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  • Audio CD (December 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Discipline Us
  • ASIN: B00064WSN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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1. Peace- A Beginning
2. Pictures Of A City (Including 42nd At Treadmill)
3. Cadence & Cascade
4. In The Wake Of Poseidon (Including Libra's Theme)
5. Peace- A Theme
6. Devil's Triangle (Including Merday Morn, Hand Of Sceiron & Garden Of Worm)
7. Peace - An End
8. Cat Food (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
9. Groon (Cat Food Single B Side) (Bonus Track)

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2004 reissue of the progressive rock act's 1970 album adds two bonus tracks, 'Cat Food' (single version) & 'Groon' (Cat Food B-side). Discipline label.

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I would buy this CD just for this one song, it is that good.
Cactus Ed
Yet despite the odds he managed to make a very good if not great album.
Chet Fakir
Of the earliest King Crimson, "In the Wake of Poseidon" is my favorite.
Snow Leopard

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bourbeau on April 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The common complaint about this album is that it is an almost song-for-song clone of the band's debut, "In The Court Of The Crimson King." To make things worse, the band has already begun to fragment and lineup changes had already begun before the disk was completed. However, this is still a great album. "Pictures Of A City" may not have the collective group feel of "21st Century Schizoid Man," but it's just as agressive and has some excellent guitar work. "Cadence And Cascade" is just as pretty as "I Talk To The Wind," and "Cat Food" has a great jazz-rock feel with wild piano work by Keith Tippet. Some songs even do better on this album than the debut's counterparts they are modelled after: I much prefer the title track over 1969's "Epitaph," and "The Devil's Triangle" is a nicer look at the band's improvisational style than the free form ending of "Moonchild." The mellotron work on this album is very nice. King Crimson records are some of the most well-produced albums ever made and I can certainly recommend this one.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Chet Fakir on December 15, 2005
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I am so freaking tired of people slagging this album because it follows the same compositional format as the first album In The Court Of The Crimson King: metal song, ballad, mellotron dramatic song. Yes this album's first side (Peace-A Beginning, Pictures of a City, Cadence and Cascade, In the Wake of Poseidon) is in terms of song type essentially an imitation of In The Court Of The Crimson King's first side. But I'm going to break with conventional wisdom here: with the exception of Pictures of a City, I think the songs on Poseidon are just as good, and in some cases better than their counterparts on ITCOTCK. The album opens with an acappella vocal by Greg Lake entitled Peace - a Beginning that is striking in its simplicity and beauty. Following is Pictures of a City which is VERY much like 21st Century S-Man. Both are metallic hard driving songs featuring Robert Fripp's searing guitar. Both have similar (if not identical) instrumental breakdowns, and both are excellent, but 21st Century is in my opinion the more manic and exciting of the two. The next song Cadence and Cascade is a top notch ballad sung by newly hired vocalist/bassist Gordon Haskell who would be more prominantly featured on the following album Lizard. This is his only vocal on the album, the rest are sung by Greg Lake. Cadence and Cascade is simply beautiful with excellent acoustic playing by Fripp, wonderful piano playing courtesy of Keith Tippett and a jazzy flute solo by Ian MacDonald. The mellotron driven In The Wake Of Poseidon is next. It's a suprisingly rocking and dramatic piece reminscent of Epitaph meets In The Court Of The Crimson King from the debut album. But it has a more engaging melody than either of those two songs, and has more lively instrumentation/playing.Read more ›
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cactus Ed on May 5, 2011
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Of course I bought this as an album back in the 70s and thought, then, that it was a pretty good followup to the incredible In The Court Of The Crimson King, especially considering that Ian McDonald and Michael Giles had left the band at the end of their first and only tour of the US. Somehow Robert Fripp persuaded Michael Giles to play drums on this second Crimson album, but Greg Lake only stuck around long enough to sing on a few tracks before departing to join up with some guy called Keith Emerson and another called Carl Palmer. One song he did not sing on was a beautiful piece called Cadence and Cascade. On the original album this was sung by a guy called Gordon Haskell. It was pretty unremarkable and tentative sounding, nothing even close to the powerful tenor of Greg Lake. HOWEVER: on this new release they dug up an earlier take of Cadence that is performed by Greg, and it is freaking WONDERFUL! It is now my favorite track on the album and reminds me yet again why Greg Lake was the greatest voice in Rock. I would buy this CD just for this one song, it is that good. As for the rest of the remaster: it is excellent, a much richer sound than ever before.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mons on December 4, 2002
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Curious album, this. Listeners and critics disagree about King Crimson's second offering. Many call it a sub-standard copy of debut, Court of the Crimson King (1969); others, erm, didn't.
There are admittedly quite a lot of similarities between the tw o, both musically and stylistically. In fact each song on Court... has a sort of sibling on In The Wake of Poseidon, though I can’t possibly imagine why that should be seen as formulaic music making.
For King Crimson beginners, this particular incarnat ion of the group (Lake, McDonald, Giles, Fripp) was no-holds-barred, meat-and-potatoes progressive rock plain and simple: storybook lyrics, pompous orchestrations, classical influences and - just discernible - a smidgen of late 60s psy chadelia. Oh, and a lot of Mellotron. I love it. Most importantly the songwriting is for the most part, spot on. Cat Food and Cadence and Cascade are superb, while the title track is, like its counterpart Court of the Crimson King, a glorious piece of work (they REALLY don't make them like that anymore). It's Side 2 which taxes some listeners' patience to breaking point. An instrumental 5-part epic track the Devil's Triangle is modelled on the theme from Holst's Planets (Mars), and it rocks big-time. A great, dark, brooding drama depicting scenes of a scale limited only by your imagination. And there’s quiet, gentle bits, too, to restore sanity and give you the chance to wipe the sweat and froth from your anguished, contorted features.
To sum up, Wake of Poseidon may not have had the commercial impact of its predecessor but it’s an album with bucketloads of personality and ye-olde-curiosity-shoppe charm. The music’s quite good, too..
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