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King Crimson — Walking On Air
Album: Thrak
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:31
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Close your eyes and look at me
I'll be standing by your side
In between the deep blue sea
And the sheltering sky
If we find no words to say
To the rhythm of the waves
Then we'll both surrender there
Walking on air

And the worries of the day lie down
Under cover of the fading clouds
The secrets of the night
Come alive in your eyes
You don't have to hurry
You don't have to try
You don't have a care
You're walking on air

And the worries of the day lie down
Under cover of the fading clouds
The secrets of the night
Come alive in your eyes
You don't have to hurry
You don't have to try
You don't have a care
You're walking on air
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 zhekavarva wrote:
Ukrainians stay with Radio Paradise. At least - my wife and a 7 y.o. son do !Thank you!

 

 
Awesome, Long Live RP and all listening to this wonderful station!!
I'm going 8 to 9 on this one today.
Really great song! Such pretty vocals. 
Ukrainians stay with Radio Paradise. At least - my wife and a 7 y.o. son do !Thank you!

 

 Propayne wrote:
Spirit into King Crimson

I never in a million years thought I would listen to a radio station that would do that.

It's like Bill rifles through my record collection at night while I'm asleep. 
 

 memoryboxer wrote:
I'm not sure which is more exciting... having RP introduce me to a band I've never heard of and immediately fall in love with, or having them throw me a song I've never heard from a band I thought I knew fairly well? Thanks for always keeping it interesting, Bill!
 
100% agreed!  And which of these two is this King Crimson track to you?  For me it's the former, though it does sound a lot older than 'from 1995' to me.....huh....Long Live RP!!
sweet and phat ... and grand
I'm not sure which is more exciting... having RP introduce me to a band I've never heard of and immediately fall in love with, or having them throw me a song I've never heard from a band I thought I knew fairly well? Thanks for always keeping it interesting, Bill!
 SoundThinker wrote:
Just bought three tickets to see them in September 2019 in Denver. 7th row center seats! 50th Anniversary Tour! 
 
This will be the 19th time I get to see them in concert and only the second time without Adrian.
Just bought three tickets to see them in September 2019 in Denver. 7th row center seats! 50th Anniversary Tour! 
 Imkirok wrote:

I've done the same thing - decided I didn't like an artist just because people I didn't like listened to it.  In junior high it was Rush because one of the school bullies wore a 2112 t-shirt.  In college, a couple of huge pot heads cranked up Echo and the Bunnymen on occasion.  So I ruled out those, and other bands, through guilt by association. 

Boy, did I miss out on a lot of good music.

 
That must have been the one and only Rush fan who was a bully!{#Stupid}
 izycrzy wrote:
I think I just realised that I thought I hated King Crimson, because my metal-head sister liked them in high school, and I hated all her music by default. But that was actually King Diamond, and that this is pretty good.

 
I've done the same thing - decided I didn't like an artist just because people I didn't like listened to it.  In junior high it was Rush because one of the school bullies wore a 2112 t-shirt.  In college, a couple of huge pot heads cranked up Echo and the Bunnymen on occasion.  So I ruled out those, and other bands, through guilt by association. 

Boy, did I miss out on a lot of good music.

can we get some "Walking on Sunshine" after this??
KC - still relevant, out putting on amazing live shows and creating exciting, challenging music. 
I think I just realised that I thought I hated King Crimson, because my metal-head sister liked them in high school, and I hated all her music by default. But that was actually King Diamond, and that this is pretty good.
Romantic.  Love King Crimson.
Must have listened to a lot of Roy Orbison.
 Pedro1874 wrote:  in 2013

Looking forward to more KC Bill - thanks.  {#Notworthy}
In Library: King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

In Library: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

In Library: King Crimson - Epitaph

In Library: King Crimson - Eyes Wide Open

In Library: King Crimson - Fallen Angel

In Library: King Crimson - One Time

In Library: King Crimson - The Court Of The Crimson King

In Library: King Crimson - The Power To Believe II

In Library: King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair

In Library: King Crimson - Walking On Air

Rejected: King Crimson - Book Of Saturday

Rejected: King Crimson - Dinosaur

Rejected: King Crimson - Doctor Diamond (live)

Rejected: King Crimson - Easy Money

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Exiles

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame by Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame By Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Free As A Bird (Live 1995)

Rejected: King Crimson - Heartbeat

Rejected: King Crimson - Indoor Games

Rejected: King Crimson - Into the Frying Pan



 

 
Now 14 tracks in the library but still no Frame by Frame or Thrak or ways to see what has been rejected - shame.  Cannot paste list below as shown in columns but if you click on first few words you will be taken to the library page.

