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, omitting the improv section of the song
  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, removing approximately 3.5 seconds' worth of the cymbal introduction
  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 6-7 & 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