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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DGM/PANEGYRIC
  • ASIN: B00064WSOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Walk On...No Pussyfooting
2. Exiles
3. 21st Century Schizoid Man
4. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II
5. Asbury Park
6. Fracture
7. Lament
8. Easy Money
9. Starless

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album I owned by King Crimson, way back in 1974. At long last it has a very welcome CD release. Fripp has held back from making this available for so long as other archive performances from this line-up of the band have been available for some time, namely the 4 CD box set “The Great Deceiver” and “The Nightwatch”. The latter is the concert performance from which substantial parts of the album “Starless and Bible Black” originate from.
USA was the final release before Fripp put to rest this incarnation of the band. For Crimson die-hards it includes some essential material. In particular, the improvisation based piece “Asbury Park” is outstanding. Though the basic ideas for this were investigated by the band on earlier improvisations, it all came together on “Asbury Park”. Bruford starts things off on his trademark tight snare, setting up the rhythm for Wetton to join in on crunching bass together with Fripp’s recognisable sustained guitar. But the whole piece is an ensemble marvel, with Fripp particularly searing throughout. This track has never lost it’s power and ability to make the hairs stand up on my neck. Also inspired is Fripp’s solo during “Easy Money”. This is one of his best, with Fripp at one point strangling the notes out of his guitar. Disappointingly, the track still fades out on this CD after the solo. The readings of “Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part 2”, “Lament” and “Exiles” are powerful, with “Lament” in particular bettering the studio version.
This remaster is as per the album, apart from the inclusion of the extra tracks “Fracture” and “Starless”. Eddie Jobson’s overdubs also remain intact.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays on 31 Oct. 2013
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This is the final instalment of the classic albums from the 1970s? Unless there are more I don't know about.
USA is a fantastic concert with all the band in fine form. The sound here is a bit more raw than the studio versions which I like a lot. Brufords drumming is more 'out there' as is Fripps guitar work, he seems to be on fire here with some exciting solos. John Wetton is in fine voice as well.
The sound of this concert is also extraordinary, considering its from the mid 1970s this sounds very fresh and vivid.
I am surprised this was not remixed into 5.1 as all the other re-issues were, however the 2.0 mix on the DVD is superb.
This is a great example of prog rock at its peak in the 1970s.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "dal-matian" on 22 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure most die-hard Crimso fans have been waiting for this. I know there's been a few "grey" imports doing the rounds, but it's great to be able to get a decent version on CD at last.
This is King Crimson at their heaviest - Asbury Park, Schizoid Man, but also at their most melodic - Exiles. With all the compilations that Robert Fripp has put out in recent years, this is still the definitive live album for them from the 70's, before they went into hibernation until 1982.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "mark@tentabundum.co.uk" on 13 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The original "USA" on Island records was never released on CD during the early 1980's and subsequently, as were all the other Crimson back catalogue albums, except "Earthbound" (thank God out now) & "A Young Persons Guide to King Crimson" (when, Robert, when???). This always seemed to me such a waste and a short-sighted approach, as the "USA" album displayed the definitive band (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) at the height of their strength and depth. This album has moments of genius, raw power and exquisite, piercing beauty. The opening of "No Pussyfooting" into "Larks Tongues II" cannot fail to lift even the most lethargic listener into rocking along with the beat and tapping anything they can lay their hands on; Cross's violin and Wetton's voice on "Lament" have a haunting quality when offset by Fripps guitar in such a powerful way I wonder why electric and acoustic ever parted company; and, the inventive pulse of "Asbury Park" shows off Bruford's mastery perfectly. However, prepare to be humbled by Fripp's wonderful sustained riffs during the second, instrumental part of "Easy Money". It has to be the best track he ever recorded. It is beauty and pain beyond belief to listen to it. You have to hear it LOUD...and you have to be prepared to cry. Fripp's playing is exquisite. I can think of no better live Crimson album before or since...for my money the best live album ever made, even if the recording quality prevented the record company from putting it out sooner. This is the real, definitive band. Nothing else comes close!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2002
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I've been looking for this album for over 20 years - I failed to buy it when it first came out in 1975, and then it was deleted. And now finally at last I've got it!!!!!! If you only get one King Crimson album, then this should be it. High spots include the incredibly tight fast drums of Bill Bruford on the track Asbury park, the clssic Fuzz-box volcals of 21st Centry Scitzoid Man............ I just love this album. I still find it hard to understand why they took so long to make this - My favorite - of their albums available again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Friendlycard VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2009
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"USA" is my second-favourite King Crimson album, after the towering genius that is "Red", and ahead of "In the Court of the Crimson King".

One of the interesting features of this (excellently remastered, HDCD-encoded) CD is that two tracks have been added that were not included on the original album - and I can't begin to understand why they were both excluded in the first place.

"Fracture", though an excellent track, might have been omitted on grounds of its length (11.20), but it's quintessential Crimson of the Fripp-Wetton-Bruford-Cross era, and a very welcome inclusion here.

But not even length can explain the omission of "Starless" which, for my money, is simply the best thing the band ever did. One hears various takes on this - that it was written for, but left out of, the album "Starless and Bible Black"; that Robert Fripp wasn't that keen on it; and that the success of the song on the US tour resulted in its inclusion on "Red", the last album by this incarnation of KC.

Whatever, the version here is excellent, and significantly different from the studio version, not least because we have David Cross on violin, who contributes significantly to the track. It's a nice alternative to the studio version - in either form, "Starless" is pure genius, and on its own worth the price of this CD.

After a very brief (0.35) introductory track - "Walk on....no pussyfooting", an Eno-Fripp composition - the listener cannot help but be inspired by the opening crescendoes of "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II". This is heavy rock at its best, and showcases the tightness and cohesion of the band.

"Lament" is a lower-key track with some decent vocals by John Wetton.
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