ArtistSong TitleAlbumKing Crimson21st Century Schizoid ManIn The Court Of The Crimson KingKing CrimsonEasy MoneyLarks' Tongues In AspicKing CrimsonElephant TalkDisciplineKing CrimsonEpitaphIn The Court Of The Crimson KingKing CrimsonExilesLarks' Tongues In AspicKing CrimsonEyes Wide OpenThe Power To BelieveKing CrimsonFallen AngelRedKing CrimsonI Talk To The WindIn The Court of the Crimson KingKing CrimsonOne TimeThrakKing CrimsonPeopleThrakKing CrimsonThe Court Of The Crimson KingIn The Court Of The Crimson KingKing CrimsonThe Power To Believe IIThe Power To BelieveKing CrimsonThree of a Perfect PairThree of a Perfect PairKing CrimsonWalking On AirThrak




Absolutely love this track... Solid 10.
I'm always delighted to hear Crimson influences in a lot of newer music. Such incredible innovation.
It sounds like John Lennon cover of 'd rather go blind :D
That was delightful.  Have not played Thrak in a while; to be remedied soon.
Fun book out now called: "The Show That Never Ends - The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock" by David Weigel.

Very detailed and reverential chronicle of the genre.

I really enjoyed it. 
Really looking forward to their show in October - 11th Row Center at a great venue here in Austin!
 bam23 wrote:

What bugs me is that they are lumped in with Yes and ELP. Sure, all the music writers consider these groups to be roughly equivalent (prog), but King Crimson has always been in a class alone. Despite the sharing of some of the same exceptional musicians, these groups are not in the same league. Listen to Yes lyrics and then King Crimson and tell me that they don't differ. Somehow KC manages to go somewhere that these others don't.

 
True to some extent, but I can find lyrics in several KC tunes that are just as silly or superficial as anything Yes or ELP wrote. Not to take away from any of those bands because I liked them all for various reasons.
 Steely_D wrote:
Just saw the eight-headed beast this month. WELL worth it.
Three drummers (that was not a misprint), woodwinds (Mel!), bass (Levin!), keyboards (Reiflin!), Jacksyk & Fripp! on guitars.

I've seen them maybe ten times and this is a way cool version. Reworked some classics, a bit of new stuff. Strong recommendation.

 
The latest and maybe last incarnation was my third. Last year they toured for their final time, I failed to act, and regretted it deeply until they came around again this summer. Well worth it all. What bugs me is that they are lumped in with Yes and ELP. Sure, all the music writers consider these groups to be roughly equivalent (prog), but King Crimson has always been in a class alone. Despite the sharing of some of the same exceptional musicians, these groups are not in the same league. Listen to Yes lyrics and then King Crimson and tell me that they don't differ. Somehow KC manages to go somewhere that these others don't.
As often with them, they seem to inhabit a surreal koto and shamisen-kind of groove on this one...and the bass is WOW!
 NelsonBlack wrote:
Certainly not their best song. But, still a very nice one. King Crimson at least until the end of the double-trio era has to have sustained the longest streak of high quality of any the major prog groups. While others like Yes and Floyd slowly became dinosaurs, KC reinvented itself several times.  My personal favorite band remains the 73-75 quintet/quartet, but there is much to enjoy from all phases of its existence. I was fortunate to have seen them in  November 1995 and that concert is near the top of my list.

 
I'm sorry to say that I went to a H.O.R.D.E. Tour concert in the summer of 1996 that had several bands (Blues Traveler, Lenny Kravitz, Rusted Root, Sixteen Horsepower, etc.) including King Crimson and had no idea who they were, so I did not really pay attention to their show or the music itself. I regret that my musical ignorance at the time made me miss out on that opportunity.
Just saw the eight-headed beast this month. WELL worth it.
Three drummers (that was not a misprint), woodwinds (Mel!), bass (Levin!), keyboards (Reiflin!), Jacksyk & Fripp! on guitars.

I've seen them maybe ten times and this is a way cool version. Reworked some classics, a bit of new stuff. Strong recommendation.
Spirit into King Crimson

I never in a million years thought I would listen to a radio station that would do that.

