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In The Court Of The Crimson King

King Crimson

1969

In The Court Of The Crimson King

Album Summary

In the Court of the Crimson King (subtitled An Observation by King Crimson) is the debut studio album by English rock band King Crimson, released on 10 October 1969 by Island Records. The album is one of the earliest and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band combined the musical influences that rock music was founded upon with elements of jazz, classical, and symphonic music. The album reached number five on the UK Albums Chart and number 28 on the US Billboard 200, where it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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3.61

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4733

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

"In the court of the Crimson AHHHHHHHH AHHHHH AHH AHHH! AHH AHH AHHHHHHH!" So damn good. I was lost during some of the quiet free-form jazz shit, but I am here for all of the rest. And one of the best pieces of album art of all time!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

2/14/2022 Today's Album: "In The Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson - Finally, I am able to talk about an album from this generator that I know very well and can review top to bottom with ease. This album is incredible. This album defined what would become essential parts of 70s psychedelic rock, progressive rock, noise rock, and art rock. The production is top notch and the choice to split the music into 5 tracks makes listening to it an incredibly deep, yet digestibly experience. The first song, 21st Century Schizoid Man is one of the best openers to any album ever. The blaring saxophones, the blasted out vocals, the booming bass and top notch drumming make this track feel incredibly powerful and chaotic. There's many time switches, screeching saxophone solos, and dizzyingly polyrhythmic drumming. The band keep incredible co-ordination while having random pauses, impacts, and entrances in a way I haven't seen perfected again until Black Midi. The horns, bass, guitar, and drums play off each other so well and the vocals all throughout the track ranting about the terrible condition of this hypothetical 21st century man match the manic and unpredictable tone of the instruments perfectly. It's hard to tell when the track is going to end because of how noisy and scattered all of the instruments get. I Talk to the Wind follows this track up in an almost unexplainable way. It is such a calm and beautiful track that it gives the listener musical whiplash. The vocals are so smooth and dazed, lamenting the condition of the world and the way the vocalist simply talks to themselves and the wind around them. There are clarinets and flutes in the mix that add to the flowing and sedated nature of the track. The flute solo about halfway through the song followed by the pedaled guitar just sounds so pristine and clear they're memorizing. The outro solo from the flute is even more technically impressive and leaves the track off on such a groovy and impressive note. There is then a huge drumroll transition into perhaps the best track on the record, Epitaph. From the hypnotic guitar riff to the drowning bass and snappy snare hits, this album puts the listener into this cage as it drags you through the universe it creates. The singer illustrates a terrible dystopian environment that one might compare to today. The chorus on this song is powerful, insightful, and incredibly saddening. There is just an incredible weight to this song that leaves such an impact after what was such a laid back song in I Talk To The Wind. The whole album feels like it's set in this "world of the crimson king" which just so happens to be medieval Europe. There's instruments like harpsicord that add to this effect. Moonchild follows this epic piece with a haunting and atmospheric track called Moonchild. The lyrics are incredibly well mixed and produced, telling of this moonchild that yearns for a sun-child and dreams in the shadows of a willow. Each song feels like it holds lore to this mysterious land and this song just hugs your ears while doing so. There's a wailing guitar that accompanies drowning synth chords and cymbal clashes until the album completely tapers off into nothing. The 10 following minutes of this 12 minute track contain some of the wildest improv percussion and it really just needs to be listened to to believe. The 10 minutes of psychedelic ambiance is completely smashed with the intro of the final track, In the Court of the Crimson King. This song is the perfect finisher to the album, leaving it on a similarly noisy and chaotic note as it began and with many ending fake outs too! It's a great track to end off this absolutely incredible album. I have to end this off short due to text limits, but please listen to this album. It's something that has to be experienced and in the 3 years I've been listening to it, it hasn't gotten old. Score: 10/10 Period. Highlights: 21st Century Schizoid Man, I Talk To The Wind, Epitaph, Moonchild, ITCOTCK

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

A progressive rock landmark. Influenced so many things that came later, including Yes, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Genesis, ELP, and many more. I never realized before that Yes pretty much stole the riff from 21st Century Schizoid Man for their song Heart of the Sunrise. Amazing debut album, it's like King Crimson emerged fully formed and mature. Classic. 5 stars.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

Una obra mestra atemporal. Cinc petites joies d'orfebreria tan ben engastades que no es desgasten per més escoltes que es facin. Quina millor manera d'acabar el 2021 que escoltant un álbum 5 estrelles!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Superb, sounds like a real anachronism coming out at the time it did. King Crimson often sounded more expansive, grown-up and frankly more sinister than their peers - probably because they were. Nice to see a band that was (kind of) from my hometown represented on here!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

