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Title: Beat
Artist: King Crimson
Type: Studio Album
Released: June 18th, 1982
Recorded: 1982
Length: 35:19
Label: EG Records
Producer: Rhett Davies


Beat is an album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982. Its title is partly inspired by the writings of the beat generation: Track 1, "Neal and Jack and Me", is the track on the album most obviously inspired by beat writers. The 'Jack' of the title is beat writer Jack Kerouac, and the 'Neal' of the title is Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady. Track 3, "Sartori [sic] in Tangier", also derives its title from beat influences including the Jack Kerouac novel Satori in Paris, and the city of Tangier in Morocco, where a number of beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing. Writer Paul Bowles was associated with the beats, and his novel The Sheltering Sky, which provided the title for a track on King Crimson's previous studio album, Discipline, is partly set in Tangier. Track 7, "The Howler", may refer to the beat poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg. According to the Trouser Press Record Guide, the album focused on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Kerouac's On the Road. The Chapman Stick introduction to "Sartori in Tangier" is featured in the first scene of the premiere of the MTV show The Maxx. Of King Crimson's thirteen studio albums, this is the only album that does not have a title track, although its title is included in the name of the song "Heartbeat".

Track Listing Edit

  1. Neal And Jack And Me (4:22)
  2. Heartbeat (3:54)
  3. Sartori In Tangier (3:54)
  4. Waiting Man (4:27)
  5. Neurotica (4:48)
  6. Two Hands (3:23)
  7. The Howler (4:13)
  8. Requiem (6:48)

Musicians Edit

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