A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson

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Originally released: 1976


  • Various



Collection album with scrapbook. All tracks previously released except "I Talk to the Wind" recorded "in the front room at 93a Brondesbury Rd., London NW6, July 1968 on a 2nd hand Revox manipulated by Peter Giles".

  • 8'52 Epitaph
  • 3'36 Cadence and Cascade
  • 5'27 Ladies of the Road
  • 3'15 I Talk to the Wind
  • 6'18 Red
  • 12'17 Starless
  • 4'38 The Night Watch
  • 2'52 Book of Saturdays
  • 1'14 Peace - A Theme
  • 2'43 Cat Food
  • 3'30 Groon
  • 2'09 Coda from Larks' Tongues in Aspic pt. 1
  • 2'24 Moonchild
  • 5'36 Trio
  • 9'21 In the Court of the Crimson King


Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 10-Apr-98
By: Brandon George (bgeorge at uci dot edu)

"A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson is a very good compilation, containing a wide variety of tracks from 1968-1974. One will notice that it was compiled by Fripp himself in 1976 and, yes, both Schizoid Man and any representation of the Lizard album are missing, at least sonically. The inclusion of a rare and rough (although sprightly) Giles Dyble Giles Fripp version of I Talk to the Wind from 1968 AND the accompanying scrap-booklet, however, are the best features of this release. They alone are worth the hiked up price at most used record stores. The insert contains a list of every gig KC performed from 1969-1974 with the omission of the surprise Wolverhampton gig of 1971, and a ton of pictures, many of which haven't seen the light of day anywhere else since then. There are rare photographs of the 69 incarnation on stage and in transit during tours, some capturing the brief 1970 incarnation with Haskell, Tippett and McCulloch, many from the 71-72 line-up at Hyde Park, and some really neat pictures of Jamie Muir and his battery of instruments on stage with the band dressed in his animal skins circa late 1972. Plus, the album cover is really spacy!"

Date Submitted: 24-Aug-99
By: (billrn at ibm dot net)

"This album is not bad for its time--obviously, in the age of vinyl, you only had 60 minutes to shoot your shot, and so fripp had to cut a lot of good stuff (still, where the hell is 21st Century Schizoid Man--Would the Beatles slice "I wanna hold your hand?")

"But the whole thing is worth it for the version of "I talk to the wind" that's here Recorded in the age of the English Folk Movement, you get the idea that the first crimson was listening to Fairport Convention and Nick Drake--Underrated Gods of the Rock Temple. It is amazing that Crimson could sound like a placid english folk band, a direction they could have peppered their albums with had they not done themselves in after the '69 tour. Brillant--Crimson could have explored any direction they wanted to and made it transcendant..

"If you can grab it, run right home and see what I mean."

Date Submitted: 11-Jan-00
By: Adrian Bell (ba024 at greenwich dot ac dot uk)

"When I bought this in 1984, the scrapbook held me transfixed for months. Captivating stuff..."

Date Submitted: 14-Jan-00
By: Mike Kamyk (mkamyk at stocks dot co dot za)

"The best KC compilation of all the time. The best artwork not matched till today and one can see that recently you are trying really hard. The missing 21st CSM should be in everybody discography anyway. The 25th aniversary comes soon ,so it is about the time for 24bit remastered version to be released especially if it can fit 1CD format now."

Date Submitted: 23-Sep-00
By: Hernan Pablo Giacumbo (hgiacumbo at hotmail dot com)

"I keep excelent feelings for this record because it was the one that opened King Crimson's world to me several years ago. Having being a fan of Progressive Rock in general I never heard a single note of KC until I found this record in a store. The artwork captured me immediately and I bought it. That was probably one of the most important moments of my life. I couldn't believe my ears. I added KC to my list of favourites since then (together with Genesis, Jethro Tull, ELP, Queen, Supertramp, Yes, etc., etc., etc.).

