Very Rare Actual 1981 Japanese First Pressing Of Incredible King Crimson LP ~ Vinyl Still In Immaculate Condition! Includes Insert With Lyrics In English & Japanese.
When Robert Fripp declared in 1974 that King Crimson had ‘ceased to exist’ nobody could have foreseen that they would break their silence seven years later with an album that perhaps had more in common with the then current post-punk new wave than the band’s progressive rock past. Released in 1981, ‘Discipline’ was a startling reinvention with a new line-up performing radically different material that managed to delight fans, confound critics and pick up a substantial new audience along the way. 30 years later ‘Discipline’ remains one of the key albums of the early 1980s and one of King Crimson’s most popular. As different from the 1970s King Crimson, as the 1970s line-ups had been from the 1960s band, the new quartet of Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew (ex-Zappa, Bowie, Talking Heads) and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), rapidly established itself as a force on the live circuit. The longer songs of the 1960s & early 1970s & the extended improvisations of the live performances from the earlier touring bands were replaced with a series of short taut songs imbued with a minimalist aesthetic that featured complex interwoven guitar lines, (coined ‘rock gamelan’) Belew’s distinctive vocals, Bruford’s new armoury of electronic percussion & Levin’s fluid bass & Chapman stick lines. Songs written for the album became firm fixtures in the band’s repertoire and the stature and influence of the material has grown over the years. By the end of 1981 Crimson was, once again, viewed as one of rock music’s premier outfits. King Crimson had also achieved a rare feat for a rock group – becoming one of the very few acts to release a classic album in three separate decades. From ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ in 1969, via ‘Red’ in 1974 to ‘Discipline’ in 1981, with differing line-ups & radically different sounds the band’s reputation for innovation & progression (in the best sense of the word) was unassailable.
Adrian Belew: guitar, lead vocal
Robert Fripp: guitar & devices
Tony Levin: stick, bass guitar, support vocal
Bill Bruford: batterie
Condition – Vinyl: NEAR MINT! Sounds superb!
Condition – Cover: VERY GOOD PLUS! Light ring wear, creases.
Japanese vinyl pressings are highly sought after by audiophiles and collectors, due to their premium sound quality and beautifully presented packaging. The sonic quality of Japanese records is regarded as the best in the world. No wonder all the original Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab records were pressed in Japan! The covers are printed on better quality heavy stock paper too. Near Mint condition Japanese pressings are becoming scarcer ~ and therefore more collectable and valuable every year.
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