Date: 13 Mar 95 05:46:50 EST
From: Robert Fripp
Subject: KC biog
King Crimson 1995
King Crimson lives in different bodies at different times, and the
particular form which the group takes changes. When music appears which
only King Crimson can play then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to
play the music.
The present incarnation, the Double Trio, is the fifth live ensemble since
the group's birthday on January 13th. 1969 in the basement of the Fulham
Palace Cafe, London. The conception of the present personnel was January
7th. 1994, and their birthday April 18th. 1994, both in Woodstock, New
Robert Fripp Adrian Belew
Guitar Guitar & voice
Trey Gunn Tony Levin
Stick Basses and Stick
Pat Mastelloto Bill Bruford
Acoustic and Electronic Percussions
This King Crimson has been a long time in preparation and formation. Music
bearing an unmistakable Crimson accent has been flying by my ear since 1986
/ 87. At that time I was asked to write the music for the planned film of
William Gibson's "Neuromancer" and some of the music, at least, was
distinctly Crimsoid. The film fell through before any of the ideas for the
group or music developed but it was clear there was music in the air
waiting for King Crimson to give it voice.
I took the personal decision to put King Crimson back into action during
the second half of 1990 but without a clear idea of how that might be. When
Adrian Belew visited me in England during the Summer of 1991, expressing
his commitment to the next stage of Crimsonising, the shape became more
defined and the intent clear. Tony Levin had also expressed his commitment
to the next stage of Crimson with the dry T.Lev aside that "I figure a a
three year break is fine, but seven years a bit TOO long". And that was
four years ago.
The picture of a Double Trio formation appeared in a flash while I was
driving past our village church towards Salisbury one afternoon in the
Autumn of 1992. The double trio was not what I intended, expected, nor
wanted but I trusted (and trust) this point of seeing sufficiently to act
upon it. Sometimes it takes time for ideas to come into effect with the
risk that the available moment for good ideas may be lost.
The primary reason for the delay between 1991 and 1994 is the dispute and
litigation between myself and Messrs. SG Alder and MA Fenwick, the
principals of EG Management and formally EG Records and EG Music, who had
represented King Crimson and myself since 1969. The principals' financial
problems as Lloyd's Names and the collapse of their property company (which
went into voluntary liquidation in August 1992) were reflected by their
failure to pay outstanding royalties to artists on January 1st. 1991.
Secondary reasons for delay were Tony Levin's commitment to Peter Gabriel,
mine to David Sylvian, Adrian Belew's solo career and responsibilities as a
producer, and Bill Bruford's involvement with Yes and his continuing
management by EG (until April 18th. 1995). These all contributed to
delaying the return of Crimson to active duty.
The recording of VROOOM (May 1994) was set as a challenge, with the aim of
pulling together six busy musicians to write and rehearse a new and
available repertoire. The mini-album is the product of two weeks'
rehearsals, three weeks' work overall and is, in effect, the recording of
our first rehearsals together. VROOOM was released independently in
November 1994 on DGM through Possible Productions in North America,
Pinnacle in the UK, Rough Trade in Germany and Benelux, COD Tuxedo in
Switzerland, France and Scandinavia, Virgin in Italy and Spain, Pony Canyon
in Japan and the Far East.
King Crimson rehearsed for a further two weeks (July 26 - August 6) and
flew to Argentina on September 22nd. for one week of rehearsals and two
weeks of live work, to play-in both the band and new material. The Double
Trio presented King Crimson's formal return to active duty on Saturday
1st. October, 1994 at the Prix d'Ami disco, Buenos Aires. The dress
rehearsal the evening before was a poorly kept secret: I suggested to the
promoter that he invite his friends to come and listen.
The first full studio album since 1984 - THRAK - was recorded at Peter
Gabriel's Real World Studios between October 24th. - November 19th., and
November 28th. - December 4th. 1994. Virgin release it in April 1995
throughout Europe and North America.
A world concert tour begins in Europe at the beginning of May 1995 and
continues throughout the rest of the year.
King Crimson - THRAK
56'39" of songs about love, dying, redemption and mature guys that get
Recorded and mixed in six weeks at Real World Recording Studios, Box, UK,
September 24th. - November 19th., November 28th. - December 4th. 1994.
Release April 1995 on DGM through Virgin in North America and Europe, Pony
Canyon in Japan and the Far East.
VROOOM An inevitable and remorseless forward movement which carries
everything before it.
1. The same, but here it comes again.
2. A King Crimson instrumental (1994) with a middle section
originally written, but not used, for "Red" (1974).
1. A sudden and precisely directed impact moving from intention and
commitment, in service of an aim.
2. The sound of 117 guitars almost striking the same chord
Marine 475 (Coda to VROOOM)
1. An example of remorseless and unforgiving inevitability where
one is called to honour one's liability without limitation.
2. A Lloyd's insurance syndicate which suffered catastrophic losses
for 1989, 1990 and 1991 resulting from Hurricane Hugo, Exxon Valdez and
Phillips Petroleum. Several Names involved were from the music industry -
even honest, God-fearing family men and good guys that you could trust, who
had nothing to hide and who were renowned for their probity and sound
1. "The man with an aim". From an Anglicised form of the Arabic
phrase "B'il Sabab" ("Beelzebub").
2. Term coined by Peter Sinfield in 1969.
"Frame By Frame", a 4 x CD Box Set released on DGM through Virgin in
November 1991 includes a Scrapbook with detailed information and commentary
on Crimson 1969-84.
"The Great Deceiver" (December 1992) is also a 4 x CD set of live
recordings from 1973/4 in Europe and America. This also includes a
"Robert Fripp: From King Crimson To Guitar Craft" (Faber) is a book which I
asked Eric not to write. It has one very good chapter (on the Guitar Craft
course which Eric attended) and several chapters on King Crimson.
Other Discipline Global Mobile releases:
King Crimson - VROOOM (1994)
Trey Gunn - One Thousand Years (1994)
The Robert Fripp String Quintet - The Bridge Between (1994)
The California Guitar Trio - Yamanashi Blues (1994)
The California Guitar Trio - Invitation (1995)
Robert Fripp - 1999: Soundscapes Live In Argentina (1995)
Adrian Belew - The Acoustic Adrian Belew (Japan & Europe 1995)
King Crimson Official Bootleg - Indiscipline: Live In Argentina (1995)
Robert Fripp - 1995: Soundscapes Live In California (1995)
Volume One: Radiophonics
Volume Two: A Blessing Of Tears:
Volume Three: Soundbites
Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists - Intergalactic Boogie
Express: Live In Europe (1995)
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