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Discipline Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EG
  • ASIN: B000NPF5ZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2001
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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