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King Crimson - The Compact King Crimson album

King Crimson - The Compact King Crimson album
  • Performer King Crimson
  • Title The Compact King Crimson
  • Date of release 1986
  • Country UK
  • Style Prog Rock, Classic Rock
  • Other formats TTA AHX WAV DTS ASF MPC MP3
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1942 mb
  • Size FLAC 1217 mb
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The Compact King Crimson is a compilation of songs by the British progressive rock band King Crimson, selected by Robert Fripp from the two different eras of the band. The cover art features the Fergus Hall painting Il Divino. Paintings by Hall emblazoned the previous King Crimson compilation, A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson. Robert Fripp – guitars, devices (all tracks).

A strange attempt at a single-disc overview of the group, offering a compilation of the three Adrian Belew-fronted Crimson albums Discipline, Beat, and Three of a Perfect Pair. The classic tracks "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In the Court of the Crimson King" are tacked on because, hell, CDs were the new thing at the time and could fragrantly pass over the 45 minute mark of vinyl. It would take the release of 1993's The Concise King Crimson for Caroline records (not EG) to finally offer a more balanced look at this ever-changing group.

The Compact King Crimson - Студийный альбом от King Crimson. В альбом вошло 17 треков. Продолжительность альбома: 01:45:01. King Crimson - Medley. King Crimson cover - Heartbeat (Adrian Belew's part). King Crimson - Sleepless (Official Video) from album ''Three of a Perfect Pair'' (1984). King Crimson - Neal And Jack And Me (live).

Compilation originally released in . in 1986 through JEM Records.

The Compact King Crimson is a music boxset/compilation recording by KING CRIMSON (Eclectic Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 1986 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. In the absence at the time of "In the Court of the Crimson king", which had yet to be released on CD, I bought this album because it contains no less than four of the five tracks on that album. The only one missing is "Moonchild", which to me was no great loss.

Tracks 9-12: King Crimson's 1969 debut album is presented almost in its entirety, except for the improv "Moonchild". The Compact King Crimson is a pretty good compilation, ideal to introduce someone to two of the best formations of King Crimson. It isn't perfect because it doesn't contain a single track from their 1970-74 albums.

In addition to The Compact King Crimson, there exists another single-CD collection, The Concise King Crimson, which may be preferable to some.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Discipline 5:01
A2 Thela Hun Ginjeet 6:27
A3 Matte Kudasai 3:48
A4 Three Of A Perfect Pair
Synthesizer – Tony Levin
A5 Frame By Frame 5:08
A6 Sleepless 5:24
A7 Heartbeat 3:56
A8 Elephant Talk 4:36
B1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including "Mirrors")
Reeds – Ian McDonaldWritten-By – Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
B2 I Talk To The Wind
Flute, Woodwind, Keyboards, Vocals – Ian McDonaldWritten-By – McDonald*, Sinfield*
B3 Epitaph (Including "March For No Reason" And "Tomorrow And Tomorrow")
Woodwind, Keyboards, Mellotron, Written-By – Ian McDonaldWritten-By – Lake*, McDonald*, Giles*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
B4 Red
Bass Guitar – John WettonDrums [Acoustic] – Bill BrufordWritten-By – Fripp*
B5 Cat Food
Bass Guitar – Peter GilesPiano – Keith TippettWritten-By – McDonald*, Sinfield*, Fripp*
B6 The Court Of The Crimson King (Including "The Return Of The Fire Witch" And "The Dance Of The Puppets")
Flute, Keyboards, Mellotron, Vocals – Ian McDonaldVocals – Michael GilesWritten-By – McDonald*, Sinfield*

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – E.G. Records Ltd.
  • Published By – E.G. Music, Inc.
  • Marketed By – Jem Records, Inc.


  • Artwork [Cover Painting 'il Divino'] – Fergus Hall
  • Backing Vocals – Tony Levin (tracks: 2 to 7)
  • Bass Guitar – Tony Levin (tracks: 2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Greg Lake (tracks: 9 to 14)
  • Chapman Stick – Tony Levin (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 8)
  • Drums – Michael Giles (tracks: 9 to 11, 13, 14)
  • Drums, Electronic Drums – Bill Bruford (tracks: 1 to 8)
  • Guitar – Adrian Belew (tracks: 1 to 8)
  • Guitar, Compiled By – Robert Fripp
  • Lead Vocals – Adrian Belew (tracks: 2 to 8)
  • Lyrics By – Peter Sinfield (tracks: 9 to 11, 13, 14)
  • Producer – King Crimson, Rhett Davies (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8)
  • Written-By – King Crimson (tracks: 1 to 8)


Clear cassette body with white text.

All titles published by EG Music Inc./BMI 1969-1984
Original Sound recordings ℗1969-1984 EG Records Ltd.
This compilation ℗1986 EG Records Ltd.

"The definitive edition" written above barcode on back flap of j-card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Barcode: 0 1704-61509-4 1

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
EGCD 68, 0777 7 86785 2 6 King Crimson The Compact King Crimson ‎(CD, Comp) EG, EG EGCD 68, 0777 7 86785 2 6 UK 1986
530 681 King Crimson The Compact King Crimson ‎(2xLP, Comp) EG 530 681 France 1986
EGLP 68 King Crimson The Compact King Crimson ‎(2xLP, Comp, Gat) EG EGLP 68 Canada 1986
EGLPD 68 King Crimson The Compact King Crimson ‎(2xLP, Comp) EG EGLPD 68 Italy 1986
45VD-1067 King Crimson The Compact King Crimson ‎(CD, Comp) EG 45VD-1067 Japan 1987