King Crimson Starless & Bible Black

Q: 3 stars out of 5 - "...A stolid affair - proof of the band's road-hardened discipline....envincing a lofty...ambition which they rarely, if ever, matched again."
Starless & Bible Black
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 3, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 11/00, p.129
3 stars out of 5 - "...A stolid affair - proof of the band's road-hardened discipline....envincing a lofty...ambition which they rarely, if ever, matched again."
Uncut - p.91
3 stars out of 5 -- "Crimson's four-way interplay is laid out afresh in this new stereo mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson."
The Wire - 10/00, p.77
"...Mostly recorded live, it ranges from isolation tank bliss to monolithic rock heaviness of the closing 11 minutes of 'Fracture'..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.95
4 stars out of 5 -- "STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK was originally released in 1974, with the majority of the tracks forged through live improvisation."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Great Deceiver, The - (remix)
  • 2.Lament - (remix)
  • 3.We'll Let You Know - (remix)
  • 4.Night Watch, The - (remix)
  • 5.Trio
  • 6.The Mincer
  • 7.Starless & Bible Black - (remix)
  • 8.Fracture - (remix)
  • 9.The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 1
  • 10.Improv: The Mincer
  • 11.The Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 2
  • 12.Dr. Diamond [Live, June 23rd 1973]
  • 13.Guts on My Side [Live, March 19th 1974]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Great Deceiver [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 2.Lament [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 3.We'll Let You Know [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 4.Night Watch [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 5.Trio [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 6.Mincer [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 7.Starless & Bible Black [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 8.Fracture [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 9.Easy Money [MPL Lossless 5.1 Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 10.Great Deceiver [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 11.Lament [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 12.We'll Let You Know [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 13.Night Watch [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 14.Trio [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 15.Mincer [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix], The - (remix)
  • 16.Starless & Bible Black [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 17.Fracture [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 18.Easy Money [DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Mix] - (remix)
  • 19.Great Deceiver [MLP Lossless Stereo, The (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 20.Lament [MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 21.We'll Let You Know [MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 22.Night Watch [MLP Lossless Stereo, The (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 23.Trio [MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 24.Mincer [MLP Lossless Stereo, The (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 25.Starless & Bible Black [MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 26.Fracture [MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) Mix] - (remix)
  • 27.Great Deceiver [PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 28.Lament [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 29.We'll Let You Know [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 30.Night Watch [PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 31.Trio [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 32.Mincer [PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 33.Starless & Bible Black [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 34.Fracture [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 35.Great Deceiver [Original Album Mix, The (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 36.Lament [Original Album Mix (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 37.We'll Let You Know [Original Album Mix (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 38.Night Watch [Original Album Mix, The (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 39.Trio [Original Album Mix (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 40.Mincer [Original Album Mix, The (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 41.Starless & Bible Black [Original Album Mix (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 42.Fracture [Original Album Mix (30th Anniversary Edition)] - (remix)
  • 43.Lament [Live In Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 44.Night Watch [Live In Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 45.Fracture [Live In Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 46.Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 1 [Live in Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 47.Improv: The Mincer [Live in Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 48.Law of Maximum Distress, Pt. 2 [Live in Zurich / PCM Stereo 2.0, The (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 49.We'll Let You Know [PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 50.Dr. Diamond [Live, June 23rd 1973, Richards Club, Atlanta, Georgia / PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 51.Guts On My Side [Live, March 19th 1974, Palazzo Dello Sport, Udine, Italy / PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48) Mix] - (remix)
  • 52.The Night Watch [Stereo Single Edit]
  • 53.Night Watch [US Radio Mono Single Edit], The - (mono)
  • 54.30 Second Radio Advert
  • 55.60 Second Radio Advert
  • 56.Easy Money [Central Park, New York, June 25th 1973]
  • 57.Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet [Central Park, New York, June 25th 1973]

Product Description:

The initial pressing of STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK is packaged in a cardboard-stock gatefold sleeve.
King Crimson: John Wetton (vocals, bass); Robert Fripp (guitar, mellotron); David Cross (violin, viola, keyboards); William Bruford (percussion).
Digitally remastered by Robert Fripp.
Personnel: John Wetton (vocals); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron); David Cross (violin, viola, keyboards); Bill Bruford (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Steven Wilson; Robert Fripp.
Recording information: Air Studios, London (01/1974).
After the transitional ISLANDS, LARK'S TONGUES began the third Crimson phase that continued with STARLESS and ended with RED. The quartet of David Cross, John Wetton, Robert Fripp and Bill Bruford (augmented on LARK'S TONGUES by madman percussionist Jamie Muir) is regarded as the most innovative of Crimson's many lineups, offering hard-edged improvisations on an unprecedented level. With founding member/lyricist Pete Sinfield departed, Robert Palmer-James stepped in with a more cutting, concise lyrical approach that matched the group's uncompromising instrumental precision.
STARLESS takes the furious improvisational style inaugurated by it's predecessor and takes it to new heights. Tunes like "We'll Let You Know" and "Fracture," while based around typically devilish Fripp guitar figures and complicated time signatures, lean heavily on the spontaneity of the band's no-holds-barred interaction for their fireworks. The drumless "Trio" is 100 percent improvisation and inspiration. "The Great Deceiver" is about as close to a standard "rock" tune as STARLESS gets, Wetton's throaty vocals leading the charge. Even on this, one of Crimson's pointiest, nastiest efforts, there's room for a poignant ballad, "The Night Watch," which ranks among the band's best.

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