Earthbound (King Crimson album)

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King Crimson - Earthbound.jpg
Live album by
Released9 June 1972
Recorded11 February – 10 March 1972
ProducerRobert Fripp
King Crimson chronology
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
BBC Onlinefavourable[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, even 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.

An expanded CD-DVD version of the album was set for release on 13 November 2017. The CD is expanded to twelve tracks, whereas the DVD features hi-res audio of the album along with additional audio material.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors"),
(Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield)
recorded at the Armoury, Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 11 February 197211:45
2."Peoria" (Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Fripp, Ian Wallace)recorded at The Barn, Peoria, Illinois, United States, 10 March 19727:30
3."Sailor's Tale" (instrumental),   (Fripp)recorded at the Baseball Park, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 26 February 19724:45
Side two
4."Earthbound" (instrumental),   (Burrell, Collins, Fripp, Wallace)recorded at the Kemp Coliseum, Orlando, Florida, United States, 27 February 19726:08
5."Groon" (instrumental),   (Fripp)recorded at the Armoury, Wilmington, Delaware, United States, 11 February 197215:30

2017 40th Anniversary edition[edit]


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.
  3. ^ Munro, Scott (9 November 2017). "King Crimson to release 40th anniversary edition of Earthbound". Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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