ARTIST: King Crimson
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #76 US, #30 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: This didn’t hit the radio.
LINEUP: Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Ian Wallace, Boz Burrell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The last release of the first phase of King Crimson finds Fripp and his current band mates recycling some old pieces, and lulling everyone to sleep for the most part.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It took about 2 ½ tracks for me to really wake up when hearing this album. Of course, that’s almost 25 minutes into it. It wasn’t until “The Letters” when Boz Burrell sings “Impaled on nails of ice” that things got above a pleasant lull, and “Ladies of the Road” is about the only one that really cranks it up a little.
Fripp took some older pieces from his previous band and reworked them here. The music is pleasant, really, but it’s more jazz / classical than anything. It’s complicated, and musically impressive. But I want more guitar fireworks, not long bedtime stories.
Maybe I’m spoiled by their first two albums, but this is probably the least played Crimson album for me.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Fripp reworked themes from his Giles, Giles and Fripp band into a couple of songs. Boz Burrell later joined Bad Company, which is about as far away as you can get from King Crimson.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, outtakes, etc.
GRADE: C: The music is well played and arranged. It’s just so…boring.