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King Crimson


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Jake E.
5 stars 21st Century Schizoid Man, rock solid, out of all the songs on the album, this is defiantly the best opener. Great distortion vocals, great saxophone,\ bass and drum jam that sort of reminds me of something from the Canterbury scene, then comes Fripp's unique guitar style, I once heard described as "guitar-tuning". Then comes some psychedelic type sounds from the sax, while the drums and bass beat and blaze. The band then does the crazy part where they are play in perfect sync and stop frequently and continue to play fast again and then stop, and so on. Then end of the song is chaos. Next comes I Talk To The Wind, very mellow great vocals from Greg Lake, great flute as well, very soothing. The drums have a nice steady constant beat. Fripp's guitar is very spacey and soft while the bass plays good and soft in the background. In the middle of the song there is a fantastic flute solo, then guitar solo. "I talk to the wind, my words are all carried away". The flute solo makes it's return, and leads us until the very end. My personal favorite song on the album is Epitaph. Another soft mellow song, great lyrics, great vocals, and drums> "Confusion. will be my epitaph". The guitar is good on this track, and a lot of it is acoustic. Lake's vocals shine in this song, brighter than any other on the album. Moonchild, at twelve minuets in length (most of it is improvised doodling), reminds me of a very mystical forest, with magical powers, and weird little creatures roaming through it. With the moon(child) up above shining it's power onto the forest. After the "song" comes the improvising section; very weird and interesting, and unpredictable psychedlia; each instrument is doing their own thing, which I like because it leaves my brain fooled. The Court Of King Crimson has quite an intro. More of that beautiful flute comes back for our pleasure. The drums are fantastic on the song, along with Fripp's guitar. After a little while there is a nice flute solo, while the symbols grow louder and louder, Then Lakes voice comes back, and the song goes into a small whistle like part which makes it feel like the song is about to end, but then you get the melody one last time, and the song fades off into chaos, then ends. There is only one thing to say about this album> It's a masterpiece and a very important progressive album. This is an absolute essential.
Jake E. | 5/5 |


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