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IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING

King Crimson

 

Eclectic Prog

4.63 | 4128 ratings

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dagrush
4 stars You know the story by now. One of the first prog albums (if not the first), top ten on the site, favourite album of numerous people, etc. It's quite the album and I'm not here to debate that.

What I am here to debate is the five star album given to this. Due to the fact that much of Moonchild is close to worthless and that 9 minute or so section takes up something like 20% of the album, I just can't give the masterpiece rating to this. However, by virtue of its innovation at the time (I'm not saying it's dated), it is essential in all collections.

Another of the reasons it's essential, aside from the innovation, is the fantastic use of the mellotron. While Genesis remains the ultimate in mellotron use, KC is right up there at second, with a good deal of that renown coming from this album.

Despite not being a five, it is still an easy four star rating in my view. Still, not having a copy of it pretty much invalidates you as a symphonic prog (possibly even prog in general!) fan.

dagrush | 4/5 |

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