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|My King Crimson Albums List WORST to BEST|
King Crimson are one of the most influential Progressive Rock artists in the history of the genre. Since their debut 'In The Court of the Crimson King', the Robert Fripp led group has been cited as one of the greatest Alternative Rock bands of all time, being cited as an inspiration by numerous bands including Dream Theater, Mastodon, Radiohead, and even Isis. here is my complete list of their albums ranked from Worst to Best.
The ConstruKction of Light
Arguably their worst effort. The ConstruKction of Light (Or TKL) was Robert Fripp throwing in the towel and pumping out an album for the sake of pumping out an album. It was boring, uncreative, and a huge middle finger to the fans.
The problem with the second album in the "King Crimson 80's trilogy" was mainly in the fact it mostly tread the same waters as its previous album. After another album of the same thing, doing it again can get outrageously boring, especially when it doesn't do the repetition very well. Not to mention it sounded as if Fripp was utterly bored of doing King Crimson albums.
Three of a Perfect Pair
Three of a Perfect Pair still suffered the same issue with Beat, but there were times this album showed general creativity on Fripp's part. Despite those sparks of energy, it couldn't help an overall bland album.
Starless and Bible Black
Most of Starless and Bible Black was improvised as the band had turned into a Quartet and barely had any written material down before starting the recording process. Perhaps this is why this album has such a rushed feel to it. Most of the tracks jump and speed along with no real coherent structure, it just didn't have the deep quality of most King Crimson albums.
THRAK is a weird album to say for sure. After returning from a large hiatus, Fripp returned and shook the Prog Rock world with THRAK, a great return to form for a band that had been struggling a decade before. That isn't to say it was on par with earlier records, but it was a lot better than it could have been.
I'm probably one of the very few people who find Red to be deeply overrated. While a lot of King Crimson fans love it, I simply viewed it as a 3.5/5 and nothing more. It was great, don't get me wrong, but it paled in comparison to the works that came out before it. Although it was better than Starless and Bible Black. It's very disoriented feel is probably why Fripp went on hiatus for 11 years after its release.
Discipline was King Crimson returning from an 11-year hiatus and embracing the new influences of the burgeoning 1980's musical scene. Featuring the usual Prog Rock fare but also containing New Wave influences, Discipline remains one of King Crimson's best albums post-1979.
The Power to Believe
King Crimson's final album was a standard return to form for a band that had been struggling creatively after TKL. Featuring some of King Crimson's deepest work since Larks' Tongues in Aspic, The Power to Believe was the swan song of King Crimson, and the closest thing to a Modern Classic in every sense of the word.
Compared to most King Crimson albums, Islands is huge. Combining aspects of Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock, Jazz Fusion, and Classical Contemporary; Islands was a schizophrenic combination of elements, creating a mish-mash of ideas that form separate-but-whole pieces (or "Islands"). Arguably one of the finest King Crimson albums.
In the Wake of Poseidon
Although it repeated the style of their debut, In the Wake of Poseidon still remains one of King Crimson's best albums. It featured a more refined approach to the style they innovated in their debut album, and did so in a way that wasn't boring or repetitive. In the Wake of Poseidon isn't looked at as well as most King Crimson albums and I think that is sad, because it certainly deserves such a reputation.
Lizard was the first instance of King Crimson taking the dive in Jazz Fusion, a genre that was making waves with Santana since the release of their debut in 1969. With this, King Crimson tread new ground for Progressive Rock, and showed that Robert Fripp wasn't done taking us all by surprise yet.
In the Court of the Crimson King
Their debut is arguably one of the most important musical albums of the 1960's. It was breathtaking, innovative, and energetic, and introduced the world to the brilliant mind of Robert Fripp. Many albums, including most of King Crimson's discography, can't hold a candle to this album. With the way this album has influenced 4 decades of music since its debut, one would be hard pressed to call this album "bad" in any way.
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
I'm going to get so much hate for this, but I don't care. Larks' Tongues in Aspic is the ultimate King Crimson album. Featuring their usual brand of Progressive Rock with an experimental and improvisational edge. Not to mention it was also one of the first albums where the band drew on Eastern European Classical music. It was brilliant in its production, orgasmic in its composition, and powerful in its intensity. By far the greatest King Crimson album and one of the greatest Progressive Rock albums of all time.
|8 is 1 tbh|
|islands better than S&BB and Red?|
|"orgasmic in its composition"|
I've never heard this, but that's almost enough to get me to listen
|Sorry, English Major, I tend to get a bit theatrical with my descriptions. But yeah I would give the album a listen.|
|I like it, I'll probably check it out later. I'll let you know what I think |
|8 is 1 and im going to a concert of theirs in 6 days|
|8 is 1 |
|Top five = 3, 7, 8, 2, 4|
|1 was my favorite for a long time too|
|1 is pretty meh in many ways. if all songs were like the closer, it'd be a 4,5-5, but there is so much fucking around|
|honestly got no idea why it was my favorite but i thought i'd share anyway|
|Red and Poseidon are my favourites.|
|poseidon got some great tracks, but i feel that those peace tracks + devil track are filler material|
|top 5 = 8, 7, 1, 2, 4|
|i find it very strange that you consider 1 1 but have 10 so low. larks' is a terrific album but so is starless|
|8 is too low yeah|
|"poseidon got some great tracks, but i feel that those peace tracks + devil track are filler material"|
I like the Peace tracks a lot. The album has a really interesting atmosphere and ambience and I think those tracks only help enhance that. I dig The Devil's Triangle too, more so than quite a few of their other improvs. It's way better than the abomination that is Moonchild that's for sure.
|I love The Devil's Triangle, way better than shit like Moonchild honestly, although Court is better on the whole|
Still only heard 3 Crimson albums heh
|you can't have an opinion on KC if you haven't checked Red yet, ars|
|I know One More Red Nightmare, good song|
|a life without Starless...|
I remember those dark days
|i still dont get why they put improv songs at all on their studio albums|
|Because Robert Fripp|
"Because Robert Fripp"
|Jamie's hate for Moonchild is unreal.|
|Oh it is definitely real just wrong|
|Interesting list. I think Beat deserved better placement, but it's a matter of taste. Glad to see some love for Islands and Lizard, though.|
13- IN the Wake of Poseidon
11- Three of a perfect pair
9- The Construkction of Light
8- Starless and Bible black
6- Larks tongue in aspic
5- In the court of...
1- Power to believe
|4-6 over red is the worst thing ever on sputnik|
|^^In the Wake of Poseidon last lmao|