Even in albums I enjoy, there's always one or two songs that just don't live up to the rest of the album. In The Court of The Crimson King is an exception. It's an album where I genuinely cannot pick my favourite song (Sure, there's only 5 on the tracklist but they're divided into parts so technically there's more). Even the improv part of Moonchild, which fans tend to dislike and which I found boring at first listen, is amazing once it transitions to the title track, and I can't imagine the album without it. That's really one of the many strengths of ITCOTCK: each new song part ends up complimenting the last one. The majority of the album is actually quieter and more peaceful than 21st Century Schizoid Man and the title track might make one think; it starts off with the angry but anthemic first song, then becomes more mellow and introspective, gradually building up to the climactic final track. That's not to say any of the 3 tracks in the middle are in any way worse; they're just as perfect as the opener and closer. I'd like to point out the absolutely fantastic instrumental work on this album (just like all future King Crimson albums, of course). Michael Giles' drumming carries the entire album and the whole thing would be significantly lesser if the band had a less talented drummer. Ian McDonald's (rip) flute parts are simply perfect too. In conclusion, listen to this album. Or I will find you.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

Overwrought and outdated. I was never a big fan of prog-rock, even when it was current and I was young. Always felt like a bunch of young men being way too introverted for their own good. There are some fun tunes but ultimately I just can't get on board.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
1

'I Talk To The Wind' is right. This is farting around, plain and simple. They put in a lot of work in place of inspiration, but for what? A seven and a half minute opener with half a hook to show for it. And they don't get any closer than that in the subsequent 36 tedious as fuck minutes.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

It's a classic, not sure what else to say.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

It's a classic, one of the best albums ever recorded

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Great album. Awesome exploration of sound

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

hey

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Prog at it's best

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Awesome Listen, I hadn't listen too it for a long while.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Epic. I now understand where the flaming lips got all their licks from.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

My first album. Still sounds amazing.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Nunca había escuchado nada de King Crimson y vaya que es un viaje. Disco de 1969, es la pura psicodelia progresiva. Arreglos complejos, van de 0 a 100 y de 100 a 0 una y otra vez. Epitaph fue mi favorita del disco, lúgubre y grandiosa. Desafortunadamente después de disfrutarla tanto viene Moonchild y si fue tortuoso bajarle de revoluciones tanto durante tanto tiempo, pero en general es un discazo. Songs: Epitaph, 21st Century Schizoid Man

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Having very well-known albums on this list goes against its purpose a bit; after all, the goal is to help people discover chapters in music history that they might otherwise be unaware of. But I can't complain about having a reason to listen to "In The Court Of The Crimson King" again. It deserves six stars, of course.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Favoritei várias músicas, não conhecia a banda, gostei muito das experimentações.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

One of the greatest albums of all time!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Absolute classic

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Pleasantly surprised by this

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

I don't listen to this kind of music as much as I used to, but I was happy to hear some King Crimson again after many years. Great album.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Still a great album. I usually go for a later KC album and had forgotten how good this album was.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Classic. Modern. Masterpiece.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

A real pinch in the hourglass for the genre; all the influences and fledgling prog ideas beforehand really came together into this album, and no prog rock can look back without tracing some roots to it. A true influence, and a true masterpiece.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Awesome shit

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

This slammed. Really, really good.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Amazing. Right out of the gate this album defined prog rock genre and set a very high bar for anything that would follow it. Overall great stuff.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Awesome album, I’ve been aware of it but never actually listened to it before, super-glad I did. I enjoyed the first track, 21st Century Schizoid Man, but loved the other four, especially Epitaph and The Court Of The Crimson King. Due to it not being on Spotify I’ll have to pick it up on vinyl I think.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

This is a phenomenal accomplishment of an album, and it just feels right any time I listen to it

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of records left to review or just listen to: 933 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 33 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 18 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 17

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Absolutely mega album. A stunning mix of prog rock, jazz, and symphonic music that's just a groundbreaking delight

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Really really really enjoyed this a lot!!

