In The Court Of The Crimson King
0th anniversary edition
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This extraordinary box set is the ultimate perspective on one of the defining albums of British rock music and one of the finest debut albums of all time. With a seemingly endless array of bonus material, this limited edition box set is available for the first time. With five discs of music, bonus tracks, alternate takes and more, along with a bonus short video clip of "21st Century Schizoid Man" as performed at Hyde Park July 1969.
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There is something in this album that just speaks greatness. A lot of bands at the time were flirting with blues or coming off of the psychedelic thing. By comparison Robert Fripp and friends' more jazz influenced King Crimson stands out like a sore thumb and this is before that influence became more overbearing than the rock music. Talking of influences, Greg Lake of Emerson Lake & Palmer is all over this album. Not only did he have a hand in producing the record but he also sings and plays bass guitar.
In The Court of the Crimson King features a selection of five extended heavy rock songs, the shortest being six minutes long. The album kicks off with the unforgettable 21st Century Schizoid Man, a song (one of many) that features a particularly strange concept. This song really sets the tone with the haunting vocals, heavy guitars and a monstrous rhythm section. It flows into I Talk To The Wind which is a much less eccentric number that features a bit of flute and a couple of nice solos.
Greg Lake's influence is very noticeable on the classic, Epitaph. It is perhaps the most mesmerising tracks on the album. The slow psychedelic groove is very reminiscent of the early work of Emerson Lake & Palmer, a portion of the song even made its way onto the bands double live album. At a staggering nine minutes long, Epitaph is a song that just sounds wonderful when it is blared from its speakers. It has a charming dystopian feel, one that gets revisited time and again by King Crimson.
The twelve minute Moonchild is somewhat of an acquired taste. The song starts off as a charming ballad, one that gets driven along by a mellotron. This portion of the song is without a doubt one of the bands best in terms of song writing. There is something charming about the whole thing, that is until it crashes head first into a free form instrumental section. This part of the song (at least in my opinion) should of been left out completely. It doesn't ruin it but it does kind of crush an otherwise lovely track. It sounds especially odd considering it immediately jumps into the album title track, In The Court of the Crimson King. This track is a progressive rock classic. It has an awkward groove, some nice use of acoustic guitar, mellotron, harpsichord and flute. The lead vocals sound especially nice and is easily a career highlight of Greg Lake. The song kicks off with a sudden impact and despite the laid back groove, it continues the intensity until the last second. This song is perhaps one of the finest album finishers of its time and one that is very hard to forget.
So where does this album stand for rock fans new and old? Well I would assume this record would be quite popular with an older crowd and would absolutely alienate a younger audience. With that said, In The Court of the Crimson King is an album that is well worth checking out. It has one classic track after another and has aged surprisingly well. My only gripe about the album is the rather feeble snare drum sound but when the playing is as good as this is, who cares.
Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone
Indispensable in any private collection as it offers so much you'll be surely surprised at the sheer perfection of this albu.
Genuine, inspiring piece of art, so representative of an era in which Progressive Rock ruled the World!
Dreamy, inspiring soul searching masterpiece. In this sublime music you'll lose yourself in a land of imagination in a source of inspiration you might have never have encountered before. Cocooned in a jaw dropping sense of curiosity and creativity this embraces the dream of a great generation, mindful of people who tried to change the world......
And for a while they succeeded......... Embracing the aspirations of dreamy College and University students, displaying with musical notes all that was perhaps naive in those days of Student Unions, rebelling against the establishment, Student marching in protest at the injustices of Society, yet primarily belonging to a cry of help by the middle classes, as they wanted a happier life.
Wow! You'll think right now! Slow down mate! This is only a music album, for Pete's sake!!!
But is it? For a generation music was the Holy Grail of culture, a real way of measuring yourself with your peers, a real font of inspiration and a social get-together for most young people.
ITCOTCC hugely RECOMMENDED!
You just have to have it!
Fully and genuinely deserving of the 5 stars rating............
Worth owning. Had it when I was 11 when my parents brought in an old record player the length of the room and bought it again 37 years later, when my son brought in one of the new breed of record players.
Buy this, you won't be disappointed.