I think my favorite all-time band has always been King Crimson, for reasons I cannot explain. In Twitter-size bites with Sid Smith, I decided it might be time to explore some of them.
At this time I was also listening to Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Tarkus); Frank Zappa (Overnight Sensation); Jeff Beck (Blow By Blow), and was listening more to bands like Gentle Giant; YES; Renaissance; Genesis, Premiata Forneria Marconi and Banco from Italy, and Quiet Sun, from the U.K. Strings and wind were as vital as electrified/amplified instruments, in addition to rhythms and assertive vocals.
These were the spectra I viewed the world through, as I left Boston with my family for a couple of years in Iran as civilian ex-pats. All of these friends came along, in my suitcase. I've made new friends, but kept the old, as every one of these spin on my playlist at monthly or more often today (OK, except Renaissance and Banco; the Ayatollah got my record collection and these two fell off of the replacement list.)
Not that he was the only one; Greg Lake (RIP) and Boz Burrell (RIP) were both good voices for the Crim. Adrian Belew who is thankfully still rocking was a GREAT voice for Crimson, both in vocal and guitar, since his guitar "speaks" Crim-ean. None of these had the edge and menace of Wetton, though Ade set a new standard for Control and Tension, Cadence and Cascade with a wider vocal register, keeping edge while replacing menace with wit.