In the Court of the Crimson Ki [CASSETTE]
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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.Read more ›
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!!!
CD with the original album with a new stereo mix plus bonus tracks.
DVD with a multitude of extras:
1) 5.1 remix in MLP (DVDA) and DTS (for all DVD players including Blu Ray)
2) New Stereo version in MLP (DVDA) and PCM (for all DVD players)
3) Hi Rez. Stereo original mix of the album MLP (DVDA) and PCM (for all DVD players)
4) A Video Live King Crimson from Hyde Park with the proper live soundtrack
5) Bonus tracks in 5.1 and stereo.
6) A booklet with sleeve notes from the enigma that is Robert Fripp
The sound quality is excellent not suffering from the curse of modern production this is pretty dynamic. The music is both well played and is heavy-progressive-jazz (That is really not a bad thing), 20th century Schizoid man outstanding and benefit very much from the sourcing of the original premix tapes and a presentation with all instruments isolated in a way that was not available until the recent recovery of these tapes. Moonchild has been tightened up a little all with the approval of Robert Fripp. The surround mix discrete dynamic and opens up the sound field using the rears in a sympathetic way, this really is demonstration stuff.
Genesis fans maybe jealous that this has both the new and old stereo mixes for the fans to choose,
If only all reissues were competed with this much care and attention to detail. Music fans buy and you won't be disappointed, this really is good.
Somebody got this very right. The 'major' record labels - what's left of them - would do well to pay close attention. Offering "remasters" from the CD mix, come on! Fools.
Kudos to Fripp
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.
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I seem to be going forwards then backwards in time with my King Crimson purchases! I started off with 'Red,' fast forwarded to 'Discipline,' then rewinded to this album. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Blew1
Five stars for the music, which is well documented and a classic, overall the sound quality is excellent but there are still some scratches, clicks and pops on the second side. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Seccombe
I purchased this album on the strength of its title track. Unfortunately the rest of the album falls far short of this, some of it disastrously so (21st Century Schizoid Man and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wilseus
Perhaps the greatest album cover ever and could have been the greatest album ever if it wasn't for the 12 minutes of noodling on side BPublished 2 months ago by Mr F