• KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) LP
1987 South Korea Pressing (YVPL 130)
Considered the album to start the progressive rock movement (or prog-rock) that would continue throughout the 1970’s as regarded by many music critiques, In the Court of the Crimson King is King Crimson’s debut effort and most popular album to date that counteracted the blues influences that shaped most of classic rock. Hailed as the second greatest prog album of all time by world famous magazine, Rolling Stone, the LP contains lyrics that allude to the Cold War and the Vietnam War and touches on themes of war, love, dystopia, and folklore.
Recorded in the summer of 1969 at Wessex Sound Studios located in London, England, In the Court of the Crimson King blends together folk, psychedelia, jazz, and classical music, a combination that would be seen in later prog rock bands such as Yes and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. The album also showcases the early versatility of the prog genre as the material on it ranged from classic ballads, “Moonchild” and “I Talk to the Wind” to heavy metal jams such as “21st Century Schizoid Man”. Aside from lyrical content, In the Court of the Crimson King is also supported by its lengthy instrumentals which only compelled the prog rock genre to be ever so different than the popular rock that dominated the majority of the 1960’s.
In the Court of the Crimson King still appears in music decades past its release as the album was sampled by many rock groups, the most prominent being The Flaming Lips Additionally, the opening track, “21st Century Schizoid Man” has been sampled in rap icon Kanye West’s 2011 hit, Power.