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King Crimson — Eyes Wide Open
Album: The Power To Believe
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Released: 2003
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Here it comes, here comes another day
Another decision on the way
Well here it comes, here comes a covered display
Of preferences to make
Here comes a knock on the door
Open it for an opportunity
Well here it comes, here comes a physical rain
Of memories to be made

Eyes wide open
Eyes wide open all the time

'N there it was, it was the perfect take
And were you asleep or awake?
There it was, it was a perfect time
To speak your mind
'N there it was, it was the chance of a lifetime
It flew right by and what did you do?
Well there it was, it was another day
For memories to be made

Eyes wide open
Eyes wide open all the time
I've got my eyes wide open all the time
Eyes wide open
Because you never know
What you might see

Memories to be made

Eyes wide open
Eyes wide open all the time
I've got my eyes wide open
Eyes wide open
Because you never know
What you might see
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 nicknt wrote:

Horrible cover, good album.




I agree! Great tune!
Horrible cover, good album.
I do get King Crimson. Some complain about everything, but having seen this band in a number of incarnations, there is no other group on this planet that does what they do. And Tony Levin plays bass. Nothing more needs be said. If your ears are wide open.
 paulstrangeway wrote:
I just don’t get King Crimson......
A solid 4 for me. 

I keep trying to like them, but it’s shite, there moments where I think “oh” and then I realise it’s still hippy rubbish.
 
I don't think of Crimson as hippy-esque at all - it strikes me as angular. What KC comes across to me is very mental, very head-centered (Talking Heads also strike me that way). To put it another way, the musicianship and complexity of what they are playing is rather fascinating. It's impressive that way. But it is lacking a certain amount of heart & belly... I say that as someone who likes most of their work.
 paulstrangeway wrote:
I just don’t get King Crimson......
A solid 4 for me. 

I keep trying to like them, but it’s shite, there moments where I think “oh” and then I realise it’s still hippy rubbish.
 
Ha ha.  I shouldn't appreciate this comment, but I do.  Thanks for the laugh, friend.  This gets a 1 from me.  Plus a PSD if I feel that way inclined.
Absolutely one of the best King Crimson songs ever!
Damn.  This sounds good.
I just don’t get King Crimson......
A solid 4 for me. 

I keep trying to like them, but it’s shite, there moments where I think “oh” and then I realise it’s still hippy rubbish.
 westslope wrote:
I caught some video of KC performing with 3 drummers.

It is interesting to observe the drummers watching each other.  No spontaneous combustion took place.  
 

The new 8-man three-drummer configuration is magnificent.
Can you tune the bass any lower?
I caught some video of KC performing with 3 drummers.

It is interesting to observe the drummers watching each other.  No spontaneous combustion took place.  
 westslope wrote:
On_The_Beach,
Did you know that if you experience a once in half a century wildfire event in July, that it is more likely to happen in August and then more likely to happen the following year?  
Wisdom.
Hope you are enjoying the increased traffic congestion in the Lower Wasteland.   :-) 
 
Yes, the forest fires and traffic congestion seem to be getting worse every year.
All the more reason to escape to RP!  ; )
My introduction to the general excellence of Gavin Harrision's drum work.
On_The_Beach,

Did you know that if you experience a once in half a century wildfire event in July, that it is more likely to happen in August and then more likely to happen the following year?  

Wisdom.


Hope you are enjoying the increased traffic congestion in the Lower Wasteland.   :-) 
So great to KC on RP!
MORE PLEASE!!!!! {#Bananajam}
I was totally astounded that they came out with this after laying low for so long — and was transported to another level by seeing them play during the subsequent tour at a great-sounding venue at Showa Women's College, near me at the time in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo...
See them on this tour if you can!  OMG!! Rock and roll perfection!  
 westslope wrote:
Is it true they have 3 drummers!?!!
 
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 westslope wrote:

Is it true they have 3 drummers!?!! 

 
Yes, they do. Gavin Harrison, who I had heard of but did not really know, is one of those folks who channel the pulse of creation into a drum set. The precision exhibited by this band is a thing to behold. What they accomplish is comparable to a symphony orchestra in the tightness and timing. Plus, Tony Levin is part of the crowd. I missed their alleged last tour ever last year, then they came around again. Pretty exceptional.
 Steely_D wrote:
GO SEE the current eight headed version of this band. They are at another peak.

 
Is it true they have 3 drummers!?!! 
GO SEE the current eight headed version of this band. They are at another peak.
 elutz wrote:
I really like Adrian Belew. 

 
He's going on tour soon...
2 in a row?  Bonus.
 Steely_D wrote:
This isn't a good iteration of KC.

The Discipline era version of these guys was well worth the time, but then it fell into unattractive noise.
But the 2014-2015 iteration - THAT's worth listening to.

