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Editors’ Notes

After he entered the public eye as frontman for the new wave–influenced '80s version of prog legends King Crimson, Adrian Belew began a long solo career. His first three albums, all on Island Records, established his blend of pop smarts and experimental ingenuity. Desire of the Rhino King contains the majority of the tracks from each of those albums. Belew's debut, Lone Rhino, features electrifying, off-kilter art-pop tunes like the funk-flecked "Adidas in Heat" and the quirky-but-stately "The Lone Rhinoceros" while showing off his explosive, Hendrix-gone-psycho guitar innovations. The follow-up, Twang Bar King, emphasizes the former Frank Zappa sideman's sense of humor ("Fish Head," "The Ideal Woman") and shows off his knack for evocative melody (the expansive art rock of "The Rail Song," the Eastern-tinged "She Is Not Dead"). Belew's third album, Desire Caught by the Tail, focuses exclusively on his gifts as a guitar stylist, with instrumental pieces that utilize his skills at employing guitar synths and other electronics to transform his six-string into something otherworldly.

Customer Reviews

Not for everyone - - just for those who listen to it

From AB's liner notes: "'Desire' is not for everyone..." If you are a fan of Belew's guitar genius then you won't need a review to make you want to listen. Otherwise, you may find the first listen difficult at best, but these songs really are gems that become more valuable with each listen. Listen to "The Rail Song" and you will find yourself gripped with the urge to hop on a freight train. Most of these songs will have a similar power. Keep in mind that this is a compilation of three solo albums in one. It's an essential album.

belew at his best

Was so excited this was on I tunes. Had the Lone Rhino album in the 80's until it walked away. This is great because it includes other tracks as well. It's really difficult to find belew's or King Crimson's music because it is so "obscure." Not to those of us who listened to alternative and musically aestheic music instead of pop. Now on to search for Lori Anderson and some good Kate Bush.


Great but I want King Crimson.


Born: December 23, 1949 in Covington, KY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Adrian Belew has played with some of rock's biggest names over the years (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, King Crimson, etc.), he remains one of the most underrated and woefully overlooked guitarists of recent times. Like all great guitarists, Belew has his own recognizable style/sound (one that admittedly tends to be quirky and off-the-wall at times), and is an incredibly versatile player, as he's always found a way to make his signature style fit into a wide variety of musical...
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