including March for No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
including The Dream and The Illusion
including The Return of the Fire Witch and The Dance of the Puppets
It’s astonishing to think that when this record was released in 1969 King Crimson had been together for less than nine months.
Aside from the impeccable musicianship, the record’s impact was helped enormously by Barry Godber’s cover painting. Commissioned by Crimson lyricist, Pete Sinfield, rarely has an album sleeve so accurately conveyed the shock-and-awe reaction which this extraordinary music produced in its listeners. Even the jewel-case format has done little to dilute its iconic power.
Going into the album charts upon its release on both sides of the Atlantic, the first incarnation of Crimson imploded whilst on tour in America in December 1969. Though short-lived, the music produced by this line-up continues to resonate 40 years later.
In light of this, Pete Townshend’s declaration that the album was “an uncanny masterpiece” seems something of an understatement.
In addition to the revelatory 5.1 surround sound mix, the 40th Anniversary editions of In The Court of the Crimson King also come with a brand new stereo mix by Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson, as well as numerous previously unreleased extras including alternate takes of I Talk To The Wind, the backing track for Epitaph (including a previously unheard guitar solo), and a powerful instrumental version of the first take of 21st Century Schizoid Man.
Please go to the shop to check out the full tracklistings of all three 40th Anniversary Editions of Court.
“brooding Wagnerian angst and whizz-bang virtuosity...daringly executed, lovingly updated in high-res, lossless sound” John Bungey, The Times
“music rich in ambition and atmosphere...the frenzied jazz-rock of 21st Century Schizoid Man...wouldn’t sound wildly out of place on a Queens of The Stone Age album” Paul McGee, The Word.
“King Crimson’s debut is still eclectic and original enough to lay claim to being the first major statment of the progressive rock epoch.” Mike Barnes, Mojo.
"The new version of In The Court of the Crimson King (is) restored from the best available studio master tapes...These DGM DC/DVDA editions are essential for longterm fans and newbies alike” Tommy Udo, Classic Rock presents Prog
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
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