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Sunday, 17 November 2013

King Crimson – the Rocking Road to Red

RoadToRedWith Behemothic box sets now the order of the day, and even albums you’ve never been that crazy about meriting multi-disc packages that scream “buy me” when you sight them, there has never been a better time to be a completist collector.  Or a more expensive time, but we won’t get into that now.
From the seven discs and three slabs of vinyl with which David Bowie taunted fans of Station to Station, to the “here’s absolutely everything Dylan has ever released apart from the bits we’re saving for later” set that Sony just dropped on our feet, early entrants into these stakes – Pink Floyd, with meager five or six disc surveys of single LPs; the Who, who couldn’t even be bothered to remix all of Quadrophenia for 5.1 – are looking almost restrained by comparison.
But still, everyone has a long way to go if they are to catch up with King Crimson, who have just followed last year’s thirteen disc recreation of Lark’s Tongue In Aspic with a back-breaking twenty-four disc survey of Red, not only preserving their final album, recorded following the tour, but their final US tour as well. (Many of the earlier European dates are also available, as downloads from Fripp and co’s own website.)
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