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

✊🏻👊🏻Killer record, prog and jazz and blues mixed. Crazy to think this was made in 1969, all these guys were geniuses at their craft in composing.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Amazing vocals with no whiny or pompous quality of a glam rock star. Instrumentals breaks that does not intimidate but falls down like a snowflake on a quiet night. Short lyrics that is deep but not deep enough to be ironically self-indulgent. Here is a non-Floyd progrock album that legitimately blew my mind.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

This one is a classic of progressive rock. 21st Schizoid Man is heavily Jazz influenced with quite some guitar noodling, which is a bit tedious. I Talk To the Wind is a sweeping 60's ballad dominated by a synth flute. Epitaph is the absolute high point of the album; it's such a strong and beautiful song, with great vocals by Greg Lake. Moonchild is the most experimental (and longest) song, with even more guitar noodling - I have to be in the mood for this one. Finally, The Court of the Crimson King is a classic in its own right, for me almost on par with Epitaph. All things considered, the highs on this album are incredibly high, while the lows are only somewhat so, but still interesting in their own right. I like this album quite a bit. 4.5/5

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

Bom pra caralho

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Sat May 07 2022
5

An album which when you hear it for the first time on a project such as this you wonder- how have I never decided to give this a listen? It’s pretty amazing- it takes you to some other place entirely, one of menacing atmosphere and foreboding. What possible influences could these guys have heard to produce this work of art, something that feels entirely new and challenging. And whilst you can, of course, point to jazz and classic and rock influences, nevertheless, you still feel as if you’re entering some realm, some kingdom that only emerged in front of you, just now. Terrifying and curious in equal measure. Outstanding.

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Sat May 07 2022
5

amazing

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Godlike

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Good Lord what have I gotten into.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

Needed more than one listen to really appreciate.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

That feeling when one of your favourites pops up on the 1001.........😊 I've listened to this for many years and it is quite simply in the Top 10 of all albums ever produced. Barry Godber's haunting artwork inside and out, Peter Sinfields mystical lyrics, Fripps inspired guitar, McDonald's multitude of wind and Keyboard instruments (that Sax is a killer), Lake's vocals and powerful bass (so dominant) and Giles's drums (i've never heard anyone play the drums that well since)....... .......and finally to the Vision: to create something that stands alone in it's own world, untouched and eternal. There are haters that like to label everything and disdainfully call this 'Prog' then close their minds. Of course it's their own choice but I think they're missing out.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Amazing drumming awesome opening track. Other songs also hold up. Amazing album.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Intense. A cornerstone of prog rock. So many decades later, it still feels experimental. May have to see if a cover band tours--I would imagine this album is 100% better live.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

4.5

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

The moment when jamming while on LSD became highbrow art Classic album that is still great today

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Day 100 and a classic album that I’ve never herd before that’s good!… The album starts with 21st century schizoid man and I have to say ( for the 60’s) it’s certainly one of the most unique songs I’ve ever herd. Love the fuzzed out vocals, and the extended instrumental in particular! (The only thing is when he yells “21st century schizoid man”; I annoyingly have the thought of Kanye West’s ego spreading over the song). It’s really odd though because the next song I talk to the wind removes the every bit of heaviest in favour of a baron psychedelic folk track it’s not a favourite but it’s still enjoyable. Ending side one is epitaph it’s such an epic, grand and powerful sounding tune that definitely never misses a beat. But then the instrumental of the song comes in a much slower section sounding like death marching through the song, honestly flawless! Side 2 track one and also the album’s penultimate track moonchild and and don’t get me wrong I like the song but the more silent bit in the middle where you can only hear little bits of sound is just too long really; but hey It’s prog what are you gonna expect. The court of the crimson king alone redeemed everything bad about moonchild as it’s probably in my top 3 album closers of all time now, so grand, so epic and ultra climactic, just perfection! Fine, only 4/5 songs were perfection but those songs make up for moonchild!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

I think I wrote earlier that there is bad prog and good prog. There is also great prog (a rare occurrence). This is great prog and for me five stars is not enough. It is a towering achievement and I am not sure if the blend of rock, folk, classical and free jazz has been surpassed. It sounds progressive today, fifty plus years later. Even the album cover is one of the great ones, and an entire generation heard Crimson in the Kanye sample.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

best album cover ever

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

The first album with 5 stars! While it's not my favourite prog rock record. These guys were definitely ahead of their time. (Opening track is so good!)

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

<3

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

It wasn't just the doves that flew out in Hyde Park on that fateful July day in 1969. With them went the blueprint of a genre that would come to define, for better or worse, the sounds coming from Britain in the ensuing decade that was pouring out of many aspiring bands that favored complex time signatures, ambitious concepts and grandiose statements. And, if it weren't for King Crimson and their epochal debut In the Court of the Crimson King, I surely believe that progressive rock wouldn't have had the headstart that it needed to produce the Yes's and Genesis's and Emerson, Lake and Palmer's of the world. Sure, those bands would arrive eventually but they would have Robert Fripp and his mad genius to thank for the heads up. Perhaps one of the all time greatest debuts to have an all time great opening track, it's incredible to think that we allowed one band (or one man) to have all that power. But we did and we're thankful for that. By the way, Godspeed Barry Godber and thank you for an immortal album cover. Never has a sleeve defined a sound so well.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

i talk to the wind is enough for five stars

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Brilliant.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Для 1969 года это просто ВАУ.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

