Thrak

Last updated

Thrak
THRAK - Original Album Cover.jpeg
Studio album by
Released3 April 1995 (1995-04-03)
Recorded24 October – 4 December 1994
Studio Real World, Box, Wiltshire
Genre
Length56:35
Label Virgin
Producer
King Crimson chronology
Vrooom
(1994)
Thrak
(1995)
The Construkction of Light
(2000)
King Crimson studio chronology
Three of a Perfect Pair
(1984)
THRAK
(1995)
The Construkction of Light
(2000)
Singles from Thrak
  1. "Dinosaur"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Walking on Air"
    Released: 1995
  4. "People"
    Released: 1995

Thrak (stylised as THRAK) is the eleventh studio album by the band King Crimson released in 1995, the successor to the mini-album Vrooom (1994). It is their first full-length studio album since Three of a Perfect Pair (1984) and is the only full-length studio album recorded by the 1994-1997 "Double Trio" lineup.

Contents

Recording

With the band consisting of two guitarists, two bassists, and two drummers, the opening track begins with all six musicians in the center of the audio mix. Later they are split into two trios (guitar, bass, and drums) with three going to the left channel and three going to the right.

"Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" and "One Time" were developed at studio rehearsals and improvisations for the 1994 Vrooom mini-album at Woodstock, New York during April and May 1994, shortly after the reformation of King Crimson under the Double Trio format. These instrumental outtakes would be later released as The Vrooom Sessions in 1999 with "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" being developed from the work-in-progress outtake dubbed "No Questions Asked". This riff differs significantly in its instrumental nature than the one which was finally recorded at Real World Studios.

"Fashionable" was another instrumental outtake from The Vrooom Sessions that was re-recorded at Real World Studios during the recording of Thrak. Despite being reworked with various additions and refinements by the band members, the upbeat piece ended up being dropped off the final album. [1]

Vrooom Vrooom incorporates a middle section originally composed by Fripp in 1974 for Red ’s instrumental title track (which is actually a rhythmical variation of Red's original middle section). [2]

Release

Released on 3 April 1995, THRAK reached number 58 in the UK Albums Chart, their last album to chart. [3] The album was first released on CD in 1995, followed by a remastered edition in 2002. A new 5.1 surround sound mix by Jakko Jakszyk was released as a CD/DVD-A release. [4] It was reissued in October 2015 remixed by Jakszyk and Robert Fripp for the 40th Anniversary Series standalone and new THRAK BOX .

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Maxim Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Trouser Press favourable [7]

Trouser Press described it as "an absolute monster, a cerebral sextet adventure stunning in its precisely controlled rock power." [7]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Adrian Belew, except "Coda: Marine 475" by Robert Fripp; all music is composed by Belew, Bill Bruford, Fripp, Trey Gunn, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto.

No.TitleLength
1."Vrooom" (instrumental)4:38
2."Coda: Marine 475"2:42
3."Dinosaur"6:37
4."Walking on Air"4:38
5."B'Boom" (instrumental)4:11
6."Thrak" (instrumental)3:59
7."Inner Garden I"1:47
8."People"5:53
9."Radio I" (instrumental)0:44
10."One Time"5:21
11."Radio II" (instrumental)1:03
12."Inner Garden II"1:16
13."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream"4:50
14."Vrooom Vrooom" (instrumental)5:50
15."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (instrumental)3:01

