The Court of the Crimson King
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"The Court of the Crimson King" is the fifth and final track from the British progressive rock band King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. Also released as a single, it reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
|"The Court of the Crimson King"|
|Single by King Crimson|
|from the album In the Court of the Crimson King|
|A-side||"The Court of the Crimson King, Pt. 1"|
|B-side||"The Court of the Crimson King, Pt. 2"|
|Released||October 1969(UK) January 1970 (US)|
|Recorded||21–23 July 1969|
|King Crimson singles chronology|
|In the Court of the Crimson King track listing|
The track is dominated by a distinct riff, adapted from Samuel Barber's "Essay for Orchestra" (1938), performed on the Mellotron. The main part of the song is split up into four stanzas, divided by an instrumental section called "The Return of the Fire Witch." The song climaxes at seven minutes, but continues with a little reprise, called "The Dance of the Puppets," before ending on an abrupt and free time scale.[clarification needed] The music was composed by Ian McDonald, and the lyrics were written by Peter Sinfield.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||80|