|Studio album by King Crimson|
|Released||18 June 1982|
|Genre||Progressive rock, experimental rock, math rock|
|King Crimson chronology|
Beat is the ninth studio album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982. It is the first King Crimson studio album to feature a band line-up identical to that of their previous album. The halftone quaver image on the cover was designed by artist Rob O'Connor.
According to the Trouser Press Record Guide, the album focused on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac. The album makes several references to the writings of the Beat Generation:
- "Neal and Jack and Me" is the track most obviously inspired by Beat writers. The 'Jack' of the title is Beat writer Jack Kerouac, while 'Neal' is Kerouac's best friend Neal Cassady. Besides On the Road, the lyrics make references in French to other significant Kerouac works; Les Souterrains, Des Visions du Cody and Sartori a Paris. The song was released as a B-side to "Heartbeat". Musically it picks up where the album and song Discipline left off, with Fripp and Belew's dueling guitars weaving in and out of patterns in 5
4 and 7
8 time signatures.
- "Heartbeat" is also the name of a book written by Neal Cassady's wife Carolyn about her experiences with the Beats.
- "Sartori in Tangier" derives its title from Satori in Paris and the city of Tangier in Morocco, where a number of Beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing. Writer Paul Bowles was associated with the Beats, and his novel The Sheltering Sky, which provided the title for a track on King Crimson's previous studio album, Discipline, is partly set in Tangier. The song was first released as a b-side to the Heartbeat 12" single in 1982. It is entirely instrumental with the intro performed by Tony Levin on the Chapman Stick.
- "Neurotica" shares its title with Neurotica, a Beat-era magazine. The Frippertronics intro is lifted directly from the beginning of "Hååden Two" off Fripp's 1979 solo album Exposure.
- "The Howler" refers to the Beat poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg, which Fripp suggested to Belew as inspiration for the lyrics. The 15
8 guitar riff heard halfway through the song can be likened to the one Belew played on the Tom Tom Club single "Genius of Love" in 1981.
|1.||"Neal and Jack and Me"||4:22|
|3.||"Sartori in Tangier" (Instrumental)||3:54|
|6.||"Two Hands" (Lyrics: Margaret Belew)||3:23|
- King Crimson
- Robert Fripp – guitar, organ, Frippertronics
- Adrian Belew – guitar, lead vocals, additional drums (3)
- Tony Levin – bass guitar, backing vocals, Chapman stick
- Bill Bruford – drums, percussion
|1982||Billboard Pop Albums||52|
|1982||"Heartbeat"||Billboard Mainstream Rock||57|
In popular culture
The heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold included songs on their 2013 album Hail to the King like "Crimson Day" and "Requiem". Though the titles appear random it should be noted that another track "Acid Rain" shares its name with a song by Tony Levin's fusion group Liquid Tension Experiment which also happened to feature Avenged Sevenfold's former session drummer Mike Portnoy.
In a central plot point of the manga Vento Aureo, the character Jean Pierre Polnareff's supernatural ability "Silver Chariot" evolves into "Silver Chariot Requiem," the addition being named after the last song of "Beat." The protagonist, Giorno Giovanna, similarly obtains a "Requiem" evolution.
- Allmusic review
- Rolling Stone review
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- "Neurotica". Landesmania. Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Chapter 10: Battling the Social Neurosis. The Culture of Spontaneity (University of Chicago Press). Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- Araki, Hirohiko (4 March 1999). JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo. Shueisha. p. Volume 62, Chapter 3.