USA (King Crimson album)

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King Crimson - USA.jpg
Live album by
Released3 May 1975
Recorded28–30 June 1974
ProducerKing Crimson
King Crimson chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[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, United States, on 30 June 1974, and Eddie Jobson's overdubs on tracks 2, 3 and 7, which were recorded in a studio. Live recording was performed by George Chkiantz and David Hewitt on the Record Plant NY Remote Truck. 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), an album frontman Robert Fripp recorded with musician and producer Brian Eno. 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 embedded 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
1."Walk On...No Pussyfooting"Brian Eno, Robert Fripp0:35
2."Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)"Fripp7:03
3."Lament"Fripp, John Wetton, Richard Palmer-James4:21
4."Exiles"David Cross, Fripp, Palmer-James7:09
Side two
5."Asbury Park"Cross, Fripp, Bill Bruford, Wetton7:06
6."Easy Money"Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James6:41
7."21st Century Schizoid Man"Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield8:40

2013 40th Anniversary edition[edit]


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  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "USA - King Crimson | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 28 February 2019 – via