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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.

Disc: 1
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
2. I Talk to the Wind - King Crimson
3. Epitaph - King Crimson
4. Moonchild - King Crimson
5. The Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
6. Moonchild 2009 mix (full version) - King Crimson
7. I Talk to the Wind (Alternate take - Duo version) - King Crimson
8. I Talk to the Wind (Alternate Mix) - King Crimson
9. Epitaph (Backing track) - King Crimson
10. Wind Session (from album session recordings) - King Crimson
Disc: 2
1. Moonchild 2009 mix full version
2. I Talk to the Wind Alternate take - Duo version
3. I Talk to the Wind Alternate Mix
4. Epitaph Backing track
5. Wind Session from album session recordings
6. 21st Century Schizoid Man Instrumental mix
7. I Talk to the Wind Studio run through
8. Epitaph Alternate version
9. Moonchild Take 1 1
10. The Court of the Crimson King Take 3
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B002M3GPOS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the Court of Crimson King is one of the landmark albums in the development of progressive rock.
Rowdy Boy
You can have been listening to these albums for years - practically your entire life - and it's like hearing them again for the first time.
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Besides, the CD do include the CD, a 5.1 track, and 4 cd's in the dvd of the 2004 remasters and unreleased material.
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224 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the life of any music fans, there are albums that change the way you perceive music-- "In the Court of the Crimson King" was, for me, one of them.

The original King Crimson band-- Robert Fripp (guitar), Ian McDonald (keys, reeds, vocals), Michael Giles (drum kit, backing vocals), Greg Lake (bass, vocals), and Peter Sinfield (lyrics) was a group positioned to do something great-- when Ian McDonald joined Giles, Giles & Fripp (an off kilter pop band and the prototype for King Crimson), and eventually the arrival of vocalist Greg Lake, the band's former pop sensibilities were largely replaced by a neoclassical form and a love for improv. The only resulting document of this group in the studio is this album.

I'm going to briefly jump into the sound before talking about the music-- if you're not interested, skip to the next paragraph. Fripp has remastered the album for what seems like the millionth time-- this time from the original session tapes. The result is stunning-- there's a clarity here not present on previous editions, the production seems to have slightly changed, Lake often sounds like he's singing right in your ear, the vocal harmonies, always for me one of the things that separated this album from similar acheivements (the stunning playing of Fripp and Giles being the other) are clear and distinct. And for an album of dynamic, it has long gone without any clear hearing-- "Moonchild", which often sounded like unfocused tinkling, finally sounds coherent on record. From a sonic standpoint, this is finally the treatment the record deserves.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jim Z on December 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"In The Court Of The Crimson King" has always been one of my top ten albums. It started the whole prog rock scene , and has not a single wasted moment on it. I have literally listened to this recording at least once a month for the past 40 years.
So what is so special about this 40th anniversary reissue , and is it worth the $$$$ ?

You get the 2009 Stereo mix by Porcupine Tree genius (and Crimson fan) Steven Wilson
Original Master Edition from 2004
The original mono album mix for US radio promos
The alternate takes mixed for the first time from the original studio recordings
The de-clicked vinyl transfer of the original stereo pressing

PLUS : Live 1969 recordings of key period tracks
The mono single mix of "The Court Of The Crimson King" radio US promo only
10 Bonus track versions of demos , BBC recordings , alternate mixes , duo versions and instrumentals

AND : a DVD which feature MLP lossless 5.1 Surround mix
MLP Lossless Stereo of the 2009 stereo mix , the original master edition from 2004 , the alternate album,
and additional audio content PLUS : Video of "21st Century Schizoid Man"

And the sound is phenomenal (aside from the boot live recordings)

Is it too much material devoted to a single album ? Judge for yourself. I say not. I only know from here on out , it is going to be a BEAR to decide upon which version I will listen too.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Southerland on November 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me preface my comments by saying that I am a fan of surround. Generally, when given the choice between stereo and 5.1 I will always listen to the 5.1 version. This time, I prefer the MLP lossless stereo version of In the Court of the Crimson King. I think that it has enormous clarity, but is smoother and more listenable than the surround version.

