In the Wake of Poseidon [30th Anniversary Edition]

In the Wake of Poseidon [30th Anniversary Edition]

by King CrimsonKing Crimson


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King Crimson opened 1970 scarcely in existence as a band, having lost two key members (Ian McDonald and Michael Giles), with a third (Greg Lake) about to leave. Their second album -- largely composed of Robert Fripp's songwriting and material salvaged from their stage repertory ("Pictures of a City" and "The Devil's Triangle") -- is actually better produced and better sounding than their first. Surprisingly, Fripp's guitar is not the dominant instrument here: the Mellotron, taken over by Fripp after McDonald's departure -- and played even better than before -- still remains the band's signature. The record doesn't tread enough new ground to precisely rival In the Court of the Crimson King. Fripp, however, has made an impressive show of transmuting material that worked on-stage ("Mars" [aka "The Devil's Triangle"]) into viable studio creations, and "Cadence and Cascade" may be the prettiest song the group ever cut. "The Devil's Triangle," which is essentially an unauthorized adaptation of "Mars, Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's The Planets, was later used in an eerie Bermuda Triangle documentary of the same name. In March of 2000, Caroline and Virgin released a 24-bit digitally remastered job that puts the two Mellotrons, Michael Giles' drums, Peter Giles' bass, and even Fripp's acoustic guitar and Keith Tippett's acoustic piano practically in the lap of the listener. [The 30th Anniversary Edition of In the Wake of Poseidon features two bonus tracks: "Cat Food (Single Version)" and "Groon (Single B-Side)."]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
Label: Discipline Us
UPC: 0633367050229
catalogNumber: 670502
Rank: 12113

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Crimson   Primary Artist
Keith Tippett   Piano
Gordon Haskell   Vocals
Greg Lake   Vocals
Mel Collins   Flute,Saxophone
Robert Fripp   Guitar,Mellotron,Devices
Michael Giles   Drums
Peter Giles   Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Fripp   Composer,Director,Producer,Audio Production
Ian McDonald   Composer
Peter Sinfield   Composer,Director,Lyricist,Producer,Cover Design,Paintings,Audio Production
Robin Thompson   Engineer
Tammo DeJongh   Cover Painting
Tammo DeJough   Cover Painting

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