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I remember being turned onto King Crimson in the early 80’s during my college years in SUNY New Paltz in some smoke-filled dorm room. I really like this era of the band, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford. Discipline is the title track of their 1981 album, which also contains those great tracks Elephant Talk, Frame By Frame and Indiscipline. This line up only lasted for three albums, Discipline, Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair. We wouldn’t hear another studio album from the band until 1992 with Thrak, which contained completely different members, except for Fripp and Belew.
One of the reasons I always dug Crimson was because they composed such interesting, offbeat instrumentals. Very different from any of their contemporaries, they weren’t jazz, rock, new age, fusion, but a real unique mixture of all these categories. In particularly I was always impressed with Fripp’s wielding of sounds and what became known as “Frippertronics”. Basically, Fripp was using tape loops through a Revox analog tape recorder controlled by a foot pedal. Like Les Paul, Fripp was an inventor in his own right and helped establish the progressive rock format in the 70’s. He is famous for collaborating with other artists of the time like Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and the Talking Heads. Discipline is a great album to start with if you are not familiar with King Crimson – you’ll be hooked instantly.
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16 December 2021
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