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a true classic,
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This review is from: In The Court Of The Crimson King [Original Master Edition] (Audio CD)
I bought this album when it was first released simply because I thought the cover was so brilliant - 1969 was quite a simple time really!!!
However 36 years on I still listen to it on a regular basis and still remain surprised by how far ahead of its time it was. It is very easy to criticise the lyrics listening to the album in 2005 but in 1969 they were quite acceptable (if a little odd). Musically, however, it remains an album of the highest quality; although it has to be said that the self-indulgence of 'Moonchild' drags a little. The power of 21st CSM still shines through today and this is then followed by a total contrast in 'I Talk to the Wind' with some beautiful flute playing from Ian McDonald. 'Epitaph' has always been my personal favourite and rewards frequent listening. The title track is perhaps a touch over long but remains a joy to listen to. I am sure somebody listening to this album for the first time today would not find the whole album a treat but there is plenty there for everyone and as for me - it can take me back 35 years in an instant!!!
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2011 08:03:18 GMT
Michael O' says:
OK...so it may be around 7 years too late....but I thought I was the only one who bought this album after seeing the cover. Sure I may have see a couple of glowing UK press reviews (I Live in Aust) but had never heard any of the actual music. Well I was well rewarded and still have that vinyl copy. All said in your review is spot on. This album trully set a progressive benchmark. Stunning.
Posted on 24 May 2011 13:29:42 BDT
Mr. P. J. Turner says:
The cover scared and fasconated me for years before I plucked up the courage to hear it. Blimey! The first track alone could be an album by itself. Was this really over forty years ago?!
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