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In The Wake Of Poseidon

King Crimson Audio CD
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A musical buffet of many styles July 19 2006
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To some pop music mythologists, progressive rock began with this band. "In The Wake Of Poseidon" is their second offering and is much more hit and miss than their first release, the classic "In The Court Of The Crimson King". Guitarist Robert Fripp takes over the composing duties (mostly) from the departed Ian McDonald and meshes with holdover lyricist Peter Sinfield. If you know anything about King Crimson you'll no doubt be aware that their lineup is like a revolving door from one LP to the next with the exception of Fripp. Fortunately, singer Greg Lake remains from the first LP although he soon departs for Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Lake is a fine vocalist and a very good fit for this sort of material. The loss of Lake on subsequent recordings was significant. Another player I want to comment on is drummer Michael Giles. Like singer Lake, he is tailor made for this record. The tasteful use of his symbols in particular is very much appreciated by this reviewer and he could be in my band anytime. This recording provides a musical buffet of heavy rock, classical, jazz and English folk music all presented in one CD package. It's a pretty good listen but as I stated before it's not nearly as beautifully consistent as their previous LP was. It's chock full of creative motivation and effort, although maybe a tad ostentatious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In The Wake of In The Court Dec 8 2010
By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Following "In The Court Of The Crimson King", "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was all the more remarkable, in that it contained half of the original group. Songwriter Pete Sinfield now had nearly total lyrical control. "Poseidon" is peppered with more poetic and beautifully arranged songs than its predecessor, but also contains the stark urgency of that original.

"Peace-A Beginning", a sweet vocal/acoustic song opens and then transcends into the wild jazz infused "Pictures Of A City" where there are bridges and changes in momentum in less than eight minutes than on "In The Court's..." songs. There is a theme within this album as songs seem to alternate between calm, whimsical melodies to the urgent, almost frantic pace of some of King Crimson's best songs. This is proven again with the very pretty "Cadence And Cascade" before diving into the mellotron weighted title track, with great lyrics and the pre ELP vocals of Greg Lake. The very short "Peace-A Theme" is quickly followed by one of King Crimson's most bizarre songs (if that is possible), "Cat Food" marked with a seemingly non-sensical piano that bounces around like; well a cat running back and forth across the keys. Amazingly, this song was released as a single with "Groon" as the B-Side. It was an odd choice indeed.

"The Devil's Triangle" (Parts 1, 2 and 3) are a mesmerizing, haunting, almost fearsome trio of songs that push the edge of sanity on a mellotron with a marching drum beat. Part 1 introduces the listener to the original mood before a bridge of a computer-like foghorn pierces the song. Part 2 continues the pace with a second bridge with the simple banging of a `stick on rock'. Then all hell breaks loose on Part 3 with the tempo increasing and the occasional jazz input for emphasis and variety.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Son Of The Crimson King April 26 2004
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Like many reviewers before me have already said, King Crimson's second album, 1970's "In The Wake Of Poseidon," sounds very much like a retread of their classic first album, "In The Court Of The Crimson King." At least, the first half does. Was Robert Fripp & company short on material and/or ideas? Could be, but it may have been mostly because "Poseidon" shows King Crimson in a state of transition, so the band may have been pressed for time in coming up with new stuff. Bassist/vocalist Greg Lake only had enough time to contribute vocals to the album, as he was about to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer, so Peter Giles played bass for the recording, while Gordon Haskell contributes a guest vocal on "Cadence And Cascade," and he would carry on as lead vocalist and bassist for Crimson's next album, "Lizard." Still, this IS King Crimson were talking about here, and "In The Wake Of Poseidon" is still an excellent Crimson album, filled with the band's trademark tough-as-nails progressive rock and atmospheric tranquility. First up is the "Son of The Crimson King" material. Following the quiet, serene opener, "Peace: A Beginning," is "Pictures Of A City," a basic re-write of "21st Century Schizoid Man," all the way down to Fripp's fiery guitar solos, the kinetic instrumental bridge, and the use of saxophone. Still, it's great rockin' stuff. "Cadence And Cascade" is practically the twin song of "I Talk To The Wind," but, like it's more famous brother, it's a lovely song. And the title track is more or less a clone of "Epitaph," but considering it's equally dreamy sounds & feel, I'm not gonna complain about it. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some bits too close to the original March 17 2004
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This is King Crimson's second album. Others reviewers are correct in that some parts of this album sound too much like the first album. Especially unoriginal is Pictures of A City. Note that before it was put on this album, it was played live as A Man, A City.
But, this album is redeemed by some very good jazzy, instrumentals. A lot of the music more mellow than anything King Crimson would ever do. But it is still very innovative and invigorating.
Note that the track Cat Food is not listed here, but I am sure that it is still on the CD.
King Crimson recorded one album (In the Court of the Crimson King), went on tour, and nearly fell apart. Ian MacDonald, who was a co-leader of the group left. So did Gred Lake, but he was brought back for this album to do vocal. The Giles brothers were still with the band.
After this, Giles and MacDonald recorded an album called MacDonald and Giles. It is better than In the Wake of Posieden and worth seeking out. MacDonald went on to Foreigner, playing corporate rock and making tons of money.
MacDonald, the Giles, and a number of other old King Crimson members have recently got together to form a band called 21st Century Schizoid Band. They have a couple of CD's out, with old King Crimson songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
This was the first King Crimson album I ever heard...probably when I was 13 or 14??? My dad played me his old vinyl of it because I'd been listening to a lot of Korn and he though... Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Andre
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This album is very popi jopi. The popi jopi music is inventive and popi jopi. Buy it and you'll have a popi jopi time!
The lyrics are popi jopi too! Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by popi jopi
3.0 out of 5 stars What the heck do you do for an encore?
When your first album is one of the greatest records of all time, what the heck do you do for an encore? Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Eddie Konczal
2.0 out of 5 stars cheeky parody of first album
Second-most irritating Crimson album after "Earthbound". I have nothing against the vocal tracks and the 'Peace" interludes - considered in isolation, they are all... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2001 by AndyC
5.0 out of 5 stars A twin brother of In the Court of the Crimson King
The soft section of Pictures of a City has a layering, careful pacing and texture to it, where Schizoid man is a very, very fantastic jam. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2000 by Jose Silva Anguita
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, but still great!
The fragile yet phenomenal incarnation of King Crimson of 1969 had dissolved. The main composer, Ian McDonald, left the group and Greg Lake was very anxious to join ELP. Read more
Published on June 15 2000 by Pedro G.
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