Thrak

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Thrak
THRAK - Original Album Cover.jpeg
Studio album by
Released3 April 1995 (1995-04-03)
Recorded24 September – 19 November, 28 November - 4 December 1994
StudioReal World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, England
GenreProgressive rock, Progressive metal, Industrial
Length56:35
LabelVirgin
Producer
King Crimson chronology
Vrooom
(1994)
Thrak
(1995)
The Construkction of Light
(2000)
King Crimson studio chronology
Three of a Perfect Pair
(1984)
THRAK
(1995)
The Construkction of Light
(2000)
Singles from Thrak
  1. "Dinosaur"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Walking on Air"
    Released: 1995
  4. "People"
    Released: 1995

Thrak (stylised as THRAK) is the eleventh studio album by the band King Crimson released in 1995, the successor to the mini-album Vrooom (1994).

Recording[edit]

This album was recorded in the "double trio" format of King Crimson. With the band consisting of two guitarists, two bassists and two drummers, the opening track begins with all six musicians in the centre of the audio mix. Later they are split into two trios (guitar, bass and drums) with three going to the left channel and three going to the right.

Vrooom Vrooom incorporates a middle section originally composed by Fripp in 1974 for Red’s instrumental title track (which is actually a rhythmical variation of Red's original middle section).[1]

Release[edit]

Released on 3 April 1995, THRAK reached number 58 in the UK Albums Chart, their last album to chart.[2] The album was first released on CD in 1995, followed by a remastered edition in 2002. A new 5.1 surround sound mix by Jakko Jakszyk was released as a CD/DVD-A release.[3] It was reissued in October 2015 remixed by Jakszyk and Robert Fripp for the 40th Anniversary Series standalone and new THRAK BOX.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Maxim4/5 stars
Q4/5 stars
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
Trouser Pressfavourable[6]

Trouser Press described it as "an absolute monster, a cerebral sextet adventure stunning in its precisely controlled rock power."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Adrian Belew, except "Coda: Marine 475" by Robert Fripp; all music is composed by Belew, Bill Bruford, Fripp, Trey Gunn, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

No.TitleLength
1."Vrooom" (instrumental)4:38
2."Coda: Marine 475" (instrumental)2:42
3."Dinosaur"6:37
4."Walking on Air"4:38
5."B'Boom" (instrumental)4:11
6."Thrak" (instrumental)3:59
7."Inner Garden I"1:47
8."People"5:53
9."Radio I" (instrumental)0:44
10."One Time"5:21
11."Radio II" (instrumental)1:03
12."Inner Garden II"1:16
13."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream"4:50
14."Vrooom Vrooom" (instrumental)5:50
15."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (instrumental)3:01

2015 20th Anniversary edition[edit]

n.b. for the box set track listing set the THRAK (King Crimson Live And Studio Recordings 1994-1997) article.

Personnel[edit]

King Crimson
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.dgmlive.com/in-depth/the-double-trio-robert-fripp
  2. ^ "King Crimson | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Fripp's DGM Live diary". Dgmlive.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ Thrak at AllMusic
  5. ^ "King Crimson: Thrak : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 19 September 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ a b Grant, Steven; Fleischmann, Mark; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: King Crimson". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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