Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind

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Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
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Box set by
Released2 September 2016
RecordedSeptember - December 2015
VenueUK, Canada, and Japan
King Crimson chronology
Live in Toronto
Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
Live in Chicago
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz5/5 stars[2]

Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind is a box set by King Crimson, released on 2 September 2016.[3][4]

The box set was recorded live–mostly in Takamatsu, Japan on 19 December 2015–with songs taken from other shows in order to represent every song played during the group's 2015 tours of Japan, Canada and France. The material performed is mostly from the 1969–1974 period, and most of it was not performed live since the 1970s, although the songs were rearranged to suit the current line-up.[3] Also included are some pieces from 1995 and onward, alongside new material. The title is derived from a song of the same name that the band has been playing in concert.[5]

The set was released in two editions: a 4-disc standard edition featuring the complete concert in one Blu-ray disc and three CDs (individually themed "virtual studio albums" with no audible audience); and a 6-disc deluxe limited edition, featuring the same as the standard edition plus two DVDs with the complete concert and an expanded booklet. The Blu-ray disc has a "picture off" mode which allows listening to the music without the video.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one, Mainly Metal[edit]

1."Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: Part One"David Cross, Robert Fripp, John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Jamie Muir10:36
2."Radical Action (to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)"Fripp3:40
3."Meltdown"Jakko Jakszyk, Fripp4:22
4."Radical Action II"Fripp2:27
5."Level Five"Adrian Belew, Pat Mastelotto, Fripp, Trey Gunn6:46
6."The Light of Day"Jakszyk, Mel Collins, Fripp5:49
7."The Hell Hounds of Krim"Gavin Harrison, Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin3:36
8."The ConstruKction of Light" (Part I)Belew, Mastelotto, Fripp, Gunn6:24
9."The Talking Drum"Bruford, Cross, Muir, Wetton, Fripp3:48
10."Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: Part Two"Fripp6:39
Total length:54:07

Disc two, Easy Money Shots[edit]

1."Peace"Peter Sinfield, Fripp2:07
2."Pictures of a City"Sinfield, Fripp8:17
3."Banshee Legs Bell Hassle"Harrison, Mastelotto, Rieflin1:40
4."Easy Money"Wetton, Richard Palmer-James, Fripp8:26
5."VROOOM"Belew, Bruford, Mastelotto, Fripp, Tony Levin, Gunn4:56
6."Suitable Grounds for the Blues"Jakszyk, Fripp4:51
8."The Letters"Sinfield, Fripp6:30
9."Sailor's Tale"Fripp6:41
10."A Scarcity of Miracles"Jakszyk, Collins, Fripp6:52
Total length:52:43

Disc three, Crimson Classics[edit]

2."One More Red Nightmare"Wetton, Fripp6:03
3."Epitaph"Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Michael Giles, Sinfield, Fripp8:44
4."Starless"Bruford, Cross, Wetton, Palmer-James, Fripp12:17
5."Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row"Harrison, Mastelotto, Rieflin3:00
6."The Court of the Crimson King"McDonald, Sinfield7:00
7."21st Century Schizoid Man"Lake, McDonald, Giles, Sinfield, Fripp10:56
Total length:54:31


King Crimson
Additional personnel


Chart (2016) Peak
Italian Albums (FIMI)[6] 100
Scottish Albums (OCC)[7] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 71


  1. ^ "AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ Kelman, John. "King Crimson: Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind Pre-Order". DGM Live. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ "King Crimson unveil Radical Action multi-disc box set". Team Rock. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. ^ "King Crimson Are Working on New Material, Reveal Details of Three New Songs". Ultimate Guitar. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 37 (dal 2016-09-09 al 2016-09-15)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 September 2016.