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5.0 out of 5 stars Surrounded in the Crimson Court!, 21 Nov. 2009
This review is from: In The Court Of The Crimson King [Box Set] (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.

The original Master Edition of the entire album from 2004 is included here just for comparison. Again all the five previously mentioned bonus tracks are in 5.1 surround sound here as well. Not to exclude anything from this special edition, the complete alternate album is included here as well, although in stereo. Not to be outdone, there is a two-minute black and white video in mono of the band doing "21st Century Schizoid Man" on an outdoor stage. For mono, its not bad at all.

Future albums of King Crimson are in the works, Red being released already and Lizard coming out in December of 2009. Robert Fripp is arguably one of rock's best musical genius. His guitar work and creations are legendary; beyond progressive rock. Having been the only constant all these years, Robert Fripp is King Crimson. This album is a classic.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2011 19:13:44 GMT
Hi,
Thanks for the review.
Have you listened to 21st century Schizoid Band [official bootleg volume one SB001 ]
The efforts of the other bandmembers, next to Fripp, are certainly showing if you listen to their fantastic album. It sounds a lot more like the real and original King Crimson than the efforts from Robert Fripp after RED. I don't get the stuff from Dicipline onwards at all. Rudi

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 15:20:59 GMT
Mark Barry says:
Good review Martin.

I've just reviewed "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull which Steve Wilson also remixed/remastered - and the results are astonishing. Have u heard it?
I'm going to have to hunt anything down this Wilson guy has had his hand in...

Looks like a Crimson purchase is also imminent.

Regards
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