One of the true prog rock masterpieces, brilliant album.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

The album that got me into progressive rock. I heard it when visiting Philadelphia on a family-owned radio station that had DJs that played what they liked and not what they were told to play. The first few notes and I was hooked. Made sure I listened for the name of the band after it played. Totally blew me away.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

love this album

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Epitaph made me cry. What a beautiful mournful song

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Insanely creative, sooo far ahead of its time

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Did not realize King Crimson was this old! This album rules and was incredibly foundational for so much incredible prog music that came afterwards. Even if you don't like or haven't heard this, you know someone influenced by it, and likely even recognize the cover art! || I will acknowledge some unnecessary and potentially off-putting sections and interludes of sound between songs, but not apologize for them.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Excellent album and hidden gem. Deserves more listens

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Fuck you if you think Frank Zappa is better or weirder than King Crimson. This album is basically perfect. Normies should not even begin to consider thinking about attempting to try listening to this without the proper headgear. All necessary precautions must be taken, not to be limited to the usage of thick wall padding, a straitjacket. This album is legally and medically considered a highly effective (if extremely unsafe) method of boosting one's IQ to beyond normal human range. Severe volume is recommended for maximum dilation of the third through fifth eyes and/or other sensory organs. Do not attempt while primitively confined to any arbitrary set of three dimensions; alternately, if confined to less than the necessary number of dimensions: use quickly, far too much, and in any way not recommended. Seriously, this is some heavy-duty shit, man

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

It’s like if a rock band tried to replicate classical pieces. I love me a good rock ballad, and this has 4 of em, with Moonchild being a bit of a breather/interlude. I love how cinematic and grand the instrumentals are, but the periodically fall away to just a single instrument. Very well put together and all around a fantastic time. 9/10

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Brilliant. Possibly the best prog rock album ever made

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

hell yes

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Absolute classic

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Absolutely incredible, easy 10/10

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

This is a weird album. I loved it

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

A prog rock staple - something new around every corner.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Majestic genius. Opened the door for the most magical and fantastical genre of all time: prog rock. A fusion of high art with rock music, taking inspiration from classical, jazz, psychedilia, and rock n roll. I love so much about prog: its themes, its complexity, the unorthodox musical forms, the high degree of technical skill involved, the long tracks that each feel like self-contained journeys, and so on. Prog musicians in the early 70s reached incredible artistic heights; when was the last time a genre even AIMED that high, let alone reached it? Nobody strived for majesty like these guys did. Modern music feels empty and cheap in comparison to this. First track is just insanity. Robert Fripp is a twisted mad genius; anyone who knows anything about King Crimson knows that much. The drums are just outstanding for 1969. Everyone is playing at a high level on this track. Second track is serene and gorgeous, reminds me of halcyon days long since past. I feel like I'm in an enchanted forest meadow. The third track is apocalyptic and tragic: "The fate of all mankind, I see, is in the hands of fools." The Mellotron adds so much richness to the sound The first few minutes of the fourth track are hauntingly beautiful. Obviously there's too much noodling, but I at least like part of the ambient section, specifically the guitar-driven parts. In defense of the noodling, I would at least say that it perfectly primes you for the impact of that final track. The final track mesmerizes me. Its sounds are lush and overwhelming. The lyrics confuse and entrance me. It is almost too majestic to describe with words. It is otherworldly. It sounds like heaven and hell colliding.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Epic. I remember the first time I heard "In The Court of the Crimson King" many years ago. It was unlike any other music I had heard before. It's not a surprise to find how influential this album has become. I think prog rock has a tendency to become too experimental and become an exercise in musicianship rather than just being good music, but I think that King Crimson hit the nail on the head with this one. 5/5

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Wouldn’t change a note

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

21st Century Schizoid Man gets this an automatic 5 star. Amazing song, great album.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

A classic

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

damn i love this

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

I read a lot of good things about this album but I have never got to listen to the album until now. I now understand why people hype this record as one of the greatest. It has beautiful production, soulful vocals and excellent instrumentation. For me, I love the drumming by Michael Giles throughout the whole album. That guy is a fucking machine. I also love how Ian McDonald adds power to songs with his saxophone on 21st Century Schizoid Man while setting the mood and feel with the woodwind on "I Talk to the Wind" and "Moonchild".

