Live in Vienna (King Crimson album)

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Live in Vienna
A blue-tinted photograph of King Crimson backstage
Live album by
  • 27 September 2017 (limited release)
  • 6 April 2018 (full release)
Recorded1 December 2016
VenueMuseumsquartier in Vienna, Austria
GenreProgressive rock
LabelDiscipline Global Mobile
ProducerKing Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Live in Chicago
Live in Vienna
Meltdown: Live in Mexico City

Live in Vienna, or Live in Vienna, December 1st, 2016, is a triple-disc live album by the English progressive rock band King Crimson, originally released in a limited capacity in Japan as Live in Vienna 2016 + Live in Tokyo 2015 on 27 September 2017.[1] The expanded album, just titled Live in Vienna, was released through Discipline Global Mobile on 6 April 2018.[2]


Live in Vienna was recorded on 1 December 2016 at Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria.[3] The first two discs of Live in Vienna cover the entire first and second sets of the concert.[4] The third disc on the original Japanese release was a bonus disc featuring live tracks from King Crimson's 2015 tour of Japan.[5] On the main release, the third disc comprises one of the band's first performances of "Fracture" since 1974, two encores from the show in Vienna, and newly sequenced pieces with excerpts from Robert Fripp's soundscapes edited into them.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[1]

Writing for All About Jazz, John Kelman praised the album, especially the third disc's version of "Fracture" and its live improvisations, which he called "a primary reason to consider Live in Vienna an essential listen."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
1."Walk On: Monk Morph Music of the Chamber"Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Tony Levin2:31
2."The Hell Hounds of Krim"Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin3:39
3."Pictures of a City"Fripp, Peter Sinfield8:40
4."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part I: Dawn Song)Fripp, Sinfield2:19
5."Suitable Ground for the Blues"Jakko Jakszyk, Fripp4:46
6."VROOOM"Adrian Belew, Fripp, Levin, Trey Gunn, Bill Bruford, Mastelotto5:13
7."The ConstruKction of Light" (Part I only)Belew, Mastelotto, Fripp, Gunn6:37
8."The Court of the Crimson King"Ian McDonald, Sinfield7:18
9."The Letters"Fripp, Sinfield6:14
10."Sailor's Tale"Fripp6:18
11."Interlude"Fripp, Collins, Levin2:45
12."Radical Action II"Fripp2:15
13."Level Five"Belew, Mastelotto, Fripp, Gunn7:28
Total length:66:03
Disc two
1."Fairy Dust of the Drumsons"Harrison, Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey1:42
2."Peace: An End"Fripp, Sinfield1:54
3."Cirkus"Fripp, Sinfield7:32
4."Indiscipline"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin8:50
5."Epitaph"Greg Lake, McDonald, Michael Giles, Sinfield, Fripp8:47
6."Easy Money"John Wetton, Richard Palmer-James, Fripp10:07
7."The Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row"Harrison, Mastelotto, Rieflin3:03
9."Meltdown"Jakszyk, Fripp4:16
10."Larks' Tongues in Aspic: Part Two"Fripp7:00
11."Starless"Bruford, David Cross, Wetton, Palmer-James, Fripp13:03
Total length:72:55
Disc three
1."'Heroes'"Brian Eno, David Bowie5:23
3."21st Century Schizoid Man"Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield, Fripp13:07
4."Schoenberg Softened His Hat"Fripp, Collins, Levin, David Singleton11:45
5."Ahriman's Ceaseless Corruptions"Fripp, Collins, Levin, Singleton6:04
6."Spenta's Counter Claim"Fripp, Collins, Levin, Singleton0:58
Total length:48:13



Credits adapted from liner notes.[6]

King Crimson

Additional personnel

  • David Singleton – photography, liner notes, production, mastering
  • Ben Singleton – artwork
  • Chris Porter – mixing, mastering
  • Alan Jones – photography
  • Dave Salt – photography
  • Hugh O'Donnell – layout, design


Chart (2018) Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 36


  1. ^ a b c Kelman, John. "King Crimson: Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Sid. "Live in Vienna". Discipline Global Mobile. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ Levin, Tony. "King Crimson 2016 Tour Pt2, 1st December". Tony Levin Road Diary. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ Munro, Scott. "King Crimson announce new live album". Team Rock. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ Live in Vienna (Japanese release) (CD liner notes). King Crimson. Discipline Global Mobile. 2017. IECP-10346/347/348. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ Live in Vienna (full release) (CD liner notes). King Crimson. Discipline Global Mobile. 2018. KCXP5002. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ "King Crimson Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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