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King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black (1974)

This record is one of the few responsible for my enduring love for music. When I heard it for the first time, I was amazed this was even possible in music (I was about 14 years at that time). Especially the title track and Fracture are complex but so adventurous, and agressive. Trio, on side one of the record, is also a very beautiful piece of music: a very romantic improvisation by four musicians. From what I understand is that Bill Bruford decided not play, probably because he felt he couldn’t contribute something substantial to the improvisation. Still, he is rightfully so credited for it along with the other that did play along. The Nightwatch is yet another beautiful piece of work.

Robert FrippĀ  as always developed some intricate guitar parts and contributes some raw lines. John Wettons is responsible for Fender bass (using a plectrum) and vocals, which I like a lot. David Cross plays the violin, a contribution characterizing KC in that particular period. Bill Bruford has learned a lot from Jamie Miur (member at the time of Larks’ Tongues in Aspic) playing a lot of (tuned) percussion, as well as the drums.

It was years later that I found out – because KC didn’t mention it anywhere in the liner notes – the record was recorded at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Netherlands. Later, in 1997, the entire concert was released on the cd Nightwatch.