The new reformed King Crimson of 1981 was an entirely different beast than the one that roamed the planet in the late '60s/early '70s. For starters, new members Adrian Belew (vocals/guitar) and Tony Levin (bass) has signed on, joining previous members Bill Bruford (drums) and leader/founder Robert Fripp (guitar). And while the band was still unpredictable musically, their new sound and approach resembled little to their original progressive direction -- they were more aligned to Remain in Light-era Talking Heads (a band in which Belew had just completed a stint being a touring guitarist). With two albums under the new lineup's belt, (1981's Discipline and Beat), the new Crimson hit the road, resulting in their first home video, The Noise: Live at Frejus. Although the video was rarely seen until it was reissued by DGM in 1997, it was originally taped in August of '82 at the Arena in France, and proves to be a superb visual document of '80s-era Crimson. All of the musicians are experts at their respective instrument, able to create dreamy soundscapes ("The Sheltering Sky"), noise freakouts ("Indiscipline"), pretty ballads ("Matte Kudasai"), and twisted pop ("Neal and Jack and Me"). Chances are, just one look at The Noise: Live at Frejus will get you hooked on the mighty King Crimson.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato