King Crimson - Beat: 40th Anniversary Edition CD + 5.1 / hi-res DVD-A (expanded / remixed / remastered)
Beat was the second release by the 80s King Crimson, which featured the powerful lineup of Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford, all of it sympathetically remixed and expanded by Steven Wilson. This isn't one of the most essential albums in the cannon, imo, but it's a good album and this is the best version you can get of it.
"Beat is the 11th release in the acclaimed King Crimson 40th anniversary series. The classic album has been mixed for 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Crimson founder Robert Fripp.
The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson plus a studio version of the otherwise unreleased track "Absent Lovers".
The DVD-A features a 5.1 DTS Mix and High Resolution Stereo mixes. Also included on the DVD-A: a 5.1 Lossless audio mix and Lossless Stereo mixes; both the original album mix and the new album mix in High Resolution stereo; the complete album in rough mix form dating from the time of the original sessions; performances featured on German TV live from The Alabamahalle & the original, rarely seen, promo film for 'Heartbeat'.
Beat was released in June 1982 just eight months after the '80s Crimson lineup debut album Discipline. It marked the first occasion where a King Crimson line-up had remained intact for a two album stretch and was also the first album by the band to employ a separate producer - Rhett Davies."
- LabelInner Knot