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Red, 40th Anniversary Series CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Discipline
  • ASIN: B002GYVRRI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Red
  2. Fallen Angel
  3. One More Red Nightmare
  4. Providence
  5. Starless

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
My favourite King Crimson album. It has everything that was ever great about early Crimson (and it seemed, both at the time and now) to perfectly sum up the band's first phase. Tuneful songs, dramatic music, jazz improvisations ... Red is a powerful, emotional, crash-bang-wallop of an album which has never been far from my turntable/cd player since it was first released in 1974. I know it inside out - every word, every crash on the cymbals, every power chord, every note of Sir Robert's guitar.

So I reckon this is my fourth copy of 'Red' - the previous being the 30th anniversary edition on CD. So why buy another? The extra tracks are interesting and the video content surprisingly good (both sound and picture). But it was the anticipation of playing the re-mastered DVD version I was really looking forward to and - WOW - I was not disappointed.

The sound is warm - it reminds me of the original vinyl rather than the two previous CD versions. Playing it LOUD produces no distortion and the instruments and John Wetton's vocals are all clear and balanced. But the surprise is the mix - I hear the vocals up front; I am much more aware of the saxes, oboes, violins, even (uncredited) cellos. Wetton's tuneful bass and young Mr Bruford crashing away in the foreground have never sounded so good.

In the end, I do not really have the words to describe just how good Red is - I laughed out loud the first time I listened to this new version and it has brought a tear to the eye of this 56 year old several times in the last couple of days. Warmly - no, crashingly - recommended
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By Fletch-a-sketch VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
What have we got?
CD with the original album stereo mix plus 3 bonus tracks.
DVD with a multitude of extras:
1) 5.1 remix in MLP (DVDA) and DTS (for all DVD players including Blu Ray)
2) Stereo version in MLP (DVDA) and PCM (for all DVD players)
3) A French TV program ½ hour of Live King Crimson from 1974 with an excellent Video and sound transfer.
4) Bonus tracks in 5.1 and stereo.
5) A booklet with sleeve notes from the enigma that is Robert Fripp

The sound quality is excellent not suffering from the curse of modern production this is pretty dynamic. The music is both well played and is heavy-progressive-jazz (That is really not a bad thing) there is also a lightness of touch especially the standout track for me `Providence' (two versions on this disc original album and full length an extra two minutes) and the surround mix discrete dynamic and opens up the sound field using the rears in a sympathetic way, this really is demonstration stuff.

If only all reissues were competed with this much care and attention to detail. Music fans buy and you won't be disappointed, this really is good.
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By L. Hutchinson VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Q Magazine placed this album in the top-twenty of the fifty heaviest albums of all time, famously a huge inspiration on the likes of Kurt Cobain and apparently Bill Bruford's favourite Crimson album (certainly with the ones he was involved with) it was also seen as the final King Crimson album. Obviously history has shown this was not the case but in 1974 Robert Fripp disbanding King Crimson certainly saddened many as the announcement had a feeling of permanency about it. However, if this had been the final Crimson release they would have gone out on a high.

The five piece line-up that started with "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" had dwindled down to the one remaining constant, lead guitarist/ringleader Robert Fripp alongside drummer Bill Bruford and vocalist/bassist John Wetton. Percussionist Jamie Muir left after "Larks' Tongues" in order to join a Buddhist monastery. David Cross had officially departed before the recording of "Red" but agreed to contribute to the sessions. With five tunes to commit to tape and an entire album to fill, the members of King Crimson inundated alumni, old friends, and session musicians with requirements of help. Several excellent musicians make guest appearances on Red, including Mel Collins and Ian McDonald (last seen in King Crimson's court on "Earthbound" and "In the Court of the Crimson King" respectively). Although the line-up is not consistent the surprising thing is the consistency of the album's feel and tone.

"Red" continues from whence "Starless and Bible Black" left off--with less is more, stripped back and lucid arrangements but this time packed with a great deal more punch.
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Format: Audio CD
This is not a pleasent listen at first if you are not used to KC, and this is where I first started. It took a quite a few listens for me to get on with it, but it was worth it as further listens confirmed that it is an immaculate LP, and I don't think I'm anywhere near fully appreciating it yet. The first three are intense almost overbearing pieces which really demonstrate the tensiuon between the players, who were hardly talking. The title track is a Fripp composition, and that is quite evident when you hear it, and it is a very good reason to buy it. 'Fallen Angel' and '1 more Red Nightmare' are just as good. Its actually quite intimidating listening to such angry sounds coming out of players who know EXACTLY what they are doing; much moreso than on prevous KC LPs. 'Providence' is an improv from the Starless & Bible Black' days with David Cross. Contrary to another review this is not 'unneccessary' and given patience it erupts spectacularly. 'Starless' is a reworking of the title track from the previous LP, which was an improv. The transformation is such that it is only recognisable after careful and repeated listenings. Insufficient space to give it the write up it deserves, but suffice to say it is a fitting finale to KC, who died with a roar not a whimper, and when eventually ressurected the direction was radically different. The end of an era.
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