A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson

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A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
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Compilation album by King Crimson
Released March 1976
Recorded 1969–1974
Genre Progressive rock
Label Island (UK)
Atlantic Records (Canada)
Polydor Records (UK)
E.G. Records
Virgin Records
Discipline Global Mobile
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
(1976)
The Compact King Crimson
(1986)The Compact King Crimson1986

A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson is a 2-LP compilation album by the band King Crimson, released in 1976. At the time the band had split. The track selection was by Robert Fripp.

Its name is most likely derived either from the famous orchestral work The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra from composer Benjamin Britten or the 1960s television series Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, created by conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein.

The gatefold-sleeve featured, as the front and back cover, artwork by Scottish artist Fergus Hall. Included as part of the package was a booklet, replete with photographs, and detailing gig history and notable events: this was compiled by Robert Fripp from his own archive.

To date, its sole CD release has been in Japan, in 1990. This 2-CD set, which faithfully duplicated the vinyl running-order, included a reproduction of the booklet, scaled-down. Playing times are approximately 40 minutes long for CD1, and 35 minutes for CD2.

Track listing[edit]

LP 1[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow") Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) 8:52
2. "Cadence and Cascade" (Abridged version) Fripp, Sinfield In the Wake of Poseidon (1970) 3:36
3. "Ladies of the Road" Fripp, Sinfield Islands (1971) 5:27
4. "I Talk to the Wind" McDonald, Sinfield Recorded at 93A Brondesbury Road, London, England, UK, July 1968; it differs from the version released on In the Court of the Crimson King. The most notable difference is in the vocals, which are sung by Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention) rather than Greg Lake. This version is also available on The Brondesbury Tapes (1968) under the name of Giles, Giles and Fripp (VP235CD). 3:15

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Red" Fripp Red (1974) 6:18
2. "Starless" Bill Bruford, David Cross, Fripp, Richard Palmer-James, John Wetton Red 12:17

LP 2[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "The Night Watch" Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton Starless and Bible Black (1974) 4:38
2. "Book of Saturday" Fripp, Palmer-James, Wetton Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973) 2:52
3. "Peace: A Theme" Fripp In the Wake of Poseidon 1:14
4. "Cat Food" (Abridged version) Fripp, McDonald, Sinfield "Cat Food/Groon" single (1970); unedited version available on In the Wake of Poseidon 2:43
5. "Groon" Fripp "Cat Food/Groon" single 3:30
6. "Coda from Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part I)" (Abridged version) Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Jamie Muir, Wetton Larks' Tongues in Aspic 2:09

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Moonchild" (Abridged version) Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King 2:24
2. "Trio" Bruford, Cross, Fripp, Wetton Starless and Bible Black 5:36
3. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets") McDonald, Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King 9:21