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USA Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00006ANZL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Walk On...No Pussyfooting
  2. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II)
  3. Lament
  4. Exiles
  5. Asbury Park
  6. Easy Money
  7. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  8. Fracture
  9. Starless

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KING CRIMSON

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Format: Audio CD
The original "USA" on Island records was never released on CD during the early 1980's and subsequently, as were all the other Crimson back catalogue albums, except "Earthbound" (thank God out now) & "A Young Persons Guide to King Crimson" (when, Robert, when???). This always seemed to me such a waste and a short-sighted approach, as the "USA" album displayed the definitive band (Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford) at the height of their strength and depth. This album has moments of genius, raw power and exquisite, piercing beauty. The opening of "No Pussyfooting" into "Larks Tongues II" cannot fail to lift even the most lethargic listener into rocking along with the beat and tapping anything they can lay their hands on; Cross's violin and Wetton's voice on "Lament" have a haunting quality when offset by Fripps guitar in such a powerful way I wonder why electric and acoustic ever parted company; and, the inventive pulse of "Asbury Park" shows off Bruford's mastery perfectly. However, prepare to be humbled by Fripp's wonderful sustained riffs during the second, instrumental part of "Easy Money". It has to be the best track he ever recorded. It is beauty and pain beyond belief to listen to it. You have to hear it LOUD...and you have to be prepared to cry. Fripp's playing is exquisite. I can think of no better live Crimson album before or since...for my money the best live album ever made, even if the recording quality prevented the record company from putting it out sooner. This is the real, definitive band. Nothing else comes close!
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This was the first album I owned by King Crimson, way back in 1974. At long last it has a very welcome CD release. Fripp has held back from making this available for so long as other archive performances from this line-up of the band have been available for some time, namely the 4 CD box set “The Great Deceiver” and “The Nightwatch”. The latter is the concert performance from which substantial parts of the album “Starless and Bible Black” originate from.
USA was the final release before Fripp put to rest this incarnation of the band. For Crimson die-hards it includes some essential material. In particular, the improvisation based piece “Asbury Park” is outstanding. Though the basic ideas for this were investigated by the band on earlier improvisations, it all came together on “Asbury Park”. Bruford starts things off on his trademark tight snare, setting up the rhythm for Wetton to join in on crunching bass together with Fripp’s recognisable sustained guitar. But the whole piece is an ensemble marvel, with Fripp particularly searing throughout. This track has never lost it’s power and ability to make the hairs stand up on my neck. Also inspired is Fripp’s solo during “Easy Money”. This is one of his best, with Fripp at one point strangling the notes out of his guitar. Disappointingly, the track still fades out on this CD after the solo. The readings of “Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part 2”, “Lament” and “Exiles” are powerful, with “Lament” in particular bettering the studio version.
This remaster is as per the album, apart from the inclusion of the extra tracks “Fracture” and “Starless”. Eddie Jobson’s overdubs also remain intact.
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By A Customer on 22 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure most die-hard Crimso fans have been waiting for this. I know there's been a few "grey" imports doing the rounds, but it's great to be able to get a decent version on CD at last.
This is King Crimson at their heaviest - Asbury Park, Schizoid Man, but also at their most melodic - Exiles. With all the compilations that Robert Fripp has put out in recent years, this is still the definitive live album for them from the 70's, before they went into hibernation until 1982.
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This is the final instalment of the classic albums from the 1970s? Unless there are more I don't know about.
USA is a fantastic concert with all the band in fine form. The sound here is a bit more raw than the studio versions which I like a lot. Brufords drumming is more 'out there' as is Fripps guitar work, he seems to be on fire here with some exciting solos. John Wetton is in fine voice as well.
The sound of this concert is also extraordinary, considering its from the mid 1970s this sounds very fresh and vivid.
I am surprised this was not remixed into 5.1 as all the other re-issues were, however the 2.0 mix on the DVD is superb.
This is a great example of prog rock at its peak in the 1970s.
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First released on vinyl in 1975, `USA' was the first and for many years the only commercially available recording of a live concert performance of the seminal Fripp-Bruford-Wetton-Cross line-up of the mid-1970s. It was released after the band's 1974 demise and due in part to ineffective record-company promotion, sales of the original vinyl album were disappointing.

A latter-day revival of interest in this mould-breaking music from a new generation of fans has led to other live-performance releases in recent years from the Fripp archives, including the mammoth 4-CD collection `The Great Deceiver' and the seminal `The Night Watch' recorded at Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Now as part of Bob Fripp's rolling program of updated releases from the Crimson archives, we have this 2013 `40th Anniversary edition' of the original `USA'.

The CD/DVD package is in line with the other 40th anniversary series, ergo `Larks' Tongues', `Starless & Bible Black' and `Red' plus the first four albums, and the 1980s-Crim line-up's `Discipline'. You get a classy box-sleeve containing a quality gatefold disk-container, with the blue-labelled CD on one side and the red-labelled DVD on the other in robust plastic inserts. The usual finely-produced 16-page booklet details all the music and lyrics, and includes intelligent and thoughtful essays from Bob Fripp and Sid Smith on the band's development during the period. All are themed on the 1975 album artwork: front cover based the Statue of Liberty's torch-bearing right hand and rear cover showing a Kirlian photograph (very trendy in 1975) of the auric radiation from a human hand.

The music is classic Wetton-Cross era Crim.
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