Sonic Gems: King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King

In 1968, the English progressive rock band King Crimson arose from the ashes of the unsuccessful trio Giles, Giles and Fripp.  Since then out of the 21 musicians who have been members, the only consistent member has been Robert Fripp.  Their most successful album contained elements of jazz, classical, and experimental music and is entitled In the Court of the Crimson King.  After a string of less successful albums, the band was temporarily disbanded by Fripp in 1974.

Since then the band has been regrouped twice. Once in 1981 and in a change of musical direction.  Then again after a decade long hiatus in 1994. Undergoing several reconstructions, the band continues to play.

Released on October 10, 1969, In the Court of the Crimson King is one of the most influential of the progressive rock genre.  From the opening chops of the album to the extended suites, it is clear this is a compelling argument displayed for our listening pleasure.  Somewhat melancholy and filled with angst, the talent renders music into sonic art.  For it’s extended influence throughout the decades, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album an eight out of 10.

You may listen to In the Court of the Crimson King here:

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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses and husband to Ally Romani.
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