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Original 1974 Gatefold Presswell Pressing Release. Vinyl is in very good condition with some minor light surface marks. Includes original inner lyric sleeve in very good condition, some seam splitting on sides. Gatefold Jacket is in very good condition with some shelf wear along edges and sone fading. No ring wear. Comes in clear protective poly sleeve.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2019
I love this period of King Crimson. Probably everyone has a favorite iteration. This is my husband''s. Our son and I love Adrian Belew a little too much, I guess. Anyway, long ago, my husband and I broke up for a few years. It just so happened that I had the... See more
I love this period of King Crimson. Probably everyone has a favorite iteration. This is my husband''s. Our son and I love Adrian Belew a little too much, I guess.

Anyway, long ago, my husband and I broke up for a few years. It just so happened that I had the records. He came through my town traveling with an old blues gypsy, and I turned the entire collection back over to him.

But he was living in the tour van and/or couch surfing for a couple more years. Many of the records most likely went to live with the guitar player - they were nowhere to be found when we got back together. This was one of them that went MIA (he still had all the Zappa when we got back together)(except the two I sold to buy car insurance)(idiot kids). It didn''t occur to me (*Adrian Belew Fangirl*) to replace it until he mentioned it the other day.
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Starless and Bible Black disc set is wonderful.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
I bought this because I lost my old copy. Most of the great King Crimson albums have been remastered and I bought this for the remastered copy. I was blown away when I got it and saw it had a DVD Audio disc as well as the CD in the package. I love DVD audio and Blu Ray... See more
I bought this because I lost my old copy. Most of the great King Crimson albums have been remastered and I bought this for the remastered copy. I was blown away when I got it and saw it had a DVD Audio disc as well as the CD in the package. I love DVD audio and Blu Ray Audio discs for their clarity and superior sound on a good HiFi system. When I played the DVD Audio disc it was like listening to Starless and Bible Black for the first time. The Stereo separation and clarity of Bill Bruford''s percussion and Fripp''s Guitar was awesome. Starless is the follow up to Larks Tongue in Aspic with the same bandmates. John Whetton''s vocals have never been better. I loved this disc set.
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S. Steele
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The BEST of the 3 and here''s why...
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2011
This review is for the Starless and Bible Black album in general. This is album has had several "re-issues", including the new 40th, the box set live recordings of this tour called The Great Deceiver - (a must if you love this period), and The Night Watch (which is a... See more
This review is for the Starless and Bible Black album in general. This is album has had several "re-issues", including the new 40th, the box set live recordings of this tour called The Great Deceiver - (a must if you love this period), and The Night Watch (which is a concert recording that was used for the basis of much of this album, and part of the reason for my very favorable review.)

Lark Tongues In Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red (and the live album USA to be complete). Other periods of Crimson are great and wonderful as well (In the Court.., Islands, Discipline, Thrack - the great double trio! -The ConstruKction of Light), but I want to limit my review to this era of KC.

This trio of albums is really, in my opinion, one long work - a three part epic, a trilogy. If you want to taste this era of KC you must get all three.

Lark''s Tongues is a masterpiece. Great songs, great concepts, great improves, and overall a masterful album of conceptions and executions. Bringing in Richard Palmer-James as lyricist was a stroke of genius, as Pete Sinfeld''s concepts and wordplay would not have worked with this line-up. Richard Palmer-James''s excellent english symbolism is perfect for this interplay of "impressionistic" progressive rock. Wetton, Bruford, Muir and Cross were the most perfect additions any band could ever hope to have. How Fripp managed to revive KC after the near-death experience of Earthbound is utterly amazing. Not that Islands was bad, in fact in my review I list it as a great album (in many ways it pointed to these next three albums), but the band and Fripp were not on the same page at all. Still, stealing Bruford from Yes, Wetton from Family and asking Muir to join, and that it actually happened - well how many bands make an all time classic record like "In The Court.." breakup a couple of times, and then come roaring back so hard that a third lineup is actually it''s classic line-up. Amazing!

But chances are you already know about that part of the story. So, now about why Starless and Bible Black is the best of the three..

