It all started with a buzz that was damn right: a masterpiece called In The Court of The Crimson King was voted album of the year in 1969 and the band, overwhelmed with all the success with the critics and the audience, imploded. Each album of King Crimson had the entire staff replaced over and over. But in 1973, Fripp found a perfect nucleus in drummer Bill Bruford and bassist John Wetton. Together they performed in the three most radical and vanguardist records of the seventies in England. They picked up the slack other bands were leaving because of changes of personnel and trends. King Crimson, although the members were always in crisis, never sold out or gave the audience a bad product. Even nowadays, King Crimson should be a hot ticket when they go touring.
When Red came, King Crimson was a trio, but went out with a blast with the final song of the line-up, "Starless." A 12 minute masterpiece featuring Mel Collins and Ian McDonald on saxophones. "One More Red Nightmare" was a leap into the future the same way they did it with "21st Century Schizoid Man" five years earlier. Unfortunately, there wouldn't be more KC until 1981, when Fripp renamed the band Discipline he was playing with Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford.