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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael ... Read more in Amazon's King Crimson Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000042NZ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Originally issued back in September 1969, In the Court of King Crimson heralded the dawn of prog-rock, but is mercifully free of the over-ambition synonymous with the genre. Moonchild's subdued improvisation apart; the tracks skilfully blend song and instrumental elements: quality of music counts as much as musicianship. It's a varied album too from the manic jazz-rock of the "21st Century Schizoid Man"--which introduced Robert Fripp's angular guitar breaks into the world--and the cool beauty of "I Talk to the Wind" (a shame those harmony vocals weren't retaken), to the grandeur, but not grandiosity, of "Epitaph" and the title track. Uniquely for a first album, playing has the sort of risk-taking normally possible only after years of working together. --Richard Whitehouse

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of King Crimson, producers Robert Fripp and Steve Wilson have left no stone unturned in this exhaustive edition. From the stereo album to DTS 5.1 digital surround, clips and bonus tracks, this is what fans have been waiting all this time for. Robert Fripp has been the only constant over the years with the band members changing nearly every album. This initial offering is one of the most intriguing.

The CD contains the original album with five songs remastered in clear stereo arguably better than the 2004 release. Every instrument is clearly heard and separated. But the bonus tracks are the most compelling. The full version of "Moonchild" is here along with a `duo version' and an alternate mix' (different solos) of the romantic " I Talk To The Wind". The backing instrumental track of "Epitaph" is mystical and mesmerizing. Remember that short intro of `wind/organ-like' sounds before "21st Century Schizoid Man"? Extracts from that are also included giving the listener an idea of how special effects were produced forty years ago.

The DVD is really why I bought this edition. The entire album is presented here in DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, giving new life to every instrument and vocal. The harsh quick guitar riff that runs throughout "21st Century Schizoid Man" travels from speaker to speaker around the room, while Greg Lake's equally sharp vocals are blasted from the front center. And that is just one song. The percussion varies throughout each song, but is so exact and clean you get a true sense of the extent of Michael Giles talent. Ian McDonald's woodwind instruments vibrate as if they are in the room with reed-like clarity. Fripp's guitar work is as varied as the song he is playing on. Also, many thanks go to lyricist Peter Sinfield.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By moog_man on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
An impeccable pressing. The price has dropped since I purchased it and is now more approachable than most 'so-called' audiophile pressings. One listen and it is immediately clear this newly remastered mix has factored in the sonic qualities of vinyl. Dynamic range - a crucial factor of this album - is open and expansive. Drums, vocal, flute, Mellotron - all properly balanced in the sound stage. And, what a true pleasure to receive a perfectly flat copy with no pops or clicks. 200gm, for those that like to know these things. Plus a 320kbs mp3 voucher.
Somebody got this very right. The 'major' record labels - what's left of them - would do well to pay close attention. Offering "remasters" from the CD mix, come on! Fools.
Kudos to Fripp
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1969 with lyricist Peter Sinfield, Greg Lake (of the later ELP) and maniacal genius Robert Fripp (King Crimson himself), this album still catches the ear of any progressive musician or fan. This is the band that took a mellotron and pushed it over the top, producing some of the most endorphin inducing and hallucinatory musical experiences to date.
"21st Century Schizoid Man" is the most well known, with it's fatalistic lyrics, violent guitars and harsh, scratchy vocals. It achieves it purpose. Right on it's heels is the lovely, "I Talk To The Wind", a Greg Lake vocal that is fanciful, dreamy and beautiful. Sullen and heartbreaking is the best way I can describe "Epitaph", a mature contemplative look at one's own mortality and confusion. Backed with a gentle death march beat and a soaring mellotron that pulls at your emotions like no other song on this album. It's amazing.
"Moonchild" is a whimsical, unique endeavor that makes for a nice break before the grand finale of "The Court Of The Crimson King". Breaking straight into a strong drum arrangement and shatteringly intense mellotron, the last song bridges back and forth from the 12-string guitar with choice vocals to the literaly killer chorus. This is where the talents of King Crimson truly take off. With a driving drum and bass, a relentless keyboard and an unforgettable chorus, King Crimson jumps around with flute solos, ambitious guitar plucking and inventive soft percussion. It's the reprise that pulls it all together. The experience of this debut album is exhilirating, breathtaking and to this date - still hair-raisingly unique.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
What have we got?
CD with the original album with a new stereo mix plus bonus tracks.
DVD with a multitude of extras:
1) 5.1 remix in MLP (DVDA) and DTS (for all DVD players including Blu Ray)
2) New Stereo version in MLP (DVDA) and PCM (for all DVD players)
3) Hi Rez. Stereo original mix of the album MLP (DVDA) and PCM (for all DVD players)
4) A Video Live King Crimson from Hyde Park with the proper live soundtrack
5) Bonus tracks in 5.1 and stereo.
6) A booklet with sleeve notes from the enigma that is Robert Fripp

The sound quality is excellent not suffering from the curse of modern production this is pretty dynamic. The music is both well played and is heavy-progressive-jazz (That is really not a bad thing), 20th century Schizoid man outstanding and benefit very much from the sourcing of the original premix tapes and a presentation with all instruments isolated in a way that was not available until the recent recovery of these tapes. Moonchild has been tightened up a little all with the approval of Robert Fripp. The surround mix discrete dynamic and opens up the sound field using the rears in a sympathetic way, this really is demonstration stuff.
Genesis fans maybe jealous that this has both the new and old stereo mixes for the fans to choose,
If only all reissues were competed with this much care and attention to detail. Music fans buy and you won't be disappointed, this really is good.
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