THRAK from 1995 is the tenth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series and was the first full album to feature the ‘Double Trio’ incarnation of the group.
The CD features a brand new ’21st century stereo reimagining’ of the album by Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp, while the DVD-a features 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Res stereo mixes by Jakszyk and Fripp, alongside a Hi-Res of the original album stereo mix.
Presented in a double digipak in slipcase and including a booklet with sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.
The 1994 return of King Crimson was timed perfectly, matching, in no particular order, one of the peak periods for CD sales, a time of great variety of radio formats in the USA, the growth of a number of bands who pointed eagerly to the influence of King Crimson – especially of the 1972-74 band – a more positive critical reception for the band, following the remasters of the catalogue, Frame by Frame and Great Deceiver boxed sets supervised by Robert Fripp. Such timing not only benefited from the release of the various musicians from their other musical commitments, but in Robert Fripp’s case, the ultimately successful battle to regain control of King Crimson’s catalogue.
Recorded at Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld studios THRAK was released in 1995 and followed by tours in Europe, Japan and the USA. Thrak and its accompanying tours managed the task of appealing to older Crimson fans, while allowing the band to develop a whole new audience – perhaps unsurprisingly, as many of the musical ideas initially formulated by Crimson lineups of the 70s and 80s had been absorbed, extended and re-presented in a new light by bands directly influenced by earlier Crimson albums and performances.