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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.59 | 2876 ratings

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theRunawayV
5 stars I still remember the day I first heard "In The Court of The Crimson King". I loved "Epitaph" so much that I didn't want the song to ever end. King Crimson's debut album is the quintessential prog album that EVERY prog lover should own.

"21st Century Schizoid Man" kicks off the album with sounds you might hear near a train station, then explodes into crunchy guitar heaven. Greg Lakes' distorted vocals sound especially cool for a record that was put out in 1969. And I, being a bassist, absolutely love the mind-numbing speed the bass player displays during the the instrumental improv through the middle of the song. 10/10

"I Talk to The Wind" slows the roll down a bit, but doesn't lose the listeners interest. With its catchy rhythm and lyrics, you cannot forget this song. The song feels very spacey and trippy, in the way Greg Lake sings the words. It's very majestic. 10/10

"Epitaph" is most likely my favorite track on the record(though they're all so good!). The way the instruments build upon each other really give it that amazing prog feel. Throw in some amazing lyrics, lovely guitar arpeggios, and an epic chorus, you have yourself a terrific prog song. "Confusion, will be my epitaph..." 10/10

"Moonchild" Ah, the infamous Moonchild. Some love it, some hate it. I personally love it. The first part of the song is extremely catchy. The part about this song that some hate is the jam session that goes on for quite a long time. I love this part of the album because it kind of gives the listener some room to just close your eyes and let the music create images in your mind. Kick back with some hi-fi headphones and enjoy the ride folks. 10/10

"In The Court Of The Crimson King" interrupts the oh, so quiet Moonchild jam session with a tom fill that builds into a medieval style prog song. Filled with various synths, guitars, and amazing sounding drums. The instrumentation during the verse are truly astounding; King Crimson were definitely ahead of their time. The chorus is just oh, so epic and must be heard with some good headphones or stereo system. The rest of the album is filled with amazing prog moments, bringing with it more famous Crimson-esque improvs. 10/10

Overall, 5/5

theRunawayV | 5/5 |

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