prince's Little Richard knockoffs, much as the pop world once bopped to the Rolling Stones' pale imitations of the wild ecstases of the chitlin circuit, it becomes quite clear how unprepared rock was and always is for Crimson. Years later, the avant garde takes up themes and directions for which the King gets pilloried, but in its nascent state, it suggets things far too powerful for easy digestion, and that of course is anathema to the music biz.
So here is KC going for the jugular and all hail the remastered efforts for making audible the brave thrusts, parries, leaps, and bravado of the six members of this exceptional team. Fripp seems to enjoy listing in the remasters, the very bad press they get. Some of it actually is spot on, and because of that the sheer genius of THRAK is underscored. Some of it is just plain humourous, and if you can't have a good laugh at yourself, well, ...
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