It's like Bill rifles through my record collection at night while I'm asleep. 
 Skydog wrote:
cool video for this song,...
.
 https://vimeo.com/77444817

 
Thanks for sharing this link - it is super cool!
I dare you Bill to play the track THRAK on RP....Ha!!!{#Devil_pimp}
cool video for this song,...
.
 https://vimeo.com/77444817
 coloradojohn wrote:
One of the best shows I have ever seen was their gig at Showa Womens' University in Setagaya-ku, where I lived at the time, in spring of '03. They moved us to tears! The band was surprised at all the adoration, but they clearly deserved it...

 
Cool.

This song is gorgeous. 
One of the best shows I have ever seen was their gig at Showa Womens' University in Setagaya-ku, where I lived at the time, in spring of '03. They moved us to tears! The band was surprised at all the adoration, but they clearly deserved it...
going to catch them live next week...
so much looking forward. 
Apparently I gave this a 4 {#Stupid}. Something must've gone wrong {#Ask} Now a well deserved 7
Certainly not their best song. But, still a very nice one. King Crimson at least until the end of the double-trio era has to have sustained the longest streak of high quality of any the major prog groups. While others like Yes and Floyd slowly became dinosaurs, KC reinvented itself several times.  My personal favorite band remains the 73-75 quintet/quartet, but there is much to enjoy from all phases of its existence. I was fortunate to have seen them in  November 1995 and that concert is near the top of my list.
Super Awesome mind music : )   chill  -   aaaaaaaaaaaaah
I find it to be Bowie-esque, I like it
Definitely not my cup of tea, sounds a complete mess, sorry. I love early Crimson btw
What an amazing talent. I was lucky to meet Adrian when my vacation in Sydney in 2014 coincided with his Crimson ProjeKCt tour Down Under. 
 jbuhl wrote:
THRAK!  What a great piece of sound art!  and Rolling Stone had Springsteen among their top 100 guitarist and not Belew!  
MORE KC! 

The Japan performance of this song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBcIQbNIVmY

 

 
This performance in Japan is transcendent. I appreciate the link. One of the commenters on the youtube video said something like "I'm crying and I don't know why". I pretty much had the same reaction.
Sublime. Beautifully sublime.
This album has a special place in my heart. A friend introduced me to King Crimson just before THRAK arrived, and though I recognize that it differs considerably from traditional KC, I appreciate Belew's strong influence and the thunderous power of the double trio lineup. I saw them live twice in 95-96 and it was unforgettable. Among all songs, this was the one that made me dig into Belew's solo career. So beautiful. Only on RP!
Adrian Belet is incredible by himself. But what a band. What musicianship. Wow
Adrien! He does the score for the new Pixar short film Piper.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/pixars-new-short-piper-has-881301
 
This piece never fails to bring me to stop whatever I'm doing as I simply absorb it. The first notes do the trick. This is so different from the early King Crimson, but the continuity is in the creativity.
Ya gotta love the Art Rock genre, now! Sweet! Now all we need is a little ELP, baby, yeah!
Vroom redux.
Most excellent. 
Man, listen to the interplay between the bass and the drummer.
THRAK!  What a great piece of sound art!  and Rolling Stone had Springsteen among their top 100 guitarist and not Belew!  
MORE KC! 

The Japan performance of this song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBcIQbNIVmY

 
 stunix wrote:
Frippertronics!     I mean, come on, who uses tape nowadays?  the medium of ferric tape lasted little longer than 40 years.  Even IT backups are ditching the helical head rubbing "rust" in favour of raids. 
There are a few techniques in music making that will never happen again, we dont splice lengths of tape, running it back and forth thrugh the head to find the point, mark with wax pencil, in to the block, 45 degree cut, swapping reels, joining and trailing it around microphone stands and watkins copycats., it was an artform.   Its all compooterised samples now.!! 
dsotm would never have been made without a razor blade and some splicing tape.  Have you ever had to rebuild a Mellotron?    why would you?!   king crimson - mellotron

 
yeah, but what did you rate this on meter above
Adrian Belew recently posted a full c.1980 concert of him playing w/Talking Heads on his Facebook page: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_PC6TlIhs
 
Jimi, is that you ?
Frippertronics!     I mean, come on, who uses tape nowadays?  the medium of ferric tape lasted little longer than 40 years.  Even IT backups are ditching the helical head rubbing "rust" in favour of raids. 
There are a few techniques in music making that will never happen again, we dont splice lengths of tape, running it back and forth thrugh the head to find the point, mark with wax pencil, in to the block, 45 degree cut, swapping reels, joining and trailing it around microphone stands and watkins copycats., it was an artform.   Its all compooterised samples now.!! 
dsotm would never have been made without a razor blade and some splicing tape.  Have you ever had to rebuild a Mellotron?    why would you?!   king crimson - mellotron
First thought was"Oh,a Roy Orbison I've never herd before"  But it's not, is it? Very nice.
 
