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King Crimson - Red



9 | 329 votes |
Release date: November 1974
Style: Progressive rock

Owners:

298 have it
45 want it


01. Red
02. Fallen Angel
03. One More Red Nightmare
04. Providence
05. Starless
06. Red [trio version] [40th Anniversary Series bonus]
07. Fallen Angel [trio version] [40th Anniversary Series bonus]
08. Providence [live] [40th Anniversary Series bonus]

[40th Anniversary Series DVD-A]
01. Red
02. Fallen Angel
03. One More Red Nightmare
04. Providence
05. Starless
06. Red [trio version]
07. Fallen Angel [trio version]
08. Providence [live]
09. A Voyage To The Centre Of The Cosmos

+ Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II [video]
+ Lament [video]
+ The Night Watch [video]
+ Starless [video]

Top 20 albums of 1974: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 39

Staff review by
Netzach
Rating:
10
King Crimson had a mightily prolific career during their first five years, but on Red is where the magic really happened. Yes, this is the apex of King Crimson’s career and, by induction, the pinnacle of progressive metal. Let’s dive into one of the most excellent, unfuckwithable, timeless, and influential metal albums of all time.

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published 25.12.2021 | Comments (5)

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30.01.2012 - 16:19
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

Well this album is certainly not to be missed, especially if you're a big collector of Progressive Rock. The darkness of songs such as the title track and 'One more red nightmare' show that King Crimson are a band in touch with their negative side, as well as the positive. All in all, a fantastic album, and probably their second best.
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24.09.2014 - 01:10
Rating: 10
_deepblack

These guys are like basics of progressive metal the father of the genre progressive metal in first albums they are more progressive rock but they have a progressive metal theme in this album for me these guys are just incredibly and amazing musicians and one the best musics that i ever heard in my life
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07.10.2015 - 19:57
Rating: 10
Netzach
Planewalker
This is one of the best albums of all time and "Starless" is probably my favorite song ever. No wonder they disbanded for a while after this, it could never be topped.
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01.10.2016 - 00:17
Rating: 9
Jope Steele
Steelmeister
Good songs here
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A Call for New 'Revolutionaries' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8HwtRAvalo
A Call for Parallel Institutions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=]Vw3tUXdLu2Y
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08.07.2017 - 14:03
Rating: 10
The Polemarch

This album is mandatory for every prog fan. Listen this album to understand that today's bands have worked over solid foundations. Opeth could not be Opeth without these guys.
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25.01.2018 - 18:10
Rating: 10
ShehabSameh

Starless is so fucking gooood
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16.03.2018 - 22:53
Rating: 9
Archie 666

What a great album this is
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21.03.2018 - 00:03
Rating: 7
Redel

Ooops, just slipped into the Top 200, directly at rank 23
I have to admit, I dont quite see why.
While it might have been influential and certainly is not a bad album, I dont find much here either.
Title track, Fallen angel, Starless are nice songs.
But a 9.02 overall, I dont know.
Maybe we will see the usual haircut following a top-200 entry soon (but maybe not).
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31.10.2019 - 11:57
Rating: 8
musclassia

I'm not as keen on the middle three tracks, but Red and Starless are excellent.
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16.11.2020 - 06:30
Rating: 10
Lord Slothrop

There are times I like Red better than ITCOTCK, but it goes back and forth.
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27.11.2020 - 13:33
Rating: 10
BetulaObscura

Written by Netzach on 07.10.2015 at 19:57

This is one of the best albums of all time and "Starless" is probably my favorite song ever. No wonder they disbanded for a while after this, it could never be topped.

I agree!
When band reach the top and want to continue the journey there is only two ways: go back or go downhill.
This is my favourite King Crimson album and one of the best rock album ever recorded. It has strongly inspired many modern bands like Tool (for example).
A milestone.
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"The streets were dark with something more than night" - Raymond Chandler
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27.06.2021 - 12:40
Rating: 10
WizardSlayer99

Jazzy and emotional.
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16.04.2022 - 07:06
Rating: 10
Jack_Torrance

Imagine listening to this in 1974, nothing at that time sounded as dark and evil, not even black sabbath.
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30.05.2022 - 12:08
Rating: 9
nonZero

Took me a while and quite a few listens to fully appreciate this album, but I can see why people have high praise for it. 'Red' is mesmerising and 'Starless' is a fantastic mixture of vulnerability and tension.

The whole album is dark and somewhat menacing, which makes for an initially challenging listen, but a rewarding one over time.

9.0/10 for me
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20.06.2022 - 19:57
Rating: 9
Nate612

RIP John Wetton
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21.06.2022 - 12:13
heavyriffs
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This is one of the best albums ever. A real progressive
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