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In the Court of the Crimson King [LP]

Artist: King Crimson

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Label: Discipline Global Music
Album: In the Court of the Crimson King [LP]
# Song Title   Time
1)    21st Century Schizoid Man Including Mirrors
2)    I Talk To the Wind
3)    Epitaph Including March For No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
4)    Moonchild Including the Dream and the Illusion
5)    Court of the Crimson King Including the Return of the Fire Witch and the Dance of the Puppets, The
 



Performer Notes
  • Initial pressings featured a limited edition, cardboard-stock gatefold sleeve and unpublished archive photos.
  • King Crimson: Greg Lake (vocals, bass); Robert Fripp (guitar); Ian McDonald (flute, clarinet, saxophones, keyboards, background vocals); Michael Giles (drums); Peter Sinfield.
  • The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody. At the time, it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition (the Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.) out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise. Ian McDonald's Mellotron is the dominant instrument, along with his saxes and Fripp's guitar, making this a somewhat different-sounding record from everything else they ever did. And even though that Mellotron sound is muted and toned down compared to their concert work of the era (e.g., Epitaph), it is still fierce and overpowering, on an album highlighted by strong songwriting (most of it filled with dark and doom-laden visions), the strongest singing of Greg Lake's entire career, and Fripp's guitar playing that strangely mixed elegant classical, Hendrix-like rock explosions, and jazz noodling. Lineup changes commenced immediately upon the album's release, and Fripp would ultimately be the only survivor on later King Crimson records. ~ Bruce Eder

Professional Reviews
Q (12/99, p.162) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...this 1969 album's manic energy and compressed imagery captures the violent downside of the hippy years...better than almost any other recording from the time..."

Q (Magazine) (p.121) - "From baroque ballads to avant-garde heavy metal, Crimson's debut sounded unlike anything else before or since."

Format:Vinyl (0 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:18 October, 2010

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John Erikson on
 
I like hard rock and great guitar,I also like progressive music and enjoy in-depth arrangements And its on this iconic album. Every bit of this album Is brilliant, intense, and epic. The iconic album cover says it all,Do your self a favor if your never heard this album,and get a copy,on vinyl,and listen to the creative brilliance,oozing out of every track. I think I will get another copy through Fishpond at their great price, just to frame the cover alone.
Ramiro Ortega on
 
Quite possibly the best rock album ever created. This is a work of rock music grandiosity immersed in an artistic veil that truly displays the beauty of what rock could've been at the time.
Prog rock music has always been the best form of artistic expression in the world of music and this is the best and major component of that beast, that machine that was the amazing epic sounds that came from brilliant and genius bands.
This 1969 debut from the original line-up of the band has never been matched. Every single song is an epic journey and the songs themselves couldn't be more complimentary to each other.
21st Century Schizoid Man proved to be the very first heavy hard rock song ever written, I Talk to The Wind was a heavy and gentle contrast to that. Epitaph is definitely the album's finest, with a gorgeous symphonic flow in the background, the epic lyrics and the sweet voice of Greg Lake all converge and take this song one step ahead of anything released by this time.
Moonchild is an epic in its very own way. The first half of this piece is a very mellow undertake of an experimental and yet unfinished session and the second part which is two thirds of the whole song is a naked overview, practically a genesis and conception of a possible masterpiece on its way that never really made it that far; pretty much like watching a painter create every little image that would eventually evolve into a gorgeous painting.
The last song is as epic as it can be. This album closer is possibly the best and most fulfilling you can possibly hear. From the evangelic chorus to the apostolic verses, the song has an intense drive that throughout the song there are so many turns to explore other melodies and yet this song doesn't go astray as it always finds its way through the joyful melody all the way to the fake ending.

This album couldn't have been better. In its way it's a statement of how far rock can go with a little genius and pushing the envelope a bit could not only be a way of giving birth to a new breed of rock, but also a nice practice to the art of self indulgence.

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