The Court of the Crimson King

"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.[2]

"The Court of the Crimson King"
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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"
ReleasedOctober 1969 (1969-10) (UK) January 1970 (1970-01) (US)
Recorded21–23 July 1969
GenreProgressive rock[1]
Length
  • 9:25 (album version)
  • 7:16 (edited version)
  • 3:22 (single version, Part One)
  • 4:25 (single version, Part Two)
Label
Composer(s)Ian McDonald
Lyricist(s)Peter Sinfield
Producer(s)King Crimson
King Crimson singles chronology
"The Court of the Crimson King"
(1969)
"Cat Food"
(1970)
In the Court of the Crimson King track listing
5 tracks
Side one
  1. "21st Century Schizoid Man"
  2. "I Talk to the Wind"
  3. "Epitaph"
Side two
  1. "Moonchild"
  2. "The Court of the Crimson King"

BackgroundEdit

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.

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 80[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murphy, Sean (22 May 2011). "The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time". PopMatters. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Hot 100 entry". Billboard. Retrieved November 14, 2017.

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