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.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

The experiment continues in Day 4 with a legendary release from the masters of Progressive Rock, King Crimson, and their epic 1981 record, Discipline. This was the debut of the classic lineup of Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, and Bill Bruford. I purchased this one on vinyl while on vacation in Los Angeles in 1984. I had never heard anything quite like it, and it stands outside and well above nearly anything else I can think of from that entire decade. The guitar work of Fripp and Belew, both virtuoso players individually, became something greater than the sum of its parts when they blended their distinct styles together into something awe-inspiring. Add Levin’s outstanding work on bass and Chapman Stick, and Bruford’s magnificent percussion barrage, throw in Belew’s fantastic wordplay and crystalline vocals, and you have an astonishingly talented band. The whole album is extraordinary, but The Sheltering Sky, Matte Kudasai, Elephant Talk, and Frame By Frame are certainly highlights for me. If you’ve never heard this one, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

“Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind!”