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King Crimson


Eclectic Prog

3.84 | 2296 ratings

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4 stars I discovered this gem at the record store the other day, and not being a big KC fan, decided to pick it up. At the time, I owned In The Court of the Crimson King and Discipline, neither of which really excited me. This album, on the other hand, is an album that will see many a spin on the turntable.

For starters, what a fantastic album cover! Although the CD version may not be as mesmerizing, the vinyl gatefold version of this 1970 recording is amazing. The cover art is fantastic! Truly a predecessor to other great prog rock album covers la Roger Dean. This album is truly a fun experience. ITWOP sees Crimson flexing its creative muscles, employing elements of jazz, classical, and avant-garde styles throughout. "Pictures of a City" and "Cat Food" see KC churning out some great grooves while still employing Fripp's "devices". My favorite piece on this album is the title track, "In the Wake of Poseidon." Similar in many ways to "In the Court...", King Crimson truly explores the symphonic grandeur of early progressive rock. Nicely bordered by the three segments of "Peace", ITWOP is a great listening experience. I shy from rating this album as a five star album because of its striking similarities to In the Court. Some segments of "The Devil's Triangle" lack direction as well, and find the band rambling on for minutes at a time for the sake of having another 10+ minute song be on the album. Despite this, ITWOP is another great addition to any prog collection. Recommended.

Sweetnighter | 4/5 |


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