King Crimson is a rock band formed in London in 1969, known for its eclectic merging of jazz, folk, classical, psychedelic, experimental hard rock and heavy metal. With a mix of American and British members, they have a large cult following. The membership was constantly unstable in the first years, and each release sports a different line-up, beginning with the debut album "The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp."
Their live debut was at Hyde Park, London before more than half a million people. The official debut of the '69 line-up was "In The Court of the Crimson King." Following a U.S./European tour, the second album, "The Wake of Poseidon," was released and well-received. "Lizard" and "Islands" followed in '71, with a penchant for improv and avant-garde jazz. The band is still haggling over personnel.