“But whatever it’s all about, this is unquestionably one of the most beautiful violin albums I’ve ever come across, and one of the best albums so far this year.”

Amen to that!

Make Your Own Taste

starless-starlight-album-sleeve-artworkby Allister Thompson

If you are a proghead, there’s no doubt you are very well familiar with King Crimson’s classic 1974 album, Red. This very unusual album is dark, heavy, sorrowful and beautiful, containing both brutal, angular elements and the heights of celestial beauty, usually in the span of one tune. It’s an all-time classic with a huge and well-deserved reputation. Central to this album’s appeal is the track “Starless”, which starts off as a majestic existentialist ballad before going off in some really crazy avant-garde directions that make Henry Cow and Van der Graaf Generator sound like Kool and the Gang, before a thundering finale based on that original ethereal mellotron theme.

David Cross was the violinist in King Crimson in the early seventies, making valuable contributions to the albums Larks Tongues in Aspic and Starless and Bible Black, as well as some key contributions to Red

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