For those who aren't familiar with the guitarist Robert FRIPP, you have to be aware that he is without doubt the most experimental musician of his generation. After his first experience with the group of GILES-GILES-FRIPP in 1968, he formed a new group which included bassist-singer Greg LAKE, drummer Michael GILES and saxophonist Ian McDONALD. The first album of the group, "In The Court Of The Crimson King", which was released in 1969, has since been considered the founding opus of a new musical genre: Progressive rock ! The box set "Epitaph" retraces the very first concerts of this period, especially the live performances of the legendary "Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man", a cornerstone of contemporary music... So began KING CRIMSON, a group dedicated body and soul to the aims of its leader and noted for incessant changes of personnel. Their music, equal parts jazzy, rock and symphonic work, started to become more and more experimental and furious. "In The Wake Of Poseidon" and "Lizard" (The latter with Jon ANDERSON singing on one track !) both followed in 1970, with "Islands" showing up the following year. However, the very summit of their form, technically skillful, violent and spectacular, was not attained until the arrival of drummer Bill BRUFORD and bassist John WETTON in 1973. "Larks' Tongues In Aspic", along with "Starless And Bible Black" and "Red" the following year, are simply gems, mixing hallucinatory improvisations with insanely tortured (And tortuous) composed themes. "The Night Watch" is a recording of a concert from 1973 in which the quartet (Violinist David CROSS also played keyboards) continued to explore the outer limits... By order of their leader, KING CRIMSON broke up in 1974, after having released what remains their climactic album. A second incarnation saw the light of day in 1981, which was just as if not even more virtuosic than the original. The same drummer and guitarist were joined by Americans Tony LEVIN (Synthesizers, bass & Chapman Stick) and Adrian BELEW (Vocals & guitar). Three albums containing a hybrid of new-wave (More a reaction to the fashions of the time than any kind of concession to the musical industry, which would have been as useless as it was vain) and more "conventional" KING CRIMSON made an appearance: "Discipline" in 1981, "Beat" the following year and "Three Of A Perfect Pair" in 1984. There were also two visual documents of the madness of the group on stage ("The Noise - Live in Fréjus" and "Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan"). There followed a second period of slumber after their very last concert in Montreal in 1984, which was released as the double CD "Absent Lovers" (With impeccable sound, making it one of the most extraordinary concerts ever played by the group !). The group was stirred to action again in 1994 and remains so today, thirty-plus years after its birth. The first recording was an intentionally down-and-dirty short CD entitled "Vrooom". the double live album "B'Boom" was recorded in Argentina in 1995, and "THRaKaTTaK" the following year on tour. The perfect sound gave an idea of the damage done on stage by Master FRIPP and his disciples, which included Pat MASTELOTTO and the ubiquitous Bill BRUFORD on drums and percussion, Adrian BELEW, Tony LEVIN and Warr guitarist Trey GUNN. A fair number of the tracks from "Vrooom" (1994) and "Thrak" (1995), the two fiery, experimental studio albums of this lineup, figured on the first, as well as tracks from the second incarnation ("Sleepless", "Indiscipline") and even the first ("Red", "Larks' Tongues In Aspic"...). The famous "soundscapes", experimental research into the possibilities of solo electric guitar, were elevated to the level of an institution. Robert FRIPP created the label Discipline Global Mobile, on which he has released new recordings by the last incarnation of the group (A quartet on "The ConstruKCtion of Light", recorded in 2000 without Tony LEVIN or Bill BRUFORD), as well as albums by offshoot groups, such as THE PROJEKCTS. All the reissues of live concerts, whether current-day or historic, contain very complete booklets with numerous photos and lots of notes by Master FRIPP himself ! "The Noise - Live In Fréjus" offers us a really impressive quattuor dealing with technicality, inventiveness and cohesion. "Three Of A Perfect Pair - Live In Japan" is another testimony of a tour in Japan in the eighties. "Live In Japan" allows us to rediscover Tokyo a decade later, from now on with six musicians at the apex of their art !!! As for the DVD "Deja Vrooom", its issue in 1999 was kind of revolution for the music video world, due to the multiple new options. The programme is included on a double sided disc, which means the equivalent to two DVD ! Apart from the wonderful concert played by the double-trio, we can hear loads of bonus, from the photo album to Robert FRIPP's thorough comments, and to the possibility to choose the camera angles. As a bonus, create your own version of the famous "Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man", combining as you like the recordings from 1969, 1971, 1974 and even 1996 ! Four different line-ups for four different rhythm sections, four different vocals and four different solos... That keep an amazing synch on all the different combinations available. Adrian BELEW singing at the same time as Michael GILES plays the drums ?!? From now on, this is reality !!!