Wednesday, May 5, 2010

King Crimson

I will keep oing with some Progressive rock. If you don't know those guys start chronologically.
One of the biggest progressive rock band of the seventies. Not much to say about those albums regarding all that has been said already. King Crimson were a pioneering prog-rock band formed in England in 1969 by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles. In their many incarnations, their sound incorporated a range of influences including psychedelic, heavy metal, classical, and new wave.

Album's highlight: Starless.

" Although it's all good, I think "Starless" puts it over the top with 12 of the greatest minutes in all of prog-rock. The first five minutes: the lyric "Ice blue silver sky, fades into gray" perfectly describes the emotion of this balladic section, with Fripp's melancholic, minor mellotron chords and weeping, violin-like guitar lines, a steady rhythm section, some very moody saxophone lines, and some great emotional vocals from Wetton. The next section evokes "starless and bible black" as it drops off into an abstract space that builds tension using harsh repetitive guitar and bass. This leads into the last section with an intense and jazzy part, and a finale that returns to the mellotron melody of the first section, only as a loud, intense variation that adds saxophone to the melody. This is probably the most climactic ending to any song that I've heard." review by Heather Mackenzie

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