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Ah, yes the sound of blaring horns. Seriously though, one of the most progressive albums of all time (through my minuscule knowledge). It harsh, it's loud, and it's complex. but that's what it makes it great. The harshness of it is what makes the album amazing, a true originator of prog metal. (i.e. 21st Century Schizoid Man) Well, actually part of it is beautiful. Strange wording. Still, one of the greatest albums of all time.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

10/10

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

This was a fun one for me! Loved it

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

First of all, I will mention this album cover is the recipient of my "Best Album Cover Ever" award. I always find it depicts exactly how I feel at any given moment. As for the music... Well, this is as close to 5 stars (but not 5 stars) as an album could get. History wise, this album was with me, then gone from my life, then (through the unforgettable cover) back in my life, rinse and repeat. Music wise, and atmosphere wise, there's a lot of sheer genius in this album. With just a tad of "what drugs were they on".

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Fantastic! I was hooked from the beginning, Moonchild was an out of body experience.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Very symphonic and influential prog album. I'm not the biggest prog fan because the lengthy songs can make me anxious, but I give major props to king crimson.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

One of the most renowned prog-rock albums of all time, and well deserved, this album feels like a distopian future. Either way the music is spectacular, sounds recent and has aged really really well. Fav Tracks: 21's Century Schizoid Man, Moonchild.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

"I talk to the wind" is insanely beautiful. Great album.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

- Capa icônica - Perdi meu ~ranço~ pela banda - Pretendo ouvir mais vezes

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Este disco fue una experiencia muy muy chingona. Para empezar, no conocía nada de King Crimson aunque sabía de su importancia en el progresivo y algo había oído de Robert Fripp (por el 3G). Las primeras 3 canciones son cada una una joya, llenas de subidas, bajadas, virtuosismo, todo. El problema es que llega 'Moonchild' y se vuelve cansado escuchar más o menos 9 minutos de todas las experimentaciones entre percusión y guitarra… nada útil para trabajar. Lo bueno es que retoma con mucha fuerza en 'The Court of the Crimson King', todo psicodelia y letras locas. En Apple Music solo está una version expandida que trae un par de cosas en vivo, no tan buenas como lo de estudio.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Not quite to my taste, but the innovation and musical proficiency of King Crimson is undeniable. Robert Fripp's guitar is beautiful, as always. I love his work. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is wickedly good. A squonky, propulsive musical odyssey. Fave Songs: 21st Century Schizoid Man, Epitaph, The Court of the Crimson King

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

This album is so weird, in the best way possible. It's not particularly melodic. But it covers every facet of prog rock. I don't think it's perfect, but solid throughout.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Really good album. Liked it a lot

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Wild! The opening track (21st Centrury Schizoid Man) is like a prog-rock riff on themes from Black Sabbath's album Paranoid, nihilistic lyrics, echoed drum rolls down the set, and screeching horns and guitars. What's interesting through is this album came about a year before Paranoid did. Then, next up is 'I Talk To The Wind'; (my fav) a somber duet backed with clarinets, flutes, harmonics and a playful drum trilling and filling along in the background. Following that is 'Epitaph', which is an expansive and spatial lament reminiscent of tracks from Radiohead's 'OK Computer'. The next song 'Moonchild', just kind of slowly disintegrates into an ambient jam session, that almost sounds like they just forgot to stop recording and figured, "Eh, why not," when it came time to put it on the album. Then 'The Court of The Crimson King' ties all the themes together in an on-again-off-again crescendo. This is such a singularly unique album, and I love it!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Likeable "old music"

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Has a lot of an early "prog rock" vibe, without a lot of the over the top synthesizer that later English prog rock gets. Which is fine by me...! Their composition reminds me a lot of Jethro Tull, which I also love. They seem to have a full horn line, which is awesome. They mix more classic rock with some of the more esoteric/bebop jazz compositions. Good stuff.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

listened tk yeah

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

Came to King Crimson via a cycling blog on Facebook (‘Epitaph’, scoring Merckx’s last day ever in Yellow, when he broke on Puy-de-Domê. Real pathos. Anyway, groovy jazz funk album, precursor for a decade of the excess and indulgence that is (British) Prog.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Ah The Vanguard of Prog Rock, oh what crimes you allowed to happen. Joking aside a great, seminal album, when rock started getting acknowledged as a serious art form. Robert Fripp and co wrote and performed a classic album here. some wonderful tunes and Synth work favourites include "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Moonchild" Greg Lakes' vocals are superb on the latter track and the former has been influential in all types of music for 50+ years now. Just if you haven't seen them take a look at Robert Fripp and his Partner Toyah lockdown videos, (Toyah & Roberts Sunday Lunch) on YouTube great fun throughout!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Essential Prog Rock. Saxophone, flutes, guitars, drums, all blend together perfectly to create an epic, fable-like album which goes from peaceful tunes to evil-sounding anthems.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Musically brilliant and experimental beyond the Rock genre . My fave KC album is Starless and The Bible Black, but this is close .

