Meltdown: Live in Mexico City

Meltdown: Live in Mexico City is a Blu-ray and triple-disc CD live album by the English progressive rock band King Crimson. Recorded over five nights in July 2017, Meltdown was released on 20 October 2018 and was produced by Bill Rieflin from multitrack recordings. The release was announced in August 2018 and was preceded by streaming of the track "Indiscipline" on 4 October.[1][2]

Meltdown: Live in Mexico City
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Live album by
Released20 October 2018
Recorded14–19 July 2017
VenueTeatro Metropólitan in Mexico City
GenreProgressive rock
LabelDiscipline Global Mobile
ProducerBill Rieflin
King Crimson chronology
Live in Vienna
Meltdown: Live in Mexico City


Comprising three compact discs and a Blu-ray, Meltdown: Live in Mexico City is a robust package documenting an incarnation of King Crimson that the group's founder Robert Fripp described as "the best band I’ve been in, musically, personally, professionally."[3] The three CDs distill King Crimson's five concerts in Mexico City from 14 to 19 July 2017 down to three and a half hours, and the Blu-ray video further condenses the performances to two hours.[4][5]

Meltdown marked the first release to feature recordings of the band's extended lineup playing "Breathless", "Discipline", "Moonchild" and the cadenzas of Tony Levin and Jeremy Stacey.[4] These recordings are taken from concerts during the band's June-July 2018 European tour, and are featured at the end of the third disc as the 2018 Official Bootleg.

In his road diary, Levin surmised that the series of concerts would impact how the band played in the future.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz     [7]

Writing for All About Jazz, John Kelman praised Meltdown, highlighting the video recording of the performance as well-edited.[7] He considered the release an improvement on 2016's similar box set, Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind.[7]

Track listingEdit

Disc one
1."Walk On"Robert Fripp, Mel Collins, Tony Levin3:46
2."Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One"Fripp, David Cross, John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Jamie Muir9:28
3."Neurotica"Fripp, Adrian Belew, Bruford, Levin4:57
4."Cirkus"Fripp, Peter Sinfield7:40
5."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part I: Dawn Song)Fripp, Sinfield2:19
6."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part II: Last Skirmish)Fripp, Sinfield6:10
7."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part III: Prince Rupert's Lament)Fripp, Sinfield2:30
8."The Hell Hounds of Krim"Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, Bill Rieflin3:42
10."Fallen Angel"Fripp, Wetton, Richard Palmer-James6:08
11."Islands"Fripp, Sinfield9:02
12."The Talking Drum"Fripp, Cross, Muir, Wetton, Bruford3:48
13."Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two"Fripp7:02
Total length:73:14
Disc two
1."Indiscipline"Fripp, Belew, Bruford, Levin7:59
2."The ConstruKction of Light" (Part I only)Fripp, Belew, Mastelotto, Trey Gunn6:05
3."Epitaph"Fripp, Sinfield, Greg Lake, Michael Giles, Ian McDonald8:33
4."Banshee Legs Bell Hassle"Harrison, Mastelotto, Rieflin1:40
5."Easy Money"Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James9:56
7."The Letters"Fripp, Sinfield6:12
8."The Sailor's Tale"Fripp6:24
9."CatalytiKc No. 9"Harrison, Mastelotto, Jeremy Stacey1:12
10."Meltdown"Fripp, Jakko Jakszyk4:22
11."Radical Action II"Fripp2:28
12."Level Five"Fripp, Belew, Mastelotto, Gunn7:08
13."Starless"Fripp, Bruford, Cross, Wetton, Palmer-James12:46
Total length:77:32
Disc three
1."Peace – An End"Fripp, Sinfield1:56
2."Pictures of a City"Fripp, Sinfield8:22
3."Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row"Harrison, Mastelotto, Rieflin3:10
5."The Court of the Crimson King"Sinfield, McDonald7:03
6."'Heroes'"David Bowie, Brian Eno4:42
7."21st Century Schizoid Man"Fripp, Sinfield, Lake, McDonald, Giles13:13
8."Discipline"Fripp, Belew, Levin, Bruford5:29
9."Moonchild"Fripp, Sinfield, Lake, McDonald, Giles2:27
10."Tony's Cadenza"Levin1:20
11."Jeremy's Cadenza"Stacey1:06
13."Cool Jam" 2:31
Total length:67:35
Blu-ray video
1."Walk On"3:28
3."Pictures of a City"8:23
5."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part I: Dawn Song)2:19
6."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part II: Last Skirmish)6:10
7."Lizard" (The Battle of Glass Tears – Part III: Prince Rupert's Lament)2:26
9."Devil Dogs of Tessellation Row"3:09
13."Peace – An End"1:56
14."Easy Money"9:55
16."The Letters"6:13
17."The Sailor's Tale"6:23
18."CatalytiKc No. 9"1:13
19."Fallen Angel"6:00
20."The Talking Drum"3:48
21."Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two"6:51
23."The Hell Hounds of Krim"3:39
24."21st Century Schizoid Man"13:58
Total length:152:16


Credits adapted from liner notes[8]

King Crimson

Additional personnel

  • David Singleton – photography, liner notes, production, mastering
  • Don Gunn – mixing


Chart (2018) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 58
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 84
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 48


  1. ^ "King Crimson: 'Meltdown in Mexico – Live in Mexico City 2017' with 3+ Hours of Music Coming Soon". Rock Cellar Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Watch: Here's Pro-Shot Footage of King Crimson's 3-Drummer Lineup Playing 'Indiscipline'". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Sid. "Meltdown Out Now!". Discipline Global Mobile. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Smith, Sid. "Meltdown in Mexico". Discipline Global Mobile. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ Munro, Scott. "King Crimson Add Dates to Uncertain Times UK Tour". Louder Sound. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ Levin, Tony. "King Crimson 2017 Tour Pt. 1, Mexico Shows 4&5". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Kelman, John. "King Crimson: Meltdown (Live in Mexico City)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  8. ^ Meltdown: Live in Mexico City (CD liner notes). King Crimson. Discipline Global Mobile. 2018. KCXP5005.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ " – King Crimson – Meltdown – Live in Mexico City" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 43 (dal 2018-10-19 al 2018-10-25)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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