King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King Album
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Release Date: 07/01/1969
Tracks in In the Court of the Crimson King: 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including Mirrors), I Talk To The Wind, Epitaph (Including March For No Reason / Tomorrow And Tomorrow), Moonchild (Including The Dream And The Illusion), The Court Of The Crimson King (Including The Return Of The Fire Witch And The Dance Of The Puppets)
In the Court of the Crimson King Album Tracklist:
- 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including Mirrors) Lyrics
- I Talk To The Wind Lyrics
- Epitaph (Including March For No Reason / Tomorrow And Tomorrow) Lyrics
- Moonchild (Including The Dream And The Illusion) Lyrics
- The Court Of The Crimson King (Including The Return Of The Fire Witch And The Dance Of The Puppets) Lyrics
great | Reviewer: Alex | 5/30/2007
Probably too spacey and dated for most listeners
but after discovering the child ditty side early Pink Floyd i eagerly picked up this album, another experimental capsule of its respective era, with that enigmatic cover of a shocked red cartoon face thats disturbingly similar to Edvard Much's 'The Scream'.
After listening to the 5 epic length tracks in this album though i can't think of anything more appropriate to match the hard hitting atmosphere and theme of shattered disallusionment and ache to escape it all that pervades this work like a black cloud.Equal parts melancholy and fantasy escapism, 'King Crimson' launches their expression of lost innocence & stubborn retreat into fantasy as fairy tales, only the lyrics chillingly correspond to the general message of rude awakening & existential angst prevalent towards the conclusion of the sixites and the start of the 70s, with 'Eptiaph' in my uneducated opinion being the apex of the wallowing sorrow expresed here .
'24th Century Schizo man' marks a pitch perfect entrance, a dizzying trip of song that sounds like a computer jammed in a self destructive loop as it tries to logically position the contradictory insanity of mankind side by side (Neuro surgeons SCREAMMMMM FOR MORE.....Inocence RAPED WITH NAPALM FIRE!!!!!)all furious drumbeats and disintigrating booming narration.
"I Talk to the Wind" seems light and airy,resfreshing even coming after the bombast as it does, but is just as heartbreaking once you realize it just another cry of thwarted frustration and anger, like a case a massive repression in action ('I talk to the wind.....the wind cannot hear....) while 'Moonchild' takes the childish retreat into make believe to its uttmost prog rock extreme, strecthing on for a mind boggling 10 minutes of chimes and cymbals that will either infuriate the hell out of you with its pretention or completley enthrall .
And finally, The finale 'In The Court of....' forces much into clarity,one last gob of spit in the eye, a loud, large but hauntingly empty conclusion that sees only charlatans and fools manning the faraway Kingdom, a technicolor minstrel's show in a corrupt,crumbling dreamscape.
These aren't the maddening surrealist puzzles of say, Syd Barret, its a ominous & abstract without being too deliberatley inpenetrable, making it far more accessible for today (and troublingly, even more so in light of recent events)
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