{#Sunny}
Whoah, that wandering, thundering bass...the ethereal guitars...the trippy rhythms...fabulous in every way, and forever a solid jam gem

This is good. But you've not heard King Crimson until you've heard Pictures Of A City. That shows how tight these guys were.

Please play it Bill!!!!


 JohnnySockhead wrote:
I'm a big fan of Adrian Belew era Crimson, especially Discipline, Beat, 3 of a Perfect Pair. This is delicate and wistful in a good way and recalls that trilogy (so to speak) and gets better in my mind with each listen.

 
Yeah , Mor KC!
I'm a big fan of Adrian Belew era Crimson, especially Discipline, Beat, 3 of a Perfect Pair. This is delicate and wistful in a good way and recalls that trilogy (so to speak) and gets better in my mind with each listen.
I've never heard this song before, it's really beautiful.
 aspicer wrote:
Simply love this tune - divine!  ......and another plea for Frame by Frame on RP too...Bill?!

 
I'll second that!

P.S. So much for trying.  Frame by Frame has already been rejected.  :-(
Wow! I don't think I have ever heard this song until now. I have missed out on an awesome experience. Thanks, RP!
I always get this bands name mixed up with this guy.

King Diamond 
More King Crimson
..lovely....agree with comment combining John, George and Roy's genes....
..devoted like Harrison would've liked..open it up with the guitar over synth..sweetness..
 westslope wrote:

Word.  Moreover, you get to listen to a roster of superb musicians who have been heavily influenced by Fripp, Belew and the lads. 

 
Agreed. It always cracked me up that Fripp (allegedly) took some guitar lessons from Trower...
transcendant, beautiful so that you can listen to it 's layers of sound, and join the musicians state of being
They're coming to a city relatively near you, at least in North America this fall, at least in some permutation. 
Ethereal. Very nice sunset music. 
 PLH wrote:
If Roy Orbison and George Harrison had a baby...
 
If Roy Orbison, George Harrison and John Lennon had a baby. 
Simply love this tune - divine!  ......and another plea for Frame by Frame on RP too...Bill?!
Nice to hear this again so soon. 
NEVER would have guessed
 Jmr1371 wrote:

This song is all guitars. No synthesisers. Incredible!



 
Not sure that's entirely true, as Belew played guitar synthesizer for KC at this time, both on recordings and live. 
 oldsaxon wrote:
Bloody hell. This is nice.

 
Nice when first released.  Nice now.  Timeless. 
This is why there's a "godlike" rating. Incredible ballad with transcendent playing. Note that this is from the same period where they were also playing totally avant garde material, they had the talent to play virtually anything. Belew's reverse-attack solo is remarkable, as well as his shimmering rhythm. 
 bseib wrote:
Hmmm, I wonder if Dave Grohl has ever listened to this ...  {#Smile}

 


Hmmm, I wonder if Dave Grohl has ever listened to this before...  {#Smile}
If Roy Orbison and George Harrison had a baby...
 rcurrier wrote:
Fripp and company manage to stay 5 or more years ahead of everyone else. 
 
Word.  This is spectacular.
OK, I'm just being a sh*t disturber . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMqIQhiJdvs
 rocgroup wrote:
Just one more compelling reason to listen to RP. Fripp and Belew.

 
Word.  Moreover, you get to listen to a roster of superb musicians who have been heavily influenced by Fripp, Belew and the lads. 
Just one more compelling reason to listen to RP. Fripp and Belew.
Fripping awesome
Bloody hell. This is nice.
Great album by the Crimsters. Thanks for not forgetting about them, Bill. {#Angel}


And you couldn't get a better rhythm section than Bill Bruford & Tony Levin if you ordered one from the Twisting Nether itself!
With no new PT product, would be nice for Krimso to reconvene. 
 aspicer wrote:

Of all tunes - how was Frame By Frame rejected?!?  It would be perfect on RP....Bill?

