King Crimson - Beat

 (40th Anniversary Edition CD + DVD Audio)


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CDGM 674009
UPC: 633367400925
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DVD Audio & CD

No. of Discs: 2

Full album 2016 stereo mix + bonus tracks & video

Beat was released in June 1982, just eight months after the '80s Crimson lineup debut album Discipline. It marked the first occasion where a King Crimson lineup had remained intact for a two album stretch and was also the first album by the band to employ a separate producer — Rhett Davies. The juxtaposition of lyrics heavily influenced by '50s beat luminaries Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.

The complex polyrhythmic musical textures of the ‘80s Crimson, the strength of the songs and the cohesion of the studio performances, all helped the album chart upon release in the U.S. and the U.K.

Songs such as "Waiting Man," "Neal and Jack and Me" and "Heartbeat" became firm favorites with fans and concert goers. "Heartbeat" in particular was an FM radio regular in the US and even merited a promo film shot for the then-emerging music TV market, while one of the album's twin instrumental tracks "Sartori In Tangier" anticipated the emerging interest in African based rhythmic styles that would become such a fascination for musicians in the latter part of the decade. As ever, Crimson was pushing forward, looking for new methods to communicate internally as a band and externally with an audience. It was, perhaps, the nearest King Crimson ever came to the rock music mainstream.

As with other albums in the King Crimson CD/DVD-A series, the stereo CD features a new stereo mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson, while the DVD-A features 5.1 mixes of the album by Steven Wilson, high resolution stereo mixes of the original and new stereo mixes. Additionally, the original album is presented in rough mix form along with additional audio extras, video performance footage of two songs from The Alabamahalle, Germany and the original promo film for Heartbeat.

Beat – is the 11th release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series.
• The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson & is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp.
• CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson
• CD also features live & studio versions of the otherwise unreleased “Absent Lovers” track.
• DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes.
• DVD-A players can, additionally, access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes.
• DVD-A features both the original album mix & the new album mix in High Resolution stereo
• DVD-A also features the complete album in rough mix form dating from the time of the original sessions
• DVD-A also includes footage of performances featured on German TV live from The Alabamahalle & the original, rarely seen, promo film for ‘Heartbeat’.
• Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material.

Adrian Belew, guitar, lead vocal
Robert Fripp, guitar, organ, Frippertronics
Tony Levin, stick, bass guitar, support vocal
Bill Bruford, drums

Disc: 1
1. Neal and Jack and Me
2. Heartbeat
3. Sartori in Tangier
4. Waiting Man
5. Neurotica
6. Two Hands
7. The Howler
8. Requiem (Extended Version)
9. Absent Lovers (Instrumental, Studio Recording)
10. Neal and Jack and Me
11. Heartbeat
12. Sartori in Tangier
13. Waiting Man
14. Neurotica
15. Two Hands
16. The Howlerrequiem (Extended Version)
17. Absent Lovers (Instrumental, Studio Recording)
18. Neal and Jack and Me
19. Heartbeat
20. Sartori in Tangier
21. Waiting Man
22. Neurotica
23. Two Hands
24. The Howler
25. Requiem (Extended Version)Absent Lovers (Instrumental, Studio Recording)
26. Neal & Jack & Me (Alt Take)Absent Lovers (Live)
27. Neal and Jack and Me
28. Heartbeat
29. Sartori in Tangier
30. Waiting Man
31. Neurotica
32. Two Hands
33. The Howler
34. Requiem

Disc: 2
1. Neal and Jack and Me
2. Heartbeat
3. Sartori in Tangier
4. Waiting Man
5. Neurotica
6. Two Hands
7. The Howler
8. Requiem
9. Heartbeat (Studio)
10. Waiting Man (Live, Munich 1982)
11. Heartbeat (Live, Munich 1982)

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