A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
No doubt one can find original British copies of the albums from which these songs are taken that sound better, but they tend to be quite expensive and extremely hard to find in clean condition. This gets you most of the more important King Crimson material in one handy 2 LP album.
The Polydor reissues we’ve played were passable at best, and the Editions EG recut is a complete disaster. I’m sure the cassette produced back in the day had better fidelity.
Subtitled “A Personal Collection compiled by Robert Fripp for EG Records.”
This album contains the rare pre-Crimson Robert Fripp demo of I Talk To The Wind, recorded with a female lead vocalist [which can be found at the end of side one].
Cadence and Cascade
Ladies of the Road
I Talk to the Wind (Demo)
The Night Watch
Book of Saturdays
Peace – A Theme
Cat Food (Single version)
Coda From Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part One)
In the Court of the Crimson King
Originally released in 1976 following the band’s apparently irrevocable split of the year before, this Robert Fripp-compiled double album rounded up an excellent, if somewhat idiosyncratic, survey of the group’s seven years together, its contents ranging from the unimpeachable classics to unimaginable rarities… A vast booklet of facts and figures, again compiled by Fripp and drawing from his own squirrel-like horde of King Crimson memorabilia, rounded off the package. It’s a sign of just how well conceived this collection was that, no matter how many more so-called “best-ofs” the band has endured, A Young Person’s Guide remains the definitive study of the original King Crimson.