Written By Braddon S. Williams
KING CRIMSON: In The Court Of The Crimson King
Progressive Rock 101…pick up a copy of In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson and listen loudly (preferably with a good set of headphones)!
When this groundbreaking album came out in 1969, it went against the grain of a lot of the popular music of the time. Even for the experimental, acid rock, and psychedelia of the ’60’s, Crimson was pretty far outside the norm.
Robert Fripp has gone through myriad lineup changes of his band, but King Crimson has remained cutting edge and independent of any trends for their entire history.
On this debut album, Greg Lake handled lead vocals and bass, and then went on to further progressive rock fame with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Lake was a great singer with a beautiful voice that lent itself perfectly to the radical 21st Century Schizoid Man and the majestic The Court Of The Crimson King.
Even the cover artwork for this album reveals multiple levels of emotion and mystery.
Progressive rock has influenced countless bands since King Crimson’s debut, and the band itself continues to lead the way into the future of musical exploration.