"I love best 70's KC than 80's on. And this compilation is based entirely in KC 70's work. SUPERB (even though due to time constraints a lot of excellent songs were missing like In the Wake of Poseidon, Cirkus, Easy Money, Fracture, Exiles, Lament, Fallen Angel, Lizard, etc., etc.)"

Date Submitted: 7-May-01
By: Jason Lake (jasonlake2000 at hotmail dot com)

"I found this album in a used record store in Ottawa in 1987. I had heard the name "King Crimson" once or twice. Probably in reference to Adrian Belew, who was on my radar screen at the time thanks to the occasional appearance of The Bears' single "Aches and Pains" on my favourite radio station. I saw on the inside cover names I recognized: Bill Bruford and Greg Lake. I had a copy of "Yessongs" and the Emerson, Lake and Powell album, so I was familiar to some extent with them.

"I gave it a shot.

"Now, if you're reading this, you're almost certinaly already a fan, so I don't have to bother telling you how good the 1969-74 stuff is. The goodies on this album that stand out: the scrapbook, of course. The version of "I Talk to the Wind" with Judy Dyble on lead vocal. And "Groon," the B-side to Cat Food. The cover art, as you can see on the site, is fantastic.

"It was definitely worth my $2.99. :-)"

Date Submitted: 30-May-01
By: John Taylor (jtriskellion at yahoo dot com)

"The musical choices here are excellent. As is said elsewhere, 21stCSM should be in your collection already anyway.

"But I cherish this vinyl double compilation because of the extras -- the beautiful sleeve contains two absolutely gorgeous, surreal masterpieces. The album cover was printed on heavy cover stock and still glows brightly, over twenty years after I bought it. The other extra, the scrapbook, is so chock-full of info that you'll ruin your eyes (happily) reading all the interesting details.

"But, really, I have no wish to buy a CD "anniversary" edition of this masterful guide. I don't think these kinds of curios translate to CD. CD's are just not as visually impactful. The music could no doubt benefit from the 24bit process, maybe, but the packaging is so special on the vinyl.

"I'll never let go of my vinyl copy."

Date Submitted: 26-Jun-01
By: Guy Rawlinson (guy_rawlinson at email dot msn dot com)

"I bought a Young Person's Guide to King Crimson, when, sad as it is to admit it, I was a 'Young Person'!

"I enjoyed it then, but drifted away from King Crimson for a few years........Upon my return to listening to them I realised the enormity of what I had done. To my horror I found that I could not get a copy on CD.......why not, we all ask?

"So I resolved to search the second hand record stores to repair my earlier errors.

"For over a year I searched stores, web sites etc. to no avail, until today!! I visited Brighton for a business meeting and had a few minutes to spare. I visited Wax Factor in Trafalgar Street and there in mint condition was the object of my interest........

"Was it worth the effort and patience.......I think you know the answer to that one.....Peace at last!

"A revived and relieved King Crimson fan."

Date Submitted: 30-Sep-01
By: Victor (coparush at earthlink dot net)

"In retrospect a brilliant compalation of one of music's most storied band. The booklet is one for the ages and the pictures depict a history that one could only imagine. A true work of ART!"

Date Submitted: 7-Dec-02
By: Christine Rhodes-Fiocchi (rhodesfiocchi at earthlink dot net)

"By Johnny- I saw a copy of The Young Person's Guide on disc back in 1989 at Third Street Jazz and Rock Records in Philadelphia P.A. It was a japanese import. I was broke at the time. Then in 1994 I saw the disc again at Tunes record shop in Marlton,N.J. This was a used copy for twenty bucks. I passed on it again for the same reason. Errrrrrrrr! I can't stand myself!"

Date Submitted: 22-Nov-03
By: Brian Davies (davies at brian36 dot freeserve dot co dot uk)

"Without doubt this is the best KC compilation album - "I talk to the wind" is fantastic considering the available technology in 1968!

"Why has this not been released on CD? It needs to be NOW. This was my initiation album to the group - somebody put some pressure on this being remastered."