Making a compilation for a friend this weekend has forced me to approach this stuff yet again. Crimson is such an eclectic band. How to produce an introduction to their work that is representative?
Limiting myself to those works that feature horns is step one. That gives me a 5 year span, 1968-73, roughly. This is doable.
Step two is to feature the drumming of Michael Giles, so this narrows the scope further, to the first album, some live bits, and the recent schizoid band project. This makes things loads easier.
Finally, outside of these, what other songs mean the most to me and feature woodwinds? There is only one. Starless, from Red, with Bill Bruford on percussion.
In the end, nine tracks were chosen:
In the Court of the Crimson King
21st Century Schizoid Man
I Talk to the Wind
The King Crimson Barbershop
Commentary on each will follow as time permits.