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In the Court of the Crimson King [Two-CD]
     

In the Court of the Crimson King [Two-CD]

by King Crimson
 

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The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody. At the time, it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition (the Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.) out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took

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The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody. At the time, it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition (the Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.) out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise. Ian McDonald's Mellotron is the dominant instrument, along with his saxes and Fripp's guitar, making this a somewhat different-sounding record from everything else they ever did. And even though that Mellotron sound is muted and toned down compared to their concert work of the era (e.g., Epitaph), it is still fierce and overpowering, on an album highlighted by strong songwriting (most of it filled with dark and doom-laden visions), the strongest singing of Greg Lake's entire career, and Fripp's guitar playing that strangely mixed elegant classical, Hendrix-like rock explosions, and jazz noodling. Lineup changes commenced immediately upon the album's release, and Fripp would ultimately be the only survivor on later King Crimson records. [In the Court was released as a 20-track, two-CD set in 2009.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
Label:
Discipline Us
UPC:
0633367500922
catalogNumber:
675009
Rank:
4881

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Greg Lake   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Robert Fripp   Guitar
Michael Giles   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ian McDonald   Reeds,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,Woodwind

Technical Credits

King Crimson   Producer
Greg Lake   Composer
Robert Fripp   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Michael Giles   Composer
Ian McDonald   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Composer,Lyricist
Robin Thompson   Engineer
Steven Wilson   Producer
Alex Mundy   Tape Archivist
Barry Godber   Cover Art
Hugh O'Donnell   Artwork
Sid Smith   Liner Notes

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