Acclaimed Albums – In The Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 102/250Title: In The Court of the Crimson King
Artist: King Crimson
Year: 1969
Position: #131

It’s a weird thing where the driving force of choosing an album to listen to from this list is the rather weird album cover. The fact that this is one of the main seeds from which prog rock sprouted did not factor into the decision making process at all.

This is probably the first prog rock album that I have actually listened to. I have to admit that I may have pre-judged it as the entire album consists of five long tracks. Then again, so does Ys by Joanna Newsom, and I love that album.

The first thing that struck me is that this takes a cue from the likes of Trout Mask ReplicaThere is a touch of the avant-garde (for the lack of a better word) weirdness to the proceedings. Similar too are some of the more regular portions of the album, such as track 3, that seem to take more of a classical and baroque pop angle. Like taking a hop and a skip around the corner from Pet Sounds.

I don’t doubt that this will be one of those albums that I find myself referring back to in the future when I properly start on the prog rock (I’m actually looking forward to my first listen to Dark Side of the Moon). It’s made for an interesting listen and I am sure a few more spins will start to reveal a lot more of the subtleties that lie within.

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