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In The Court Of The Crimson King [Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks]

King Crimson Audio CD
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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 (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Collector's Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: DGM Panegyric
  • ASIN: B002LLE3Q8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 2009 Stereo Mix - King Crimson
Disc: 2
1. Original Master Edition 2004 - King Crimson

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrounded in the Crimson Court! 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl edition 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
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Format:Audio CD
Time and time again we are confronted with artists who put out a great debut album and never climb that high ever again. When it comes to talking about the paradigmatic example of such a phenomenon my choice would be King Crimson and their debut album "In the Court of the Crimson King." Released in 1969 with its distinctive cover art, this was the album that set the standard for progressive/psychedelic rock for the next decade. Except for the title track the songs are ensemble efforts by guitarist Robert Fripp, drummer Michael Giles, bass player and lead vocalist Greg Lake, keyboard player Ian McDonald, and lyricist Peter Sinfield.
The best track on the album is the first, "21st Century Schizoid Man," with its big main riff and jazz-rock middle section ("Mirrors"). The music is somewhat distorted at times, but that does not stop the group's musical virtuosity from coming through. As you would expect from the title, the song paints a picture of dystopian future that embodies the worst tendencies of the late 1960s, and remains the standard by which other progressive rock epics are judged. In terms of political sensibilities nothing comes close. The song also stands out because the following track, "I Talk to the Wind," is more folk-rock and constitutes a sort of cleansing of the palate before proceeding to the rest of the album (it is actually a song members of the group had played on earlier efforts).
The title track is not the best King Crimson song, but it is probably their best known one (and the one song that was written just by McDonald and Sinfeld). The conceit is of a medieval court afflicted by a black queen, fire witch, and other equally dark images heading for total destruction.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Improvement on the Original 18 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
So this is something different!

The idea is that they have found the original recorded tracks for this album and a big fan was able to put these tracks onto digital recording and then worked with Robert Fripp to do a proper digital re-master for the first time!

On the original album - there were so many instruments that they had to do "sub-mixes" to deal with the limitations of the technology at the time, so final mixing was compromised as these stereo sub mixes could not be separated.

Of course this is a classic album and those who like this genre will already have it at least once - but this has loads of bonus tracks - live versions and demos which add interest.

But this is nothing besides the real selling point - a new 2009 digital mix from Robert Fripp with no compromises due to the limitations of recording technology!!

It certainly sound much clearer - Schizoid man, which was basically live is not much different, but you notice how the instruments become clearer in the tracks with more going on - wider instrumentation - flute, woodwind,percussion, mellotron etc. - they all now are absolutely clear and not lost in reverb etc.

The grandiose, classical-style arrangments are now there for all to love or hate!

Not everybody's cup of tea - but the sound was unique at the time and it deserves this lavish attention to detail - maybe only the fans will notice, but Steve Wilson has done us all proud!
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