USA (album)

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Live album by King Crimson
Released 3 May 1975
Recorded June 28-30, 1974
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 40:56
Label Island
Producer King Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

USA is a live album by the English band King Crimson, released in 1975. It was mostly recorded at the Casino, Asbury Park, New Jersey, on 28 June 1974. The exceptions are track 7, which was recorded at the Palace Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, on 30 June 1974, and Eddie Jobson's overdubs on tracks 2, 3 and 7, which were recorded in a studio.

Tracks 5 and 6 were edited to about half their lengths for the original 1975 release. The uncut versions were released digitally on in 2005, along with the rest of the show.

Track 1 is a brief performance of "The Heavenly Music Corporation" from (No Pussyfooting). While it was not listed as a separate track on the original album, it is present on all releases. On the original UK vinyl release, the audience noise after the end of the last track was imbedded in a locked groove, leaving the applause to go on so long as the phonograph needle remained on the disc.

There have been four releases of the album:

  1. Original vinyl release in 1975. Includes tracks 1 - 7 (although track 1 & 2 are combined) and Eddie Jobson's overdubs.
  2. 30th Anniversary Remaster released 2002. Added tracks 8 & 9 to original release, credited track 1.
  3. 2005 mix of original multi-track tapes by Ronan Chris Murphy at DGM. Released as download from in 2005 and on The Collectable King Crimson Vol. 1 in 2006. Includes all tracks, with the uncut versions of "Asbury Park" and "Easy Money"; "21st Century Schizoid Man" is moved to be the last track and is now the version from Asbury Park 28 June 1974. Does not include Eddie Jobson's overdubs.
  4. 2013 mix by original multi-track tapes by Robert Fripp, Tony Arnold and David Singleton at the Courthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. Same track order and versions as release #3. Splits improv at end of track 6 into its own track.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writers Length
1. "Walk On...No Pussyfooting"   Brian Eno, Robert Fripp 0:35
2. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)"   Fripp 7:03
3. "Lament"   Fripp, John Wetton, Richard Palmer-James 4:21
4. "Exiles"   David Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 7:09
Side two
No. Title Writers Length
5. "Asbury Park"   Cross, Fripp, Bill Bruford 7:06
6. "Easy Money"   Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 6:41
7. "21st Century Schizoid Man"   Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield 8:40
Bonus tracks on 30th anniversary edition CD
No. Title Writers Length
8. "Fracture"   Fripp 11:19
9. "Starless"   Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James 14:55
40th Anniversary Series (Casino Arena, Asbury Park, 2013 Mix)
No. Title Writers Length
1. "Walk On...No Pussyfooting"   Eno, Fripp 1:39
2. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)"   Fripp 6:23
3. "Lament"   Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 4:22
4. "Exiles"   Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 7:24
5. "Improv: Asbury Park"   Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford 11:44
6. "Easy Money"   Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 2:25
7. "Improv"   Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James 8:41
8. "Fracture"   Fripp 11:02
9. "Starless"   Cross, Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Palmer-James 15:50
10. "21st Century Schizoid Man"   Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield 9:01


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  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "USA - King Crimson | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: King Crimson". Retrieved 28 June 2011.