11th Release in King Crimson's Superlative 40th Anniversary Series (CD + DVD-A) featuring 2016 Stereo/5.1 Surround Mixes by Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp, Bonus Tracks & Sid Smith Sleeve Notes!
Beat was released in June 1982 just eight months after the '80s Crimson lineup debut Discipline. It marked the first occasion where a King Crimson line-up had remained intact for a two album stretch and was also the first album by the band to employ a separate producer – Rhett Davies. The juxtaposition of lyrics heavily influenced by '50s beat luminaries Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and the complex polyrhythmic musical textures of the ‘80s Crimson, the strength of the songs and the cohesion of the studio performances, all helped the album chart upon release in the US and the UK.
Released as part of the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series, the CD features a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp, while the DVD-A features a 5.1 surround sound mix and high resolution of both the original and new stereo mixes. Also included is a rough album mix, video performance footage of two songs from The Alabamahalle, Germany, and the promo film for Heartbeat.
• These classic releases are the newest in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series
• Mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson & is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp
• CD's feature a completely new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp & Steven Wilson
• DVD-A (compatible with all DVD players & DVD Rom players) features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes
• DVD-A players can additionally access a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes
• DVD-A features both the original album mix & the new album mix in High Resolution stereo
• Presented as a 2 x digi-pack format in a slipcase with new sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith along with rare photos & archive material