Red (track) by King Crimson

Red by King Crimson
Year: 1974
From the album Red (track #1)
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88/100 (from 329 votes)
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88/100 (from 329 votes)
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This track is rated in the top 1% of all tracks on BestEverAlbums.com. This track has a Bayesian average rating of 88.2/100, a mean average of 87.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 88.6/100. The standard deviation for this track is 11.9.

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From 08/01/2022 22:58
What a way to kick off an album. Bruford's drumming is disturbingly good. Just love that heavy, nasty riff and the complex time signature changes. As some have mentioned can definitely hear influence in 90s grunge artists here. I'd be especially surprised if Tool weren't influenced by this.
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From 12/08/2021 14:08
Crushingly RED, amazing and doomy.
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From 11/08/2021 12:28
Listening to this, a friend of mine said: "This sounds too much like grunge to me. Couldn't they have come up with a more original sound?"

Then I said, "This is from 1974. 15 years before grunge started to be a thing!"

Yes. The acts from the early nineties with these heavy slow guitar riffs and bass lines know their classics. Having said this, they never matched the ingenuity of King Crimson.
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From 07/08/2021 17:06
Great, heavy song to open this album with a bang. I do find it a little repetitive (this could have sufficed as a 3- or 4-minute track instead of being 6 minutes long), but it does have a really good, gritty vibe to it.
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From 02/07/2018 23:48
The middle bit here is some of the most dark crushing brooding stuff I've heard in a while. The main riff is a bit ehh though.
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From 01/26/2017 04:02
Oasis, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins etc. all owe a debt here.
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From 04/24/2014 19:40
You can imagine how influential this was on the young Kurt Cobain - is this the first example of grunge rock?
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