First of all, I don''t really like saying one is better than another when I love them all equally. However, there are some differences that make Starless and Bible Black stand out. Lark''s Tongues has perhaps the best songs of the three, but it suffers from two things - one, the band was new and they were (especially Wetton and Bruford - the two most important new members), holding back, dipping their feet in and finding their place, and you can hear it. Wetton''s tone was great but reserved, as was Bruford''s. Bruford sounded like he was still in Yes, and Muir had not quite yet rubbed off on him (as would be evident on the following album - Starless and Bible Black). Also, I believe Lark''s Tongues was recorded at Air Studios (a fine studio indeed), but the production suffered a bit with a thin sound at times. Wetton''s bass not quite booming and distorted enough. Fripp''s guitar tone a little harsh. Bruford a little thin too. But despite these two faults, Lark''s Tongues is a perfect album. (Edit: Perhaps the 30th or 40th Anniversary Editions have rectified this somewhat, but still they''re playing wasn''t as big as it would be on the next album).

Let me skip to Red for a moment. Another great record that was HEAVY, scary, beautiful, and sexy. Yes, it was certainly RED (Edit: See the 40th Anniversary Edition for jaw dropping heaviness, not to mention 5.1 mixes). However, I find a couple of faults here too. My main problem with Red is that it is too short. There are basically four really great songs and one misplaced improve, Providence, that would have been better placed on Starless and Bible Black (but actually not good enough for that album either). Red is sequenced as good as it could be, but imagine a couple of more songs on side B and Red would be the winner. But Red was recorded so loud that either they couldn''t fit any more songs on the vinyl, and/or because they had broken up, they didn''t have any more new material. I''m afraid both are the case. Red had moved on from Starless and Bible Black and they couldn''t put older material on that album. Anything they were to put on that album had to be new. Side A represents that new sound well. The last track (oddly named Starless) was from the Starless and Bible Black touring period, but it made a great ending to this band''s existence. Starless contained musical elements of both the current KC, and the original KC, complete with an appearance by Ian McDonald. How perfect is that? Fripp, McDonald, Wetton and Bruford (with Mel Collins and David Cross to boot!). A KC supergroup!

Now to my point. Why Starless and Bible Black is the best. While maybe not quite conceptualized as well as Lark''s Tongues (although it''s equal really, it''s just that Lark''s Tongues'' was planned out and arranged very strategically), and maybe not as heavy and accessible as Red, Starless and Bible Black had a couple of things going for it that the others did not. The production AND conceptualization are 100% perfect. The recording (at Command studios I believe, but I may have Lark''s Tongues and Starless reversed), is massively huge. The ebbs and flows of energy and ambience are as perfect as could be. Great songs to start off the album in The Great Deceiver and Lament. Powerful and beautiful improves in We''ll Let You Know, Trio, The Mincer, a beautiful ballad in The Night Watch, and then there is side two. Shear power. The title track Starless and Bible Black starts ominously quite but begins to build, ever stronger and stronger until it''s a full out power jam with Wetton and Bruford in a total hypnotic fury, and then it settles down - like a storm brewing and the slamming you only to leave you and the destruction it caused. Stunning! As if that''s not enough, then comes another storm, another masterpiece in Fracture. Again, quietly coming, building, changing, and then again slamming you hard, this time with Fripp in overdrive (with his Whole-tone Scale goodness), and Wetton and Bruford again in a total hypnotic fury! Brilliant.

Starless and Bible Black may or may not have a running time longer than Lark''s Tongues, certainly more so than Red, but it feels longer because there is so much there. Part of all this magic is due to that band recording the tracks live and singing and doing overdubs in the studio (not the whole album, but parts of it), and it really brings out the power and sound of this band. Red captured it too, but too briefly.

Starless and Bible Black is a prog masterpiece. Any aspiring band that wants to be a good live band must listen to this record. Buy all three. But let this middle album sink in. Put some studio quality headphones on and turn off the lights late at night. You WILL be taken to places that you may or may not wish to go.

Enjoy - SS
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maelje
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great album, great multichannel mix
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2011
King Crimson is the perfect band for multichannel sound, in my opinion. People who like labels frequently toss Crimso into the progressive-rock pot, but the truth is that, since its inception more than four decades ago, and despite numerous personnel shifts, King Crimson... See more
King Crimson is the perfect band for multichannel sound, in my opinion. People who like labels frequently toss Crimso into the progressive-rock pot, but the truth is that, since its inception more than four decades ago, and despite numerous personnel shifts, King Crimson always has sounded unique.

