King Crimson Caricature


King Crimson Caricature, illustrated here in 1974 upon their release of the album Red, with John Wetton age 25, Bill Bruford age 25 and Robert Fripp age 28.

King Crimson are a progressive rock band formed in 1968 in London, England. They exerted a strong influence on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and continue to inspire subsequent generations of artists across multiple genres. Robert Fripp, the sole remaining founding member, has acted as the primary composer and a driving creative force throughout the band’s history.

Founded by Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald and lyricist Peter Sinfield, the band initially focused on a dramatic, doom-laden sound rich with layers of Mellotron strings, flute, and Lake’s distinctively powerful vocals. Their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), remains their most commercially successful and influential release, with a potent mixture of jazz, classical and experimental music.
The debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, was released in October 1969; its opening track “21st Century Schizoid Man” was described as a “proto-metal” song. Who guitarist and composer Pete Townshend called the album “an uncanny masterpiece”.

Red was the seventh studio album by Crimson. It was released on October 6, 1974 through Island Records in the United Kingdom and Atlantic Records in North America and Japan. The album was recorded at Olympic Studios in London in July and August 1974, and produced by the band themselves.
Red is a progressive rock album with a noticeably heavier sound than their previous albums. This was achieved with the performances of just three band members: guitarist Robert Fripp, bassist and vocalist John Wetton and drummer Bill Bruford.

The dense sound of the album was created by use of significant layering, multiple guitar overdubs, and key guest appearances by musicians including founding King Crimson member Ian McDonald, David Cross, classical oboist Robin Miller and English jazz trumpeter Marc Charig.
The album turned out to be their lowest-charting album at that time, spending only one week in the UK Album Chart at No. 45 and the US Billboard 200 at No. 66. However, it was well received among fans and critics. It has received further praise retrospectively, being recognized as one of the band’s best works, and has been re-issued many times.
Fripp abruptly disbanded King Crimson on September 24, 1974, and Red was released two weeks later.

Between 1975 and 1981, King Crimson were completely inactive.

Discipline is the eighth studio album, released on September 22, 1981 with Fripp, Bruford, Adrian Belew and Tony Levin.

Crimson has released 13 studio albums from 1969 through 2003; with plenty of personel changes throughout their 30+ years career.

John Wetton died from cancer on January 31, 2017, age 67.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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