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King Crimson


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4.63 | 4188 ratings

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4 stars In The Court Of The Crimson King is commonly known as the first "true" progressive rock album and is one of the most celebrated works of the genre. Whether you agree with that statement or not (I do not) this is an undeniably important work that laid foundation for prog rock to come. King Crimson created an imaginary world of "fire witches", "Court Of The Crimson King", and "the keeper of the city keys". The band talks about apocalyplse, politics, and war through the imaginary fantastic medieval land. Musically, the album builds on symphonic clasical music ("In The Court Of The Crimson King"), English folk ("Moonchild", "Epitath", "I Talk To The Wind", ("In The Court Of The Crimson King"), and Mingus-style hard-bop ("21st Century Schizoid Man"). For 1969, it was all way ahead of its time - both lyrically and musically. Everything is played with exceptional musical intelligence and precision. All in all, a very unique album and a true classic. This should be a gateway to progressive rock for every new listener. However, us, prog rock veterans often overlook the work regarding it as "pop" of the genre. I recommend listening to the album without any influence of others'.
ALotOfBottle | 4/5 |


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