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By Percy Keegan

The title says it all and the title track further demonstrates the concept as the band runs through a series of incredibly intricate, ever-changing guitar patterns and time signatures. When Robert Fripp resurrected the King Crimson banner for this 1981 release, he assembled an amazingly skilled--indeed, disciplined--group of musicians. But this record is not so much about skill as it is about transforming the complex into the beautiful. By turns explosive ("Indiscipline"), driving ("Thela Hun Ginjeet"), and quietly meditative ("The Sheltering Sky"), Adrian Belew (whose vocals and lyrics reflect his tenure with the Talking Heads) injects a degree of manic humor to the proceedings. All this technical proficiency would be for nothing if these weren't such wonderfully compelling songs.

1. Elephant Talk5. Thela Hun Ginjeet
2. Frame By Frame6. The Sheltering Sky
3. Matte Kudasai7. Discipline
4. Indiscipline


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"Discipline was a record that really did change my life. Fripp's fondness for writing aphorisms appealed to me, especially at the age of 17. The quote on the back, though, really. The mandala design on the front and the Frippicism on the back, "Discipline is never an end in itself, only a means to an end. ", really signified, somehow. The album was a coherent statement, in spite of the wide range of sounds in the different songs. (Crimson would never sound so focussed again. ) Fripp shone brightly in the late Super70s and early Awesome80s, and he was a sort of guru figure to many young people of the period. This album had a gestalt, which fed off of Fripp's real gift for being interesting, both musically and personally, but also involved the other band members in very specific, personal ways. The complexity worked, and was summed up perfectly by the cover and that quote. It seemed like something you could hold onto, something that really meant something. Do kids today think this about, say, Snoop Dogg, or Eminem? I somehow doubt it. Maybe other musicians/bands? I really don't know. But I will always remember Fripp and Crimson from that time with a sincere fondness. And this album still sounds great, over 20 years later. "


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Artist: King Crimson

Released: October 1, 1981

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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