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

I have to recognize the musicianship, dynamics, songwriting and great production. This album has everything a progressive rock album should.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

This album was chaotic and noisy and I loved it. It was easy to get lost at times but it sounded great and every song was so different and fun. Cool album art too.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Strangely addictive music with some very deep lyrics. Great finding.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

This was great well beyond the meme lol

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I really loved the feeling of this album. Some parts seemed quite drawn out and it took a while. But the songs were cool and the style of music was funky

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Nascent prog-rock. A little free jazz motions thrown in for good measure. Probably quite the thing in 1969.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

This album kicks ass. The aimless noodling on Moonchild is a bit much though. come on guys. Court of the Crimson King is just so good.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Amazing. Never heard it before but will definitely listen again.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Classic album with equally classic cover art.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

I love the instrumentals on this album. It is very spacy. The songs on the second half of the album are certainly longer and not my favorite part of the album.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

I do like this album and I've got quite into it before. I think it didn't particularly grab me this time around but I think its one of those that you have to pay attention to. For memories of better listens in the past I'll give it a 4.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

I have listened to In The Court of the Crimson King more than once, and at least one or two other full albums from King Crimson as I have tried to get a handle on their music. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is a track that I will probably always come back to just because that track was part of my expanding intake of progressive rock early on. The whole track offers a varied landscape of sound as you might expect from progressive rock. Greg Lake's voice is a great contribution to this iteration of King Crimson. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to hear Lake and Bill Bruford in King Crimson at the same time. "The Court of the Crimson King" is my 2nd favorite track from this album. The album as a whole is good, but I have less of an affinity towards the middle of the album. Moonchild" is the track that I enjoyed the least. I like the second half of "Moonchild", but the first half reminds me that I frequently don't understand what Robert Fripp is trying to get at. Rounding up to 4 stars.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Give me that good progressive rock! This album first interested me after I got into Pink Floyd and was experimenting with different genres of music than what I was normally familiar with. 'In the Court of the Crimson King' was one of those albums I tried out, and I will admit that it befuddled me at first. There were definite highs and lows to this album, but I wouldn't ever say that it became a slog to get through. The highest of highs was definitely the closing song, which is monumental and grandiose, and the album builds to it nicely. Overall, this is a special album, one that I'm not always in the mood for but one that is always there waiting when I need a good bit of prog-rock. It's weird, it's a marvel, and it's just a great album.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Lyssnade i Gif-Sur-Yvette.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Some really cool sounds in here. I can tell why it's so influential.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

Pretty good

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

This was very impressive and at its most impressive when I listened closely. These are fantastic musicians who take you on a journey with these songs. I don’t think this was the most accessible music in the world (although Kanye did famously sample the first track in Power) but like some jazz I don’t think it is supposed to be.. I would give this a 4.5 if I was able to

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Definitely a foundation piece for the progressive rock genre that grew out in the '70s. This has a much "jazzier" feel than than the major bands that followed including ELP, Yes, Genesis (Peter Gabriel version) and even Rush. Those bands were all much more "classical" in the musical bent. I like this album (mostly because of Greg Lake's vocals) but it does get a bit too "spacey" at times. Regardless, given the influence it had, it definitely belongs on this list.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Mais uma confirmação que vale muito a pena ouvir mais.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

REALLY GOOD - was able to enjoy it almost all the way through (which surprised me, as I didn't think I was much of a prog rock fan) but some of this album gets lost on me (such as the lengthy instrumental in 'Moonchild') and so I can't rate it as a 'perfect' album based on my first couple of listens - but I can completely see why this was included on the list of albums, and why sooo many people speak so highly of it. Track ranking (fav to least fav): The Court Of The Crimson King > Epitaph > I Talk To The Wind > 21st Century Schizoid Man > Moonchild

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

4 It's really good Just a little too weird at times. (The middle of Moonchild)

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

This is a gem, and the album cover is ideal for it.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Good album

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Can see why its very influential to prog rock as its a predecessor for classic Pink Floyd, Yes' early 70s output, Genesis and Rush's 70s work. And while it was a decent listen and featured no bad songs, I didn't love it or come away needing to listen to it later today.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Psychadelic trip, Donovan wibes. Musical-style exposition.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Excellent album ! Très bonnes vibes rock/jazz pour certains morceaux. Gros coup de cœur sur le dernier morceau de l'album "A man a city" et son solo de saxophone entêtant.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I love this record, my fav track is Epitaph, the whole thing gives me Floydian vibes, but with less emphasis on ambience and some very interesting guitar parts. The almost free-form jazz styles in some tracks (notably 21st Century Schizoid Man) has such a unique, fun, chaotic energy to it that I love. Also, the long track-lengths gives lots of room to expand on the musical ideas. Solid 8/10.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Great album.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Incredible experimental record from the 60s(!) 4/5

