Earthbound (King Crimson album)

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Live album by King Crimson
Released 9 June 1972
Recorded 11 February – 10 March 1972
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 46:38
Label Island
Polydor Records
E.G. Records
Virgin Records
Producer Robert Fripp
King Crimson chronology
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
BBC Online favourable[2]

Earthbound is a live album by the band King Crimson, released in 1972 as a budget record shortly after the line-up that recorded it had broken up. It contains the band's first official live release of their signature song "21st Century Schizoid Man," and an extended live version of their 1970 non-LP B-side "Groon." It also contains two improvised tracks with scat vocals from Boz Burrell.

The album's sound quality is very poor, because of its being recorded onto cassette tape (a low-fidelity recording medium by 1972 standards) by live sound engineer Hunter MacDonald. The liner notes to the original LP cover and recent CD reissues of the album state that it was "captured live on an Ampex stereo cassette fed from a Kelsey Morris custom built mixer ... in the rain from the back of a Volkswagen truck." Atlantic Records, King Crimson's original North American distributor, declined release of Earthbound because of its poor sound engineering. Because of its cassette origins, the sound could not be significantly improved on later CD reissues of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Notes Length
1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors"),
(Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield)
2. "Peoria" (Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Fripp, Ian Wallace) 7:30
3. "Sailor's Tale" (instrumental),   (Fripp) 4:45
Side two
No. Title Notes Length
4. "Earthbound" (instrumental),   (Burrell, Collins, Fripp, Wallace)
  • recorded at the Kemp Coliseum, Orlando, Florida, United States, 27 February 1972
5. "Groon" (instrumental),   (Fripp)
  • recorded at the Armoury, Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 11 February 1972


King Crimson
Additional personnel
  • Hunter MacDonald – VCS3, engineering


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Earthbound - King Crimson | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (2002). "BBC – Music – Review of King Crimson – Earthbound, USA & Thrak". BBC Online. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 

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