Schizoid Man

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Originally released: 1996


Tracks 1-3

  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Ian McDonald (sax)
  • Greg Lake (bass guitar & vocals)
  • Michael Giles (drums)
  • Peter Sinfield (words and illumination)

Track 4

  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Mel Collins (sax)
  • Boz Burrell (bass guitar & vocals)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)

Track 5

  • David Cross (violin)
  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • John Wetton (bass guitar & vocals)
  • Bill Bruford (drums)



Composed by Fripp, Sinfield, McDonald, Lake, Giles

  • 4'44 21st Century Schizoid Man (edit)
  • 6'53 21st Century Schizoid Man (original version)
  • 7'25 21st Century Schizoid Man (recorded live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, 15 December 1969)
  • 11'28 21st Century Schizoid Man (recorded live at Wilmington, Delaware, 11 February 1972)
  • 8'19 21st Century Schizoid Man (recorded live at Asbury Park, NJ, 28 June 1974)


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

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 29-Jul-96
By: (wruv at moose dot uvm dot edu)

"The 7" edited version is not necessary for any but the rabid completist, it's just the LP (showing my age here) version less the "chaos" coda. The Fillmore track is a real find! I've never heard this booted or otherwise...reason enough to buy the EP. The "Earthbound" version is an sonic improvement over the truly wretched sounding original, though not a favorite performance. The return of "USA" (now USA II) is the best Crimso news in a long time, and this version is a welcome taste. Still, 40 minutes of TFCSM may be a bit much for some and the import price tag ($9.97 at my local store) may seem steep especially if one already owns "Court..." and plans to purchase the '69 and USA issues upon release thus making the EP redundant except for the "Earthbound" track."

Date Submitted: 31-Jul-96
By: Alessandro Staiti (Alessandro_Staiti at mix dot it)

"Schizoid Man is the most intense compilation I've ever listen to. It is essential, luminous, vital. You can listen to the very heart of King Crimson, the spirit of the band through all the various incarnations. Schizoid Man is a piece of music which is eternal. Who could guess it was written in 1969? The only thing I would add to it is Schizoid Man played live by the Double Trio, which is superb (as seen on K.C. live show in Rome, 25th of July 1996 - 9.30 p.m. Central European Time - at The Central Stadium of Tennis)."

Date Submitted: 8-Aug-96
By: Bill Nicholas (newguy at buttercup dot cybernex dot net)

"A lot of people I know discovered KC through this particular song. Given the quality of the track, that's no accident. If you love KC, chances are you are a fanatic about this song, which is arguably their signature piece. Now, I ask you friends, how many fans of how many bands get an entire CD dedicated to their favorite song. (Not to mention 27 years after the songs first release.) Just on concept alone, it's a classic. *****"

Date Submitted: 24-Aug-96
By: Markus Schneemann (schneema at icrf dot icnet dot uk)

"KC's efforts in recreating their memorable classic "21century SCHIZOID MAN" is outstanding. In my opinion, the best version should be the one that really gives You the impression of SCHIZOID on all levels - not just the lyrics. That's why I consider the ISLANDS' team version (earthbound!, track 3) the most appropriate one: the sound is claustrophobic - the hi-hat seems to be physically in your speakers. Mel Collins matches Fripp perfectly (he usually did - "Ladies of the Road!). But Boz distorted voice is really schizoid (the 21st century is only 4 years to go). You actually believe him that there are "innocents raped with napalm fire" out there. The second best is the original LP version, not track 1 or 2 here - the obscure organ entry and the frenzy at the end restarted by Fripp's guitar that's what "Schizoid Man" is all about."