"Starless and Bible Black" is from the era featuring David Cross on violin and keyboards, John Wetton on bass and vocals, Bill Bruford on drums and the ever-present Robert Fripp on guitar and Mellotron. While it''s never been my favorite KC album, it''s always ranked well -- I''d put it far ahead of discs such as "Islands," "Lizard" and even "In the Wake of Poseidon."

The vocal tracks are consistently good; Wetton is in great voice, and the pieces (with one exception) all feature strong lyrics. "The Great Deceiver" references Lucifer but also seems to be some kind of indictment of materialism, while "Lament" mourns the loss of innocence from the point of view of (what else?) a rock star. "The Night Watch" refers to the Rembrandt painting, and comes across as an exceptionally thoughtful piece of rock ''n'' roll poetry. For me, the only disappoint is "The Mincer," with abstract lyrics that make very little impression.

Of the instrumentals here, my favorites are the two closing pieces, "Starless and Bible Black" and "Fracture." Note: Buyers should beware that "Starless and Bible Black" is, as I''ve written here, an instrumental, and not the moving, vocal-with-lyrics piece "Starless," which actually appears on "Red," the album that followed this one. Confusing, yes -- and it seems to happen in this genre. Led Zeppelin''s song "Houses of the Holy" actually appeared not on that album but on "Physical Graffiti." Anyway, "Starless" the instrumental is a fine, tense, exploratory piece. As for "Fracture": A (noisy) guitar masterpiece written by Fripp, who has said on more than one occasion that it''s the most difficult piece he''s ever composed/played.

The surround mix: There''s not a lot of gimmickry here, but the presence of several channels does allow the listener to hear the individual instruments more clearly.
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Alan M.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great album with great sonic improvements
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
Steven Wilson works his magic again. If you have a DVD-A player and are a KC fan, this is a no brainer. John Wetton KC has become my favorite and listening to it with this quality remixing makes it even better. If you don''t have a DVD-A player, it still plays in DVD-V... See more
Steven Wilson works his magic again. If you have a DVD-A player and are a KC fan, this is a no brainer. John Wetton KC has become my favorite and listening to it with this quality remixing makes it even better. If you don''t have a DVD-A player, it still plays in DVD-V players. They have uncompressed 2 channel LPCM audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 compressed surround.
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Kelly
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A good price but I would stick to cd on this one.
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
This is one of the best Crimson albums. Why only 3 stars? Because there is no other King Crimson album that has such an extreme dynamic range as Starless and Bible Black. Yes, even more than Islands. Sounds wonderful for all passages very soft to very loud. But at least... See more
This is one of the best Crimson albums. Why only 3 stars? Because there is no other King Crimson album that has such an extreme dynamic range as Starless and Bible Black. Yes, even more than Islands. Sounds wonderful for all passages very soft to very loud. But at least five minutes of this album are extremely quiet. I would say even minus 40 dB. So during the very soft sections there is no way you won’t hear tiny ticks and vinyl surface noise.
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Thaddeus Wert
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
What A Revelation
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2011
I have all of KC''s albums, and I have to admit that of all the group''s incarnations, I like the 80''s one of Levin, Bruford, Belew & Fripp the best. But as far as albums go, I keep returning to this one. The lineup of Wetton, Cross, Bruford, & Fripp was a monster when they... See more
I have all of KC''s albums, and I have to admit that of all the group''s incarnations, I like the 80''s one of Levin, Bruford, Belew & Fripp the best. But as far as albums go, I keep returning to this one. The lineup of Wetton, Cross, Bruford, & Fripp was a monster when they performed live, and SABB is mostly live with some studio overdubs. The songs on SABB are an outstanding mix of beautiful ballads and ferocious rockers/improvs.

