Now hearing the whole thing in its pure naked glory three things come to mind. Firstly, confirmation of Mr Fripp's brilliant technique on any guitar. Secondly, confirmation of his genius for composing stunning parts for guitar. Finally, confirmation of his genius for composition in general bearing in mind how the guitar bit fits into the complex whole.
Cirkus also has one of my favourite Pete Sinfield lyrics, by the way, making it close to a Crimso fave - one of my top five. Remarkably the Islands line-up did a fine job of playing it live, proving just how underestimated they were.