 

 
Perfect follow up to Band of Horses

Please Maestro, play Frame by Frame as well as a number of other KC gifts.
Thank you! 
Lovely song.  Always got me.
 

If you enjoy KC, you might like Steven Wilson's latest solo CD:  The Raven that refused to sing.

Took me a few listens but yesterday, it grabbed me.  


This song is all guitars. No synthesisers. Incredible!


OUTSTANDING!                 {#Yell}
 TJS wrote:
It must really suck living in a hotel for so many years.
 

I live in a church now...  life is grand...

everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 midreaming wrote:

i dunno about that.. you never have to cut the grass ...or make the bed.  'he's always got the music on and people in his room dancing. that doesn't suck.. if you're into that kind of thing
 
Yep, drummer Charlie Watts has lived for decades with his family in a deluxe London hotel.
Heartbeat also.

A nice mellow unobtrusive track.
 Pedro1874 wrote:

Looking forward to more KC Bill - thanks.  {#Notworthy}
In Library: King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

In Library: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

In Library: King Crimson - Epitaph

In Library: King Crimson - Eyes Wide Open

In Library: King Crimson - Fallen Angel

In Library: King Crimson - One Time

In Library: King Crimson - The Court Of The Crimson King

In Library: King Crimson - The Power To Believe II

In Library: King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair

In Library: King Crimson - Walking On Air

Rejected: King Crimson - Book Of Saturday

Rejected: King Crimson - Dinosaur

Rejected: King Crimson - Doctor Diamond (live)

Rejected: King Crimson - Easy Money

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Exiles

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame by Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame By Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Free As A Bird (Live 1995)

Rejected: King Crimson - Heartbeat

Rejected: King Crimson - Indoor Games

Rejected: King Crimson - Into the Frying Pan



 
 
Of all tunes - how was Frame By Frame rejected?!?  It would be perfect on RP....Bill?

 
Frippertronics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers Pedro1874!
KC is transcendant (I'm even taken by the cover art)!
{#Daisy}
Fabulous.
Coming here to look up this song gave me TWO surprises:

1) This is King Crimson!  How did I not recognize that!
2) KC recorded this in the mid 90's !!

I was sure this song was no older than 5 years, and did not expect to find that it belonged to KC.

Well done Bill. Well done KC.

Looking forward to more KC Bill - thanks.  {#Notworthy}
In Library: King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

In Library: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

In Library: King Crimson - Epitaph

In Library: King Crimson - Eyes Wide Open

In Library: King Crimson - Fallen Angel

In Library: King Crimson - One Time

In Library: King Crimson - The Court Of The Crimson King

In Library: King Crimson - The Power To Believe II

In Library: King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair

In Library: King Crimson - Walking On Air

Rejected: King Crimson - Book Of Saturday

Rejected: King Crimson - Dinosaur

Rejected: King Crimson - Doctor Diamond (live)

Rejected: King Crimson - Easy Money

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Elephant Talk

Rejected: King Crimson - Exiles

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame by Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Frame By Frame

Rejected: King Crimson - Free As A Bird (Live 1995)

Rejected: King Crimson - Heartbeat

Rejected: King Crimson - Indoor Games

Rejected: King Crimson - Into the Frying Pan



 
 TJS wrote:


It must really suck living in a hotel for so many years.
 
i dunno about that.. you never have to cut the grass ...or make the bed.  'he's always got the music on and people in his room dancing. that doesn't suck.. if you're into that kind of thing
Really doesn't get any better.  THANK YOU!
amazing {#Good-vibes}
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 ra990 wrote:
Got to give this group credit for always trying to stay relevant.
 
Trying?

Fripp and company manage to stay 5 or more years ahead of everyone else. 
Epic album... sublime Thrak track
eargasm...now it is time to drift off...
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 

It must really suck living in a hotel for so many years.

Sweetness, light, grace.

 


Bliss!!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 Frabjous wrote:
Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, what a combo! Fripp is the über guitarist
 
they balanced each other perfectly...

the ultimate right-brain, left brain guitar duo....  {#Notworthy}

I wish to believe Belew references The Sheltering Sky when he wrote this. The siesta scenes, especially
Nomness.. The fingerpicking..