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In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition CD+DVD
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Note: After Track 8 there is a time delay to start track 9.It's a deliberate insertion of silence between the end of the original album.
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"Peace-A Beginning", a sweet vocal/acoustic song opens and then transcends into the wild jazz infused "Pictures Of A City" where there are bridges and changes in momentum in less than eight minutes than on "In The Court's..." songs. There is a theme within this album as songs seem to alternate between calm, whimsical melodies to the urgent, almost frantic pace of some of King Crimson's best songs. This is proven again with the very pretty "Cadence And Cascade" before diving into the mellotron weighted title track, with great lyrics and the pre ELP vocals of Greg Lake. The very short "Peace-A Theme" is quickly followed by one of King Crimson's most bizarre songs (if that is possible), "Cat Food" marked with a seemingly non-sensical piano that bounces around like; well a cat running back and forth across the keys. Amazingly, this song was released as a single with "Groon" as the B-Side. It was an odd choice indeed.
"The Devil's Triangle" (Parts 1, 2 and 3) are a mesmerizing, haunting, almost fearsome trio of songs that push the edge of sanity on a mellotron with a marching drum beat. Part 1 introduces the listener to the original mood before a bridge of a computer-like foghorn pierces the song. Part 2 continues the pace with a second bridge with the simple banging of a `stick on rock'. Then all hell breaks loose on Part 3 with the tempo increasing and the occasional jazz input for emphasis and variety.Read more ›
The 40th anniversary edition then comes with a CD and DVD and plenty of extras, a surround mix two stereo mixes in Hi resolution original and 2010 Fripp approve Steven Wilson Mix. This then is the most complete re-release that is possible and probably one to make the Genesis fans a bit jealous that their albums were not reissued with such care and attention.
The contents then are as follows:
Original album - 2010 mix
Peace: An End - Alternate mix
Cadence & Cascade (Greg Lake guide vocal version)
MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - 2010 mix
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - 2010 mix:
MLP lossless/LPCM - 2010 stereo mix
11. Groon Remix
MLP Lossless Original 1970 stereo mix:
Plus Bonus Tracks:
1. Cat Food (single version)
2. Groon (single b-side)
3. Cadence & Cascade (unedited master)
4. Cadence & Cascade (Greg Lake guide vocal version)
5. Cadence & Cascade (instrumental take from Wessex Studios)
6. Groon - Take 1
7.Read more ›
However, new sounds and textures are liberally applied all over the songs, there's much more acoustic guitar and the use of Gordon Haskell's smoky, fragile singing voice on the beautiful 'Cadence and Cascade' works in brilliant contrast to Lake.
More than all of this, the LP is a more coherent collection of songs (with the possible exception of 'Devil's Triangle' which no longer sounds as revolutionary as it probably did 32 years ago). The strength in the songs comes from the writing rather than a reliance on the Mellotron to add a veneer of melodrama.
The only real regret is that Keith Tippet's staggering piano is limited to a single track 'Cat Food'. Surely this one song was the sound blueprint for Bowie's subsequent 'Diamond Dogs'. If Tippet had been allowed to embed his steely piano shards all over this album, it would without doubt have outgrown its more famous older sibling.
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Parts of it hark back to it's better known sibling while other parts seem to be looking to the future. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vawnog
A little more interesting than in the court of the crimson king' but there both classics " it was or? Is a fact! Read morePublished 2 months ago by shani Gaskin
Bought this for my dad's birthday, he loved it especially because it was the anniversary edition.Published 12 months ago by P SMITH