King Crimson- 21st Century Guide To King Crimson (Discipline)
review by Jim Clark

Track Listing

21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume 1
Disc 1

In The Studio: 1969 - 1971
1.21st Century Schizoid Man
2.I Talk to The Wind
5.The Court of The Crimson King
6.Peace - A Theme
7.Cat Food
9.Cadence and Cascade
10.In The Wake Of Poseidon (instrumental edit)
11.Ladies of the Road
12.The Sailor's Tale (abridged)
13.Islands (instrumental edit)
14.Tuning Up

Disc 2
Live: 1969 - 1972
1.The Court Of The Crimson King
2.A Man, A City
3.21st Century Schizoid Man
4.Get Thy Bearings
6.Pictures Of A City
7.The Letters
8.The Sailor's Tale
10.21st Century Schizoid Man (instrumental edit)

Disc 3
In The Studio: 1972 - 1974
1.Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part I (abridged)
2.Book of Saturday
3.Easy Money
4.Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II
5.The Night Watch
6.The Great Deceiver
8.Starless (abridged)
10.Fallen Angel
11.One More Red Nightmare

Disc 4
Live: 1972 - 1974
1.Asbury Park
2.The Talking Drum
3.Larks' Tongues in Aspic Part II
5. We'll Let You Know
6.Improv: Augsburg
7.Exiles (abridged)
8.Easy Money
10.Starless & Bible Black
11.21st Century Schizoid Man

21st Century Guide To King Crimson Volume Two
CD1 - In The Studio: 1981 - 1984

1. Elephant Talk
2. Frame By Frame
3. Matte Kudasai
4. Thela Hun Ginjeet
5. The Sheltering Sky
7. Heartbeat
8. Waiting Man
9. Neurotica
10. Requiem
11.Three Of A Perfect Pair
12. Sleepless
Bonus Tracks: 1982-2004
13. The King Crimson Barbershop
14. Form No. 1
15. Bude
16. Potato Pie
17. Bude
18. Einstein's Relatives

CD2 - Live: 1982 - 1984

1. Entry Of The Crims
2. Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part III
3. Thela Hun Ginjeet
4. Matte Kudasai
5. The Sheltering Sky
6. Neal and Jack and Me
7. Indiscipline
8. Sartori In Tangier
9. Frame By Frame
10. Man With An Open Heart
11. Waiting Man
12. Sleepless
13. Three Of A Perfect Pair
14. Discipline
15. Elephant Talk

CD3 - In The Studio: 1995 - 2003
2. Coda: Marine 475
3. Dinosaur
4. Walking On Air
5. B'Boom
7. Fearless And Highly THRaKked
8. Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
9. Radio II
10. The Power To Believe I
11. Level Five
12. Eyes Wide Open
13. EleKtriK
14. Facts Of Life: Intro
15. Facts Of Life
16. The Power To Believe II
17. Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
18. The Power To Believe III
19. The Power To Believe IV

CD4 - Live: 1994 - 2003
2. Neurotica
3. Prism
4. One Time
5. Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part IV
6. ProzaKc Blues
7. The ConstruKction Of Light
8. FraKctured 9. The World's My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum
10. Sus-tayn-Z
11. X-chayn-jiZ
12. The Deception Of The Thrush
13. 2 ii 3

Released in two four-CD sets, the 21st Century Guide To King Crimson gives a comprehensive overview of this legendary band’s output, both in the studio an on stage. Unfortunately, the first set is put together much better than the second.

Volume One covers the years 1969 through 1974. The studio discs takes all of the highlights from the band’s classic debut, In The Court Of The Crimson King, on to 1974’s Red, another standout disc. Following a somewhat annoying pattern started on previous Crimson compilations, some of the longer tracks here are edited. Still, the edits are handled better than on those past releases. The second half of one of the band’s best all-time songs, “Starless,” is hacked, but on this set, it segues directly into “Red,” and oddly enough, the pairing works rather well.

One other complaint, and again, it’s a minor one, is the appearance of the band’s signature track, “21st Century Schizoid Man,” four times – once from the studio debut and the other three times in live form. But, as it is the band’s trademark, and as it’s taken from various lineups, this can be forgiven, though a live “Starless” would have been nice. Speaking of the live tracks, the quality varies on these, but they are all more than listenable, and show the different incarnations of King Crimson at their best.

As a whole, this first box works very well and it left me looking forward to the second one, covering 1981 through 2003. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed.

The most glaring problem with this volume is the complete omission of any studio tracks from the band’s 2000 release, The ConstruKction Of Light, while all but one of the songs from the group’s 2003 effort, The Power To Believe, are represented. What makes this even more frustrating is that the lone omission from The Power To Believe is its best track, “Dangerous Curves.”

To add to this box’s disjointed feel is that some “bonus” tracks from the Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With EP, as well as “The King Crimson Barbershop” from the Frame By Frame box set , seem strangely out of place as they’re tacked on to the end of the studio disc covering 1981-1984. Not to mention that the VROOM EP is neglected from these bonus cuts.

The live tracks represented are excellent and cover some material from the late 90’s ProjeKct’s, yet even these seem somewhat uneven. While The Power To Believe is over-represented on the studio disc, none of those tracks, or “Dangerous Curves,” appear in live form, which is quite unfortunate as the band really smoked on that tour and the Level 5 tour that lead up to it.

To me, it looks like the band put a lot of thought into Volume One while it appears Volume Two was rushed together.

So if you’re looking for an overview of the band’s output, I’d definitely recommend the first set. As for the material released from 1981 on, you’d probably be better picking up the individual releases.

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