In the court of the Crimson King (album dei King Crimson del 1969)

IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING è l’album d’esordio di un gruppo leggenda della musica progressiva pubblicato nel 1969, quando il genere era in poderosa ascesa, nonché considerato all’unanimità tra i migliori di tutti i tempi. Per esso si scomodò anche il chitarrista degli Who, Pete Townshend, che lo definì sbalorditivo.

21st century schizoid man ha una parte centrale interamente strumentale e muove una critica alla guerra in Vietnam. l talk to the wind è un pezzo melodico puntellato dal flauto di lan McDonald: in coda entrano i timpani che confluiscono nel terzo brano, Epitaph, che spicca per il sontuoso mellotron tra distopia ed un preludio a una guerra che scatena la paura tra i popoli. Composizione ad ampio respiro musicale è Moonchild, in cui entrano chitarra, mellotron, vibrafono e percussioni. Chiude The court of the crimson king, brano inframezzato da una sezione strumentale che narra della corte dei Re Cremisi, e che in seguito ha fatto proseliti attraverso gli adattamenti degli Asia, il terzetto Steve Hackett, John Wetton e Ian McDonald, e dal gruppo heavy-metal dei Saxon.

Il prog del disco è magistralmente contaminato da jazz e classica ed è divenuto punto di riferimento per altri artisti.

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