In The Court Of The Crimson King

King Crimson

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  • Genre: Progressive
  • Label: Panegyric
  • Released Date: 27th October 2010
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2LP version features all new, 2019 stereo mixes as approved by Robert Fripp on LP1. LP2 features all new, 2019 alternate takes & recordings with five pieces mixed by Steven Wilson and two pieces mixed by David Singleton.

KC’s debut album introduced to the world a group that threw various ’60s genres into a blender and set the results afire with a blowtorch. One of the pioneers of the progressive rock movement that began in the late ’60s and flourished in the early ’70s, King Crimson was arguably the most consistently creative band in the genre. On IN THE COURT they blend wispy, Donovan-ish folk-rock with Wagnerian grandeur, mind-bending heavy rock, and even a free- jazz sensibility. Greg Lake’s vocals are effectively theatrical but more restrained than in his later ELP work. Robert Fripp was just learning how to make mincemeat of a chord progression, but he’s alternately lyrical and frenetic as the moment requires. The extended jams on cuts like “Moonchild” are light-footed and inventive, never ponderous, thanks largely to the crisp, jazzy drumming of Michael Giles. “20th Century Schizoid Man”‘s bone-crushing ensemble riffs and crazed solos were of a heft unprecedented in rock & roll. Most importantly, the trademark Crimson would stick to throughout their career is shown here–dynamic variations between soft/lyrical and raucous/experimental. This was seen not just between songs but in the drastic dynamic shifts between sections in a single composition.

The 50th Anniversary release is available in 2 formats. The single LP features the Steven Wilson 2019 remix, the 2LP set features a bonus disc of alternate takes & recordings with five pieces mixed by Steven Wilson and two pieces mixed by David Singleton.

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Track Listings

LP 1: 2019 mixes

Side A
1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 I Talk to the Wind
3 Epitaph
Side B
4 Moonchild
5 The Court of the Crimson King

Mixed by Steven Wilson

LP2: The Alternate Album

Side C
1 21st Century Schizoid Man
2 I Talk to the Wind
3 Epitaph
Side D
1 Epitaph
2 Moonchild
3 The Court of the Crimson King
4 21st Century Schizoid Man

Side C1, D1 mixed by David Singleton, 2019
All other tracks mixed by Steven Wilson, 2019

Side C
1
Morgan studios June 1969 take with Greg Lake vocal overdubs from Wessex August 1969 &
Jakko Jakszyk/Mel Collins August 2019 overdubs
2 Alternate 2019 mix
3 Alt. take - 2019 mix

Side D

1 Vocals isolated/highlighted, 2019 mix
2 Take 1, 2019 mix
3 Morgan studios, June 1969 take, 2019 mix
4 Trio version, 2019 mix

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