11 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Interweaving studio and live recordings, Starless and Bible Black is King Crimson’s most spontaneous, yet ferociously commanding, work. The title song takes shape out of a noxious haze, as Robert Fripp’s gooey guitar drips off John Wetton’s skeletal bassline. “The Mincer” and “We’ll Let You Know” locate a similarly burping, menacing iteration of funk. While the restless roar of “The Great Deceiver” splits the different between Black Sabbath and Celtic fiddle, the atonal, writhing funk of “Lament” anticipates Fugazi, Jesus Lizard, and math rock by two decades.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Interweaving studio and live recordings, Starless and Bible Black is King Crimson’s most spontaneous, yet ferociously commanding, work. The title song takes shape out of a noxious haze, as Robert Fripp’s gooey guitar drips off John Wetton’s skeletal bassline. “The Mincer” and “We’ll Let You Know” locate a similarly burping, menacing iteration of funk. While the restless roar of “The Great Deceiver” splits the different between Black Sabbath and Celtic fiddle, the atonal, writhing funk of “Lament” anticipates Fugazi, Jesus Lizard, and math rock by two decades.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

D.C. Rock Fan ,

Peerless

The whole album is genius, but it is worth a buy for The Night Watch alone. One of the two greatest rock songs about a classic painting (the other being Tales of Brave Ulysses), The Night Watch masterly combines evocative lyrics about the Dutch Golden age with innovative guitar work. When I saw the painting in a museum in Amsterdam I immediately hummed this tune.

MadMac10 ,

Still the Sibilance

After half a lifetime, this remains my favorite KC opus—despite the sibilance that clips the treble off most of these songs. I was hoping that the iTunes mastering might have alleviated it (and it did to a certain extent) but the hiss still degrades the beauty of "Great Deceiver" especially. Oh well.

Master Rawhide, STL ,

Starless and Bible Black

A must have for fans of King Crimson. Genius on vinyl. You won't be sorry you purchased this recording.

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