Now to the reason why you should buy this particular version of Starless & Bible Black. When I popped it into my DVD-A player and "Great Deceiver" cranked up, it was like listening to an entirely new album. Wetton''s bass is crisp and well-defined, and for the first time I can appreciate what David Cross'' violin and mellotron add to the mix. Bill Bruford''s percussion finally gets the full dynamic range it deserves, and Fripp''s guitar is amazing throughout. Put yourself in the middle of the maelstrom of this 5.1 mix, and you will listen to it over and over again. Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp have outdone themselves with this new mix, and I can''t recommend it enough.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Starless and Bible Black: an album every KC fan should own
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2014
This is one of the best albums by King Crimson. If you are a King Crimson fan then you probably already own this; if you do not have it then what are you waiting for? Originally released in 1974, this album consists of both studio and live recordings. The live recordings... See more
This is one of the best albums by King Crimson. If you are a King Crimson fan then you probably already own this; if you do not have it then what are you waiting for? Originally released in 1974, this album consists of both studio and live recordings. The live recordings were polished up in the studio and audience noise was removed, so it is not obvious to a listener that some songs were live. The 40th anniversary edition includes five additional tracks on the CD and many extra features on the DVD.
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Kevin H.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Essential King Crimson
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2019
Before I got really into King Crimson in the late 1970s I knew their music but buying albums was much more of a financial commitment then and my older friends were into other bands. Then I got friends with a guy who was really into KC and his favourite albums were Starless...See more
Before I got really into King Crimson in the late 1970s I knew their music but buying albums was much more of a financial commitment then and my older friends were into other bands. Then I got friends with a guy who was really into KC and his favourite albums were Starless and Bible Black & Red, so this is where I went first. I loved them both from the first listen and never looked back. It is funny having now heard so many live versions of some of these tunes and reviews that judge the relative merits of individual track because back then I hardly considered those two albums as separate entities let alone the individual tunes on them. The changes in pace and instrumentation is what make the high points work. The Steven Wilson mix is excellent and the bonus material is really good. I am an extremely biased reviewer, I love this band, I have this on vinyl, CD (30th anniversary edition) the CD/DVDa (40th anniversary edition) and the Starless Box which contains all the CD and DVDa material already. Whichever one you go for, this is an essential King Crimson album, not least because it is quite challenging in places. Some music is worth having to have a few listens before you get it and everything by this band is well worth the effort. I also take great exception to the idea of a definitive period of this band. The current 8 piece (and the 7 piece it developed from) are as great as any incarnation and I have become fixated on many of the versions, the 1980s band was perfect at the time but I still loved In the Court of the Crimson King, when THRAK came out I had it along with Vrooom on a C90 tape and listened to nothing else on my Walkman for a month. Starless and Bible Black is a brilliant album and 40th Anniversary CD/DVDa is probably the best place to start and the Zurich Volkhaus tracks offer peak behind the scenes of the structure of this album but it is the original album that counts so whatever version you can get, or is in your budget get it and allow this music to expand your horizons. Nobody need chemical consciousness expansion when there is great, challenging music to do the job, and there are no side effects.
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New light in the Black - this review is for the cd only
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2011
This is an absolute gem of an album. The four members of Krim really shine throughout the album. The improvisation had taken on almost telepathic qualities, so much so that Bruford gets a song writing credit for knowing that his absence from the live improv Trio would make...See more
This is an absolute gem of an album. The four members of Krim really shine throughout the album. The improvisation had taken on almost telepathic qualities, so much so that Bruford gets a song writing credit for knowing that his absence from the live improv Trio would make it a better piece of music. If you are reading this you are probably not new to King Crimson and are wondering if it is worth the punt to upgrade the last version of the cd. Well I had my doubts....until I heard it. This is a masterpiece of remixing and remastering. Going back to the multi track recordings and cleaning them up individually has allowed the album to be cleaned up without resorting to a quick dose of eq and compression. The details in the percussion are a relevation. Bill Bruford has never sounded so good. His contributions to Lament and We''ll Let You Know are served well here. Everything sounds so fresh and uncluttered despite being frenetically busy. Trio and The Mincer are the same as the 30th Anniv cd issue, so no change there. The bonus tracks are robust and inventive live tracks captured on different recording setups, three being audience recordings, used here as they are insights into the live beast that was Krim. Overall a first class reissue. Kudos to Robert Fripp, Steven Wilson, the DGM Audio Team and, of course, the band for making the music in the first place.
