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In The Wake Of Poseidon - 30th Anniversary Edition CD+DVD

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2009)
  • 30th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: DGM/PANEGYRIC
  • ASIN: B00064WSN2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Peace: A Beginning
  2. Pictures of a City
  3. Cadence & Cascade
  4. In the Wake of Poseidon
  5. Peace: A Theme
  6. Cat Food
  7. The Devil's Triangle
  8. Peace: An End

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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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Format: Audio CD
This is a mezmerisingly powerful and dark album. There are similarities to the groups debut album, but "In The Wake Of Poseidon" also points towards the more discordant sounds that would appear on King Crimson's next few albums. "Pictures Of A City" is "21st Century Schizoid Man" part two but uses more extreme dynamics. "Cadence and Cascade" which features the vocals of Gordon Haskell (the remainder of the album features Greg Lake just before he jumped ship to form ELP) in a delicate jazzy piece. The mellotrons are whipped out in their full glory on the title track. "Cat Food" features mad piano playing courtesy of jazz genius Keith Tippett (check out his solo stuff - it is truly off the wall and amazing!). But for me its the instrumental suite that finishes off the album with its quotations from Holsts, "Mars, Bringer Of War" that shows the true character of this dark and complex prog rock classic. At one point it sounds like someone is digging in the garden!
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By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2010
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Following "In The Court Of The Crimson King", "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was all the more remarkable, in that it contained half of the original group. Songwriter Pete Sinfield now had nearly total lyrical control. "Poseidon" is peppered with more poetic and beautifully arranged songs than its predecessor, but also contains the stark urgency of that original.

"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.
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Another great re-master from King Crimson, `In the Wake of Poseidon' was King Crimsons Second album and follows the template closely set by the first album, we know from the sleeve notes that Robert Fripp (Guitarist) does not like the album as much and in particular would have loved to excise a whole section of `The devils Triangle' however this has not happened as much because this track is missing the multi-track masters as anything else. The whole album has been re-mixed in 5,.1 with the devils triangle section enhanced for surround using the rather excellent Pentio software so this does not sound to bad in surround though not nearly as good as it could have done should the multi track tapes have been found.
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:
CD contains
Original album - 2010 mix
Bonus Tracks
Groon
Peace: An End - Alternate mix
Cadence & Cascade (Greg Lake guide vocal version)

DVD-A

MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround - 2010 mix
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround - 2010 mix:
MLP lossless/LPCM - 2010 stereo mix
Plus
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.
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It's a lazy comparison to write-off 'Poseidon' as a pale imitation of its predecessor, 'In the Court of the Crimson King'. While the overall sound is similar, this should hardly be a surprise, Fripp and co. had created something so unique, they were unlikely to change it so soon. In addition some of the key elements of the first LP - Greg Lake's soaring, pure vocals, Fripp's edgy jazz/metal guitar work and the juxtaposition of mellifluous flute and blaring saxophone (although this time played by Mel Collins in place of the departed Ian MacDonald) all help to hallmark the band's remarkable originality.
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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