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.