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Anglian Traveller
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Steven Wilson''s exemplary 40th anniversary remix of King Crimson''s `Starless & Bible Black''
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2013
For many fans of this perennially rejuvenating band the `Wetton period'' in the mid-1970s was the definitive Krim. This line-up created some truly astounding music, by any definition ground-breaking and still, 40 years on, interesting to listen to and difficult to date. SaBB...See more
For many fans of this perennially rejuvenating band the `Wetton period'' in the mid-1970s was the definitive Krim. This line-up created some truly astounding music, by any definition ground-breaking and still, 40 years on, interesting to listen to and difficult to date. SaBB sits midway between this Krim incarnation''s mould-breaking 1973 debut `Larks'' Tongues in Aspic'' and the tight rocker `Red''. It features the LTiA line-up minus the talented and eccentric multi-percussionist Jamie Muir, ergo Bob Fripp on guitars, mellotron & `devices''; Bill Bruford on drums; John Wetton on bass and lead vocals, and David Cross on violin, viola & keyboards (Cross'' violin work gives the album a special flavour). The music is mostly high-energy jazz-influenced rock with a hard-edge, with tight playing and never afraid to introduce major dynamic changes and different time-signatures. It''s mainly instrumental and in places sounds like what Miles Davis was playing in this period, the post-`Bitches Brew'' epoch (`We''ll let you know'' for example is classic jazz-fusion in style). The themes of the song lyrics tend towards social comment on the seedier aspects of society (`Great Deceiver'' for instance) but a softer & more melodic side is revealed on `The Night Watch''. Much of the material was recorded in front of a live audience then later carefully edited with musical overdubs spliced onto the tracks in the studio, but with such professional excellence you''d never know. On the 40th Anniversary re-issue, as with LTiA Steven Wilson''s remastering is exemplary. The music has real dynamics, is fresh and clear with almost no compression. `Trio'' and `The Mincer'' remain unchanged from the 30th Anniversary edition (which incidentally you get here in its unedited entirety as a bonus on the DVD), but with the remaining tracks the improvement is noticeable. There are five bonus tracks, mainly live-audience material. The DVD is the real star of the show because it features the album music in so many formats. Included are a couple of short radio ads and some fine video footage of the band playing in Central Park on June 25th 1973 performing `Easy Money'' & `Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet''. This music could no way be described as `easy listening'' and might be somewhat inaccessible to many listeners unfamiliar with the jazz fusion mode, or with Robert Fripp''s almost unequalled history of musical evolution and experiment - for those listeners I''d recommend as a start-point the excellent, quirky but more tuneful follow-up `Discipline''. But for fans of Krim''s inventive Wetton-period, this is indisputably and without peer the definitive SaBB. The album''s title BTW is a quote from the opening verse of Dylan Thomas'' `Under Milk Wood'': "It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black..." Great title for this music, I''m sure you''ll agree.
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Robert Frippy, quite contrary, how does your garden go BLACK??
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2012
Ah, the very definition of Uneasy Listening!! Crimso have never been the simplest people to review, and Mr. Fripp''s constant refusal to work within the belly of the beast makes his Muse relentlessly unnerving. This album constitutes an midpoint between the studio excellence...See more
Ah, the very definition of Uneasy Listening!! Crimso have never been the simplest people to review, and Mr. Fripp''s constant refusal to work within the belly of the beast makes his Muse relentlessly unnerving. This album constitutes an midpoint between the studio excellence of "Lark''s Tongues" and the NOIR of "Red". As previous reviewers have noted, this was an era of furious improvisation for the band with Fripp slashing out in all directions to drive his music somewhere new, while Whetton provided volcanic basslines and Young William Bruford attempted to form a framework within a time-signature while avoiding any formal drum lines and espousing percussion rather than drums to link the disparate elements of the band in performance. Just to make matters even more complex, the un-improvised tracks are generally culled from live performances, within which there are, of course, some brief bits of improvisation. Hence, even "The Night Watch", which SOUNDS like a studio track, is culled from a live performance with a squalling intro which could only be "live" Fripp rather than "studio" Fripp. You take Crimso under their own terms or NOT AT ALL! For fans of truly inspired intuitive improvisation, I utterly recommend "Fracture" which takes up where the "Lark''s Tongues" left off, and, when played in-car, will CERTAINLY have the speed-cops on your tail!
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:o) I AM IN CRIMSON HEAVEN :o)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2014
It just doesn''t get better than this, well maybe Lark''s tongues, but a this is a close second for sure. The 40th anniversary editions a well worth forking out for. Sound quality, extras, packaging, the works. Hearing lament like this is nothing short of orgasmic. Just buy...See more
It just doesn''t get better than this, well maybe Lark''s tongues, but a this is a close second for sure. The 40th anniversary editions a well worth forking out for. Sound quality, extras, packaging, the works. Hearing lament like this is nothing short of orgasmic. Just buy it and smile :o) if only there were more stars. This is a universe of stars.
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