Three drummers, Mel Collins and Tony Levin. Sheesh. Great stuff. Smart music for people who like that sort of stuff.

  Yes, Bill please play more from Discipline and 3 is a perfect pair!


I really like Adrian Belew. 
Made my Day !  :)
 dragon1952 wrote:
"Eyes wide oh-PEN
Cause you never know what you might see"
Now there's a real epiphany {#Undecided} Kind of a dumb song.

 
......"those that don't know, don't know that they don't know".....HA!
One of the better things about being in college in the 80s....discovering bands like this....{#Cheers}
This isn't a good iteration of KC.

The Discipline era version of these guys was well worth the time, but then it fell into unattractive noise.
But the 2014-2015 iteration - THAT's worth listening to.

The current configuration: three drummers, Mel Collins and Tony Levin. Sheesh. Great stuff. Smart music for people who like that sort of stuff.
One of the smartest bands on the planet. 
"Eyes wide oh-PEN
Cause you never know what you might see"
Now there's a real epiphany {#Undecided} Kind of a dumb song.
I was incredibly lucky and blessed to see them tour with the Trippy Frippy Belew vibe they had going at the time, in Tokyo, in '03 or so.
 westslope wrote:
Seattle in October!  I might have to drive down.
So, if I tell US Customs that I am going to a King Crimson concert, will that get me barred from entering the USA?

 
You think they need a reason...? Paaaah!!!!!
What a band...!!
 hschlossberg wrote:
King Crimson just announced a US tour, including Fripp, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), drummer Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails) and others.  Tickets go on sale this Friday for all shows.

 
I'd go just to see Gavin Harrison.  One of the best (and least known) drummers out there today.


Another great song. What else would we expect from this band?
I like it {#Yes}
 westslope wrote:
Seattle in October!  I might have to drive down.


So, if I tell US Customs that I am going to a King Crimson concert, will that get me barred from entering the USA?

 

You may have trouble getting back into Canada though  {#Yes}
Seattle in October!  I might have to drive down.


So, if I tell US Customs that I am going to a King Crimson concert, will that get me barred from entering the USA?
 planet3one9 wrote:
I know KC fans are gonna hate on me for my opinion - I KNOW they are all great musicians - and I LOVE some of their stuff - but this one is just awful. Eye yi yi eyes wide ooooooopen.... Ugh. Can't hold a note
 
Absolutely agree, this song is dreadful.
I don't understand this song.. if his eyes are open all of the time they would just dry out and he wouldn't be able to see anything. Is he talking about a robot or something?
King Crimson just announced a US tour, including Fripp, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), drummer Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails) and others.  Tickets go on sale this Friday for all shows.
That is one creepy cover.
Perfect.  And now Porcupine Tree!  
 marlonp33 wrote:

It's Trey Gunn actually, you really should check him out!

 
That through me for a loop. Could have sworn that was Levin playing his ever popular 'stick'. 
What a distinctive sound - never heard this particular cut but knew at once who it had to be. More and more I think they were "ahead of their time", whatever that really means. Maybe more like "from a parallel universe": almost but not quite fitting in with ours - in a way that makes me take notice and question my assumptions about what feels and sounds "comfortable".
Anybody that says they can't dance to this isn't really trying.
 hayduke2 wrote:
Please, more mind expanding music by King Crimson/Adrien Belew! 
I flashed back to having lunch with Belew in Jersey City, while filming Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave, geez...
Reagan daze 


Nice!  What memories, I'm sure.
Sorry, forgot Tony Levin.  Would be nice to hear more music with Tony Levin playing.
Yes, please, play more King Crimson, both old and new.  Fripp, Eno, Belew, we could stand to hear more from these gentlemen.
I would never have recognized this as King Crimson, but it's quite nice. I like it better than most of their older stuff I've heard. (Not much of a fan of prog rock.)
 EssexTex wrote:
 srose96 wrote:
Anybody got any ideas what the album art is supposed to communicate?   {#Think}

 
State of the NHS?.....


 
{#Bounce}      {#Clap}

(For them what prob'ly don't know :  NHS = National Health Service of the UK)

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 Sjaaks wrote:
To me it sounds like a "Let's see in how many different ways we can sing Eyes Wide Open". After 300 variations to singing that sentence, it's done...

2 —> 2
 
Exactly, It has grated on me for years. Just get somewhere with the song but it just noodles on in perpetuity.
 katiediddler wrote:

Sounds like Levin. Am I right? Love that resonant electric bass of his.

 
It's Trey Gunn actually, you really should check him out!
I much prefer the early stuff.
Interesting and ever changing! Yep...good stuff.
My desktop speakers are sorely inadequate for this song.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
I wish they still made music........
 
Check out Pat Mastellotto (sp?). He played drums with KC for awhile, and has a number of projects going. Similar musical vein.

