Exposé Online banner

King Crimson

King Crimson
Country
Various Countries
Profile

King Crimson is a rock band founded in London in 1968 by a group of musicians from western England. Widely recognized as a foundational progressive rock group, the band have incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during their history. Guitarist Robert Fripp has been the sole constant member, and through its history, he has dissolved and reconvened the band several times with widely varying membership. The initial version of the band was an outgrowth of Giles, Giles and Fripp, a trio that had been struggling for success. The group added multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, and before long Peter Giles (bass) departed, leaving brother Michael Giles as the band's drummer. Greg Lake came on board for bass and lead vocals, and the first incarnation was set. After the recording of the debut album, the first personnel changes started, setting what would be a trend for future versions of the band. Giles and McDonald left, and Fripp recorded the next three albums with varying configurations. With Larks' Tongues in Aspic, the band's second classic lineup solidified, consisting of Fripp with Bill Bruford (drums) and John Wetton (bass, vocals), augmented by David Cross (violin) and Jamie Miur (percussion) at times.

Fripp disbanded the group entirely in 1974, and it wasn't until 1981 that the name King Crimson was resurrected, this time with Bruford, Adrian Belew (guitar, vocals), and Tony Levin (bass). This lineup managed three albums before the next hiatus was called.

The next Crimson formed in the 90s, featuring all four of the 80s members plus Trey Gunn (guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (drums) as a "double trio." With some variations, this configuration lasted through the 90s. The next phase of King Crimson began in 2013, with a touring group consisting of Fripp, Levin, and Mastelotto joined by Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums, keyboards), and Mel Collins (saxes, flutes).

Website
http://www.king-crimson.com
Related articles (30)
Releases on file (34)
Delta Saxophone Quartet — Crimson Delta Saxophone Quartet — Crimson
(Basho SRCD50-2, 2016, CD)
King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind) King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
(Discipline KCXPBX5001, 2016, 3CD+BR)
King Crimson — Live in Toronto King Crimson — Live in Toronto
(Discipline DGM5013, 2015/2016, 2CD)
King Crimson — The Power to Believe King Crimson — The Power to Believe
(Sanctuary Records 06076-84585-2, 2003, CD)
King Crimson — Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With King Crimson — Happy with What You Have to Be Happy With
(Sanctuary Records 06076-84580-2, 2002, CD)
King Crimson — Level Five King Crimson — Level Five
(Discipline DGM0518, 2001/2008, CD)
King Crimsom — Vrooom Vrooom King Crimsom — Vrooom Vrooom
(Discipline DGM0105, 2001, 2CD)
King Crimsom — A Beginners Guide to the King Crimson Collector's Club King Crimsom — A Beginners Guide to the King Crimson Collector's Club
(Discipline DGM0008, 2000, CD)
King Crimson — The ConstruKCtion of Light King Crimson — The ConstruKCtion of Light
(Virgin 7243 8 49261 2 0, 2000, CD)
King Crimson — Heavy Contrukction King Crimson — Heavy Contrukction
(Discipline DGM0013, 2000, 2CD)
King Crimson — Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live King Crimson — Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live
(Discipline DGM0603, 1999, 2CD)
King Crimson — The ProjeKcts King Crimson — The ProjeKcts
(Discipline DGM9913, 1999, 4CD)
King Crimson — Thrakattak King Crimson — Thrakattak
(Discipline DGM9604, 1996, CD)
King Crimson — B'Boom - Live in Argentina King Crimson — B'Boom - Live in Argentina
(DGM DGM 9503, 1995, 2CD)
King Crimson — Thrak King Crimson — Thrak
(Discipline DGM0513, 1995/2005, CD)
King Crimson — Vrooom King Crimson — Vrooom
(Discipline DR 9401 2, 1994, CD)
King Crimson — Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984 King Crimson — Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984
(Discipline DGM9804, 1984/1998, 2CD)
King Crimson — Three of a Perfect Pair King Crimson — Three of a Perfect Pair
(Discipline DGM0510, 1984/2005, CD)
King Crimson — Beat King Crimson — Beat
(Discipline DGM0509, 1982/2009, CD)
King Crimson — Discipline King Crimson — Discipline
(Discipline KCSP8, 1981/2011, CD+DVD)
John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980 John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980
(E.G. Records EGCD 70, 1980/1987, CD)
Madoromi — Live Vol. 4 Madoromi — Live Vol. 4
(Belle Antique 101677, 1977/2010, CD)
King Crimson — USA King Crimson — USA
(Discipline KCSP12, 1975/2013, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974) King Crimson — The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974)
(Discipline KC DIS1, 1974/1992, 4CD)
King Crimson — Red King Crimson — Red
(Discipline KCSP7, 1974/2009, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Starless and Bible Black King Crimson — Starless and Bible Black
(Discipline KCSP6, 1974/2011, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Larks' Tongues in Aspic King Crimson — Larks' Tongues in Aspic
(Discipline KCSP5, 1973/2012, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — The Night Watch King Crimson — The Night Watch
(Discipline DGM9707, 1973/1997, 2CD)
King Crimson — Earthbound King Crimson — Earthbound
(Discipline DGM0511, 1972/2006, CD)
King Crimson — Islands King Crimson — Islands
(Discipline KCSP4, 1971/2010, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon
(Discipline KCSP2, 1970/2010, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Lizard King Crimson — Lizard
(Discipline KCSP3, 1970/2009, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Epitaph King Crimson — Epitaph
(Discipline DGM9607, 1969/1997, 2CD)
King Crimson — In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson — In the Court of the Crimson King
(Discipline DGM5009, 1969/2009, 2CD)

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Magma - Kronicas – Not to be confused with the Kobaian ensemble led by Christian Vander, of course, this Magma was a symphonic progressive band borne out of the same Argentine music underground that produced MIA and...  (1996) » Read more

Shawn Phillips with J Peter Robinson and Paul Buckmaster - Living Collaboration – Hot on the heels of his Living Contribution concert DVD is Living Collaboration recorded at the Minnesota Zoological Gardens the evening of July 19, 2008. Living Collaboration is a bit different from...  (2010) » Read more

Bernard Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession – Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well know violinist from the...  (1994) » Read more

The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Homo Habilis Blues – After a distinguished career with a band called Union Carbide Productions, Ebbot Lundberg (vocals), Björn Olsson (guitars), and Ian Person (guitars) regrouped as The Soundtrack of Our Lives for...  (2006) » Read more

Christian Vander Trio - Jour après Jour – Jour après Jour (Day after Day) would be Vander's first all-out pure jazz assault. The trio formation of Vander on drums, Emmanuel Borghi on piano, and Philippe Dardelle on acoustic bass...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues