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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

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Equality 7-2521
5 stars In many ways I believe this to be the best album ever recorded. There are albums I like more, but when it comes to King Crimson's first I have trouble even grasping how somebody could not like, or at least respect the album. When I heard this album in 2004 I could hardly believe what was unfolding before my ears. Then why I tried to imagine myself hearing "21st Century Schizoid" man in 1969 I was completely blown away. More than any album this epitomizes prog. It's influence cannot be understated; it sounds so radically different than anything else released at the time.

In The Court Of The Crimson King lays down everything progressive rock is throughout the album. Quirky, inventive, a myriad of styles, the album introduces the jazz/rock combination, the symphonic atmospheres, and the free-form jamming that would all become staples of the genre which this album created. Epic is the best word to describe this album. It seems to contain a quality that transcends music itself.

I believe this album contains the most beautiful display of the mellotron in history of progressive rock. It can push you to the verge of tears. It combines beautifully with Lake's vocals throughout the album to form a welling symphonic sound. All songs are symphonic masterpieces except "21st Century Schizoid Man" which is a frantic cacophony of guitar, sax, and distorted vocals. Drastically different from the rest of the album, yet every bit as good.

I always find it unfortunate when a band starts their career with their best album. However, in this case I don't think it could be any other way. I'm not sure King Crimson could top this, or any band for that matter.

Equality 7-2521 | 5/5 |


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