The Compact King Crimson

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The Compact King Crimson
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Compilation album by
Released1986
Recorded1969–1984
GenreProgressive rock
Length79:13 (Vinyl)
70:10 (CD)
LabelEG
ProducerKing 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
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Discipline"Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony LevinDiscipline, 19815:01
2."Thela Hun Ginjeet"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline6:27
3."Matte Kudasai"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline3:48
4."Three of a Perfect Pair"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinThree of a Perfect Pair, 19844:13

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Frame by Frame"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline5:08
2."Sleepless"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinSleepless" 12" single A-side, 1984 (mixed by Bob Clearmountain)5:24
3."Heartbeat"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinBeat, 19823:56
4."Elephant Talk"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline4:36

Side three[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors")Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King, 19697:20
2."I Talk to the Wind"Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King6:06
3."Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow")Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King8:49

Side four[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Red"FrippRed, 19746:17
2."Cat Food" (Single version)Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald"Cat Food/Groon" 7" single A-side, 19702:46
3."The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets")McDonald, Sinfield) – 9:22In the Court of the Crimson King9:22

CD version[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Discipline"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline, 19815:01
2."Thela Hun Ginjeet"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline6:27
3."Matte Kudasai"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline3:48
4."Three of a Perfect Pair"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinThree of a Perfect Pair, 19844:13
5."Frame by Frame"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline5:08
6."Sleepless"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinSleepless 12" Single, 19845:24
7."Heartbeat"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinBeat, 19823:56
8."Elephant Talk"Belew, Bruford, Fripp, LevinDiscipline4:36
9."21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors")Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King, 19697:20
10."I Talk to the Wind"Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King6:06
11."Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow")Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King8:49
12."The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets")McDonald, SinfieldIn the Court of the Crimson King9:22

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.