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


King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

4.61 | 3283 ratings

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4 stars There is no doubt that In the Court of the Crimson King is considered to be a landmark album in the history of prog, considering how this album is usually considered to be the starting point of symphonic rock and all things progressive. Even though bands such as Procol Harum and the Moody Blues were among the very first bands to write rock songs with elements of classical music, King Crimson proved to audiences that mixing rock with classical music was simply much more than just harmonic devices. They set out to explore the full rhythmic, melodic, and programmatic nature of symphonic rock (and rock in general.) Their debut album ranges in music from sheer jazz-rock paranoia to shades of British folk to sweeping orchestral music to ambient improvisation. In just 45 minutes and only five tracks, King Crimson showcased their ability to blend a very eclectic range of music, with rock music used only as a springboard to create and demonstrate each individual member's ability and range. I would go on and elaborate on the details of the songs, but for the most part, people know why this album continues to be one of the most cherished albums of all progressive rock.
mongoose126 | 4/5 |


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