Cirkus: The Young Persons’ Guide to King Crimson Live is a compilation of live recordings by King Crimson. It pulls together performances from 1969 to 1996.
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Songs On Cirkus: The Young Persons’ Guide to King Crimson Live
CD 1 Volume One: NEON HEAT DISEASE: 1984-1998
2. Thela Hun Genjeet
6. 1 ii 2
9. VROOOM VROOOM
10. Coda: Marine 475
11. Deception of the Thrush
12. Heavy ConstruKction
13. Three of a Perfect Pair
15. Elephant Talk
CD 2 Volume Two: FRACTURED: 1969-1996
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
2. Ladies of the Road
3. A Man A City
4. In the Court of the Crimson King
6. Easy Money
7. Improv: Besancon
8. The Talking Drum
9. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part II)
In theory I should hate the idea of a live compilation and in many cases it doesn’t work but here it does.
King Crimson are a difficult and intimidating band for newbies to approach. Like the Grateful Dead, some people are avid fans but others find them odd. Worse, there are so many live albums and so many different periods of the band.
This probably isn’t the best King Crimson live album but it’s a good one to start with. It’s been put together as a sampler and it lives up to its goal. The only thing I’d quibble about is I’d have disk 2 as disk 1.
If you’d prefer a single concert or at least a live album from a single tour, there is a readers poll below that is collecting votes for the best live albums by KC.
Buying Cirkus: The Young Persons’ Guide to King Crimson Live
Very few albums by King Crimson are available as digital downloads (at the time of writing) but gradually we are seeing some of them creep into iTunes. Hopefully this process will speed up when Robert Fripp sees how much he has to gain.
These links will help you get to the albums quickly and easily but I recommend that you still search for the best deal.
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