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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 (29 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000024ST1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD Audio Verified Purchase
This is an absolute gem of an album. The four members of Krim really shine throughout the album. The improvisation had taken on almost telepathic qualities, so much so that Bruford gets a song writing credit for knowing that his absence from the live improv Trio would make it a better piece of music.

If you are reading this you are probably not new to King Crimson and are wondering if it is worth the punt to upgrade the last version of the cd. Well I had my doubts....until I heard it. This is a masterpiece of remixing and remastering. Going back to the multi track recordings and cleaning them up individually has allowed the album to be cleaned up without resorting to a quick dose of eq and compression. The details in the percussion are a relevation. Bill Bruford has never sounded so good. His contributions to Lament and We'll Let You Know are served well here. Everything sounds so fresh and uncluttered despite being frenetically busy.

Trio and The Mincer are the same as the 30th Anniv cd issue, so no change there. The bonus tracks are robust and inventive live tracks captured on different recording setups, three being audience recordings, used here as they are insights into the live beast that was Krim.

Overall a first class reissue. Kudos to Robert Fripp, Steven Wilson, the DGM Audio Team and, of course, the band for making the music in the first place.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Octafish on 12 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I know every note of this record. I almost don't need to listen to it. Listening to the CD, memory still supplies some of the scratches. Nonetheless I'm baffled by much of what's in the other reviews so here's my take.

As an LP there was an obvious division between side 1 (songs and short improvisations) and side 2 (two, longer instrumental pieces). It wasn't a problem because turning the LP over served as an intermission between these two, distinct sides of King Crimson. You can't separate the recorded music experience from the physical nature of the medium so maybe it does become a little bit more disjointed as a CD, certainly compared to Red or Power to Believe.

I think I bought this LP because Alan Freeman used bits of The Great Deceiver as a sort of jingle on the radio. I always loved this opening track, with its jazzy riff, tricksy rhythmic changes, the mocking lead guitar behind the verses (what other rock guitarist can do 'mocking'?), the rather childishly nihilistic lyrics. I was a teenager. At its greatest, Crimson's music goes to places words can't follow.

Lament is a tiny little rock opera, the progression of the story and the changing mood echoed in the changes of tone, pace, rhythm. Great. Funky, tricksy playing.

A lot of people like the gentle, contemplative tone of Trio but I always preferred the energetic We'll Let You Know (disposable title, like you find in a lot of jazz). Together with The Mincer, this was one of the places where I listened to the lead lines, learning my own major and minor scales, and thought, "where the f*** do those notes come from?" Masterful playing, boisterous and with what I can only describe as a sort of sarcastic humour in We'll Let You Know; in a dark, edgy place in The Mincer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Lamdin on 25 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
A fine album, one that falls between Larks Tongues in Aspic and Red in Crimsons history, and is perhaps a little over-shadowed by them both. It's the only studio album to feature the foursome of Fripp, David Cross (violin), Bill Bruford (drums) and John Wetton (bass, vocals); Jamie Muir had left, and Cross would depart before Red was recorded, although he did appear on one track.
My fellow reviewer (below) has given a fair summary of the music, which I won't repeat. For me, the album doesn't gel quite as well either "Larks Tongues" or "Red", and I think the reason for this is the use of live material plus overdubs. One tip - if you buy the double live CD "The Night Watch" you will discover much of the concert in Amsterdam from which several tracks on this album, including "Fracture" and the excellent improvisation "Trio" were performed. I think they work much better on the real "live" album , plus the Night Watch CD is a lot easier to track down - and cheaper! than The Great Deceiver...though if you are a Crimson fan you will want them all!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
No hesitation to give this five stars...this is a fine album. "S&BB" opens with "The Great Deciever", a no holds barred RAMPAGE that seems to be completely oblivious to its own power. When John Wetton shouts "Heath Food Faggot" at you, you know its the good old KC back to demolish your town. With its demented chorus ("cigarettes, ice cream!" etc.) frantic (yet immaculate) riffing and unsettling gentle bit, not to mention Bob Fripp's on-another-plane-of-thought solo, to say it demands your attention is the understatement of the century. The rest of the album is slightly calmer, but by no means disappointing in comparisaon. Jagged, yet beautiful improvisations are just as moving as anything they have ever done, and Cross's violins sound great. (I hate violins usually). "The Nightwatch" is one of KC's (comparitavly) conventional songs, but it is supurbly executed. What impresses most is the juxtaposition of incredible musicianship with compositional wizardry...the band is so tight at times. About a month after I first heard it, I found out it was a live album! The band is so good you would't know!
You really must buy this.
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