King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


5.0
classic

Review

by Jigglypuff USER (7 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


It has been said that if one group embodies prog-rock, it is certainly King Crimson, and after hearing this disc, you'll have to agree. Prog before it was a genre, and forever uncool, the mighty Crim has always been in the thick of the experimental rock subculture, frequently breaking apart and gloriously returning stronger than before.

The first lineup had been together less than year at recording time - four devotees of the London club scene who had made a name at the free Hyde Park concert of July 5, 1969. The band committed to tape five of their best tunes and had the whole album ready in a few days - "21st Century Schizoid Man" was actually done in one take! The results spoke for themselves.

Let's take a look at the album track by track:

"21st Century Schizoid Man"
The brilliant tune that made Crimson's name and remains their signature piece, sporting the heavy-to-end-all-heaviest of guitar riffs.The sheer avant-gardeness of the comically fast improvised midsection continues to blow listeners' minds to this day. Robert Fripp's demented free-modal solo remains one of his shining moments as a guitarist.

"I Talk To The Wind"
In the time-honoured KC tradition of contrast, this mellow tune winds down nicely from "Schizoid Man". Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald provides some wonderful flute over Greg Lake's excellent vocals and the ever underrated Michael Giles' jazzy percussion.

"Epitaph"
It's not Crimson without a Mellotron-based ballad, and "Epitaph" doesn't disappoint. Fripp's layers of electric riffs and fingerpicked classical guitar work perfectly with McDonald's memorable keyboards.

"Moonchild"
Eerie and nocturnal, this tune introduces yet another mood with its delay-drenched guitar and Tolkienesque lyrics. After the initial song, the band improvises an abstract free-form jam of vibraphone, guitar, and percussion for nearly 10 minutes of mysterious, quirky noise. Not the easiest song to get into but worth the effort.

"The Court of the Crimson King"
This medieval epic scales all manner of choral vocals, trippy synth, and classical melodies. Not to give anything away, but a hint: There's more to this song then you'd think...

Personnel:
Robert Fripp: Guitar
Ian McDonald: Woodwinds, Brass, Mellotron, Keyboards, Vibes, Piano, Vocals
Greg Lake: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Michael Giles: Percussion, Vocals
Peter Sinfield: Words, Illumination

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



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Badmoon
January 24th 2004


384 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good Job :thumb:


I love this album. It's one of my favorite King Crimson albums let alone one of my favorite albums.This Message Edited On 06.17.05

Jigglypuff
January 26th 2004


31 Comments


Nobody else has any comments?

Kaden
January 26th 2004


222 Comments


I love this album. This is one of my favorite King Crimson albums, and my favorite song has to be I Talk To The Wind.

5/5

OrbDragon
January 26th 2004


152 Comments


I love "I Talk To The Wind"....I'm a sucker for soothing brass melodies.

BirdsOfFires
January 26th 2004


92 Comments


Favorite album of all time with the exception of Ornette Coleman's The Shape Of Jazz to Come

Good review, dude.

Jigglypuff
January 26th 2004


31 Comments


[QUOTE=BirdsOfFires]Favorite album of all time with the exception of Ornette Coleman's The Shape Of Jazz to Come

Good review, dude.[/QUOTE]

Thank you very much, BoF.

Orbdragon: "I Talk To The Wind" doesn't feature any brass. There are two flute tracks (the flute is a woodwind).

OrbDragon
January 27th 2004


152 Comments


^^^
See that's how dumb I can be...I always considered flutes and clarinets brass instruments too...but now I find they aren't :p

I love the flute solo's anyway...it's beautiful stuff. A perfect song to play come springtime. I also love that ambient noise part in "Moonchild"...it's amazing stuff...Fripp is a genius.

Neon Dub
January 29th 2004


13 Comments


****in great album! 5/5

CheeseyBread
June 8th 2004


12 Comments


I woudl have to say that Epitpah is my fav, but they are all worth it. I really liek In The Wake Of Poseidon too.

BirdsOfFires
June 8th 2004


92 Comments


I'm a 21st Century and Talk To The Wind man myself.

cytoplasmicglob
June 9th 2004


3 Comments


I did an electronica version of the title track on my computer. its at www.soundclick.com/volcanictelephone

manoulos
July 16th 2004


28 Comments


Very good album and excellent review. I think it hasn't grown old decently, so I give it 4/5

joe_fresh
July 16th 2004


3 Comments


brilliant album, the best songs are in the court of the crimson king, 21st schizoid man and epitaph. probably their second best album after red.

excellent review aswell

Badmoon
July 16th 2004


384 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Epitaph" is my favorite song on the album. It's perfect, it even gives off a great line, "Confusion, will be my epitaph".

AfroMan
July 16th 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=badmoon349]"Confusion, will be my epitaph".[/QUOTE]

That's the very line that made Brett Gurewtiz name his label "Epitaph".

Ive never heard King Crimson before but ive been tempted to buy this album for a while now anyway. Are they just the same as Yes and Rush?

el doctor
July 16th 2004


83 Comments


[QUOTE=AfroMan II]Are they just the same as Yes and Rush?[/QUOTE]
In some ways yes, but in more ways no. Talent, mind blowing solos, lengthy progressive suits; all similarities. After that though, I'd say King Crimson is very different. It's tough to explain, but they're darker than the other band, and are more "out there".

Awesome album. I could listen to it a thousand times and never get tired of it. 5/5

Badmoon
July 16th 2004


384 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I find King Crimson to be more Progressive, and they're definitley into bigger productions.

AfroMan
July 16th 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=el doctor]In some ways yes, but in more ways no. Talent, mind blowing solos, lengthy progressive suits; all similarities. After that though, I'd say King Crimson is very different. It's tough to explain, but they're darker than the other band, and are more "out there".

Awesome album. I could listen to it a thousand times and never get tired of it. 5/5[/QUOTE]

Im just going to buy the album - im sure I'll be into it:thumb:

ModestBass
July 16th 2004


4 Comments


I bougth this cd not knowing what to expect and I freakin loved every second of it, all of the members have amazing talent, especially Mick Giles.

ledfloyd_fan
July 16th 2004


23 Comments


This album easily makes it into my top 20, I personally prefer Epitaph to I Talk to the Wind, but they are both great. Nice review.



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