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In the Court of the Crimson King (Deluxe) CD, Import
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Second release in the 40th Anniversary series, this version of one of the most revered rock albums of all time contains a compact disc with 5.1 surround sound mix by Steven Wilson, with Robert Fripp as executive producer, from the original studio masters, as well as a new stereo mix from the original multitrack tapes. Disc one also features five previously unreleased tracks. Disc two is a DVD A which features both the original album imx and the new album mix in high res stereo, as well as three bonus tracks in high res stereo.
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Loving what Multichannel remixes succeeding with lossless codecs and inspired engineering can do - when done well - Had me excited about getting this set.
It does not - cannot - disappoint anyone who loved the original works or welcomes an excellent remix using the masters.
The alternate takes and other bonus mixes leave nothing undone. Its all done perfectly and completely authored in the most respected formats available to date.
Audiophile purist can choose from original stereo, 24 bit PCM, 5.1 DTS Surround, and Lossless MLP (in both the 2ch and 5.1 ch mixes) - plus so many variances to sample, critique, or just flat out enjoy.
As a drummer, I especially enjoyed the "Alt take 3" of the title track - which more plainly showcases the drum track, (omitting vocals, but still demonstrating the excellent guitar, flute, & some of the Melotron/keyboard expertise).
In the main materials it was hard to select a "fav mix". They are ALL so good.
Lake's vocals are so clear and strong. No distortion or faultering is discernable in even the most silent rests of either mix.
Truly - this release's quality is proper for this latest rendering of such a masterpiece - one of Progressive Rock's earliest yet deepest taproots;
The price point for this whole shebang-a-bang is ridiculously affordable. AND...you get well-written printed content placing all of this in context. So, if the only prog-rock band, still producing new music while reproducing time-tested aural content, interests you in the least, then this purchase should be a no-brainer.
Buy with confidence. Enjoy the return of the Crimson King in 21st Century Technological Glory. All hail, the Schizoid Man!
King Crimson produced several great albums but this is the one that started it all. Even Jimi Hendrix considered this album a huge influence and was a favourite of his.
Greg Lakes contribution to this should not be discounted, Lakes brilliant vocals and bass/guitar was a big part of this album. Later King Crimson albums have other fantastic contributions from other great musician and fortunately Greg Lake was able to stay long enough to help produce this and the subsequent album until he formed ELP.
My favorite song on this is In The Court Of The Crimson King, the finale of this album. Moonchild is another favorite.
This is a must get for anyone who also loves 5.1 music as well. A great package and set that must be played loud.
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The CD contains the original album with five songs remastered in clear stereo arguably better than the 2004 release. Every instrument is clearly heard and separated. But the bonus tracks are the most compelling. The full version of "Moonchild" is here along with a `duo version' and an alternate mix' (different solos) of the romantic " I Talk To The Wind". The backing instrumental track of "Epitaph" is mystical and mesmerizing. Remember that short intro of `wind/organ-like' sounds before "21st Century Schizoid Man"? Extracts from that are also included giving the listener an idea of how special effects were produced forty years ago.
The DVD is really why I bought this edition. The entire album is presented here in DTS 5.1 digital surround sound, giving new life to every instrument and vocal. The harsh quick guitar riff that runs throughout "21st Century Schizoid Man" travels from speaker to speaker around the room, while Greg Lake's equally sharp vocals are blasted from the front center. And that is just one song. The percussion varies throughout each song, but is so exact and clean you get a true sense of the extent of Michael Giles talent. Ian McDonald's woodwind instruments vibrate as if they are in the room with reed-like clarity. Fripp's guitar work is as varied as the song he is playing on. Also, many thanks go to lyricist Peter Sinfield.
The original Master Edition of the entire album from 2004 is included here just for comparison. Again all the five previously mentioned bonus tracks are in 5.1 surround sound here as well. Not to exclude anything from this special edition, the complete alternate album is included here as well, although in stereo. Not to be outdone, there is a two-minute black and white video in mono of the band doing "21st Century Schizoid Man" on an outdoor stage. For mono, its not bad at all.
Future albums of King Crimson are in the works, Red being released already and Lizard coming out in December of 2009. Robert Fripp is arguably one of rock's best musical genius. His guitar work and creations are legendary; beyond progressive rock. Having been the only constant all these years, Robert Fripp is King Crimson. This album is a classic.