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King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King CD (album) cover


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.62 | 3825 ratings

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5 stars Best Song: 21st Century Schizoid Man; Highlights: 21st Century Schizoid Man, I Talk To The Wind, Epitaph, In The Court Of The Crimson King

The true birth of progressive rock. All that amazement that I felt when I first heard the otherworldly "In The Court Of The Crimson King" still echoes around my mind. This is such a great album that my mind was completely blown away for eternity when its magical sounds and melodies first met my hears. How come such an incredible piece of music be practically unknown to everyone that's my age? A mystery. The album opener (my personal favourite) is the blueprint to almost every great crazy-ass prog song with rocking guitar and band jamming in the middle ever! The suspense with the train sounds and all that, the absolutely marvellous riff, the jam! God, the jam! Unbeatable. Then follows the two ballads, with beautiful vocal work by prog's greatest singer, Mister Greg Lake (great bass player too!). Moonchild will always be the weak point to me because it seems to be a little derivative and I was never able to cope with all that dissonance and stuff. Still, it's a brave effort, because no-one was doing things like that in such a "strange" or "weird" way (the common man calls prog strange and I love it). The closer is such a great piece of music that i always lack the words to properly describe it, though I can say that the intro just blows my mind every single time I hear it. All in all, it's a really necessary album for every fan of prog and art rock. Moonchild was going to make me rate it four stars, but due to the album's importance and the fact that all the other songs are so absolutely fabulous, there goes another star.

mobber89 | 5/5 |


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