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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

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (18 Sept. 1989)
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B000003S0C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,269,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a mezmerisingly powerful and dark album. There are similarities to the groups debut album, but "In The Wake Of Poseidon" also points towards the more discordant sounds that would appear on King Crimson's next few albums. "Pictures Of A City" is "21st Century Schizoid Man" part two but uses more extreme dynamics. "Cadence and Cascade" which features the vocals of Gordon Haskell (the remainder of the album features Greg Lake just before he jumped ship to form ELP) in a delicate jazzy piece. The mellotrons are whipped out in their full glory on the title track. "Cat Food" features mad piano playing courtesy of jazz genius Keith Tippett (check out his solo stuff - it is truly off the wall and amazing!). But for me its the instrumental suite that finishes off the album with its quotations from Holsts, "Mars, Bringer Of War" that shows the true character of this dark and complex prog rock classic. At one point it sounds like someone is digging in the garden!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Following "In The Court Of The Crimson King", "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was all the more remarkable, in that it contained half of the original group. Songwriter Pete Sinfield now had nearly total lyrical control. "Poseidon" is peppered with more poetic and beautifully arranged songs than its predecessor, but also contains the stark urgency of that original.

"Peace-A Beginning", a sweet vocal/acoustic song opens and then transcends into the wild jazz infused "Pictures Of A City" where there are bridges and changes in momentum in less than eight minutes than on "In The Court's..." songs. There is a theme within this album as songs seem to alternate between calm, whimsical melodies to the urgent, almost frantic pace of some of King Crimson's best songs. This is proven again with the very pretty "Cadence And Cascade" before diving into the mellotron weighted title track, with great lyrics and the pre ELP vocals of Greg Lake. The very short "Peace-A Theme" is quickly followed by one of King Crimson's most bizarre songs (if that is possible), "Cat Food" marked with a seemingly non-sensical piano that bounces around like; well a cat running back and forth across the keys. Amazingly, this song was released as a single with "Groon" as the B-Side. It was an odd choice indeed.

"The Devil's Triangle" (Parts 1, 2 and 3) are a mesmerizing, haunting, almost fearsome trio of songs that push the edge of sanity on a mellotron with a marching drum beat. Part 1 introduces the listener to the original mood before a bridge of a computer-like foghorn pierces the song. Part 2 continues the pace with a second bridge with the simple banging of a `stick on rock'. Then all hell breaks loose on Part 3 with the tempo increasing and the occasional jazz input for emphasis and variety.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 3 July 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's a lazy comparison to write-off 'Poseidon' as a pale imitation of its predecessor, 'In the Court of the Crimson King'. While the overall sound is similar, this should hardly be a surprise, Fripp and co. had created something so unique, they were unlikely to change it so soon. In addition some of the key elements of the first LP - Greg Lake's soaring, pure vocals, Fripp's edgy jazz/metal guitar work and the juxtaposition of mellifluous flute and blaring saxophone (although this time played by Mel Collins in place of the departed Ian MacDonald) all help to hallmark the band's remarkable originality.
However, new sounds and textures are liberally applied all over the songs, there's much more acoustic guitar and the use of Gordon Haskell's smoky, fragile singing voice on the beautiful 'Cadence and Cascade' works in brilliant contrast to Lake.
More than all of this, the LP is a more coherent collection of songs (with the possible exception of 'Devil's Triangle' which no longer sounds as revolutionary as it probably did 32 years ago). The strength in the songs comes from the writing rather than a reliance on the Mellotron to add a veneer of melodrama.
The only real regret is that Keith Tippet's staggering piano is limited to a single track 'Cat Food'. Surely this one song was the sound blueprint for Bowie's subsequent 'Diamond Dogs'. If Tippet had been allowed to embed his steely piano shards all over this album, it would without doubt have outgrown its more famous older sibling.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Mason VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
'In The Court of the Crimson King' has often (quite rightly) been described as one of the most important albums of the late 60's/early 70's Prog Rock genre. It was always, therefore, going to be difficult to follow this album and it became even more so when most of the band jumped ship just before or during its recording leaving guitarist Robert Fripp and lyricist Pete Sinfield as the only original members.

Despite the fact that a good deal of the material was not new (Pictures of a City and Mars had been part of the bands live set for months) this album does seem in parts as if they felt they had to get an album out quickly and the safest bet was to follow the highly successful pattern of the first album. 'Pictures of a City' is very similar in make up to '21st Century Schizoid Man' and then 'Cadence and Cacade' is the quiet following track (as 'I Talk to the Wind' is on the first album) The title track is very reminiscent of 'Epitaph' on the first album with great swathes of mellotron dominating the track. 'Cat Food' is the first different track on the album (and it certainly is - I shall long remember them performing this on TOTP!!) 'Mars' ends the album as it did their live set at the time.

If it sounds as if I am doing nothing but criticise the album it is not my intention as 36 years on I still play it regularly because, even if it is similar to the first album, it is still top quality music played extremely well and the title track is one of KC's top tracks from any of their many line ups.

Well worth a listen but if you are going to buy one early KC album then the first is probably a better bet
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