King Crimson USA 1974

USA is a live album and DVD by King Crimson.

It was recorded at the Casino in Asbury Park, New Jersey on 28 June 1974 except track 7, which was recorded at the Palace Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island on 30 June 1974.

Overdubs were made in the studio by Eddie Jobson adding violin to tracks 2 and 7 and piano to track 3.

The album was released in

King Crimson USA

Songs On King Crimson USA

The original release of the album was:

1. Walk on.. No Pussyfooting
2. Larks Tongues In Aspic: Part II
3. Lament
4. Exiles
5. Asbury Park
6. Easy Money
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man

In 2002, two more songs were added at the end:


In 2005, 21st Century Schizoid Man was moved to track 9 and replaced by the version from Asbury Park 28 June 1974. Eddie Jobson’s overdubs were also removed.

In 2013, track 6 was split into two (according to Wikipedia but not Amazon) for the 40th anniversary edition. A DVD was also added.

Playing at the concert were:

John Wetton – vocals, bass
Robert Fripp – guitar, Mellotron
David Cross – violin, viola, Mellotron, electric piano
Bill Bruford – drums, percussion

This version of King Crimson are very highly rated and they were involved with Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974) and Red although the exact make-up of the group never seems to stay constant.

As you will see in the poll further down, it is this group that has created the most popular live albums in this golden 1973/74 period.


Buying King Crimson USA

It is available from* – eBay

*very few King Crimson albums are available as digital downloads but hopefully this will change soon.

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