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

I have mixed feelings on this one. I actually tried listening to it a few weeks ago. I couldn’t make it through two songs. I decided to try it again and start fresh with it. I probably listened to the album completely three or four times today, and a few of the songs even more than that. It’s definitely an album that grows on you. Half of the songs I would say are excellent (Epitaph, Court of the Crimson King), the other half are decent songs halfway through and then just ramble on for 5 more minutes (Moonchild). Overall it’s a good album that gets better the more you listen

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

I understand that it's highly regarded and I like prog, but I don't love it as much as some

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Long songs.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Well! This seems like something I should already be familiar with. Interesting to say the least. Like early Black Sabbath meets Jethro Tull. Weird but cool.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I really liked this one. I remember hearing 21st Century Schizoid Man during a skateboarding video when I was younger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1y6F1VodbM).

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Excellent, I just wanted more of it.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Okay so the opening is an absolute banger and there's stuff to love elsewhere. There's also at least 10 minutes of noodly jazzbo twiddlenonsense. Even so, I managed to enjoy 70% of the album which is an achievement for this kind of progginess.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Interessante combinatie van muziekstijlen. Het is ook geen al te lang album, dus het gaat zeker niet vervelen. Leuk album!

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

The first song is fun. I don’t really know how else to describe it. I love the part where they intermittently play then stop. Really enjoyed the drastic difference between the 1st song and 2nd song. The instruments are also 🙏. I was really enjoying the first half, but got kinda bored in the 2nd half. 3.5/5

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

I liked it.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

I've listened to this multiple times over the years even though prog rock isn't really my thing, guess it goes to show how good this actually is

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

yes, nice, added to my library

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

I like it!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Unexpected but very good ! This is what you can call an album. The songs on their own are good but together as an album they are even better. Sometimes songs of 10 minutes get boring but in this case they keep it interesting and I liked every minute of it. Normally I would write down my favourite songs, but this album should be listened as a whole.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

This album was really cool! Definitely nailed the "genuinely interesting" side of weird music. Favorite track: 21st Century Schizoid Man

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Surprising

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

I can't really explain why this worked for me when other similar albums haven't, but it did. I listened to it three times in a row. It would be perfect if it weren't for track 2. Best track: Epitaph

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

When it's good it's easily a 5, but then half way through it goes like weird free-form jazz and a man is just tinkeling on the piano and it really break it up (and I would say detracts from the album) but when it hits its an easy 5 stars. 21st century schizoid man is amazing. Overall a 4 cause it hits more than it misses

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Didn't discover this album until last year, and I was immediately stunned by how great it is. It's a psychedelic rock album, but it's also Jazz and experimental and electronic. I've listened to this album front to back a dozen times and still find things I love.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Yes, it’s not a bunch of three-minute pop songs, but no it’s not classical music either (nor a classical rock fusion). In fact, it’s really not that weird or challenging at all. Which might be another way of saying times have caught up to King Crimson. “21st-century Schizoid Man” is accessible, not that arty and pretty dumb overall. “I Talk to the Wind” and “Epitaph” are a lot more interesting, but not so way out there besides their length. “Moonchild” seems more indulgent than innovative. Title cut is pretty pretentious but still worth hearing; the reaching for heaviness feels earnest, in other words. Just not that different for such a cult-y and allegedly obscure classic. The cover art feels like heavy metal, or maybe prog rock’s breakthrough gestures have just become the norm. Still, extra points for originality (even when it wasn't in the band's best interest) and influence (not all of which was propitious).

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

This is the second time I have heard it. I really liked it the first time, now I am thinking that this is brilliant. Can’t wait to hear more of it. 4/5

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Album is nuts, can tell this influenced later works from many other bands

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR9uEja0dOc

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

Already listened to it, very good early prog rock

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

Some good songs

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Rock progresivo. Se me ha hecho un poco pesado, aún así, ni fu ni fa.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Just before 1970 this album when it came out probably wasn't any other at that time. This is must the definition of an outsider rock band. To do what they like. Explorative melodic music with jazz elements . Very cool album

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Felt orchestral throughout which I really liked.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Pretty abstract, enjoyed it. Didn’t think it was the greatest but still enjoyed it

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

* Decent. Prob 3.5

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

I’d like to check out more of their stuff. This one was a little too abstract for me at time. Like their more upbeat stuff the most

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

A little jam, a little rock'n'roll.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Nonsense, but pleasant enough. Didn't realise before that Greg Lake (from ELP/Xmas) was in King Crimson. Schizoid man and the title track were the highlights for me

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

7/10, proggy! fun! I feel that most people listen to this because of POWER and it ends up being really good in its own right!

