In The Court of the Crimson King was a debut album by a brand new band, an album which was to become one of the most influential and memorable progressive rock album in the history of the genre. In The Court of the Crimson King was recorded and released in 1969 by a group of stellar musicians led by Robert Fripp. In addition to the virtuoso lineup they also had the luxury of a dedicated lyricist, Pete Sinfield who penned the lyrics to all the songs which made up this epic masterwork.
The album opens with 21st Century Schizoid Man. It’s like being head-butted by a jukebox in full flight. No prisoners are taken, Schizoid man is ferocious, angry, dangerous, heavy jazz/rock that, way back then and to this day, boggles the mind. A perfect opening to a perfect album on which the best is still to come.