Frame by Frame: The Essential King Crimson

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Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson
Box set by King Crimson
Released 1991
Recorded 1969-1984
Genre Progressive rock
Length 256:46
Label Caroline
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson
(1991)
Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson
(1991)
Sleepless: The Concise King Crimson
(1993)

Frame By Frame: The Essential King Crimson is a compilation (4-CD set) by the band King Crimson, released in 1991.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1: 1969-1971[edit]

  1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield) - 7:20
  2. "I Talk to the Wind" (McDonald, Sinfield) - 6:05
  3. "Epitaph" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) - 8:44
  4. "Moonchild" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) - 2:26
    Abridged version
  5. "The Court of the Crimson King" (McDonald, Sinfield) - 9:25
  6. "Peace: A Theme" (Fripp) - 1:16
  7. "Cat Food" (Fripp, McDonald, Sinfield) - 2:45
    This version from the single Cat Food/Groon (1970)
  8. "Groon" (Fripp) - 3:31
    From the single Cat Food/Groon (1970)
    Previously featured on the compilation (2LP set) A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson (1976)
  9. "Cadence and Cascade" (Fripp, Sinfield) - 4:10
    This version replaces Gordon Haskell's original vocals with vocals performed by Adrian Belew July 1991
  10. "The Sailor's Tale" (Fripp) - 7:27
    Abridged version - The CD case lists this as abridged. But it is six seconds longer than the version on Islands, and seems to be missing nothing.
  11. "Ladies of the Road" (Fripp, Sinfield) - 5:31
  12. "Bolero" (Fripp, Sinfield) - 6:45
    This version replaces Gordon Haskell's original bass guitar with bass guitar performed by Tony Levin June 1991
Tracks 1-5 from In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
Tracks 6 & 8-9 from In the Wake of Poseidon (1970)
Track 7 released as a non-album single
Tracks 10-11 from Islands (1971)
Track 12 from Lizard (1970)

Total Running Time - 67:47

Disc 2: 1972-1974[edit]

  1. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)" (Bill Bruford, David Cross, Fripp, Jamie Muir, John Wetton) - 10:53
    Abridged version
  2. "Book of Saturday" (Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 2:53
  3. "Easy Money" (Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 7:55
  4. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)" (Fripp) - 7:09
  5. "The Night Watch" (Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 4:40
  6. "The Great Deceiver" (Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 4:03
  7. "Fracture" (Fripp) - 6:57
    Abridged version
  8. "Starless" (Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 4:38
    Abridged version
  9. "Red" (Fripp) - 6:17
  10. "Fallen Angel" (Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton) - 5:59
  11. "One More Red Nightmare" (Fripp, Wetton) - 7:09
Tracks 1-4 from the album Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973)
Tracks 5-7 from the album Starless and Bible Black (1974)
Tracks 8-11 from the album Red (1974)

Total Running Time - 69:08

Disc 3: 1981-1984[edit]

All tracks on disc 3 written by Adrian Belew, Bruford, Fripp and Tony Levin, unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "Elephant Talk" - 4:42
  2. "Frame by Frame" - 5:08
  3. "Matte Kudasai" - 3:48
  4. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" - 6:26
  5. "Heartbeat" - 3:54
  6. "Waiting Man" - 4:22
  7. "Neurotica" - 4:48
  8. "Requiem" - 6:36
  9. "Three of a Perfect Pair" - 4:11
  10. "Sleepless" - 5:22
  11. "Discipline" - 5:05
  12. "The Sheltering Sky" - 8:16
  13. "The King Crimson Barber Shop" (Levin) - 1:31
    Also featured on the compilation Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson (1991)
    Subsequently featured on the reissued version of the album Three of a Perfect Pair (1984)
Tracks 1-4, 11-12 from the album Discipline (1981)
Tracks 5-8 from the album Beat (1982)
Tracks 9-10 from the album Three of a Perfect Pair (1984)

Total Running Time - 64:08

Disc 4: Live 1969-1984[edit]

  1. "Get Thy Bearings" (Donovan Leitch) - 9:21
    Recorded at Plumpton Racetrack (at the Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival), Streat, UK, August 9, 1969
    Subsequently featured on the live album (4-CD set) Epitaph
  2. "Travel Weary Capricorn" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) - 4:23
    Recorded at Plumpton Racetrack (at the Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival), Streat, UK, August 9, 1969
    Subsequently featured on the live album (4-CD set) Epitaph
  3. "Mars: The Bringer of War" (Gustav Holst) - 8:09
    Recorded at Plumpton Racetrack (at the Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival), Streat, UK, August 9, 1969
    Subsequently featured on the live album (4-CD set) Epitaph
  4. "The Talking Drum" (Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Muir, Wetton) - 8:30
    Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973
    Subsequently featured on the live album (2-CD set) The Night Watch
  5. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) - 9:15
    Recorded at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 1973
    Subsequently featured on the live album (2-CD set) The Night Watch
  6. "Asbury Park" (Bill Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Wetton) - 6:52
    Recorded at the Casino, Asbury Park, June 28, 1974
    Previously featured on the live album USA
  7. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part III)" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) - 2:35
    Recorded at Le Spectrum, Montreal, Canada, July 11, 1984
    Excerpt version. Full version subsequently featured on the live album (2-CD set) Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal (1998)
  8. "Sartori in Tangier" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) - 4:08
    Recorded at Le Spectrum, Montreal, Canada, July 11, 1984
    Subsequently featured on the live album (2-CD set) Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal (1998)
  9. "Indiscipline" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) - 5:26
    Recorded at the Arena, Fréjus, France, August 27, 1982
    Subsequently featured on the live album (King Crimson Collectors' Club release) Live at Cap D'Agde (April 1999)

Total Running Time - 61:20