My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Image clipped from Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Court_of_the_Crimson_King
Brief Background: In the Court of the Crimson King was recorded in July and August of 1969 and was released in October of the same year. It is considered to be one of the first (if not the first), Progressive Rock album. There were complications with the mixing down of the album which resulted in some distortion, loss of high end ( I really noticed this on the version I had) and quality loss which was not corrected until the original masters were rediscovered in 2003.
What I think: Well, if nothing else, this is certainly an interesting album. I’ve never given Prog rock much of a chance as it is usually too overblown, filled with uninteresting medieval imagery and is overall just too dark for my tastes. This album certainly fits that bill. The cool thing about it though is that it never feels bloated and over filled. It’s almost like a Blood, Sweat and Tears or Chicago album with Prog Rock imagery. I certainly enjoyed the fifth, and final, title track. With it’s dreamy “ahhhh-aaaa-ahhh” lyrics, it seems to be the template for where Pink Floyd would go in the 1970’s.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that this should be here. It’s way out of my realm, but I can appreciate it for what it is. That being said, I hope the resulting Prog artists are kept to a minimum as we move into the 1970’s
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (137/178)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%