King Crimson

The In the Court of the Crimson King/In the Wake of Poseidon/Lizard

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King Crimson's The First Three is just what the title says, a box set containing their first three albums (1969's debut In the Court of the Crimson King, and a pair from 1970, In the Wake of Poseidon and Lizard). There are no bonus tracks or previously unreleased material included, so the set is really just aimed toward newcomers to the band and longtime fans looking to replace their vinyl copies, or the poor-sounding early CD copies of the aforementioned albums. All three are titled "definitive editions" inside the booklet, having been remastered by Crimson leader Robert Fripp with Tony Arnold in 1989. And the newly improved and restored sound only adds to the quality of the music. In the Court of the Crimson King contains not a single weak moment and is the best of the bunch, and is where the best-known Crimson song, "21st Century Schizoid Man" resides. And while the other two discs do indeed contain plenty of highlights, they're not as consistent as the debut (Jon Anderson of Yes has a vocal cameo on Lizard). Since In the Court of the Crimson King is considered by many to be one of the greatest prog-rock records of all time, it's worthwhile to even casual fans to check out the quality of the songwriting and musical performance contained on The First Three.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:29
2
5:39
3
4:25
4
2:45
5
23:23
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