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Format: CD
Sku: 209932816
UPC: 633367051721
UPC 14: 00633367051721
Release Date: 11/18/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bude ~ King Crimson
2. Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With ~ King Crimson
3. Mie Gakure ~ King Crimson
4. She Shudders ~ King Crimson
5. Eyes Wide Open ~ King Crimson
6. Shoganai ~ King Crimson
7. I Ran ~ King Crimson
8. Potato Pie ~ King Crimson
9. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part IV) ~ King Crimson
10. Clouds ~ King Crimson

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote King Crimson: Adrian Belew (vocals, guitar); Robert Fripp (guitar); Trey Gunn (bass); Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote King Crimson: Adrian Belew (vocals, guitar); Trey Gunn (guitar, fretless guitar, bass instrument); Robert Fripp (guitar); Pat Mastelotto (drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: David Singleton, Greg Dean (recorder).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ken Latchney.
Muze PNote The relationship between this EP and King Crimson's Power to Believe (2003) long-player mirrors that of the six-track Vrooom (1994) sampler and subsequent full-length release Thrak (1994). The music perfectly contrasts the primarily instrumental and live Level Five (2001) EP by honing in on the latest lyrical contributions from Adrian Belew (guitar/vocals). The disc begins with "Bude," the first in a series of short spoken verses incorporating an electronically manipulated and harmonized Belew. The result is similar to the voice box effect used by Peter Frampton on "Do You Feel Like We Do?." This slams headlong into the thrashing title track, which is not too far removed from the angst-ridden alternative metal from the likes of Therapy?, Tool, and Rammstein. In true Belew style, he incongruously twists the subject matter into a sonically aggressive backdrop, cleverly dissecting his craft as a singer/songwriter, exemplified in the lyrics: "And when I have some words/This is the way I'll sing/Through a distortion box/To make them menacing." "Mie Gakure" is a two-minute meditative soundscape interlude from Robert Fripp (guitar). While the necessitation for brevity is duly noted for this release, interested parties are emphatically encouraged to seek any of Fripp's full-length soundscapes -- such as Blessing of Tears (1995), November Suite (1996), and Gates of Paradise (1998). She Shudders -- another of Belew's harmonized haikus -- prefaces an acoustic version of a second new tune, "Eyes Wide Open." This is without a doubt one of the most lyrically poignant and musically refined tunes in the King Crimson repertoire, taking its rightful place alongside tracks such as "One Time" or "Frame by Frame." Belew's vocals hang ethereally over the languid, inspired instrumentation. "Potato Pie" is a moody and dark blues containing angular chord structures as well as some symbiotic fretwork from Fripp and Belew. A live version of the fourth installment in the "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" saga concludes the ensemble endeavors on this disc. These tracks are couched between the final pair of Belew's brief vocalizations. Likewise, there is a hidden and untitled cut-and-paste pastiche consisting of incidental musical and spoken-word odds and ends taken from the recording sessions. Sandwiched between rehearsal snippets of the title track and "ConstruKction of Light" there is a bit of Belew doggerel titled "Einstein's' Relatives." These sonic scraps conclude with the final strains of "In the Court of the Crimson King," performed live by an uncredited vocal chorale. ~ Lindsay Planer

Producer: David Singleton; Adrian Belew; King Crimson; Machine; Robert Fripp

Engineer: Ken Latchney

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Power To Believe
Muze Music Compilations Children Of Men

Associated Artists and Works

Jakszyk, Jakko

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/27/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : DGM0517
Music Label Name Label : Discipline
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00633367051721

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   King Crimson
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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