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King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (50th Anniversary Edition Double-LP on 200g Vinyl – New 2019 Mix by Steven Wilson)

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50th anniversary edition of the classic 1969 debut, featuring a new 2019 mix by Steven Wilson, plus a second album of alternate mixes and studio takes by Steven Wilson and David Singleton. All mixes approved by Robert Fripp.

Released on 10 October 1969, In the Court of the Crimson King (subtitled An Observation by King Crimson) is the debut studio album by King Crimson. The album is one of the first and most influential of the progressive rock genre, where the band combined the musical influences that rock music was founded upon with elements of jazz, classical, and symphonic music.

The album initially received mixed reactions from contemporary critics. Village Voice critic Robert Christgau called the album ‘ersatz shit’, while John Morthland of Rolling Stone said King Crimson had ‘combined aspects of many musical forms to create a surreal work of force and originality’. The album has since attained classic status, with AllMusic praising it ‘as if somehow prophetic, King Crimson projected a darker and edgier brand of post-psychedelic rock’ in its original review by Lindsay Planer, and calling it ‘definitive’ and ‘daring’ in its current review. Alexander Milas of Classic Rock described In the Court of the Crimson King as the album which ‘blew off the doors of musical convention and cemented these quintessentially British innovators’ place in rock history for all time’.

In the Court of the Crimson King reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 28 on the US Billboard 200, where it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Track Listing

Side One

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  2. I Talk to the Wind
  3. Epitaph

Side Two

  1. Moonchild
  2. In the Court of the Crimson King

Side Three

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man (1969 Take)
  2. I Talk to the Wind (Alternate 2019 Mix)
  3. Epitaph (Alternate Take, 2019 Mix)

Side Four

  1. Epitaph (2019 Mix)
  2. Moonchild (Take I, 2019 Mix)
  3. The Court of the Crimson King (1969 Take, 2019 Mix)
  4. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Trio Version, 2019 Mix)


Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

No of Discs: 2


Catalogue No: KCLPX2019

Barcode: 0633367791313

Release Date: 25 Oct 2019