2015 20th Anniversary edition

Disc one - CD - Original Album - 2015 Stereo Mix
No.TitleLength
1."Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)4:38
2."Coda: Marine 475" (2015 Stereo Mix)2:42
3."Dinosaur" (2015 Stereo Mix)6:37
4."Walking on Air" (2015 Stereo Mix)4:38
5."B'Boom" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)4:11
6."Thrak" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)3:59
7."Inner Garden I" (2015 Stereo Mix)1:47
8."People" (2015 Stereo Mix)5:53
9."Radio I" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)0:44
10."One Time" (2015 Stereo Mix)5:21
11."Radio II" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)1:03
12."Inner Garden II" (2015 Stereo Mix)1:16
13."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (2015 Stereo Mix)4:50
14."Vrooom Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)5:50
15."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (2015 Stereo Mix - instrumental)3:01
Disc two - DVD-A (various mixes and bonuses)
No.TitleLength
1."Vrooom" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)4:38
2."Coda: Marine 475" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)2:42
3."Dinosaur" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)6:37
4."Walking on Air" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)4:38
5."B'Boom" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)4:11
6."Thrak" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)3:59
7."Inner Garden I" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)1:47
8."People" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)5:53
9."Radio I" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)0:44
10."One Time" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)5:21
11."Radio II" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)1:03
12."Inner Garden II" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)1:16
13."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround)4:50
14."Vrooom Vrooom" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)5:50
15."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (Original Album Remixed - MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - instrumental)3:01
16."Vrooom" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)4:38
17."Coda: Marine 475" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)2:42
18."Dinosaur" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)6:37
19."Walking on Air" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)4:38
20."B'Boom" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)4:11
21."Thrak" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)3:59
22."Inner Garden I" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)1:47
23."People" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)5:53
24."Radio I" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)0:44
25."One Time" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)5:21
26."Radio II" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)1:03
27."Inner Garden II" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)1:16
28."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround)4:50
29."Vrooom Vrooom" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)5:50
30."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (Original Album Remixed - DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - instrumental)3:01
31."Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)4:34
32."Coda: Marine 475" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))2:36
33."Dinosaur" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))6:37
34."Walking on Air" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))4:43
35."B'Boom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)4:10
36."Thrak" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)3:59
37."Inner Garden I" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))1:47
38."People" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))5:51
39."Radio I" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)0:42
40."One Time" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))5:22
41."Radio II" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)0:57
42."Inner Garden II" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))1:16
43."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96))4:46
44."Vrooom Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)5:32
45."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - MLP Lossless Stereo (24/96) - instrumental)2:57
46."Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)4:34
47."Coda: Marine 475" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))2:36
48."Dinosaur" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))6:37
49."Walking on Air" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))4:43
50."B'Boom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)4:10
51."Thrak" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)3:59
52."Inner Garden I" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))1:47
53."People" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))5:51
54."Radio I" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)0:42
55."One Time" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))5:22
56."Radio II" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)0:57
57."Inner Garden II" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))1:16
58."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96))4:46
59."Vrooom Vrooom" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)5:32
60."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (2015 Stereo Album Mix - PCM Stereo 2.0 (24/96) - instrumental)2:57
61."Vrooom" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)4:38
62."Coda: Marine 475" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)2:42
63."Dinosaur" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)6:37
64."Walking on Air" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)4:38
65."B'Boom" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)4:11
66."Thrak" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)3:59
67."Inner Garden I" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)1:47
68."People" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)5:53
69."Radio I" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)0:44
70."One Time" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)5:21
71."Radio II" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)1:03
72."Inner Garden II" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)1:16
73."Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)4:50
74."Vrooom Vrooom" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)5:50
75."Vrooom Vrooom: Coda" (Original Album Mix - 30th Anniversary Remaster 2002)3:01

n.b. for the box set track listing set the THRAK (King Crimson Live And Studio Recordings 1994-1997) article.

Personnel

King Crimson
Technical

Related Research Articles

King Crimson British progressive rock band

King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and many contemporary artists. Although the band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history, Robert Fripp is the only constant member of the group and is considered the band's leader and driving force. The band has earned a large cult following. They were ranked No. 87 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Although considered to be a seminal progressive rock band, they have often distanced themselves from the genre: as well as influencing several generations of progressive and psychedelic rock bands, they have also been an influence on subsequent alternative metal, hardcore and experimental/noise musicians.

<i>Beat</i> (King Crimson album) 1982 studio album by King Crimson

Beat is the ninth studio album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982 by record label E.G. It is the first King Crimson studio album to feature a band line-up identical to that of their previous album.

<i>The Construkction of Light</i> 2000 studio album by King Crimson

The Construkction of Light is the twelfth studio album by English band King Crimson, released in May 2000 by record label Virgin.

<i>Discipline</i> (King Crimson album) 1981 studio album by King Crimson

Discipline is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock band King Crimson, released on September 22, 1981 by E.G. Records in the United Kingdom and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. This album was King Crimson's first album following a seven-year hiatus. Only founder Robert Fripp and later addition Bill Bruford remained from previous incarnations. The rest of the band were American musicians Adrian Belew and Tony Levin. The album resulted in a more updated 1980s new wave-oriented sound.

