Thursday, April 12, 2012

King Crimson



       The bizarre cover of King Crimson's debut album suggests nightmares, but listening to the music is like experiencing a dream in tonalities and poetry.  That album--In the Court of the Crimson King--and the second album--In the Wake of Poseidon--became listening staples for me when I was in college in the early 1970s.
 
        These albums were part of the early wave of  Progressive Rock and as years progressed King Crimson became ensconced as purveyors of innovative modern music.  Showing an eclectic range of musical sounds and styles, King Crimson has attained a cult status.
         
        The strange intricacies of the music of King Crimson would place them in the genre that I would call Dream Music or music that suggests dreaming.






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11 comments:

  1. Simply wonderful Lee. Thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne.

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  2. There's a new one for me, at least. ;-)
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  3. OMG! I HAVE this album! I remember (many years back, now) when somebody did a cover of 21st Century Schizoid Man and the kids thought it was SO cool. They were shocked to learn the song was originally done in 1969 by King Crimson.

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  4. What an eclectic collection!

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  6. Yvonne -- Thanks for stopping by.

    Linda -- I'll drop by to visit.

    Bish -- This is a classic album by a legendary group.

    Fidel -- I like eclectic.

    Jilly -- I'll be by.

    Lee

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  7. BOIDMAN ~
    I was first made aware of King Crimson in 1977, my senior year in high school when I took a "Rock Poetry" class. (Best high school class EVER!)

    I have never been a fan of their stuffs - too "progressive-y" for my tastes - but I agree that some of it does have a kind of "dreamy" quality.

    Interestingly, when my dear friend Marty (may he rest in peace) made a cassette for me in the very early 1980s of the seven songs he most associated with me, one of the seven was King Crimson's song 'Epitaph' (it's from the same album pictured in your post, I believe).

    The one song Marty felt strongest about, however, was Simon & Garfunkel's 'I Am A Rock' which was recorded over and over again, taking up Side Two of the tape in its entirety.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  8. It is a very beautiful song. I already heard it, just trying to remember where...
    The musical refrain is very dreamy indeed! Thank you for sharing it!

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  9. Yay! King Crimson!

    I have to admit, I wasn't even born when prog rock was at its height, but I grew up listening to it and I've always been a fan. I'd probably class a lot of it as dream music (early Genesis, early Pink Floyd, Yes, some of Wishbone Ash, even Mike Oldfield if he can be said to count) - or at least, as music that makes me *imagine*, which comes to the same thing :-)

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  10. wow, I haven't heard King Crimson in like 20 years. Thanks :)

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  11. This album art is hard to get out of your mind. It is so detailed that it's fascinating, yet so surreal and gross that it freaks me out.

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