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King Crimson


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3.83 | 2019 ratings

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Yes and no would be tha answer. Obviously, what was side one seems to folloe in the footsteps of the first album, but i think the songs have their own personalities and are good ( maybe the title track is kind of close to ''Epitath''). But ''Cadence and Cascade'' has its own character, a sentimentall mellow ballad sang beautifully by Gordon Haskell. ''Pictures of a city'' offers great musicianship, especially the guitar of Robert Fripp.

Ian Mcdonald is gone; Mel Collins does an excellent job at replacing him on sax and flute. Greg Lake does only singing on this album, bass duties have been transfered to Peter Giles, brother of Mike. What makes this album also different is the inclusion in the band of the greatly talented pianist Keith Tippett. You can enjoy him with his crazy playing on the single ''Catfood'' , a tune somewhat different from everything else KC has recorder to this point. Catfood opens ex-side2 and from there, King Crimson will go in a total new direction that has no ressemblance whatsoever with anything from the first album.

The main part of this side is the bolero ''The Devils Triangle'' a mellotron orgy that starts slow, peacefully, getting more and more agitated by the minute until it ends in utter disjointed chaos ( a future KC trademark). Only the vocals of Greg Lake at the end brings some kind of relief and peace to the listener. At this point, Robert Fripp has completely taken control of the band and will bring the band to a new direction with the next album, but that's another story.

So, that's not a copy of the first album; this is ''In The Wake Of Poseidon'', not ITCOTCKpart2. I would have give 3.5 stars to this album. so will be 4 as it's an excellent addition to any prog collection

febus | 4/5 |


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