The Abbreviated King Crimson: Heartbeat

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Originally released: 1991


  • Various



  • 1'31 The King Crimson Barber Shop (Levin)
  • 4'43 21st Century Schizoid Man (abbreviated) (Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield)
  • 4'54 In The Court of the Crimson King (abbreviated) (McDonald, Sinfield)
  • 3'33 Elephant Talk (edited) (King Crimson)
  • 3'46 Matte Kudasai (King Crimson)
  • 2'57 Heartbeat (edited) (King Crimson)
  • 1'20 Medley (King Crimson)


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Entire Release

Date Submitted: 25-Aug-96
By: Bill Nicholas (newguy at buttercup dot cybernex dot net)

"As much as I admire Fripp (he's one or four or five musical figures whose work I live and breathe) he has one problem: he can't edit.

"His tape splices are often clumsy and obvious, like unintentional jump-cuts in films. Just listen to the way he butchered Elephant Talk on this collection-- a song short enough that it makes no sense to edit it in the first place.

"Also, Fripp loves using the fade-out trick. But he does it in a way that makes it sounds like he can't come up with a inventive splice, so he simply whacks the fader down in a panic. He does this here at the end of 21stCSM, as if leaving out that last burst of improvisation somehow sets the song in a new context. It doesn't. If AM radio had played this song in 1969 (which they of course didn't), this is how it would have sounded.

"Frame By Frame (not the song, the box set) also has its share of atrocities. Listen to what he does to Starless. The whole point of that song is the build up, which you get no sense of at all here. The END of the song is the most important fucking part of it, and he wipes it out with the sonic trickery that segues into Red.

"Thank God all the albums are out on CD without the musical butchery."