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Actually 5000 STARS,
This review is from: In The Court Of The Crimson King [Original Master Edition] (Audio CD)
"In the Court of the Crimson King" is the outstanding example of the late 60's, early 70's progressive rock, although it is not really quite like the other contenders such as Yes, ELP, Floyd etc. It stands out because of the orchestral feel to the music - with the serious use of the Mellotron, and flutes over the HUGE riffing noises from the rhythm section.
The only band to come close was Van Der Graaf Generator with "The least we can do is wave to each other".
As with all music of that era, you either love it (like me) or hate it (like everybody else!) - so, track by track...
1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" - WOW. The ultimate screaming polemic against all forms of pollution. Legend has it that KC were booked as a Soul band by mistake, and played this track to a startled audience of gentle groovers. Nasty!
2. "I Talk To The Wind" - gentle flutes and beautiful poetry, before the onslaught continues...
3. "Epitaph" - magnificent orchestral sounds, but with dynamic rock backing. Powerful and dramatic - play it LOUD!
4. "Moonchild" - one for the hippies... sort of free-jazz-ish.
5. "The Court Of The Crimson" - and what you've all been waiting for. The one and only. The ultimate. The awe-inspiring. The tear-jerking. The spine-tingling. The utterly utterly gloriously perfect "Court of the Crimson King".
And the cover (at least on the original LP) was quite amazing - a blood-red moon-faced planetary giant - some dark-side of Gaea perhaps.