Crimson proves they can rock as hard as any mid seventies metal band, and still retain a respectable level of writing and fusion on this one. Overall, this is a very enjoyable album. The ultimate jam record. This album sounds a lot more stripped down and simplistically arranged than their monster debut but it has just as much depth, which makes it so special. I did say until the other night I could not get into King Crimson albums. Now, KC had traversed many ideas of progressive rock, with their symphonic debut and smooth jazz outings on Lizard and Islands. This tight pack of 3 delivers a fantastic album from beginning to, well, almost.
KING CRIMSON Red reviews
I hate Kurt Cobain, but knowing he worshipped Red is at least something I can identify with. The level Muscianmanship on this album is excellent, and easily puts Bill Bruford into the contenders for best rock drummers of all time. An absolutely superb piece of work, improvisational or not, even if it may take some time to grow. I myself like it, because is almost fires us into the last track: Because they are not habituated to emoting a whole lot, they seem to be secure from the perils of overemoting and there is a down to earth quality about this album that I have rarely come across in prog.
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Description: In the Court of the Crimson King set the blueprint for most of the progressive rock scene, particularly the more symphonic end of it. Red is among the better albums though, but the 12 minute closer, Starless, is the only song here that deserves the masterpiece status that this album has received and the only song with which King Crimson again reached the high standards set by In The Court Of The Crimson King. Could play it over and over again, oh wait I have. Easy to play and good to watch.