In the Court of the Crimson King

In the Court of the Crimson King

by King CrimsonKing Crimson

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Overview

The group's definitive album, and one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody. At the time, it blew all of the progressive/psychedelic competition (the Moody Blues, the Nice, etc.) out of the running, although it was almost too good for the band's own good -- it took King Crimson nearly four years to come up with a record as strong or concise. Ian McDonald's Mellotron is the dominant instrument, along with his saxes and Fripp's guitar, making this a somewhat different-sounding record from everything else they ever did. And even though that Mellotron sound is muted and toned down compared to their concert work of the era (e.g., Epitaph), it is still fierce and overpowering, on an album highlighted by strong songwriting (most of it filled with dark and doom-laden visions), the strongest singing of Greg Lake's entire career, and Fripp's guitar playing that strangely mixed elegant classical, Hendrix-like rock explosions, and jazz noodling. Lineup changes commenced immediately upon the album's release, and Fripp would ultimately be the only survivor on later King Crimson records.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Discipline Us
UPC: 0633367050120
catalogNumber: 670501
Rank: 5657

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Greg Lake   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Giles   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ian McDonald   Flute,Reeds,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,Woodwind
Peter Sinfield   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

King Crimson   Producer
Robbin Thompson   Engineer
Dik   Equipment Manager,Equipment Technician
Robert Fripp   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Lyricist,Illustrations
Tony Page   Engineer
Robin Thompson   Engineer
Barry Godber   Cover Design,Cover Art
Vick   Equipment Manager

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