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

This should have been the 420th album, huge miss random album selecting algorithm

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

In my opinion 21st Century Schizoid Man is the one true highlight of this album. Mixes prog, free jazz, rock freak out into a heady stew. The rest is filler.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

This was alright. Songs are a bit too long for my taste but otherwise forgettable. 6/10.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Oye, oye! Rock sicodelico que, si escucho bien, todavía puede hacer sentir su influencia en el rock del presente año. A estos locos los conozco sólo de nombre, pero me he llevado ina gran sorpresa.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Interesting to see early examples of prog rock, just a bit too unrefined for me in total

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Tue Apr 12 2022
3

Having never heard of King Crimson before, it was really surprising to hear the song sampled in Kanye's Power. The juxtaposition between the cacophony of how 21st Century Schizoid Man ends and I Talk To The Wind's soft and sweet beginning makes it interesting.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

Fun fun fun

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Sat Apr 23 2022
3

Classic

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Sat Apr 30 2022
3

Album needs more time Cover art 5/5

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Tue May 03 2022
3

This album is the debut by English rock band King Crimson. It's one of the earliest and most influential progressive rock albums. Hailed today as a classic in the rock genre but receiving mixed reviews at release, this album helped shape progressive rock before it was ever really classified as a genre. The album's music is beautifully mesmerizing and seamlessly transitions the listener from one track to the next. This album is highly ranked in progressive rock or simply rock album lists, and this album has been certified gold in the US. 'Twas a good album to enjoy for an hour during the workday.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

massa o rockzao progressivo

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Mon May 16 2022
3

How have I never heard this before? I have heard of King Crimson, but this was my first time hearing an album by them. This was really good! Standouts: 21st Century Schizoid Man, The Court of the Crimson King First listen. Can't wait to hear it again! 3.5 / 5

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Tue May 17 2022
3

Trippy 60s music

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Sat May 21 2022
3

Great album. Early progressive rock. After more than 50 years it is nice to listen to it.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

decent album i suppose its special partially for its innovation at the time, reminds me a little bit of rainbow with dio albeit more 'alternative'

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Snooze...and like Greg Lake..

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Enjoyable psychedelic prog - at points sounded like the soundtrack to a Zelda game. The rest was big and noisy enough to sound like they were making an effort.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
3

A little psychedelic, a little jam band, a little classic sixties rock. Not in love, but I *do* love that they kept the album to terse five (eight, with expansion) tracks. If you love them, maybe 2-3 tracks a side on vinyl would be crappy… Three stars for brevity when being weird.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I remember being more into this on previous listens so maybe I just didn’t give it the attention it deserved. Based on this listen, high 3*

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Title track is sensational

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

pretty good just not something i could see myself listening to much

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

Promising start, and interesting blend of styles throughout.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

Its pretty decent but its as silly and indulgent as the worst of prog

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

S razlogom je ovaj album smatran esencijalnim. Međutva, meni je dobar, ali ne toliko.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

One of those records that is great in places, but dated prog nonsense in others

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Tue Aug 16 2022
3

The album starts and finishes very strong, but everything in between pulls it down a bit.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
3

Enjoyed this more than I was expecting, I need to be in the right mood for the Prog-Rock, but this was dope.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

The lyrics are not great. The oboe is a welcome contribution on the second track and the Mellotron sounds divine. I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. Robert Christgau called it "ersatz shit" which I love but don't really agree with.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
3

Top 3 Songs: 1 - The Court of the Crimson King (5) 2 - 21st Century Schizoid Man (1) 3 - Epitaph (3)

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Strong 3

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Love the album art - one of the best covers of the era, and that’s saying something. 21st Century Schizoid Man is great, but the middle section drags a bit. The rest is mediocre Renaissance Festival fare.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Trip trip songs

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

This album made me a bit schizophrenic. Maybe that was the goal. It was a decent album to wash dishes to, only to have the wife come back and complain that I didn't throw away her pancakes.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

I've tried with this album, I really have. I've owned it on vinyl since the since 2005, and every few years I hear people talking about how great it is, and I decide that this is the time that I'm finally going to "get" this album. Except, I never do. I find this album boring, even for a prog rock album. It's not bad, the compositions can be quite intricate, but ultimately it doesn't inspire anything in me. I think the last song on the album is the best, though even that song has a fake ending that really takes the steam out of the track 3/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

3 stars. I’ve never quite understood the appeal with this album. I think it just goes on and on too much. Maybe I don’t have a refined enough palate?

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Reminds me of Moody Blues. Check more later.

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