King Crimson - Beat 200g Import Vinyl LP
King Crimson Beat 200g Import Vinyl LP
Cut from the 30th anniversary masters series - overseen and approved by Robert Fripp - Beat is the tenth release in the King Crimson vinyl LP reissue series. 200g vinyl LP edition, cut at Loud Mastering by Jason Mitchell.
Beat was released in June 1982 just eight months after the '80s King Crimson lineup debut Discipline. It marked the first occasion where a Crimson line-up had remained intact for a two album stretch and was also the first album by the band to employ a separate producer – Rhett Davies. The juxtaposition of lyrics heavily influenced by '50s beat luminaries Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and the complex polyrhythmic musical textures of the ‘80s Crimson, the strength of the songs and the cohesion of the studio performances, all helped the album chart upon release in the U.S. and the U.K.
Songs like "Waiting Man," "Neal and Jack and Me" and "Heartbeat" became firm fan favorites ("Heartbeat," in particular, was an FM radio regular in the U.S. and even merited a promo film shot for the then-emerging music TV market). As ever, King Crimson was pushing forward, looking for new methods to communicate internally as a band and externally with an audience. It was, perhaps, the nearest King Crimson ever came to the rock music ‘mainstream'.
King Crimson Beat Track Listing:
1. Neal and Jack and Me
3. Sartori in Tangier
4. Waiting Man
6. Two Hands
7. The Howler
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