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Thrak [Import]

King Crimson Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W7H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vrooom
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking On Air
5. B'Boom
6. Thrak
7. Inner Garden I
8. People
9. Radio I
10. One Time
11. Radio II
12. Inner Garden II
13. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
14. Vrooom Vrooom
15. Vrooom Vrooom: Coda

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CD-VIRGIN USA-EAN 724384031329

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pivot in KC's career 8 Nov 2005
By Stephen Rogers VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I didn't even know King Crimson still existed when I bought this 1995 album - it was a complete surprise to find it on sale. At the beginning and end are two heavy instrumentals in the same style as "Red" but with two guitars, two basses and two drummers. Although they are similar to "Red", "Red" is really a genre in itself and deserves a revisit. (You will find more of the same type of composition, but of a more complex type, on the 2000 and 2003 albums, "The ConstruKction of Light" and "The Power To Believe" respectively.) There are also two exquisite ballads harking back to "Matte Kudusai" and two rather more conventional funky rock songs. To some extent the other tracks are background filler, but as a whole the album has a very strong, dark presence. The two later albums mentioned above are even better, featuring as they do some of the best guitar and Stick playing ever, but do suffer slightly from the absence of the supremely on-the-beat Bill Bruford. If you like this album, you must also get the contemporary DVD "Deja Vrooom" which is absolute heaven for any fan of KC or rock guitar and composition in general. "Thrak" marks a three-way turning point between the "Larks' Tongues" band, the lighter "Discipline" line-up and the heaviest-of-all sound of the 21st century Crim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential 9 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of the top three King Crimson albums - up there with Court of the Crimson King and Larks Tongues. At times frighteningly powerful, there is an edge of menace running through the album, with gentler interludes. Musically complex, even when the themes are relatively straightforward, the album proves a challenge for the first couple of hearings, even to die-hard Crimson followers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THRAKTHRAKTHRAK 2 Feb 2003
By Paul Ferguson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I was simply astounded when i first heard this. Having previously only heard KC's debut "In the Court of the Crimson King", i wasn't expect this. A huge compression of griding guitar riffs and stupifying bass, only upstaged on occasion by drumming that reminds me of the time my pet frog was squashed by 7 falling refrigerators. "VROOM" (to give it it's correct title) opens out into "Marine 475", with a seamlessly smooth change in musical themes. "Dinosaur" is one of my favourites from the album, with Adrian Belew screaming "I'M A DINOSAUR!" as if he really means it.
There are a couple of odd intermission pieces like "Radio" that help split up the mayhem of the bookend renditions of "VROOM" and "VROOM VROOM". But nothing in this universe can quite prepare you for the moment when "B'Boom" segues into the title cut. I believe the name "THRAK" comes from the sound that the guitars make on the track. Indeed, you can hear them THRAKing away, up and down. By that same concept, "B'Boom" is named after the b'booming of the drums that play solo on this track, and "VROOM" again relates to guitar VROOMing.
The point is, this album is not only great, but significantly different to anything i'd heard before. As a bonus, this edition comes in Papersleeve, with sleve notes that include a handful of reviews, which make excellent toilet reading. "...not talented enough..." says one review... It just shows you how much some tabloid quality journalists get paid to review music that they haven't actually listened to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Midlife Crisis? 20 April 2008
By Tom Chase VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The first thing I noticed about King Crimson's eleventh studio LP s is how surprisingly brutal, heavy and most of all inventive these rock granddads sound. It's interesting to think of how old these guys were when they came together for "Thrak"...you've got Robert Fripp - 49, Adrian Belew - 46, Tony Levin - 49, Trey Gunn - 35, Bill Bruford - 46 and Pat Mastelotto - 40. Supremely old in relation to the 90s rock scene - yet they sound more inspired, more fresh and inventive than 99% of the material being churned out at this time.

While "Thrak" is not considered a metal album, it is undoubtedly brutal and retains a "heavy" feel without ever cranking the guitar distortion. This is partly down to the "double trio" line-up consisting of two drummers (Bruford and Mastelotto), two bassists (Levin and Gunn) and two guitarists (Fripp and Belew). The resulting sound is immense. Just one listen to the bewildering "Vrooom" gives a sense of what "Thrak" is all about. Classic Fripp guitar melodies and riffs, complex, jazzy and intertwining drum patterns and thundering baselines. As I mentioned "Thrak" is not a metal album, but to me this sounds as (if not more) brooding, intense and relevant when compared to the majority of metal acts around today. Then there's "B'boom" and the title track, the former being a drummers heaven with a duet solo that builds to a bewildering, syncopated groove. This gives way to the scary onslaught of the title track - evolved around blasts of intense guitars and difficult rhythms, the song sounds more like modern metal gods Meshuggah than anything King Crimson has ever put out.

Amidst this mayhem, "Thrak" also showcases King Crimson at their classic rock best. "Dinosaur" sounds like 70s prog rock given a twisted revamp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Remember! 11 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
When this CD was originally released in 1995 I was initially a bit disappointed because of the overlap with music from the EP Vrooom. Also, having listened to a number of great KC live recordings from various phases of the bands career, I was of the opinion that KC always sounded better live than in the studio. I still agree with this latter view but, despite that fact that this is a studio recording I've come to the conclusion that this is a GREAT CD. This reissue comes in a 1970s style gatefold sleeve with a booklet of articles written about the band at the time of the CD's release. It also comes with an incredible improvement in sound quality which massively enhances the music on this CD. All of the complexities of the multiple bass, guitar and percusion sounds are thrown in sharp relief on this reissue. As for the music I'm sure it has improved with time. Vrooom and Vrooom Vrooom sound just awesome, Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream sounds even more manic than on the original, and my favourite piece on the CD, People sounds just incredible. After listening to this reissue I've radically revised my opinion of this CD and now believe its one of the best albums this band ever made.
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