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King Crimson “In The Court of The Crimson King”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#119 in the Series) is King Crimson, “In The Court Of The Crimson King.”

A Prog-Rock all-time classic.  You can’t say anything less.

It’s hard to believe that this was the debut album from King Crimson, but it was.

“In The Court of the Crimson King” contained only five songs.  But a few go down with the all time greats. ‘21st Century Schizoid Man, In The Court of the Crimson King’ and ‘Epitaph.’

I was an Emerson, Lake and Palmer fan before I was a King Crimson fan. I played ELP’s ‘Welcome Back’ live album until the grooves wore out.  They included a part of ‘Epitaph’ in their epic song, ‘Tarkus.’ At the time I was unaware of this being a King Crimson song.  So one day I finally grab the King Crimson album and I’m giving it a listen and I hear Epitaph and I was stunned to hear, what I thought, was an ELP included.

One of reasons I originally picked up this album was, of course, that Greg Lake from ELP handles the lead vocals.

King Crimson was and is and always will be Robert Fripp’s band.  It’s his baby.  One of the most talented and original guitarists, Robert has been the only consistent in all their configurations.

Other band members on this disc were Ian McDonald (Before he went onto play with that crap band Foreigner), flute and whatnot, Michael Giles, drums.  Another key ‘member’ of the band is Pete Sinfield.  Pete was the band’s lyricist. He’s still spitting out some great works to this day.  He’s worked with some of the greats.  You might know his work from ELP’s classic tune, ‘Pirates.’

This 1969 release peaked at #28 on the Billboard Top 200 sometime in 1970.

They helped define a genre that’s one of my favorites.  And they’re still around as well.


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