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King Crimson’s 1969 debut album is often considered the group’s best. It is the album that transformed psychedelia into progressive rock influenced by jazz and classical music. Prior adventurers such as The Moody Blues sound tame in comparison to the wild-eyed ambitions of “21st Century Schizoid Man.” The members all dominate their instruments, with Ian McDonald bringing the Mellotron to center stage along with his expansive saxophone work, while Robert Fripp takes the guitar beyond the blues and singer Greg Lake commands the mic.

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Never thought I'd see Kin Crimson's catalog on iTunes. Buy this album now and don't look back. A masterpiece of progressive rock and one of Robert Fripp's most intense albums. Now if we could only get some of the more obscure KC albums on iTunes...


One of the greatest albums in the history of music is now on iTunes!!!!

Absolute Genius: Expanded 30th Anniv. Version

Of course, the musical content of this album needs no introduction or defense, but potential buyers may like to know that the three Crimson albums now available on iTunes are the 30th Anniversary editions with bonus tracks not included on the original releases. The remasters sound very good—crisp, with decent depth—and have additionally been “mastered for iTunes,” apparently meaning that the existing 30th anniv. remasters (done in late ’99-’00, according to the liner notes) have been tweaked for maximum impact in this digital format. I have all the newer 40th anniv. 2-disc reissues, original Atlantic vinyls--even some of the early-80s EG remasters on cassette--and these iTunes versions are still worth $12 each for hardcore fans, especially considering the new bonus tracks and the accompanying digital booklets. And for new listeners, this is a steal, considering that many "expanded edition” albums go for $15-20 or more.


Formed: 1969 in England

Genre: Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If there is one group that embodies progressive rock, it is King Crimson. Led by guitar/Mellotron virtuoso Robert Fripp, during its first five years of existence the band stretched both the language and structure of rock into realms of jazz and classical music, all the while avoiding pop and psychedelic sensibilities. The absence of mainstream compromises and the lack of an overt sense of humor ultimately doomed the group to nothing more than a large cult following, but made their albums among the...
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