Robert Fripp:- guitar, mellotron & devices Greg Lake: vocals, Michael Giles: drums, Peter Giles: bass, Keith Tippett: piano, Mel Colins: saxes & flute, Gordon Haskell: vocal, Peter Sinfield: words
24bit remaster by Simon Heywroth and Robert Fripp at Chop 'Em Out, September 6-10th, 1999.
King Crimson spent 1970 as a studio band recording a single ‘Catfood’ & two albums – ‘In the Wake of Poseidon’ & ‘Lizard’. ‘Catfood’ was released in March – earning the band an appearance on British BBC TV flagship music show “Top of the Pops”. “Poseidon” followed in May. While McDonald & Giles had announced their intention to leave in December 1969 & Greg Lake would depart in April 1970, Giles & Lake appeared on the single & album with Peter Giles (formerly of Giles, Giles & Fripp) & incoming members Keith Tippett, Mel Collins & Gordon Haskell – alongside Fripp & Sinfield. As a result, the album shares some similarities in approach & sound to their debut “In the Court of the Crimson King” & has been a firm favourite among fans of the band since its initial release.
Though working with a transitional lineup the album sounds remarkably cohesive. Like the debut album
“Poseidon” was self produced & displayed an increased confidence in the use of the recording studio. The breadth of material recorded is even broader than the debut. The short ‘Peace’ appears in 3 different settings bookending the album’s longer tracks. One of the band’s prettiest ballads ‘Cadence & Cascade’ leads into the powerful title track, while the album version of ‘Catfood’ is followed by ‘The Devil’s Triangle’ an ambitious sound collage that seems to owe more to contemporary classical & free jazz roots than any form of rock music. The short burst of “In the Court....... więcej