In the Court of the Crimson King an Observation by King Crimson is the debut studio album by the British rock group King Crimson. The album reached number five on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States, where it reached #28 on the Billboard 200.
The album is generally viewed as one of the strongest of the progressive rock genre, where King Crimson largely stripped away the blues-based foundations of rock music and mixed together jazz and classical symphonic elements. In his 1997 book Rocking the Classics, critic and musicologist Edward Macan notes that In the Court of the Crimson King "may be the most influential progressive rock album ever released". The Who's Pete Townsend was quoted as calling the album "an uncanny masterpiece". In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came fourth in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums". The album was named as one of Classic Rock magazine's "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".
The album was remastered and re-released on vinyl and CD several times during the 1980s and 1990s. All of these versions were based on tape copies that were several generations removed from the originals. The original first-generation stereo master tapes were thought to be lost, but were finally located in a storage vault in 2003. This led to a much improved remastered CD version (see below) in time for the album's 40th anniversary.
Once again, in November 2010 the album was re-released both on vinyl and CD with newly cut masters approved by Robert Fripp. Re mastering was executed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.Side one
No. Title Writers Length
1. "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors") Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield 7:21
2. "I Talk to the Wind" McDonald, Sinfield 6:05
3. "Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow") Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield 8:47
No. Title Writers Length
4. "Moonchild" (including "The Dream" and "The Illusion") Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles, Sinfield 12:13
5. "The Court of the Crimson King" (including "The Return of the Fire Witch" and "The Dance of the Puppets") McDonald, Sinfield 9:25
Robert Fripp – guitar
Michael Giles – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Greg Lake – bass, lead vocals
Ian McDonald – flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, vibraphone, keyboards, mellotron, backing vocals
Peter Sinfield – lyrics, illumination
The original album featured the following credit: Produced By King Crimson for E.G. Productions – ' David & John'. David Enthoven and John Gaydon were the founders of EG Records, both of whom left the company during the 1970s. CD reissues of the album dating from the 1980s removed any mention of 'David & John'; the original full credit was restored in 1999 at the insistence of Robert Fripp.
Recorded and engineered by Robin Thompson and Tony Page (also assistant engineer)
Barry Godber – cover illustrationsThis record is in absolutely mint condition and looks like it has not been played.ilps1969 Island records.The cover is in excellent condition apart from very slight wear to the bottom corners .The original price label is still on the back cover.