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Discipline [CD]

King Crimson Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DGM/PANEGYRIC
  • ASIN: B00064WSNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Elephant Talk
2. Frame by Frame
3. Matte Kudasai
4. Indiscipline
5. The Hun Ginjeet
6. The Sheltering Sky
7. Discipline
8. Matte Kudasai (alternative version)

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24 bit Remastered version now reissued on Robert Fripp's own DGM label.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Sound For A New Age 18 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Adapting to the post-punk experimentalism of the early 1980s with genuine intelligence and enthusiasm, Discipline remains one of King Crimson's definitive statements.
Although containing elements of the avant-funk of Talking Heads, the ethnic grooves of Peter Gabriel and the constantly shifting Minimalist rhythms of Steve Reich, this frequently thrilling and complex album ultimately bears the unique imprint of the four highly individual and talented musicians at the heart of this 'Rock Gamelan' creation.
A clean and uncluttered production allows the band's power and articulate spikiness to shine through unfettered, while Fripp and Belew's guitar playing is undeniably dazzling, yet never remotely exhibitionist.
The gloriously unexpected lyricism of 'The Sheltering Sky' provides a hypnotic and mellow contrast to the rest of the album's inspired austerity, and alongside the relentless New Wave Prog Minimalist assault of 'Frame by Frame' provides my favourite moments on this extremely consistent, almost flawless, album.
A new sound then and still an influential one.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First of an Almost Perfect Trio 4 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I had been talking to a friend, in the early 1980s, about bands and music we liked. He was a big King Crimson fan and recommended Starless and Bible Black and Red which I really liked when I heard them and I started to listen to other KC stuff. Then I read about a new Robert Fripp project with Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, and Tony Levin. I was really into music that all of these people had been involved with prior to this so I was excited. When I heard that Fripp had decided that this new band represented a new King Crimson I had mixed feelings. On the one hand I thought brilliant a new version of this fantastic music but on the other I was worried that it would not live up to expectations.

I needn't have worried, this was everything I hoped it would be and more. I know that Fripp was a bit concerned that Belew's lyrical stylings and vocal delivery had become a bit too influenced by David Byrne's in places but Belew had been evrywhere from Talking Heads/Tom Tom Clube via Zappa and Bowie around this time so it was unsurprising that he picked up some influences along the way. From the opening bars of Elephant Talk this is just a fantasic rock album, and the people would get all shirty about prog rock should just get out more. The moaning of the punks who still go on and on and on and on........ about how prog rock went on.... (you get the picture) are more boring than the longest of gutar/keyboard noodlings/ drum solos I have every heard.

This album does none of that though it just delivers.

The follow up Beat was equally as good with the third installment, Three of a Perfect Pair, nearly hitting the mark but not quite (a four rather than five star effort)

The next reawakening of the Crimson Dinosaur, Thrak, where the entire KC history is distilled into one album. If you want to hear more after this these are the places to go.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 10 Oct 2011
Format:DVD Audio
Please note these comments refer exclusively to the new CD re-master.

I was somewhat worried that 'Discipline' - one of my all-time favourite KC albums along with 'LTIA' (my all-time favourite), 'Red', 'Lizard', 'ITCOTCK', 'TCOL' & 'TPTB' - might have been spoiled by the so-called loudness wars influence that has sadly affected so many recordings these days ever since the iPod/mp3 revolution. I do have an mp3 player, BTW, which I happen to use quite a lot, loaded mostly with AAC VBR 192 kbps files.

What a relief to hear there's been some serious care taken to truly improve the sonics of this fine album. It seems as if a (not so thin) veil had been lifted from it. I actually thought the 30th Anniversary edition of 'Discipline' was quite good sonically (compared to previous editions), but this latest re-master is a real breath of fresh air.

The album sounds more organic, spacious, real, ie it is less 'clinical' and 'distant', yet it does not fall into the trappings of the let's-make-it-all-loud-and-very-clear-and-enhance-high-frequencies-to-satisfy-portable-playback tendency.

This 40th Anniversary edition is a must-have for those who value this remarkable album. I'm sure the extras are worth it and the 5.1 version of the album is very likely very well crafted, too. I was, however, particularly looking forward to the new stereo re-master, and this does not disappoint.

It is clear that both Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson have approached this project with the utmost respect and dedication as they have with previous the 40th Anniversary editions.

Been waiting patiently for the 40th Anniversary edition of LTIA, the jewel in the crown, in my opinion, of the whole KC catalogue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Crims 11 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Discipline is the first of the trilogy of red, blue and yellow albums by the newly-reformed (at the time) King Crimson. It is probably the most satisfying also. Fripp split the power-rock combo at the height of its success in the early 'seventies and the new line-up introduced two americans, Adrian Belew and Tony Levin. The music changed accordingly. Originally the band was to be called Discipline but reverted back to Crimson after some initial gigs. The album itself features 7 solid tracks. Elephant Talk kicks proceedings off with Belew's clever but simple lyrics of alternative words from the dictionary for "talk". Frame by Frame is next featuring the new duelling guitars of Fripp and Belew in an intricate time signature. A romantic Matte Kudasai follows, slow and atmospheric with whirling bird sounds from the guitar. Indiscipline is THE classic Crimson track building from a slow quiet sense of security into the trademark devil's music. Thela Hun Ginjeet or (Heat in the Jungle)is a fast rocking industrial piece, and the pace slows again with The Sheltering Sky. This shows Bill Bruford's box tapping skills to the fore and also Belew's incredible guitar effects. Discipline closes proceedings, hinting back to Indiscipline earlier and contrasting the piece. All in all an album that should be in everybody's collection and a strong return for the Crimson King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but much better quality sound
As I keep it in mind, but much better quality sound. Some bonus tracks.
Published 7 days ago by Jager Pal
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't have the discipline to enjoy this album, and I doubt many do
I can repeat the first part of my review from a different KC album:

I heard "Court of the Crimson King". Read more
Published 4 months ago by William "William Jack" Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
i first heard this music live back in 80 or 81 and it was great then and so is still great today.
Published 4 months ago by thegeeza
5.0 out of 5 stars King Crimson cd
Absolutely love this music, and I cant stop playing it, even in my head! Heard the original more than 30 years ago, because my brother had it, and I've always wanted this cd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by shona inglis
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Groundbreaking!
This album, when released, was absolutely unique. The assault on the eardrums sublime and extremely powerful, for a true fan of musical innovation as I am. Read more
Published 9 months ago by spiderboy
5.0 out of 5 stars whats not to like
first heard this over 30 yrs ago loved it then love it now. This will be about the third or fourth time I have brought the album as I have worn a vinyl copy out ex wife destroyed... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tim
2.0 out of 5 stars Jumping track
Excellent album from my past but sold with track one jumping. Have cleaned to no effect. Packing as usual good
Published 11 months ago by Mr A N Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars TALK! IT'S ALLLL TALK!
As a review says, they came out hungry in this album and deliver the new sound with force, from the head boppers like Thela Hun Junjeet to the beautiful Matte Kudasai. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew Spong
5.0 out of 5 stars Discipline 2011 package: the definitive release of this great classic
King Crimson's `Discipline' was one of the ground-breaking albums of the 1980s. Robert Fripp for the first time brought in two fine young American musicians, Adrian Belew and Tony... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Guardian
3.0 out of 5 stars a different crimson yet again
Strange album. Im a big crimson fan but they have always been a most frustrating band to me. I dont think theres ever been another band who can go from the sublime to the ordinary... Read more
Published 19 months ago by the lone voice of reason
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