Now Dig This! is a music advisory blog post from Arapahoe Libraries. Now Dig This! focuses on a unique track or amazing album. In this post we look at the band King Crimson, an English progressive rock band that was formed in 1968.
The band has undergone numerous lineup changes throughout its history, with guitarist Robert Fripp being the only constant member. Their music is characterized by complex instrumentation, unconventional time signatures, and improvisational elements, which has earned them a reputation as one of the most influential and innovative bands in the history of progressive rock. Some of their most notable albums include In the Court of the Crimson King (1969), Red (1974) and Discipline (1981). Over the years, King Crimson has had a significant impact on the development of progressive rock and has inspired countless musicians in the genre.
Our favorite tune from King Crimson is "In the Court of the Crimson King" from their debut album. The track is a haunting and majestic song that perfectly captures the ethereal and otherworldly essence of King Crimson's music, with its evocative lyrics, sweeping orchestration, and powerful vocal performance by Greg Lake. And, for fans of American composer, pianist, conductor, baritone, music educator and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century, Samuel Barber, you'll hear the bands homage to Barber's 1938 work Essay for Orchestra No. 1, Op. 12 in this track.
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