In the Court of the Crimson King

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • UPC: 633367050120
  • Catalog Number: 670501
  • Sales rank: 7,280

Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Crimson Primary Artist
Greg Lake Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Robert Fripp Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Giles Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Ian McDonald Flute, Reeds, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron, Vibes, Woodwind
Peter Sinfield Spoken Word
Technical Credits
King Crimson Producer
Robbin Thompson Engineer
Dik Equipment Manager, Equipment Technician
Robert Fripp Composer, Remastering
Peter Sinfield Lyricist, Illustrations
Tony Arnold Remastering
Simon Heyworth Remastering
Tony Page Engineer
Robin Thompson Engineer
Barry Godber Cover Design, Cover Art
Vick Equipment Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most profound statements......

    This album, while so great in a music sense, has one of the most profound statements for the ages. " Knowledge is a deadly friend...if no one sets the rules...." If that isn't applicable to our world today, then nothing is....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unbeatable

    loved it back when, love it now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great start for a great band

    You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and King Crimson certainly didn't blow it. From the heavy metal explosion on 21st Century Schizoid Man, to the medeival classical sounds on the title track, every recording on the album is fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Super good! Would recommend to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes

    I had this album on 8-track, later vinyl.....it was a soundtrack for the times. Bold, audacious, gentle and touching...King Crimson swept through like a warm breeze. Heavy? Emotional. Encompassing. Deliberate. A classic piece of aural art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best

    First off, I'd like to state how amazing King Crimson is. Everything about them...I have yet to meet a person who dislikes this band. In The Court Of The Crimson King is definitely their most famous album, and also one of the best. Ever. The album starts off with 21st Century Schizoid Man, and I don't think any band could have written a better song to launch their career. The song combines heavy metal and jazz and is one of my favorite songs by them. I Talk To The Wind is a relaxing ballad, and Epitaph is very epic and emotional. Moonchild starts off alright, but for the last 8 minutes of the song, the music just seems to wander aimlessly. It's the only song that I don't particularly care for. Then it ends on the best song of them all, The Court Of The Crimson King, my favorite King Crimson song at the moment. This album was definitely a milestone in rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!!!

    This is the album that introduced me to Prog-Rock. The album is a masterpiece and it have no weak songs on it. It starts with the fantastic "21st Century Schizoid Man", One of my favourite songs of all time. It's so brilliant that you will never believe it. Then comes the beautiful ballad "I Talk To The Wind" followed by the dark and dramatic "Epitaph". Both tracks are fantastic and impressive. "Moonchild" is a more experimental track, but still pretty good. The majestic and Impressive title track closes the all, and the 43-minutes with mind-blowing music is over. Do yourself a favour and buy this album.....NOW!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    defining moment

    a bloke brought this into school to impress the music teacher ... even he was impressed. He played ''I talk to the wind'' and I loved it !!! Some of my mates hated the impro after ''moonchild'' ..I loved it especially with a smoke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Wonderful album... There is simply not a bad song on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too good for rock. A 20th century masterwork.

    Pure magic. Better than Sgt. Peppers which is also too good for rock. Truly a gift from the collective unconscious or some such occurrence that comes around only once or twice in a music lovers lifetime. I have heard that Pete Townshend concurs. Nothing compares, not even Dark Side of the Moon.

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