The Compact King Crimson

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The Compact King Crimson
Compilation album by King Crimson
Released 1986
Recorded 1969–1984
Genre Progressive rock
Length 79:13 (Vinyl)
70:10 (CD)
Label EG
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
(1976)
The Compact King Crimson
(1986)
Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! (3.7/5)[2]

The Compact King Crimson is a compilation of songs by the British progressive rock band King Crimson, selected by Robert Fripp from the two different eras of the band.

Track listing[edit]

LP and Cassette Version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Discipline" (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin) – 5:01 (from Discipline, 1981)
  2. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 6:27 (from Discipline, 1981)
  3. "Matte Kudasai" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 3:48 (from Discipline, 1981)
  4. "Three of a Perfect Pair" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 4:13 (from Three of a Perfect Pair, 1984)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Frame by Frame" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 5:08 (from Discipline, 1981)
  2. "Sleepless" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 5:24 (from "Sleepless" 12" single A-side, 1984; mixed by Bob Clearmountain)
  3. "Heartbeat" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 3:56 (from Beat, 1982)
  4. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 4:36 (from Discipline, 1981)

Side three[edit]

  1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including 'Mirrors') (Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield) – 7:20 (from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)
  2. "I Talk to the Wind" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) – 6:06 (from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)
  3. "Epitaph" (including 'March for No Reason' and 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow') (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) – 8:49 (from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)

Side four[edit]

  1. "Red" (Fripp) – 6:17 (from Red, 1974)
  2. "Cat Food" (Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald) - 2:46 (from "Cat Food" 7" single A-Side, 1970)
  3. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including 'The Return of the Fire Witch' and 'The Dance of the Puppets') (McDonald, Sinfield) – 9:22 (from In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969)

CD Version[edit]

  1. "Discipline" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) - 5:01
  2. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 6:27
  3. "Matte Kudasai" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 3:48
  4. "Three of a Perfect Pair" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 4:13
  5. "Frame by Frame" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 5:08
  6. "Sleepless" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 5:24
  7. "Heartbeat" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 3:56
  8. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin) – 4:36
  9. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including 'Mirrors') (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) – 7:20
  10. "I Talk to the Wind" (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) – 6:06
  11. "Epitaph" (including 'March for No Reason' and 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow') (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield) – 8:49
  12. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including 'The Return of the Fire Witch' and 'The Dance of the Puppets') (McDonald, Sinfield) – 9:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Fripp – guitars, devices (all tracks)
  • Adrian Belewguitar, lead vocals (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk")
  • Bill Bruforddrums, percussion (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk", "Red")
  • Tony LevinChapman Stick, basses, backing vocals (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk")
  • Michael Giles – drums, percussion, vocals (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "Cat Food", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • Greg Lake – lead vocals, basses (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "Cat Food", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • Ian McDonaldwoodwinds, reeds, keyboards, Mellotron, vocals (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • John Wetton - bass (on "Red")
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, T. (2011). "The Compact King Crimson – King Crimson | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Paul (8 January 1987). "King Krimson 'The Compact King Crimson". Kerrang! 137. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 11.