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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the darkest music that you will ever hear
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More CD Extras Please
I fully agree with comments regarding the greatly improved sound quality of this edition, but just wish there were more extras on the CD - plenty of room with running time of just over 50 minutes.A second CD would have been even better.The booklet notes are pretty minimal with no reference to the additional DVDA material
I imagine the view was that the energy and...
Published on 12 Oct 2010 by Alan McGuire


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to my collection, 2 Feb 2013
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This was a brilliant buy with all the different recordings and superb quality, looking to buy some more of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get them all, 26 Jan 2013
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This review is from: In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
Since the 30th anniversary editions began, I have been collecting them, as my turntable is well old, and my vinyl a little scratched, sadly. well worth a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the style of the Crimson King, 29 Nov 2012
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This is a review of `In the wake of Poseidon' 40th Anniversary CD plus MLP Lossless 5.1 & DTS digital surround DVD package.

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ItWoP was released in 1970, the second album from King Crimson & very similar to their debut ItCotCK in content and style.

There were some personnel changes. First of all, Greg Lake had already decided to join Keith Emerson & Carl Palmer in their new venture but agreed to record all the vocal tracks on ItWoP (including `Cadence & Cascade', though the Gordon Haskell version was used on the album), taking the band's PA in payment. Michael Giles had technically quit the band but, like Lake, recorded all the drum tracks as a session musician, and his brother Peter - the third member of the pre-Crimson trio `Giles, Giles & Fripp' - played bass on all tracks.

Two excellent new musicians made an appearance. Mel Collins played sax and woodwind, replacing Ian McDonald, and was to stay with the band until the 1972 post-Islands tour break-up. His playing brings a lot of character to the music, particularly on the third album `Lizard'. Also the jazz pianist Keith Tippett joined the party, to contribute to King Crimson's next three studio albums though could not be persuaded to join as a full-time member and only appeared onstage with them once.

The original album:

Following the brief opener `Peace' - a recurrent link-theme on the album - the first major track `Pictures of a City' is a full-on prog-rocker and echoes `21st Century Schizoid Man' in both style and lyrical content. We then have a sort of `I talk to the wind' equivalent, the aforementioned `Cadence and Cascade' sung by Haskell. The mellotron-dominated title track finishes what was originally side 1 of the vinyl album, in theme and style similar to `Epitaph' on ItCotCK.

The quirkiest track is `Cat Food', dominated by a syncopated jazz rhythm with Tippett's fingers flying all over the keyboard, a song on the theme of the poor quality of packaged supermarket food. The long 3-part instrumental `The Devil's Triangle' based on Gustav Holst's `Mars' is the last major work on the album, bookended by another short rendition of `Peace' sung partly unaccompanied by Lake.

The 40th Anniversary offering:

As with ItCotCK, you get a CD plus audio DVD presented in gatefold sleeve decorated throughout with the distinctive original album cover artwork, Tammo de Jongh's painting '12 Archetypes.' A 16-page colour booklet with the song lyrics and story behind the music, written by Crimson biographer Sid Smith, completes the package.

The CD is good to have, but the DVD is again the star with all the music offered in various different formats: MLP Lossless 5.1 surround, DTS 5.1 digital surround, MLP Lossless stereo, PCM stereo 2.0, plus the 30th anniversary remaster of the original 1970 stereo mix. The graphics are nice, the menu easy to navigate, the sound fabulous. It plays through any DVD player and in any computer. The bonus material is well chosen and includes several versions of the instrumental `Groon', previously released on the band's poor-sound-quality 1972 live album `Earthbound' but available on none of the studio albums. There are several versions of `Cadence and Cascade' including one sung by Lake, better IMO than the Haskell version on the original album release. The master tapes of `The Devil's Triangle' reportedly couldn't be found but you also get a `rehearsal version' from Wessex Studios, as well as the single version of `Cat Food.'

Fripp and Wilson have again done an excellent job in delivering this fine package, without rival the best `Poseidon' ever made available. It's a good album, but lacked the impact of ItCotCK (and its awesome title track) and is too similar in style to its predecessor be considered genuinely innovative whilst at the same time lacks the compositional brilliance of the refined orchestra-based follow-up `Lizard.' For these reasons `Poseidon' doesn't quite rate 5 stars for me. It's good though, with some fine moments - especially from the nimble fingers of Keith Tippett - and is essential to any King Crimson collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the wake of poseidon everything you need, 8 July 2011
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good remastering though not as ambient as the vinyl
informative liners
bonus tracks reveal more of the context

underrated follow-up overshadowed by the wake of crimson king, follows the same pattern: various themes and subsections perhaps a little more subdued--definite "submarine" feel with that otherworldliness that was typical of the late 1960s--here very well done if lyrically a little "quaint" by later standards.
includes as bonus tracks the single mix of catfood which they performed on top of the pops--the film unfortunately appears lost--and its B-side groon--a live improv favorite as well as a couple of takes of the latter. The DVD-A disc has hi-end mixes of the album and brings out details that the vinyl never could--a completely different experience and basically another green world...

