King Crimson (Official Thread)

E-Z

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I never got beyond In The Court Of The Crimson King although a rock dude told me that Red that features John Wetton is a pretty good listen.

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Despite the musicians involved, Red is overrated. It has a catchy riff, which they repeat throughout the album, but it becomes monotonous after a while. Red does not come close to ITCOTCK, while Wetton, Jobson and Bruford went on to make much better albums as UK. Some people like the Discipline era, but I hated it especially after the disappointment of seeing them live. The 21st Century Schizoid Band, which reunited many original members, without Robert Fripp, but with the addition of Jakko Jakszyk, were pretty good.

In the Court of the Crimson King is King Crimson's masterpiece. Everything else pales by comparison.

Listen to this for about one minute and you will get an impression of the whole album:


 
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I'm surprised I have not posted here before since Crimson is my favorite prog band of all time.
Wonderfully eclectic band and some of their lps should be in any serious rock collction....I would recommend the first of course as well as Larks Tongues and... Red...which many prog fans consider their finest hour. 'Big Ears' above rated it lower but imho he's dead wrong and most prog heads will say so.
For me they had the most accomplished players throughout their career because Fripp wanted virtuosos.
Genesis (Gabriel era), Yes, and Gentle Giant also had some top notch players as well as a few others.
As most know 'In The Court' ....is considered by most to be the start of full blown prog rock though a few bands were doing proggy things several yrs before that album came out. Fripp said he was influenced by Sgt Pepper's use of various recording techniques as well as various sounds and blending of styles.
Not sure if I can pick a favorite lp ....I really like 4 of them quite a lot but the first made a huge impact on me so Ill post a mellow song from that classic one.
'I Talk To The Wind'- KIng Crimson..........McDonalds flute/clarinet and Giles drumming are both exquiste.
 

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