Red (studio album) by King Crimson

Red by King Crimson
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 144th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,052 votes)
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Award Best album of 1974 (1st)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (36th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (144th)
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Red is ranked 2nd best out of 88 albums by King Crimson on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by King Crimson is In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) which is ranked number 25 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 31,691.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 85.6/100, a mean average of 84.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 85.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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85/100
From 03/27/2023 00:01
A strong progressive rock record from King Crimson that might not be their best work but it is definitely up there. There are 5 songs in total with 1 being great, 3 of them being outstanding and 1 being mediocre. The weak track is Providence with its unnecessary exaggerations of prog music that have not aged well at all . It is quite a long song as well and so it really drags this record down. Despite this, everything else is consistently great or better. The bookends are where the album peaks for me with a sensational opener that has some stunning instrumentation across the whole song. Then there is the closer which is one of the greatest songs the group have ever released and it always makes the album worth listening to as it just leaves you feeling fulfilled. The performances across all the 4 good songs are brilliant with Robert Fripp being a standout for me. Overall, this is an elite prog album which could be so much better if that one song was cut but even with it included it still deserves a lot of praise for it high quality.
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65/100
From 03/16/2023 14:24
I'v never been a dedicated fan of King Crimson, but I've really tried, I have their seven first records. This one I think is one of the better ones, very good compositions and melodies. Starless is the band at their best.
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From 01/07/2023 21:50
Nearly perfect album.
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From 08/19/2022 05:15
Likely their strongest album outside of the near perfect debut. Starless is just a stunning track!
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From 03/31/2022 13:40
I had high expectations for that record and tehy are mostly flufilled. Red is a kickass starter to the album of the same title and then Fallen Angel is even better, actually it's one of their best songs, One More Red Nightmare is great but a little too long and then the lowest point of the record which is Providence - this is experimental nonsense that could be twice shorter, but the ending track Starless is making this album 10 times better, such a beautiful piece of music. Overall their second best after In The Court Of The Crimson King.
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From 01/25/2022 15:49
King Crimson went out with a bang. After this, Fripp, Wetton and Bruford went their separate ways. What a way to end an era.
KC isn't only responsible for helping prog rock to emerge. They also put the final nail in the coffin with Starless. Fripp's one-note solo on this amazing piece of music is quintessential anti prog.

This album isn't perfect. But the highlight are so high.
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From 07/08/2021 18:05
Very strong progressive rock album from King Crimson. Features the career highlight Starless and some other great tracks, like Fallen Angel and One More Red Nightmare. It's not the most accessible prog album (nor is it King Crimson's best, see ITCOTCK), but it's a really good one once you absorb the sound it's going for. Bill Bruford on drums and John Wetton on base really shine in this lean King Crimson lineup, all behind the genius of guitarist Robert Fripp of course. Must-listen for prog fans, recommended for all.
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From 05/31/2021 00:58
The execution on the last track could've been a bit better than it is, mostly the guitars, but what an amazing record.
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From 05/02/2021 23:53
The most influential album from the band.
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From 04/26/2021 03:40
This album has 3 songs I consider to be masterpieces. They are: Red, Fallen Angel, and of course, Starless.
Starless is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard, and it works as the perfect finale.
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Best Albums of 1974
1. Red by King Crimson
2. On The Beach by Neil Young
3. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
4. Crime Of The Century by Supertramp
5. Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt
6. Court And Spark by Joni Mitchell
7. Sheer Heart Attack by Queen
8. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
9. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
10. A Tábua De Esmeralda by Jorge Ben
11. Queen II by Queen
12. Mirage by Camel
13. Radio City by Big Star
14. Autobahn by Kraftwerk
15. Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
16. Kimono My House by Sparks
17. Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Brian Eno
18. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard & Linda Thompson
19. No Other by Gene Clark
20. Country Life by Roxy Music
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