Much of the album was recorded live, but edited and blended with studio material. King Crimson's previous album, Larks' Tongues in Aspic on which they had moved decisively away from a more traditional progressive rock sound drawing on American jazz, and towards the influence of European free improvisation [ citation needed ] , had been recorded by a quintet lineup of the band, including experimental percussionist Jamie Muir. Early in , Muir abruptly left the band — ostensibly due to an onstage injury, but in fact due to an overwhelming spiritual need to retreat from music and spend time in a monastery something which was not communicated to his bandmates according to the liner notes for the Portsmouth Guildhall show in the Complete Recordings box set. The band's drummer, Bill Bruford, absorbed Muir's percussion role in addition to his own kit drumming, and the band continued to tour as a quartet.
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Red was made by a core 3-piece of Fripp, Wetton bass and vocals and Bill Bruford drums. Starless is a formally more complex piece, in three sections. The first is essentially a ballad, written and sung by Wetton. After Cross left the group at the beginning of the sessions, Fripp inherited and adapted it.