Album no. 168/1001
Easily one of the most recognisable album covers in musical history, In The Court Of The Crimson King is regarded as one of the first and most influential ‘progressive rock’ albums.
The ‘progressive’ stuff was a departure from the blues underpinning that dominated the rock and roll scene. This combines bits and pieces of jazz, classical, orchestral and symphonic music. Fun fact, if you’ve heard Kanye’s track ‘Power’, you know old mates King Crimson! That track samples probably their most famous track, ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’.
Just a little heads-up, one of us wrote half of this review and forgot the second half until the last minute. See if you can tell which one it was.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No! It’s one I’ve always wanted to listen to, so I’m looking forward to it.
NK: I have not. It gets thrown around with ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ as one of the greatest ‘prog’ albums of all time though, so the stakes are high.
CL: WELL HOOO NELLY. ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’ has some of the best sax work we’ve heard thus far – I’m already on board after the first minute and a half.
NK: That’s my pick too!
CL: Ok the rest of the album is nothing like the first song. I’d like to get off board now please. Jeeeeeesus. SO SLOWWWWWW.
NK: Bit of flute action on ‘I talk to the wind’ as well. Loving it (I’m not). The rest of the album seems stuck in second gear after the opener. The title track is ok, but still doesn’t get back to where the opener had us.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: Probably when you’re in the mood for a bit of flute-led jamming. That’s a mood I’ve never actually been in, so it’s hard to be any more specific than that.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: It’s pretty proggy I guess. Long meandering songs about talking to the wind and writing ‘confusion’ on your grave. Another ‘concept’ album, fun album art, weirdo lyrics, some spacey jamming. This is a step in some sort of direction.
Will you be listening again?
NK: Maybe? I listened to it twice for this, but (like a lot of these albums) I think I’d get more into it with repeat listens.
Unfortunately you can’t listen to In The Court Of The Crimson King on Spotify, but you can buy it on iTunes.