It is the Plymouth Rock of progressive rock, and over forty-five years after King Crimson released what Bruce Eder on AllMusic.com maintains is “one of the most daring debut albums ever recorded by anybody…”, In the Court of the Crimson King never fails to startle and amaze. In 1969 the first humans on the Moon described the unearthly sight as “beautiful desolation”, even as our ears beheld the same thing musically from the debut by this boundary-busting London quintet. Led by guitarist/electronic keyboardist/ composer Robert Fripp and featuring a baby-faced singing bass player Greg Lake, their first album in Autumn 1969 In the Court of the Crimson King contains the sonic max out “21st Century Schizoid Man”, the soaring melancholy of “Epitaph”, the tranquil “I Talk to the Wind”, and the rock Rosetta Stone title song.
Find out from Greg Lake ( who passed away 12-7 ), prog titans Jon Anderson of YES, and Mike Rutherford of Genesis why King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King established the benchmark for all progressive rock to be measured. –Redbeard