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King Crimson - Beat (1982)
Cover Front Album
Artist King Crimson
Length 35:14
Format CD
Genre Rock
Label EG Records
Collection Status In Collection
Track List
01 Neal and Jack and Me 04:25
02 Heartbeat 03:55
03 Sartori in Tangier 03:36
04 Waiting Man 04:24
05 Neurotica 04:48
06 Two Hands 03:23
07 The Howler 04:12
08 Requiem 06:31
Personal Details
Rating 9
Spars DDD
Rare No
Sound Stereo
(c) EG MUSIC LTD 1982
Music by King Crimson
Lyrics by Adrian Belew
"Two Hands" lyric by Margaret Belew

Adrian Belew: Guitar, Lead Vocal
Robert Fripp: Guitar, Organ, Frippertronics
Tony Levin: Stick, Bass Guitar, Support Vocal
Bill Bruford: Drumming

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Beat is not as good as its predecessor (1981's Discipline), but it's not too shabby, either. The '80s version of Crimson (Robert Fripp guitar, Adrian Belew vocals/guitar, Tony Levin bass, and Bill Bruford drums) retains the then-modern day new wave sound introduced on Discipline.
The band's performances are still inspired, but the songwriting isn't as catchy or strong. The moody love song "Heartbeat" has become a concert favorite for the band, and contains a Jimi Hendrix-like backwards guitar solo. Other worthwhile tracks include "Waiting Man," which features world music sounds (thanks to some stunning bass/percussion interplay), and "Neurotica" does an excellent job of painting an unwavering picture of a large U.S. city, with its jerky rhythms and tense vocals.

With lots of different guitar textures, bass explorations, and uncommon drum rhythms present, King Crimson's Beat will automatically appeal to other musicians. But since they're fantastic songwriters as well, you don't have to be a virtuoso to feel the passion of their music.

Greg Prato