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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.63 | 4425 ratings

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k_crimson
5 stars One of the greatest albums of all time by one of the greatest bands of all time.

1) 21st Century Schizoid Man including Mirrors: A work of art.The powerful guitar pulls you in. The distorted voice keeps you locked in, and the Mirrors section leaves you mesmerized. A true hard prog song. The opening is great, and if you get a friend to listen to the CD, I always tell them it's really quiet so they have to turn it way up, and they always fall for it. The simple guitar part is brilliant. One of those great pieces up there with Seven Nation army and Smoke On the Water. The mirrors solo is spectacular and a total gear shift from the main part. Love the transition back and forth.

2) I Talk To The Wind: A real relaxing piece. I don't know whether it's the flute part or the soothing vocals, but it's the kind of song you never get tired of. Simple, but strongl lyrics. Great integration of the flute into a prog song. It's soft, but powerful at the same time. The drums are spectacular in this song. Great job mixing it. This song could have been a disaster if done wrong. Great transition into Epitaph with the drumroll.

3) Epitaph including March For No Reason and Tomorrow Another softer song, with the best lyrics on the album. I love the quiet voice in the beginning that slowly gets louder. Great effect. One that makes you drowzy, but won't let you fall asleep.

4) Moonchild including The Dream and The Illusion Great first few minutes, which leave you very tired, but the problem is those last 5 or 6 minutes. I always fall asleep and miss the final song. The voice is angelic, and the percussion is spectacular.

5) The Court Of The Crimson King Including The Return Of The Fire Witch And The Dance Of The Puppets Good song, but the only one that doesn't have a part I absolutely love. I like how they go back to power at the end.

I like the CD format which they continued to use throughout their careers. They started hard, softened up in the middle then go back to the power vocals again at the end. Also, one of the greatest album covers of all time.

-K_Crimson

k_crimson | 5/5 |

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