I am not sure whether it is the excellent mix on this 2009 stereo version or a weakness in the 5.1 version (probably a little of both), but this time around the separation and distinct presentation of the instruments and voice were at times a bit distracting to me in surround. In particular, "The Court of the Crimson King" sounded much better to me in the stereo version. For example, the keyboards coming from the left channel in 5.1 were a bit overwhelming to me. The distorted vocals in 21st Century Schizoid Man are isolated in the center channel, which makes Greg Lake sound, well, even more distorted.

I have the 1999 remaster, which as I understand it, was not taken from the original master tapes (as was this new version). The clarity of this 2009 version, compared to the 1999 mix of In the Court of the Crimson King, is very much improved. If you do not have a remix taken from the original master tapes, this is worth the money. Plus, there are so many different versions of this album it's hard to compare them all. It's fun to try, though. The 2 disc set contains: 1.) MLP lossless 5.1 surround; 2.) MLP lossless stereo; 3.) DTS 5.1 surround; 4.) LPCM stereo; 5.) standard CD stereo on a second disc. The CD stereo is the 2009 remaster, but the DVD also contains the 24-bit "Original Master Edition 2004.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Melman on April 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the pioneering works of art-rock, In The Court of the Crimson King is a surreal modernist classic. Crimson's debut album was in fact so good that it almost led to the bands premature demise as it took them nearly 5 years to come up with another album with the same focus or strength. Contrasted with music of the same genre of that era "Court" was unparalleled in its fierceness and songwriting, but it is the albums stunning musicianship that gives the recording its durability.
Greg Lake submits what is likely the strongest vocal performance of his career on an extremely challenging set of songs. Ian McDonald is perfect as the bands jack-of-all-trades. His work on keyboards set the stage for Rick Wakeman and Tony Kaye to follow in the early `70's. Michael Giles drumming is steadier and more appropriate than his later replacement Bill Bruford. Then, of course, there is virtuoso, Robert Fripp. Fripp is the only member of the band to exist in each of the numerous permutations that would carry the band into the early `90's. His unique style and experimentation differentiated King Crimson from the other progressive rock bands of the era. This skilled lineup was not to last though. As this album was peaking at 28 on the US charts Fripp was already rehearsing the new lineup that would record the bands follow-up album, In the Wake of Poseidon. In fact King Crimson was to continuously alter their lineups becoming somewhat of a training ground for the progressive movement. Later incarnations of the band would see members such as John Wetton (UK, Asia), Bill Bruford (Yes, Earthworks), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Boz Burell (Bad Company), Adrien Belew (Talking Heads), Tony Levin (Yes), among many others.
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I have also noticed the less than smooth transition between tracks for the 5.1 mix. Could be a mastering error. Maybe can chime in and let us know if this does it on the DVD-A portion of the disc.
Dec 21, 2009 by E.I.E.I. Owen |  See all 4 posts
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As soon as I heard "RED" in 5.1, I knew I had to have In the Court. Pre-ordered it a while ago for $16.99 (nice price jump, amazon, it's $19.99 now), and it shipped today! I'm very excited. Steve Wilson did a wonderful job with RED - he really opened up the sound while not changing... Read More
Nov 9, 2009 by Eric Sorensen |  See all 12 posts
Track listing - is it correct?
In the Court of the Crimson King (Deluxe)

I just received this yesterday from England. It is correct and sounds amazing! Both the 5.1 and stereo mixes are wonderful. Steven Wilson should continue to mix for surround. According to the liner notes these multitrack versions are... Read More
Oct 14, 2009 by Greg |  See all 9 posts
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According to the DGM Shop it has been sold out for maybe 10 days as of today, so I ordered it from Burningshed for less than $80, and that includes postage and handling to the USA!
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