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Cirkus: Young Persons Guide to
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Album: Cirkus: Young Persons Guide to
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dinosaur
2)    Thela Hun Ginjeet
3)    Red
4)    B'Boom
5)    Thrak
6)    1 II 2
7)    Neurotica
8)    Indiscipline
9)    Vrooom Vrooom
10)    Coda: Marine 475
11)    Deception of the Thrush
12)    Heavy Construkction
13)    Three of a Perfect Pair
14)    Sleepless
15)    Elephant Talk
1)    21st Century Schizoid Man
2)    Ladies of the Road
3)    Man a City, A
4)    In the Court of the Crimson King
5)    Fracture
6)    Easy Money
7)    Improv: Besancon
8)    Talking Drum, The
9)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
10)    Starless
 
Album: Cirkus: Young Persons Guide to
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dinosaur
2)    Thela Hun Ginjeet
3)    Red
4)    B'Boom
5)    Thrak
6)    1 II 2
7)    Neurotica
8)    Indiscipline
9)    Vrooom Vrooom
10)    Coda: Marine 475
11)    Deception of the Thrush
12)    Heavy Construkction
13)    Three of a Perfect Pair
14)    Sleepless
15)    Elephant Talk
1)    21st Century Schizoid Man
2)    Ladies of the Road
3)    Man a City, A
4)    In the Court of the Crimson King
5)    Fracture
6)    Easy Money
7)    Improv: Besancon
8)    Talking Drum, The
9)    Larks' Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
10)    Starless
 
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Performer Notes
  • This set features an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • King Crimson includes: Adrian Belew (vocals, guitar); Ian McDonald (vocals, flute, saxophone, Mellotron); Tony Levin (vocals, bass, Chapman stick); Greg Lake, Boz Burrell, Gordon Haskell, John Wetton (vocals, bass); Michael Giles (vocals, drums, percussion); Jon Anderson (vocals); Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron); Trey Gunn (guitar, stick); David Cross (violin, Mellotron); Mel Collins (flute, saxophone); Robin Miller (oboe); Mark Charig (cornet); Nick Evans (trombone); Keith Tippet (piano); Peter Giles (bass); Bill Bruford, Pat Mastalato (acoustic & electronic drums, percussion); Andy McCulloch, Ian Wallace (drums); Jamie Muir (percussion); Peter Sinfield.
  • Compilation producers: Robert Fripp, David Singleton.
  • Recorded live between 1969 and 1998.
  • Digitally remastered by Robert Fripp and David Singleton.
  • As the name of this live double-disc anthology implies, the nearly two-and-a-half hours of content offer the uninformed [read: young person] an opportunity to sample audio swatches from the various personnel and frakctalizations of King Crimson over a span of nearly three decades (1969 -- 1998). Rather than a strict chronology, the material is presented with an ear toward diversity and contrast. Both being qualities that the mighty Krim possessed in spades -- some might even claim, to a fault. Volume one -- which is creatively nicknamed "Neon Heat Disease" -- spans 1984 through 1998 including the Projekct One and Projekct Two frakctals. These were effectively side-groups involving participants of the double-trio '90s edition of King Crimson. A different facet of that particular lineup is explored within each "projekct" or frakctal. From Adrian Belew (guitar/vocals) comes the clever and often self-analytical wordplay of "Dinosaur," "Indiscipline," and "Three of a Perfect Pair." The rapid response of the full ensemble can be heard on the instrumentals "Red," "B'Boom," and the potent pairing of "Vrooom Vrooom" and "Coda: Marine 475." Projekct One -- consisting of Robert Fripp (guitar), Trey Gunn (touch guitar), Tony Levin (bass/Chapman stick/synthesizer), and Bill Bruford (drums/percussion) -- is the source for the languid and experimental improvisation "1 ii 2," while the trio of Belew (V Drums), Fripp (guitar), and Gunn (touch guitar/talker) unveil the promising works-in-progress "Deception of the Thrush" and "Heavy Construkction." Volume Two -- aka "Fractured" -- reaches further into Crimson's past. All the way back, in fact, as the 1969 debut incarnation erupt into "A Man a City" -- which for a brief time was the working name for "Pictures of a City" -- and the epic "In the Court of the Crimson King" with Fripp (guitar), Ian McDonald (flute/sax/Mellotron/vocals), Greg Lake (bass/vocals), Michael Giles (drums/percussion/vocals), and Peter Sinfield (words/illuminations). Then onto 1972 as mainstay Fripp (guitar/Mellotron) is flanked by Boz Burrell (bass/vocals), Mel Collins (sax/flute), and Ian Wallace (drums) for incendiary readings of "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Ladies of the Road." By the mid-'70s, the configuration had once again shifted as Fripp (guitar/Mellotron) is joined by John Wetton (bass/vocals), David Cross (violin/Mellotron), and Bill Bruford (drums/percussion). They supply a hefty portion of Volume Two with uniformly consummate installments of "Fracture," "Easy Money," "Improv: Besancon," "The Talking Drum," and "Starless." Yet, before the latter concludes the proceedings -- and as if to provide an ideal symmetry to the beginning of the compilation -- listeners are whisked back to the future as the mid-'90s band presents a barn burning "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2." The packaging is quite nice with appropriate big top themed cover art courtesy of P.J. Crook, the accompanying liner booklet contains page after page of reproduced memorabilia, band photos, and a breakdown of the respective manifestations of King Crimson, while the gatefold outer jacket details all the discographical information concerning the musical contents. ~ Lindsay Planer
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (9/99, p.103) - 3 out of 5 - "...CIRKUS is incredibly vibrant....it's hard to discount the sheer aural firepower and energy....definitely a 'fans only' proposition..."

The Wire (7/99, p.57) - "...KC saw live performance as an opportunity to heavily rework existing material, or to explore non-idiomatic free improvisation....[CIRKUS] adequately reflects its various incarnations..."c
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