Konon ini adalah album prog pertama kali. Benarkah?
Saya mengenal album ini jaman kaset bajakan melalui rekaman Scorpio, milik kakak saya. Memang musiknya antik dan melodinya bagus. Tapi, apa benar ini adalah pelopor musik prog? Mengapa? Kalau bukan, siapa sebenarnya pelopor musik prog?
Studio Album, released in 1969
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. 21st Century Schizoid Man (7:20) including
- a. Mirrors
2. I Talk To The Wind (6:05)
3. Epitaph (8:47) including
- a. March For No Reason
- b. Tomorrow And Tomorrow
4. Moonchild (12:11) including
- a. The Dream
- b. The Illusion
5. The Court Of The Crimson King (9:22) including
- a. The Return Of The Fire Witch
- b. The Dance Of The Puppets
Total Time: 43:45
Music tabs (tablatures)
Line-up / Musicians
- Robert Fripp / guitar
- Greg Lake / bass guitar, lead vocals
- Ian McDonald / reeds, woodwind, vibes, keyboards, mellotron, vocals
- Michael Giles / drums, percussion, vocals
- Peter Sinfield / words and illumination
Ini review saya di ProgArchives:
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
Of course I won’t tell you about the book in detail because it’s 346 pages and also what would be “my view” if I take everything from the book? I don’t want to be in the circle of plagiarism. But, the book has given me a powerful nuance and reference to review any album of King Crimson. (If you notice, this is my first review about the band and I want to do it right, with the best available references).
It’s gonna be boring if I review track by track as I used to do it with other prog albums. This time I would do it at album level because you know it well track by track. Let’s do it this way .
The result of a struggling band. This album was a culmination of concerted effort by the band members from the embryonic Giles, Giles & Fripp until it was formalized under the name of KC. It’s important to notice how the band members were not aware at all that they did a great job. In the a.m. book it was mentioned that the making of “21st Century Schizoid Man” albeit it’s the first track but was recorded the last. The song was made through collective efforts by its members and they did not feel that they accomplished something great that rocked the music industry later on. Each member did not pat others for example “Hey great, we did it one”. No, not at all. They just said “OK, that’s it”. (page 59).
The Change master that inpires ... Yeah .. We know it that this album had created major change in music industry. At that time people never thought a music with powerful riffs and “very” distorted vocal as in the opening track “21st Century .”. Even the first time I listened to this song (sometime in 1976) I thought that my cassette was in trouble. Couple months ago, our local newspaper in my country featured this album in a great details (reviewed by my colleague Tom Malik). What interesting was the prog discussion that followed after the article. It was discussed that the riffs have inspired many heavy metal bands. You may or may not agree with it.
The Music. Now, let’s talk about the music. The overall album has a strong structure offering a variety of styles: progressive rock, ballad with classical touch and avant garde- and overall album offers dark nuance. The music demonstrates catchy and memorable melodies that still valid thru the passage of time. Having listened to “Epitaph” or “I Talk To The Wind” in decades I’m still touched by their melodies. Wonderfully crafted!
If I may advise, it’s not a matter of recommendation. But, if you want to explore prog music, this album is must in your prog collection. Don’t step into prog wagon if you do not own this album yet. Keep on progging! GW, Indonesia.
Note: With an earthquake disaster happening in my country and neighborhood, “Epitaph” might be best to play as condolences for twenty three thousand brothers and sisters who have lost their lives tragically .”Confusion will be my epitaph .” ..South East Asian countries are crying now .(Jakarta, 28 Dec 04)