He lives in Dripping Springs, his wife is a long-time friend.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
I wish they still made music........
 
No kidding and I think this is one older band that could still sound relevant, current....like they are from this era....
how great is Adrian Belew...?  {#Sunny}
I wish they still made music........
 mcYammer wrote:
Want more King Crimson
this might push me to learn how to upload songs... 
 
Please do.
 srose96 wrote:
Anybody got any ideas what the album art is supposed to communicate?   {#Think}
 
It's a detail from "Fin de Siecle"  (End of the Century) by P.J. Crook - a British painter and sculptor, and no, it has nothing to do with the past, present, or future state of American health care.
Please, more mind expanding music by King Crimson/Adrien Belew! 
I flashed back to having lunch with Belew in Jersey City, while filming Laurie Anderson's Home of the Brave, geez...
Reagan daze 
Want more King Crimson
this might push me to learn how to upload songs... 
This caught my attention right away — and in a good way! Straight to 8!
 tomeck wrote:

King Crimson two times in one day makes this day brilliant :)

But there's still too few KC tracks in RP (compared to Talking Heads or Pink Floyd for example...)

  that's right, to Talking Heads especially ;)

 DoctorHooey wrote:
There's far better KC out there, but better than no KC
 
TOTALLY agree!  Suggestions would include a few tracks from Discipline, Thrak, 3 of a Perfect Pair, Beat, among others...all of which would be, ahem, music to the ears, of most RP listeners, and are much better than this track.

I know KC fans are gonna hate on me for my opinion - I KNOW they are all great musicians - and I LOVE some of their stuff - but this one is just awful. Eye yi yi eyes wide ooooooopen.... Ugh. Can't hold a note

King Crimson two times in one day makes this day brilliant :)

But there's still too few KC tracks in RP (compared to Talking Heads or Pink Floyd for example...)


 Synth80s wrote:


Darn — I wish it were going to be SACD, but I'll take what I can get.  I know neither format is really doing well, but some of my favorite albums have been remastered and remixed tastefully (!!!) in SACD 5.1 and when it's done right, it's almost like hearing them again for the first time.  The Depeche Mode and Genesis remasters/remixes in SACD 5.1 are stunning, as is Roxy Music's "Avalon," Steely Dan's "Gaucho," Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" and Mark Knopfler's "Shangri-La" (which is just incredible).
 
I'm getting goosebumps just thinking of a Wilson remaster of their back catalogue.
Besides, DTS (DVD-Audio) kills SACD in dynamic range and top end signal-to-noise.
The proprietary SACD 1-bit sampling equipment introduces or fails to filter out some rather nasty noise around the 60khz range. This noise is noticeable as beat frequency artifacts on top end tweeters but is filtered out mechanically on stuff like soft domes. ;)


 mandolin wrote:


...steven wilson is remastering king crimson, really?..
 

Fripp picked SW to remaster the entire KC back catalogue.
There's far better KC out there, but better than no KC
 mandolin wrote:
...steven wilson is remastering king crimson, really?..
Yep...really - per dgmlive.com (mail order) "This classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp." in DVD-A high Res.

To me it sounds damn good.

Love Crimso.

8
To me it sounds like a "Let's see in how many different ways we can sing Eyes Wide Open". After 300 variations to singing that sentence, it's done...

2 —> 2
No matter the personnel on their many incarnations, this 'band' knows how to push the limits of modern music.  This is VERY tasty, no?

Love this song.  Just realized that I'm also starting to recognize Fripp's signature guitar work.

Sounds like Levin. Am I right? Love that resonant electric bass of his.


 Sjaaks wrote:
What a weak song! {#Rolleyes}
(now let the "What a weak comment" replies come... {#Lol})
2
 
nope, totally agree.  took the words out of my mouth.

Like it!
More KC please!  {#Smile}
What a weak song! {#Rolleyes}
(now let the "What a weak comment" replies come... {#Lol})
2
 MinMan wrote:
FYI. 40th anniversary DVD-A version of such albums remixed / remastered (in 5.1) by Steven Wilson are becoming available through DGM website.

 

Darn — I wish it were going to be SACD, but I'll take what I can get.  I know neither format is really doing well, but some of my favorite albums have been remastered and remixed tastefully (!!!) in SACD 5.1 and when it's done right, it's almost like hearing them again for the first time.  The Depeche Mode and Genesis remasters/remixes in SACD 5.1 are stunning, as is Roxy Music's "Avalon," Steely Dan's "Gaucho," Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" and Mark Knopfler's "Shangri-La" (which is just incredible).
Not one of King Crimson's better albums overall (even among those in the Belew era), but this is a great song.  It feels like a throwback to THRAK, which I really enjoy.  Seeing the double trio formation of King Crimson live a few times was a real treat.
 PFM wrote:

I think it's the future of health care. That's the waiting room you can see in the background.
 
