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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).

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King Crimson — Heroes King Crimson — Heroes
(DGM KCEP1001, 2017, CD)
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)

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2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
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2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
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2017-04-16
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