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King Crimson


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5 stars A great masterpiece for prog

so i hate to use the term sophmore jinx but this is a step down from in the court


but at the same time its an excellant follow up

at times like in the court yet very differant fripp and sinfield taking more lead in the direction WITHOUT IAN MCDONALD yet some credit given on the devils triangle a wild excursion of mini movements ala ravel,and holst with this new pattern of developement small themes within the whole work something fripp later tried with the league of crafty guitarists show of hands yet here peace being a reaccuring them dividing each section of this ,masterwork

"Peace - A Beginning" (Fripp/Sinfield) 0:49 "Pictures of a City" (Fripp/Sinfield) - 8:03, including: 42nd at treadmill "Cadence and Cascade" (Fripp/Sinfield) - 4:27 "In the Wake of Poseidon" (Fripp/Sinfield) - 7:56, including: Libra's Theme "Peace - A Theme" (Fripp) 1:15 "Cat Food" (Fripp/Sinfield/McDonald) - 4:54 "The Devil's Triangle" (Fripp/McDonald) - 11:39, including: "Merday Morn" "Hand of Sceiron" "Garden of Worm" "Peace - An End" (Fripp/Sinfield) 1:53

i like each simplistic folk classical styling of each of the peace movements this shows some of the original folky art rock connection to the earlier gile gile fripp period of this band also the introduction of the bolero ravel mars approach to composition you see later in lizard and larks tongues in aspic , three of a perfect pair , and the power to believe one interesting connection to this developement shows up on epitaph an early collection of live and rare tracks

Personnel Robert Fripp (guitars, mellotron and devices) Greg Lake (vocals) Michael Giles (drums) Peter Giles (bass) Keith Tippett (piano) Mel Collins (saxes and flute) Gordon Haskell (additional vocals on track 3) Peter Sinfield (words)

after the intro of peace we find a interesting followup to schitzoid man some of the "in the court of" formula in tact with heavy schizoid tunage "Pictures of a City" (Fripp/Sinfield) - 8:03, including: 42nd at treadmill followed by sweet cadance and cascade ala i talk to the wind and epitaph-ish in the wake of poseidon (complete with giles drum blow outs but no court of follow up! or moon child!) but the similartity ends there

now one track strikes me as interesting as this predates the soon exit of lake to form elp tippet a highly underrated painist improvisor and band leader from centipede another band fripp was connected with early on during crimson's history the other being vander graff generator on a tune called cat food a very strange yet alost elp-ish track that serves to get us ready for the bolero section of this album greg lakes serves up only his excellant vocal performances gordon haskell debutes only as a guest on cadence and cascade a sort of follow up to i talk to the wind an excellant flute solo ala i talk to the wind by mel collins fripp taking the lead mellotron roll and doing a fine job ! michael giles genious drumming a follow up to epitaph with in the wake of poseidon

WHAT I LIKE ALSO ABOUT THIS ALBUM IS THAT IT IS A PROPHETIC WINDOW INTO THE FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF FRIPP AND CRIMSON ! i see the beginning of crafty guitar larks tongues starless ,red and beyond a lot of cretive beginings plus picking up were " in the court" left off

I highly recommend this album

yours truly a pleasant symmetry

APleasantSymmet | 5/5 |


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