The experiment continues in Day 4 with a legendary release from the masters of Progressive Rock, King Crimson, and their epic 1981 record, Discipline. This was the debut of the classic lineup of Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Bill Bruford. I purchased this one on vinyl while on vacation in Los Angeles in 1984. I had never heard anything quite like it, and it stands outside and well above nearly anything else I can think of from that entire decade. The guitar work of Fripp and Belew, both virtuoso players individually, became something greater than the sum of its parts when they blended their distinct styles together into something awe-inspiring. Add Levin’s outstanding work on bass and Chapman Stick, and Bruford’s magnificent percussion barrage, throw in Belew’s fantastic wordplay and crystalline vocals, and you have an astonishingly talented band. The whole album is extraordinary, but The Sheltering Sky, Matte Kudasai, Elephant Talk, and Frame By Frame are certainly highlights for me. If you’ve never heard this one, I highly recommend giving it a listen.
Written By Braddon S. Williams