King Crimson Live in Hyde Park, London

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Live in Hyde Park, London
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Live album by
Released2002
RecordedJuly 5, 1969
VenueHyde Park, London
GenreProgressive rock
Length39:55 (live performance)
1:02:02 (entire album)
LabelKing Crimson Collectors' Club
ProducerDavid Singleton and Robert Fripp

King Crimson Live in Hyde Park, London is a live album by the band King Crimson, released through the King Crimson Collectors' Club in September 2002.

The album documents King Crimson's performance at the Hyde Park Festival of July 5, 1969, held in London, England. It has been estimated that half a million people attended this outdoor concert, which was headlined by the Rolling Stones. King Crimson were the opening act. Their setlist was cut for the occasion, and the last track was much shorter than usual. Nonetheless, the consensus was that their performance was a success, which significantly increased the band's reputation.

The CD also includes two bonus tracks. The first is a series of excerpts from a press conference, held by all five members of the original King Crimson along with the band's road management. This conference was recorded at the release of King Crimson's Epitaph box set, featuring four CDs of concert material by the original band. The conference was held at the InterContinental London hotel on March 15, 1997.

The second bonus track is an instrumental recording of "21st Century Schizoid Man", recorded at Morgan Studios in London on June 12, 1969. Guitarist Robert Fripp has acknowledged that his solo on this version is "dismal in extremis", though noting that it was intended only as a guide track (and was subsequently replaced by a "proper" solo).

The album was originally scheduled to be released in August 2000, but was held up by a dispute between members of the 1969 line-up of King Crimson. The liner notes include comments from Fripp, Ian McDonald, Michael Giles, Peter Sinfield and manager David Enthoven.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (6:35) (Robert Fripp, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Michael Giles, Peter Sinfield)
  2. "The Court of the Crimson King" (6:31) (McDonald, Sinfield)
  3. "Get Thy Bearings" (9:41) (Donovan Leitch, arr. Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles)
  4. "Epitaph" (4:28) (Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield)
  5. "Mantra" (3:04) (Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield)
  6. "Travel Weary Capricorn" (5:37) (Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield)
  7. "Mars: The Bringer of War" (3:59) (Gustav Holst, arr. Fripp, Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield)
  8. Band reunion meeting (15:19)
  9. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (6:48) (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield)

Personnel[edit]


Produced by Robert Fripp and David Singleton. The original live concert was mixed by Peter Sinfield. Digital editing by Alex Mundy.