So that must be Michelle Obama with her hand on the baby! {#Angel}
Artists I know in real life get 9's, no exceptions!
 srose96 wrote:
Anybody got any ideas what the album art is supposed to communicate?   {#Think}
 
I think it's the future of health care. That's the waiting room you can see in the background.


 srose96 wrote:
Anybody got any ideas what the album art is supposed to communicate?   {#Think}
 
State of the NHS?.....

Anybody got any ideas what the album art is supposed to communicate?   {#Think}
 ziggytrix wrote:

I'm so clueless I thought it was PT till Bill followed it with an actual PT song forcing me to check out the playlist.
 

I wouldn't call that clueless at all ... I'd say that was an artful segue from the master.
Most excellent . . .
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I was just thinking this has a Porcupine Tree feel to it.
 
I'm so clueless I thought it was PT till Bill followed it with an actual PT song forcing me to check out the playlist.
Was listening to the Morphone song earlier today on RP and thinking some King Crimson would go great especially a track with some crazy sax in it. This works for me.
 MinMan wrote:
FYI. 40th anniversary DVD-A version of such albums remixed / remastered (in 5.1) by Steven Wilson are becoming available through DGM website.

 

...steven wilson is remastering king crimson, really?..
 MinMan wrote:
For starters, go buy "Starless and Bible Black", "Larks Tongues in Aspic", & "Red" - you will not regret it.
 
I second those recommendations!

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Thanks for the recommendations!
  FYI. 40th anniversary DVD-A version of such albums remixed / remastered (in 5.1) by Steven Wilson are becoming available through DGM website.

 MinMan wrote:
For starters, go buy "Starless and Bible Black", "Larks Tongues in Aspic", & "Red" - you will not regret it.
 
Thanks for the recommendations!

 peter_james_bond wrote:
I'm with you. Of course I've heard of King Crimson but other than In 'The Court of The Crimson King', I haven't heard much music from this talented band, even though they've put out many albums. Thanks RP, feel free to play more King Crimson.
  For starters, go buy "Starless and Bible Black", "Larks Tongues in Aspic", & "Red" - you will not regret it.
 MinMan wrote:
 vandal wrote:
The foundation for everything Trey Anastasio ever thought he "created."
Always source your material from the best available!
 
Its one thing to"source" it, and another thing entirely to ape it. . .


 On_The_Beach wrote:

I was just thinking this has a Porcupine Tree feel to it.
 
Only fitting since the bands are close friends and GH is drumming for them.
 westslope wrote:
This song—Eyes Wide Open—actually sounds a little like a Porcupine Tree number off Lightbulb Sun.
 
I was just thinking this has a Porcupine Tree feel to it.


I bought this CD. IT is weirdly formulaic...they are playing all the right notes, but the ideas sound recycled.  The earlier albums are much fresher-sounding.  Still good stuff, as you can hear from this song.
 mandolin wrote:
...i've never heard this before - very nice...
 
I'm with you. Of course I've heard of King Crimson but other than In 'The Court of The Crimson King', I haven't heard much music from this talented band, even though they've put out many albums. Thanks RP, feel free to play more King Crimson.

 scottflory wrote:
i'd recognize belew anywhere !!  hadn't heard this one before, might need to go get the album
 
Don't bother. I love, love, love King Crimson but "The Power to Believe" is a terrible album – "Thrak" was their last good one. If you don't have that, I'd recommend it. There are a couple of songs on there that sound like "Eyes Wide Open", but better. 
i'd recognize belew anywhere !!  hadn't heard this one before, might need to go get the album
bit boring, but pleasant

The more I listen to it

The more i like it.

 

The more KC in RP the better!


 vandal wrote:
The foundation for everything Trey Anastasio ever thought he "created."
Always source your material from the best available!
 Limpopoking wrote:

good taste is good because it's rare

 
"Good taste" is a subjective notion, and has little to do with whether or not it's rare.


Obviously a talented band, but the vocals are just grating
 tm wrote:

Yeah - it's funny really - Adrian Belew/Robert Fripp really have Trey on anything he ever thought was something he invented.  Although surely Trey is a fantastic guitarist.

 
well put, and agreed. . .


 vandal wrote:

The foundation for everything Trey Anastasio ever thought he "created."
 
Yeah - it's funny really - Adrian Belew/Robert Fripp really have Trey on anything he ever thought was something he invented.  Although surely Trey is a fantastic guitarist.

 keller1 wrote:
7.1 for Belle and Sebastien, 6.3 for this.

That makes no sense at all.

 
good taste is good because it's rare


The foundation for everything Trey Anastasio ever thought he "created."


7.1 for Belle and Sebastien, 6.3 for this.

That makes no sense at all.