Favourite King Crimson singer?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Madrid, May 23, 2020.

  1. Madrid

    Madrid Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Who is your favourite of the King Crimson singers any why?

    Thought this could potentially be an interesting poll, at least between Lake, Wetton and Belew. Imagine the others won't get many votes at all, but who knows.

    Also - which of them have you seen live with the band and what did you think?

    Such a fascinating band with so many great members contributing - thought this could be interesting.
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  2. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    It’s between Lake and Wetton. I’m not a big fan of Belew’s voice. I chose Wetton, because that’s the KC period I like best. Red is one of my very favorite albums.
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  3. Joe McKEe

    Joe McKEe Forum Resident

    Tough call between Lake and Wetton but I have to go with Lake.
  4. Billy Infinity

    Billy Infinity Johnny Switchblade: Adventure Punk

    My favorite era is the Wetton/Bruford jawn, but Greg Lake's voice is tops for me.
  5. Shriner

    Shriner Forum Resident

    Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    I went for Wetton, but Belew was in the mix for top spot.
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  6. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    To be honest, King Crimson had some good vocalists, but never a great one. For me, this band is all about the other instruments. In that regard they are second to none. All imho of course.
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  7. manxman

    manxman Forum Resident

    Isle of Man
    Judy Dyble. (Well, she was with Giles, Giles & Fripp rather than King Crimson proper, but I wish she'd stayed with them.)
  8. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    John Wetton. I love Belew as well, but his voice tends to shine more on his solo material and when he as more melodic stuff with which to work. His vocals were really, really good on Thrak. Likewise, Wetton's best singing probably came in Asia, whether or not your really liked the material.

    I like Lake's singing through about ELPowell, but his work on the Crimson debut actually gets a bit boring for me. I pretty much skip Court of the CK and Epitaph now. Nothing new there.
  9. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    Tough choice between Lake, Wetton and Belew. I like Greg's voice better, but my favorite Crimso songs are sung by John and Adrian.
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  10. WithinYourReach

    WithinYourReach Resident Millennial

    Austin, TX
    Similar to a poster above, I voted for Lake as my favorite singer, but followed close by Belew as he is on a lot of my favorite KC songs.
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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  11. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Lake cos he had the best voice....
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  12. Zongadude

    Zongadude Music is the best

    It has to be Jakko.
    The most versatile, warm, and probably capable of all.
    He can sing all the different eras and be convincing at each one.
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  13. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA.
    This is a tough call, as each brought something a little different.

    I went with Wetton; I like the gruff, weary quality he brought to the table—perfect for that era of the band.

    Belew did very well too in his 25+ years as the frontman.
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  14. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man

    Wetton would be my second choice.
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  15. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    John Wetton with Boz Burrell as second
  16. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    I could pretty much go either way with Lake or Wetton, but I ended up picking Lake because I think his voice is slightly better. If I was factoring in instrumental skill then I would have to go with Wetton.
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  17. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    I went with Lake with Wetton a close 2nd. Lake had more range.
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  18. Grower of Mushrooms

    Grower of Mushrooms Omnivorous mammalian bipedal entity.

    Much as I love KC, I was never really struck with any of the vocalists.

    Now, imagine if Peter Hammill had done a stint in KC. Disengage from Exposure is a colossal track.
  19. G B Kuipers

    G B Kuipers Forum Resident

    Easy: Jon Anderson on Prince Rupert (Lizard).

    Otherwise, Lake.

    I love the Wetton era, but his voice always sounds strained and slightly off pitch to me.
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  20. Of those listed I'd say Greg Lake is my favorite singer in general. But specifically in the context of King Crimson, and all that entails, I voted Adrian Belew, particularly with the 81-84 period on mind. Belew was the perfect vocalist for that ensemble, and his often non-traditional approach to lyrics and singing paralled the experimental approach of the instrumentalists. He was a King Crimson singer, and not just a singer of King Crimson songs, if that makes any sense. Belew was never less than totally committed, and brought a level of engagement that has not always been evident in all KC singers.
  21. hodgo

    hodgo Tea Making Gort (Yorkshire Branch) Staff

    East Yorkshire
    In Order.....

    1. Greg Lake
    2. John Wetton
    3. Jakko Jakszyk
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  22. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    All of KC's vocalists have really fit their material well, but I couldn't imagine anyone having been able to replace Wetton or Belew in their respective lineups.

    In terms of picking one over the other, Wetton era Crimson has always been my favourite, so he would be my top choice.

    But I love Adrian. His Power Trio concert that I attended is my favourite live show I've ever been to. And having met him twice, he seems like a really nice, down to earth guy.
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  23. humpf

    humpf Allowed to write something here.

    First, I am not exactly a fan. It sounds to me like the vocal was always intentionally supressed on KC albums. Belew is the only one who was distinctive enough to get through. On the other hand Wetton's delivery may be the main backdraw of that era KC for me.
  24. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident

    Difficult to choose between Lake & Wetton but Lake edges it!
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  25. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    I prefer Lake to Wetton, but it's a close one.
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