USA (album)

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USA
Live album by King Crimson
Released 3 May 1975
Recorded June 1974
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 40:56
Label Island
Atlantic
Polydor
E.G.
Virgin
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Red
(1974)
USA
(1975)
Discipline
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

USA is a live album by the English band King Crimson, released in 1975. It was mostly recorded at the Casino, Asbury Park, on 28 June 1974. The exceptions are track 7, which was recorded at the Palace Theatre, Providence, USA, on 30 June 1974, and Eddie Jobson's overdubs on tracks 2, 3 and 7, which were recorded in a studio.

Track 1 is a brief excerpt of "The Heavenly Music Corporation" from (No Pussyfooting). While it was not listed as a separate track on the original album, it is present on all releases. On the original UK vinyl release, the audience noise after the end of the last track was imbedded in a locked groove, leaving the applause to go on forever.

There have been four releases of the album:

  1. Original vinyl release in 1975. Includes tracks 1 - 7 (although track 1 & 2 are combined) and Eddie Jobson's overdubs.
  2. 30th Anniversary Remaster released 2002. Added tracks 8 & 9 to original release, credited track 1.
  3. 2005 mix of original multi-track tapes by Ronan Chris Murphy at DGM. Released as download from dgmlive.com in 2005 and on The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 1 in 2006. Includes all tracks; 21st Century Schizoid Man is moved to be the last track and is now the version from Asbury Park 28 June 1974. Does not include Eddie Jobson's overdubs.
  4. 2013 mix by original multi-track tapes by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. Same track order and versions as release #3. Splits improv at end of track 6 into its own track.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writers Length
1. "Walk On...No Pussyfooting" (instrumental) Brian Eno, Robert Fripp 0:35
2. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)" (instrumental) Fripp 7:03
3. "Lament"   Fripp, Richard Palmer-James, John Wetton 4:21
4. "Exiles"   David Cross, Fripp, Palmer-James 7:09
Side two
No. Title Writers Length
5. "Asbury Park" (instrumental improv) Bill Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Wetton 7:06
6. "Easy Money"   Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton 6:41
7. "21st Century Schizoid Man"   Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield 8:40
Bonus tracks on 30th anniversary edition CD
No. Title Writers Length
8. "Fracture"   Fripp 11:19
9. "Starless"   Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton 14:55

Personnel[edit]

King Crimson
Additional musician

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "USA - King Crimson | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: King Crimson". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011.