- Red (album)
Infobox Album | Name = Red
Released = November 1974
Recorded = July-August 1974 at Olympic Studios, London
Length = 39:55
Island Records Atlantic Records Polydor Records E.G. Records Virgin Records
Reviews = *
Allmusicrating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:2kq2g44ttvnz link]
Robert Christgau(A-) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=king+crimson link]
Warr.orgrating|3.5|4 [http://www.warr.org/crimson.html link]
Sputnikmusicrating|4|5 [http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=332 link]
Last album = "
Starless and Bible Black"
This album = "Red"
Next album = "USA"
"Red" is a 1974 album by
progressive rockgroup King Crimson. It was their last recording of the 1970s and the last before the lead member Robert Fripptemporarily disbanded the group. Fripp and drummer Bill Brufordare the only personnel on this album to appear in later versions of King Crimson.
David Cross left King Crimson in 1974, reducing the group to the trio of
Robert Fripp, John Wettonand Bill Bruford. The trio recorded "Red" with the help of Cross and former band-members Ian McDonald and Mel Collins. Fripp disbanded King Crimson on September 24, 1974, and the album was released later that year with no accompanying tour.
While musically similar to its predecessor "
Starless and Bible Black", "Red" was produced very differently from previous King Crimson albums, resulting in what band-members felt was a better approximation of their aggressive live sound.Fact|date=September 2007 For instance, while the acoustic guitarfeatures prominently in previous releases, on "Red" it is heard only for a few bars in "Fallen Angel". Also, unlike previous King Crimson albums, "Red" features extensive use of guitar overdubs. Later albums lacked acoustic guitar entirely and reverted to a minimum of overdubs, though by that point the band featured multiple guitarists playing simultaneously.
The record faltered on the British charts. In the United States, it reached #66 on the
Billboard Top 200.
However, it remained a popular album with fans and critics. In 2001 "Q" magazine named "Red" as one of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time," [ [http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage2.html#50%20Heaviest 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time] ] and
Kurt Cobainhas cited the album as a major influence. [ [http://www.elephant-talk.com/wiki/Interview_with_Robert_Fripp_in_Rock_and_Folk Interview with Robert Fripp] ] [ [http://www.elephant-talk.com/wiki/Interview_with_Bill_Bruford_in_Percussioni_%28in_Italian%29 Interview with Bill Bruford (in italian)] ] Musicologists Eric Tammand Edward Macanboth consider "Red", and particularly the track " Starless", to be the highlight of King Crimson's recorded output. Users of Rate Your Music.com have rated it the 62nd greatest album of all time [http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/king_crimson/red/] .
* [http://www.elephant-talk.com/releases/red.htm Lyrics]
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