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King Crimson


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4.63 | 4141 ratings

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5 stars Absolute 5 stars!

Very much has been said about this album. That it's a very important album in music history, which I agree with.

This is an album which blends rock, classical, jazz and blues in a very beautiful way, for example "21st Century Schizoid Man" contains jazz elements and "I Talk to The Wind" contains classical (which reminds me of a classical flute compilation CD I really love).

"Epitaph" is a very emotional song with sorrowing vocals, soothing electric guitars, and very interesting drum works and ends really (I can't find a suitable word to describe it) influential. It literally makes me cry when I listen to the lines "But I fear tomorrow I will cry / Yes I fear tomorrow I'll be crying".

"Moonchild" cleverly uses silence in creating music. You really don't have to shred your instrument and make a huge amount of sound to create a masterpiece. I can't understand why people rage about this beautiful music.

And finally the title track "In The Court Of The Crimson King". I think this, alongside with Epitaph, are the best tracks of the album, followed by Moonchild. I love the mellotron lines, I just love them. One of the most beautiful melodies I've ever heard in my whole life. It contains happiness and sadness at the same time.

And the final note: I recommend you to listen to the 1987 EGCD US release of the album (or any release before the 1989's definitive edition). The cymbals are more clear than the 1999's 30th anniversary edition and it has better dynamics and more interestingly, a vintage feel to it which really couples well with the album in general and reminds me of the cassette era. I love those hisses!

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