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King Crimson


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4.63 | 4222 ratings

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5 stars Was this the first prog rock album... I would disagree. Was this the first prog rock album to be labeled as progressive rock? Yes it is.

In The court of the crimson king should be in everyone's album prog rock collection considering the fact that this first "started prog rock" but it's an undeniable classic and definitely a masterpiece in the progressive rock universe in many different ways. First, that cover art. Even when I was a kid who didn't listen to music at the time. I somehow remembered the cover art and when I first listened to king crimson on YouTube I was like " oh my god this is the picture I seen as a kid". But for some reason it would take me a while to like a progressive rock song with a couple of listens. but king crimson's in the court of the crimson king got my attention the second I heard. "In the court of the crimson kinggggggggg ahhhhhhhh" it's one of those albums that changed how I listened to music.

21st century schizoid man (A+)

I talk to the wind (A-)

Epitaph (A+)

Moon child (C-)

The court of the crimson king (A)

Overall album rating ( somewhere between A and A+) which it is almost prefect.

While there were 3 prefect songs in the album (except for the court of the crimson king was a tad repetitive) I talk to the wind felt like an oddball because it was different. It didn't catch my attention right away and it feels like it shouldn't be in the album. But it still a great song but it doesn't feel right in this album's set list. And moonchild would have gotten a D- if it wasn't for the 2 minute vocal portion of the song which was great but weaker then "talk to the wind" but the worst part about that song which almost everyone can agree with me that the 10 minute "jam" was included. This was probably the most disappointing song in the album. It should have been 2 minutes long instead of 12. But I do admit I like the last portion of the jam, but nevertheless the jam felt lifeless, pointless, and more importantly it shouldn't have been added. This is the song that makes my rating go from a 5 star album to a 4.7 star Album, I don't care if it was experimental, this is the kinda stuff that should have been added to an "special edition" of the court of the crimson king.

But overall I see a brilliant album with some flaws which is why I would give this album a 4.7 which is almost prefect. Sure king crimson must have taken credit for the "first prog rock album" but this album plays a important role in the progressive rock universe and this is the album that should be in everyone's progressive rock collection.

inkblowout | 5/5 |


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