definite must for prog-heads and a reminder of doors that were once open.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same is fine, 9 Dec 2010
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Murray J. Frame "Dr.Murrio" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
The album slavishly follows on in the same mold as the court of the crimson king. This is a good thing. One highlight, 'Pictures of a city', which to all extents and purposes is every bit as unpredictable and enjoyable as 21st century schizoid man is a standout piece. The very wistful but uplifting 'cadence and cascade' is a complete counterpart to pictures of a city but equally standout. The only issue is that there is little new ground being broken here (which is in part irrelevant to me because i wasn't alive when the first album was released and there have been more wacky albums since) but there was always the sense with the first album that it was unheard of at the time.
The general energy of the album cannot mirror the firsts but that is to be expected.
The music is great if not excellent though some tracks will take a few listens to appreciate. Devil's triangle is clearly more suited as a live piece and the album's rendition can't quite illustrate the sense of musicianship and improvisation though it is obviously present when inspected upon later listenings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sensational, 13 July 2009
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Jean-patrick Elmes (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I first heard this album at party when it came out, this is not the right enviroment to truly appreciate the textural range of this music. Fripp is very keen on extended builds that are almost inaudible to begin with, climaxing in a glorious collision cthonic ecstasy. Some people have criticised the first track as being a re-working of 21st Century Schizoid Man, is this supposed to be a bad thing? Apart from the weedy meanderings of the 3rd track this album delivers great inventive and progressive, in the sense of combining jazz, classical and rock elements, into a brilliant cathartic blast.
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2.0 out of 5 stars In The Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson, 25 July 2003
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ITWOP is a disappointing follow up to the band's stunning debut In The Court of The Crimson King. The first side (as in vinyl days) is a poor rehash of the first side of ITCOTCK: following the same format of jazz-tinged rocker followed by acoustic folksy piece leading into mellotron-heavy epic.
Keith Tippett's piano work on the delightfully quirky Cat Food (which the band, almost unbelievably, played on Top of the Pops) helps make this track the one real highlight of the collection. The rest of the album is taken up with Robert Fripp's self indulgent doodlings.
Save your pennies, and buy ITCOTCK instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars KC - the sunshine band?, 23 Oct 2013
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This review is from: In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
Excuse my ironic pun. But there`s a bracing directness to the music herein which is as much to do with lightness and warmth as things dark and chilly.
From the superb booklet, still enticing cover, and excellent remastered sound, this is for me one of KC`s finest hours. A more cohesive, more exciting album than its famed predecessor, with slightly better songs better sung, Fripp & co sound like they began to find their voice on this one.
They were an unusual, idiosyncratic band, not as pompous as Yes or the dread ELP, neither as bluesy or as hippy-ish as many others of the era - more like Pink Floyd or Jethro Tull perhaps, and like those two mighty bands making music that has hardly dated.
Underneath the admitted seriousness and intelligence of KC was often an underlying lightness of touch, a sly and humorous eclecticism that precluded taking it all too solemnly - and, boy, could we take music solemnly back then!
It isn`t a record from which to pluck highlights, but more like a `suite` of songs punctuated by stand-alone numbers such as Cadence And Cascade (sung by short-term member Gordon Haskell) and the untypical, hectic Cat Food, with its memorable piano gymnastics courtesy of guest Keith Tippett.
As extra tracks we get the shorter `single` version of Cat Food and its pleasingly bonkers B-side Groon.
Robert Fripp was and remains a thoroughly Good Thing, as is this early taste of Crimson wonder*.

[*phrase borrowed from a Tull song]
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3.0 out of 5 stars `In the Court of the Crimson King' - reworked., 27 Jun 2008
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This review is from: In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
`In the Court of the Crimson King' (1969), arguably one of the greatest records ever made, was certainly going to be very difficult to follow, especially with a change in line-up. Unfortunately, it shows. It is certainly not up to the majestic criterion of `In the Court'. However, that is not to say it is not a great record. It is.

Greg Lake's haunting vocals of the opening hurtle into the explosion that is the magnificent riff of `Pictures of a City'. This honestly is a fantastic track, although structurally it is merely an extended copycat of `21st Century Schizoid Man'. The melodic and acoustic feel of `Cadence and Cascade' is wonderfully carried by Lake's smooth vocal timbre, and is a awe-inspiring calm after `Pictures' (again, much in the same way that `I Talk to the Wind' was the calm after `Schizoid Man'). `In the Wake of Poseidon' has the orchestral backdrop of the mellotron that is more than a little reminiscent of `Epitaph', as is its general soundscape, melody and harmony. From here, the album does depart somewhat from `In the Court', with an acoustic guitar solo from Fripp followed by the well-known `Cat-food' rock `n' roll meets jazz with modern jazz improviser pianist Keith Tippett. Unfortunately, the `Mars' march from Holst's `The Planets Suite' in `The Devil's Triangle' is beyond dull and is a real letdown with a sub-standard climax and concludes with ostensibly haphazardous improvisation that recalls `Moonchild'. The album, unpredictably unlike `In the Court', ends tranquilly, bringing the listener down from the pandemonium of `The Devil's Triangle'.

All in all, the album is a great one, as would naturally be expected from King Crimson. If you are expecting anything different from `In the Court' you may be disappointed, but if you are a fan it is, of course, essential listening!
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