<i>Thrakattak</i> 1996 live album by King Crimson

Thrakattak is a live album by the band King Crimson, released in 1996.

<i>King Crimson on Broadway</i> 1999 live album by King Crimson

King Crimson On Broadway is a live album by the band King Crimson, released through the King Crimson Collectors' Club in July 1999. The tracks on the albums were recorded at the Longacre Theater in New York City, New York, US, on November 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25, 1995, as the band was touring to promote the album THRAK.

<i>BBoom: Live in Argentina</i> 1995 live album by King Crimson

B'Boom: Live in Argentina is a live album by the band King Crimson, released in 1995. All songs were recorded between 6 October – 16 October 1994 at the Broadway Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, except for "Heartbeat" which was recorded in Córdoba.

<i>The Vrooom Sessions</i> 1999 compilation album by King Crimson

The VROOOM Sessions is an album of instrumental outtakes recorded by King Crimson as studio improvisations during the rehearsals for the recording sessions of their 1994 comeback EP Vrooom.

<i>Nashville Rehearsals</i> 2000 compilation album by King Crimson

Nashville Rehearsals is an album of studio sessions and rehearsals by the band King Crimson, released through the King Crimson Collectors' Club in November 2000. The band were working towards a new King Crimson studio album, but decided progress was unsatisfactory and did not develop these ideas further.

<i>Live in Mexico City</i> (King Crimson album) 1999 live album by King Crimson

Live in Mexico City is a live album by band King Crimson, first released as a free Windows Media Audio download in 1999. Some tracks later appeared on the live albums Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live (1999) and Vrooom Vrooom (2001), and as part of the expanded "THRAK BOX" in 2015.

<i>Vrooom</i> 1994 EP (mini-album) by King Crimson

Vrooom is a mini-album and EP by the band King Crimson released in 1994, a companion to the subsequent album THRAK (1995).

"People" is a promotional single by the band King Crimson, released in 1995 on the album THRAK (1995).

<i>Cirkus: The Young Persons Guide to King Crimson Live</i> 1999 live album by King Crimson

Cirkus: The Young Persons' Guide to King Crimson Live is a live album compilation from King Crimson. It was released in 1999 through Virgin Records.

The ProjeKcts are a succession of spin-off projects associated with the band King Crimson.

<i>The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume Two – 1981–2003</i> 2005 box set by King Crimson

The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson – Volume Two – 1981–2003 is a compilation album by the highly influential English progressive rock band King Crimson, containing the best-known songs from the group's 1981–2003 phase. No material from the album the construKction of light (2000) was included in this box set. It was released in 2005.

<i>Vrooom Vrooom</i> 2001 live album by King Crimson

Vrooom Vrooom is a live album by the band King Crimson, released in 2001.

<i>Salad Days</i> (Adrian Belew album) 1999 compilation album by Adrian Belew

Salad Days is the twelfth solo album by Adrian Belew, originally released on February 9, 1999. It is a recording of acoustic/unplugged compositions both old and new.

<i>Live at the Orpheum</i> 2015 live album by King Crimson

Live at the Orpheum is a live album by the band King Crimson, released by Discipline Global Mobile records in 2015. The album was recorded on 30 September and 1 October at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California on the band's The Elements of King Crimson US tour of 2014.

THRAK is the fifth of the major box set releases from English progressive rock group King Crimson, released in 2015 by Discipline Global Mobile & Panegyric Records.

References

  1. Live, D. G. M. (10 October 2016). "King Crimson, 30 October, 1994 Fashionable, 1994". DGM Live. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. Live, D. G. M. (7 November 2016). "The Double Trio - Robert Fripp". DGM Live. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  3. "King Crimson | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company . Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  4. "Fripp's DGM Live diary". Dgmlive.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. Gioffre, Daniel. King Crimson - THRAK (1995) album review, credits & releases at AllMusic
  6. Bambarger, Bradley (19 September 2008). "King Crimson - THRAK (1995) album review". Rolling Stone . Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. 1 2 Grant, Steven; Fleischmann, Mark; Robbins, Ira. "TrouserPress.com :: King Crimson". TrouserPress.com . Retrieved 30 July 2016.