The Compact King Crimson

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The Compact King Crimson
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Compilation album by King Crimson
Released 1986
Recorded 1969–1984
Genre Progressive rock
Length 79:13 (Vinyl)
70:10 (CD)
Label EG
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson
(1976)
The Compact King Crimson
(1986)
Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! (3.7/5)[2]

The Compact King Crimson is a compilation of songs by the British progressive rock band King Crimson, selected by Robert Fripp from the two different eras of the band.

Track listing[edit]

LP/Cassette version[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Discipline"   Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin Discipline, 1981 5:01
2. "Thela Hun Ginjeet"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Discipline 6:27
3. "Matte Kudasai"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Discipline 3:48
4. "Three of a Perfect Pair"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Three of a Perfect Pair, 1984 4:13

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Frame by Frame"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Discipline 5:08
2. "Sleepless"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Sleepless" 12" single A-side, 1984 (mixed by Bob Clearmountain) 5:24
3. "Heartbeat"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Beat, 1982 3:56
4. "Elephant Talk"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin Discipline 4:36

Side three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors") Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969 7:20
2. "I Talk to the Wind"   Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King 6:06
3. "Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow") Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield In the Court of the Crimson King 8:49

Side four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Red"   Fripp Red, 1974 6:17
2. "Cat Food" (Single version) Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald "Cat Food/Groon" 7" single A-side, 1970 2:46
3. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets") McDonald, Sinfield) – 9:22 In the Court of the Crimson King 9:22

CD version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Discipline"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 5:01
2. "Thela Hun Ginjeet"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 6:27
3. "Matte Kudasai"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 3:48
4. "Three of a Perfect Pair"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 4:13
5. "Frame by Frame"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 5:08
6. "Sleepless"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin  
7. "Heartbeat"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 3:56
8. "Elephant Talk"   Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin 4:36
9. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors") Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield 7:20
10. "I Talk to the Wind"   Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield 6:06
11. "Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow") Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield 8:49
12. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets") McDonald, Sinfield 9:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Frippguitars, devices (all tracks)
  • Adrian Belew – guitar, lead vocals (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk")
  • Bill Bruforddrums, percussion (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk", "Red")
  • Tony LevinChapman Stick, basses, backing vocals (on "Discipline", "Thela Hun Ginjeet", "Matte Kudasai", "Three of a Perfect Pair", "Frame by Frame", "Sleepless", Heartbeat", "Elephant Talk")
  • Michael Giles – drums, percussion, vocals (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "Cat Food", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • Greg Lake – lead vocals, basses (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "Cat Food", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • Ian McDonaldwoodwinds, reeds, keyboards, Mellotron, vocals (on "21st Century Schizoid Man", "I Talk to the Wind", "Epitaph", "The Court of the Crimson King")
  • John Wetton - bass (on "Red")
Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, T. (2011). "The Compact King Crimson – King Crimson | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Paul (8 January 1987). "King Krimson 'The Compact King Crimson". Kerrang!. 137. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 11.