Prog-rock pioneers King Crimson have announced that their entire studio catalog will launch on Spotify this June as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. King Crimson--who have long held out when it comes to releasing their full catalog to streaming--made the announcement at a press event in London via their manager David Singleton, as Rolling Stone reported.
King Crimson will release their entire studio catalog--from their 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King, to 2003’s The Power to Believe--on Spotify June 10 to coincide with the kick off of their 50th anniversary world tour in Germany. While the band has released a few rarities and live shows to streaming since 2017, this is the first time King Crimson’s entire studio catalog will hit Spotify.
Why such a long holdout? Unlike other high-profile artists who site poor sound quality, Singleton said that the band was still enjoying physical record sales for a number of years after streaming services like Spotify launched. “The reason we’ve been slow on Spotify is that, unlike apparently the whole of the rest of the industry that’s been telling us that physical is dead, we’ve had rising physical sales for probably the last 10 years.”
But with their 50th anniversary finally here, Crimson wanted to get their music out to as many people as possible. “In the end, our prime function is to serve the music and make the music available, and Spotify has now definitely become one of the places that people, particularly younger people, find music.”
The North American leg of King Crimson’s 50th anniversary tour kicks off on Sept. 3 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and wraps up on Sept. 29 in Atlanta. The tour includes a stop at Denver’s historic Paramount Theatre on Sept. 8. Purchase your (Tickets) here.