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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 & pick up a substantial new audience along the way.
30 years later “Discipline” remains one of the key albums of the early 1980s & 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. ‘Matte Kudasai’ for example, has become something of a modern standard recorded by jazz vocalist Kurt Elling last year & performed live recently by K.D. Laing.
The album charted on release in many countries – including the UK & USA - while the touring schedule took the band through Europe, the US & Japan in its first year of activity. 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.
As with other albums in the King Crimson CD/DVD-A series, the stereo CD features a new stereo mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson, while the DVD-A features 5.1 mixes of the album by Steven Wilson, high resolution stereo mixes of the original & new stereo mixes, the original album in rough mix form presented in its first intended running order, video performance footage from The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show & further audio extras & rarities.
- 1.Elephant Talk
- 2.Frame by Frame
- 3.Matte Kudasai
- 5.Thela Hun Ginjeet
- 6.The Sheltering Sky
- 8.A selection of Adrian´s vocal loops
- 9.The Sheltering Sky (Alternate Mix)
- 10.Thela Hun Ginjeet (Alternate Mix)
- 1.Original Album remixed in MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround
- 2.Original Album remixed in DTS 5.1 Digital Surround
- 3.Original album mix (30th anniversary edition)
- 4.2011 stereo album mix and bonus tracks in MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96)
- 5.2011 stereo album mix and bonus tracks in PCm Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
- 6.Album rough mixes in PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/48)
- 7.Elephant Talk (Video)
- 8.Frame by Frame (Video)
- 9.Indiscipline (Video)